1L: State Superior Ct or USAO?

(On Campus Interviews, Summer Associate positions, Firm Reviews, Tips, ...)
Forum rules
Anonymous Posting

Anonymous posting is only appropriate when you are revealing sensitive employment related information about a firm, job, etc. You may anonymously respond on topic to these threads. Unacceptable uses include: harassing another user, joking around, testing the feature, or other things that are more appropriate in the lounge.

Failure to follow these rules will get you outed, warned, or banned.
law1212
Posts: 9
Joined: Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:33 pm

1L: State Superior Ct or USAO?

Postby law1212 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:18 pm

1L weighing summer internship options...

State Superior Ct intern or US Attorney's Office intern...

Is one better than the other? If so, why?

Would splitting the summer be a good option? Why/why not?

Thanks

User avatar
kalvano
Posts: 11720
Joined: Mon Sep 07, 2009 2:24 am

Re: 1L: State Superior Ct or USAO?

Postby kalvano » Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:23 pm

Jesus fucking Christ, look down 10 topics and you'll see that 6 of them are all 1L's debating the merits of something to do with their summer, and they are all getting the same answer: it doesn't matter. Just do something legal related. Nothing really looks better than anything else, unless you can be a 1L clerk for SCOTUS or Adriana Lima's bikini adjuster.

Nothing you do will really impress anyone. Just do something that sounds fun and that you'll enjoy talking about a lot at OCI.

And, on that note, working for the USAO is pretty damn fun.

User avatar
acrossthelake
Posts: 4432
Joined: Sat May 16, 2009 5:27 pm

Re: 1L: State Superior Ct or USAO?

Postby acrossthelake » Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:24 pm

kalvano wrote:Jesus fucking Christ, look down 10 topics and you'll see that 6 of them are all 1L's debating the merits of something to do with their summer, and they are all getting the same answer: it doesn't matter. Just do something legal related. Nothing really looks better than anything else, unless you can be a 1L clerk for SCOTUS or Adriana Lima's bikini adjuster.

Nothing you do will really impress anyone. Just do something that sounds fun and that you'll enjoy talking about a lot at OCI.

And, on that note, working for the USAO is pretty damn fun.


Hm, I've heard that a 1L SA at a reputable firm helps at OCI. I'd argue that having something particularly competitive is helpful as a signal that you've already been through some sort of difficult vetting process. But at the end of the day, most are equal--one just wants to have something to talk about.

User avatar
spleenworship
Posts: 4421
Joined: Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:08 pm

Re: 1L: State Superior Ct or USAO?

Postby spleenworship » Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:52 pm

kalvano wrote:Jesus fucking Christ, look down 10 topics and you'll see that 6 of them are all 1L's debating the merits of something to do with their summer, and they are all getting the same answer: it doesn't matter. Just do something legal related. Nothing really looks better than anything else, unless you can be a 1L clerk for SCOTUS or Adriana Lima's bikini adjuster.

Nothing you do will really impress anyone. Just do something that sounds fun and that you'll enjoy talking about a lot at OCI.

And, on that note, working for the USAO is pretty damn fun.


1. How do I get the bikini adjustment job?

2. I would guess that certain things, as ATL pointed out, are probably better to talk about during interviewing. Example: "What did you do this summer?" "I worked for a small family law firm doing divorces." As opposed to... "I did Indian Law with the USAO in Utah, dealing a lot of complex jurisdictional issues in criminal prosecution."

User avatar
kalvano
Posts: 11720
Joined: Mon Sep 07, 2009 2:24 am

Re: 1L: State Superior Ct or USAO?

Postby kalvano » Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:59 pm

spleenworship wrote:
kalvano wrote:Jesus fucking Christ, look down 10 topics and you'll see that 6 of them are all 1L's debating the merits of something to do with their summer, and they are all getting the same answer: it doesn't matter. Just do something legal related. Nothing really looks better than anything else, unless you can be a 1L clerk for SCOTUS or Adriana Lima's bikini adjuster.

Nothing you do will really impress anyone. Just do something that sounds fun and that you'll enjoy talking about a lot at OCI.

And, on that note, working for the USAO is pretty damn fun.


1. How do I get the bikini adjustment job?

2. I would guess that certain things, as ATL pointed out, are probably better to talk about during interviewing. Example: "What did you do this summer?" "I worked for a small family law firm doing divorces." As opposed to... "I did Indian Law with the USAO in Utah, dealing a lot of complex jurisdictional issues in criminal prosecution."


If you say "I worked for a small family law firm doing divorces", then you're doing it wrong. It's not what you do, it's how you spin what you did. You won't really get any more substantive experience at the USAO over a family law firm during your 1L summer.

keg411
Posts: 5935
Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:10 pm

Re: 1L: State Superior Ct or USAO?

Postby keg411 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:10 pm

I did State Supreme my 1L summer. Thought it was cool and I really enjoyed it, but it tends to be a bit more "academic" and less practice-oriented (since pretty much everything you're going to read and write is appellate-level stuff). However, the nice thing is that you can really learn about all different types of law, and if you want to practice in the state, it can be a very helpful connection to have.

All that said, if I had gotten USAO, I would have taken it.




Return to “Legal Employment”

Who is online

The online users are hidden on this forum.