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Exernships approved without interviews?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:00 pm

I have an externship lined up. No interview required, just resume and writing samples and a letter explaining my interest.

Anyone else have this happen? It is with a free legal aid office, but I thought there would at least be an interview. Other places that I applied mentioned they'd require one, but I took this one. Is this common?

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Re: Exernships approved without interviews?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:05 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I have an externship lined up. No interview required, just resume and writing samples and a letter explaining my interest.

Anyone else have this happen? It is with a free legal aid office, but I thought there would at least be an interview. Other places that I applied mentioned they'd require one, but I took this one. Is this common?


A judge accepted me without a formal interview, but he called without warning and talked to me for a few minutes before giving the offer. I guess that was a sort of interview.

Yes, it happens. But it is rare, even for unpaid positions.

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Re: Exernships approved without interviews?

Postby jurisx » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:08 pm

wow a judge. That is a shock, since those tend to be the ones with the most people gunning for them. Kudos.

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Re: Exernships approved without interviews?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:09 pm

jurisx wrote:wow a judge. That is a shock, since those tend to be the ones with the most people gunning for them. Kudos.


1L Summer, not clerkship. Landing a summer internship with an art. III judge is much, much easier than landing a clerkship with the same judge. For 1L summer, the only ones with lots of applicants are big firms. Since every 1L seems to feel entitled to a big law job at my school, they all apply on December 1, and many who do not get a firm job give up in disgust and do summer school without any legal internship.

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Re: Exernships approved without interviews?

Postby ilovesf » Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:15 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
jurisx wrote:wow a judge. That is a shock, since those tend to be the ones with the most people gunning for them. Kudos.


1L Summer, not clerkship. Landing a summer internship with an art. III judge is much, much easier than landing a clerkship with the same judge. For 1L summer, the only ones with lots of applicants are big firms. Since every 1L seems to feel entitled to a big law job at my school, they all apply on December 1, and many who do not get a firm job give up in disgust and do summer school without any legal internship.

Depends on the school. Most kids from t-14s probably gun for 1L SAs but at my range of school I think most people gun for working for a judge since we know we have no chance at a SA.
And to answer the question OP, that happened to a friend of mine, but I don't think it's that common to get offered a job without an interview.

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Re: Exernships approved without interviews?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:17 pm

ilovesf wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
jurisx wrote:wow a judge. That is a shock, since those tend to be the ones with the most people gunning for them. Kudos.


1L Summer, not clerkship. Landing a summer internship with an art. III judge is much, much easier than landing a clerkship with the same judge. For 1L summer, the only ones with lots of applicants are big firms. Since every 1L seems to feel entitled to a big law job at my school, they all apply on December 1, and many who do not get a firm job give up in disgust and do summer school without any legal internship.

Depends on the school. Most kids from t-14s probably gun for 1L SAs but at my range of school I think most people gun for working for a judge since we know we have no chance at a SA.
And to answer the question OP, that happened to a friend of mine, but I don't think it's that common to get offered a job without an interview.


Depends also on the market as well. CA (where I assume you are) and NYC tend not to have many 1L SA, and getting one is often contingent upon top 10% at the likes of Penn and NYU--or a special fellowship (diversity, etc.). In the South (where I go to school), it's a lot more common. Top 25% at Vanderbilt, UT, or even SMU is often sufficient.




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