LawIdiot86 wrote:Do you have any advice for 2Ls contemplating a split summer? The usual question is: Will going with two firms double my odds of an offer or reduce each firm's perception of my commitment to them?
Rad had mentioned that Southern law firms tend to insist/require half summer programs, and so his hand was forced and did a split summer. I'm not so sure he would recommend it, but I'm 90% sure he had to do it.
I'll let rad answer for sure
, but I'm pretty sure I got that right...if you're interested in splitting, I'm pretty sure that's the sitch that rad was in.
You are really not "forced" into a half summer program--it's just that many southern firms only offer 6-8 weeks.
I can't speak to Rad's situation, but I can offer input from what I know. I know people who got no offered from southern firms who did 8 weeks (and no other firm second half) and those who split doing 6 weeks. The one who split managed to get an offer from the other firm they split with. The one who did not split did not have that luxury. My advice is if you are in a southern market that still does split summers, then do it if you have the opportunity. I sincerely doubt it will hurt you chances at either firm, since the dates should not conflict if you get a first half and second half firm. Firms in non-splitting markets may not like this as much, but firms within markets that split typically have no problem with it. And it's better to get two bites at the apple rather than just one.
I know that's the southern tradition, but I'm wondering if you should split with someone who would never hire you, like a judge or an agency, to prove how committed you are to a particular firm.
I don't know anyone who was no-offered because of commitment issues. Work product or fit were the main cited causes. Fit might be helped by an extra few weeks; same with work product. On the other hand, I know multiple people no-offered because of "work product" issues that involved only 1 or 2 assignments (and thus the extra time could potentially screw you over).