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I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby NYC2014 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:54 pm

I started in early February and sought an internship with a federal judge - I've applied to approximately six, have heard back/interviewed with two, was denied by one, and haven't heard back from the other for two weeks (he told me it would take a while). Last week I sent out about 20 applications - state judges, small firms, corporations, you name it - and have heard back from none.

What is this, I don't even.

Update 3/23: I was offered a research assistant position today by one of my first semester professors. I also got replies to the batch of applications I sent out - I've got two federal judge internship interviews scheduled for late next week.

Feels good, man.
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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby ph14 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:56 pm

NYC2014 wrote:I started in early February and sought an internship with a federal judge - I've applied to approximately six, have heard back/interviewed with two, was denied by one, and haven't heard back from the other for two weeks (he told me it would take a while). Last week I sent out about 20 applications - state judges, small firms, corporations, you name it - and have heard back from none.

What is this, I don't even.


1) You applied to only 6 places originally. 2) You then applied to only 20 more places, in mid-March. 3) You didn't send any applications to public interest employers, which is where the majority of 1Ls work over the summer.

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:07 pm

You should have literally 100+ apps out at a minimum at this point. You want to know why you are jobless despite your rank? You didn't apply to enough places or judges. Get some applications out like right now because there isn't much time left.

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby rad lulz » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:09 pm

Apply to state and local govt. ASAP brah. Like above poaster said, it's not unusual to send out 100+ apps

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby AEIOU » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:16 pm

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby NYC2014 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:18 pm

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but where can I find which chambers are recruiting? My school's employment website has ~100 job listings; I've already gone through all of them and have applied to any/all that interested me.


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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:26 pm

NYC2014 wrote:Sorry if this is a stupid question, but where can I find which chambers are recruiting? My school's employment website has ~100 job listings; I've already gone through all of them and have applied to any/all that interested me.

Just send a paper app to every judge on a court where you'd be interested in working. Summer internships for judges aren't systematic like clerkships are. The judge I worked for doesn't even hire interns every year, sometimes he just sees an app he likes and hires. Just apply.

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby LawIdiot86 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:53 pm

NYC2014 wrote:Sorry if this is a stupid question, but where can I find which chambers are recruiting? My school's employment website has ~100 job listings; I've already gone through all of them and have applied to any/all that interested me.


That's your problem. You limited yourself to those you were interested in you. You should have limited yourself to any you could do based on geography/year level. Go to your home state or wherever you can afford to live for the summer and Google "State X Courts" and start calling chambers. Then repeat for "Federal X Courts."

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby 20160810 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:46 am

100 apps is a low figure. HURRY UP.

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby thexfactor » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:14 pm

you sound like a 1L. I think you better put in an application to ED at UCHICAGO or GULC ASAP!

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby 20160810 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:26 am

thexfactor wrote:you sound like a 1L. I think you better put in an application to ED at UCHICAGO or GULC ASAP!

Also this

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby traehekat » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:12 am

just because you are ranked near the top of your class doesn't mean that you are a shoe-in ANYWHERE. the upside is that you learned this lesson before 2L OCI/recruiting. get busy with a lot more applications, find something to do this summer that is related to the law (at this point anything will do), and don't make the same mistake again next year.

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby Snape » Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:35 pm

Overconfident T2 student after 1 semester...LOL!

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby rayiner » Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:51 pm

1L grades are pretty much irrelevant for 1L summer hiring. Getting an early jump on applications has a much bigger impact. You're already very late in that process, so apply to as many places as you can right now.

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby NYC2014 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:51 pm

rayiner wrote:1L grades are pretty much irrelevant for 1L summer hiring.


I'll admit I don't know much, but I know enough to know how wrong you are.

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby RobotGardener » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:14 am

NYC2014 wrote:
rayiner wrote:1L grades are pretty much irrelevant for 1L summer hiring.


I'll admit I don't know much, but I know enough to know how wrong you are.


No, he is right. You are the dumbest #1 ever. Use your research skills and the search function on TLS to figure out why.

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby rayiner » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:48 am

NYC2014 wrote:
rayiner wrote:1L grades are pretty much irrelevant for 1L summer hiring.


I'll admit I don't know much, but I know enough to know how wrong you are.


How has that been working out for you?
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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby acrossthelake » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:50 am

NYC2014 wrote:
rayiner wrote:1L grades are pretty much irrelevant for 1L summer hiring.


I'll admit I don't know much, but I know enough to know how wrong you are.


My summer employer never asked for my grades.

ETA: And it's not an obscure PI organization.

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby 20160810 » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:56 am

I think some of the discrepancy here might come from where people went to school. Rayiner and ATL go to good schools; hence 1L grades probably didn't matter much for post-1L employment. I got my post-1L job almost entirely because of grades, but I also go to a school where employers assume I'm unexceptional until grades/interviews (hopefully) persuade them otherwise.

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby lobolawyer » Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:16 am

Anonymous User wrote:You should have literally 100+ apps out at a minimum at this point. You want to know why you are jobless despite your rank? You didn't apply to enough places or judges. Get some applications out like right now because there isn't much time left.


Anything less than 30+ targeted apps is too few IMO.

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby rad lulz » Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:24 am

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby Snape » Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:40 pm

Should be a good lesson for the outstanding T2 kid! being ranked number 1 as a 2L also won't get you anything unless you go after it...Kid must realize that there are literally thousands of students at higher ranked schools that firms are more likely to recruit...

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby rayiner » Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:26 pm

Snape wrote:Should be a good lesson for the outstanding T2 kid! being ranked number 1 as a 2L also won't get you anything unless you go after it...Kid must realize that there are literally thousands of students at higher ranked schools that firms are more likely to recruit...


That's besides the point. I knew people who were top 10% at my T14 after first semester who had to send out tons of apps to get a job. I was being a bit facetious when I said grades don't matter for 1L job search, but it's mostly true. During 2L OCI, jobs will fall in your lap of you're ranked #1 in your class. Outside of OCI, you really have to send a ton of apps regardless of how good your GPA is.

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Re: I'm rank 1 (w/ work exp) at a t2 but can't find a summer job

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:34 pm

RobotGardener wrote:
NYC2014 wrote:
rayiner wrote:1L grades are pretty much irrelevant for 1L summer hiring.


I'll admit I don't know much, but I know enough to know how wrong you are.


No, he is right. You are the dumbest #1 ever. Use your research skills and the search function on TLS to figure out why.
Top 5% in my class at a T25 after 1st semester w/ a tech degree, literally nobody cared about my grades until 2L recruiting rolled around. Signs point to: he doesn't know much, and that void includes what he thinks he knows.




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