To work or not to work 1L summer

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To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:36 pm

How bad would it be to not work in the legal field after my first summer? I just want to get a low-key fun job.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby beachbum » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:39 pm

Sure, as long as you can return to that job for 2L summer, and then again after graduation.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby 09042014 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:39 pm

Anonymous User wrote:How bad would it be to not work in the legal field after my first summer? I just want to get a low-key fun job.


You gotta do something law. Do a pt RA job at the very least.

Beachbum just gave some great advice.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby cinephile » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:41 pm

It would be really bad.

You can still relax. I think my summer break is 14 weeks, but I'm only working for 8. Or you could see about a part-time job.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby LawIdiot86 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:42 pm

Why are you in law school and on this website if you want a low-key and fun job? Law and those traits are mutually exclusive.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby Advice Dog » Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:02 pm

A lot of nonprofit places in non-major legal markets, like Legal Aid or the Public Defenders Office, are pretty flexible and might allow you to work part time (3-4 days a week) since they're not paying you anyway.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:06 pm

Do you know any people who own small companies? You can just talk to the people you worked with before law school if you're good friends with them and tell them you don't want to really do any work this summer but need some sort of legal experience on the resume.

Know of a couple people who did this and didn't do any work but on their resume looked like a legit legal experience at a small company.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:08 pm

OCI interviews go by in a flash. You do not want to have to waste the first few minutes at every one explaining why you didn't do some kind of legal work over 1L summer. Do something law-related, as difficult as it may be to find. There has to be something with some tie-in to law that you can find. Still more than enough time to search.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:36 pm

I took classes instead of working (not for a lack of trying to find summer work) and it screwed me big time for OCI. Do something legal

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby lawschoolgrapedme » Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:14 pm

You can do something non-legal and you will be fine. I worked in investment banking over 1L summer - v5 SA set up.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby Detrox » Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:16 pm

lawschoolgrapedme wrote:You can do something non-legal and you will be fine. I worked in investment banking over 1L summer - v5 SA set up.


I-Banking does not equal "low-key fun job" to most people. 1L Non-legal jobs providing a decent basis for 2L OCI are by far the exception and not the default to live by...
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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby kaiser » Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:20 pm

lawschoolgrapedme wrote:You can do something non-legal and you will be fine. I worked in investment banking over 1L summer - v5 SA set up.


Its a rare case among 1L law students to be able to secure a non-legal job like that which would still help at OCI. We only say "do something legal" as a blanket principle because the assumption is that, if a kid can't get a legal position secured, he isn't going to be able to get a position with an investment bank.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby Stanford4Me » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:50 am

Are you considering this just because you want to be lazy, or is the job you're considering something you actually want to do?

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby traehekat » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:32 pm

Stanford4Me wrote:Are you considering this just because you want to be lazy, or is the job you're considering something you actually want to do?


Honestly, either answer is not good.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby midwestls » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:39 pm

beachbum wrote:Sure, as long as you can return to that job for 2L summer, and then again after graduation.

This.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby rbgrocio » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:37 pm

It would be bad.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:57 pm

Just make up something and put it on your resume.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby bdubs » Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:23 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Just make up something and put it on your resume.


Is that you, Stephen Glass?

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby MBZags » Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:35 pm

FWIW, we had a hiring partner from a Midwest firm come and give advice on getting a SA. He said he didn't really care if students did anything legal related 1L summer. He just wants potential SAs to do something and have it be relatively interesting.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby Emma. » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:26 pm

The only excuse for a nonlaw job would be to do something really epic like climb Everest. If you had some crazy story to tell that was like "well, this was always something I have dreamed of doing and it was the only chance I had before starting my legal career—a career I am very passionate about..." I'm pretty sure that would go over just fine at OCI.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby r6_philly » Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:39 pm

Emma. wrote:The only excuse for a nonlaw job would be to do something really epic like climb Everest. If you had some crazy story to tell that was like "well, this was always something I have dreamed of doing and it was the only chance I had before starting my legal career—a career I am very passionate about..." I'm pretty sure that would go over just fine at OCI.


I don't know, that'd probably not going to go if you don't have something just as equally epic for the prior summer.

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby ucbkenn » Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:42 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I took classes instead of working (not for a lack of trying to find summer work) and it screwed me big time for OCI. Do something legal


Just curious... how do you know that taking classes is what screwed you?

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Re: To work or not to work 1L summer

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:59 pm

Anonymous User wrote:How bad would it be to not work in the legal field after my first summer? I just want to get a low-key fun job.

0Ls, take note: this is why you take time off before law school.




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