Anonymous User wrote:2L here.
Just want to recommend that all you 1Ls contact general counsels and in-house attorneys at Fortune-500 companies. Also, remember that each subsidiary probably has its own general counsel & attorneys. There is a book called "the directory of corporate counsel" that can help, plus your career services should have a database.
Working in house you'll get to meet many different attorneys at many different firms, which is great come 2L OCI. I choose an in-house over a firm offer 1L summer and have never regretted it.
This actually sounds like a great idea! Will do! Do you think they look for anything in particular though? mostly re:grades?
OP here. Actually most, including the F-100 that hired me, never asked for my grades. Most in house places don't have a formal review process. Just set up a phone appointment with whoever you want to talk to and get them to give you a job.
I guess my advice is this for the next seven days spend one hour/ night on a making your resume & cover letter look really really really good (formatting, etc.). Find a really good template and work from that. Be sure to order really nice cloth paper (crane.com) and matching envelopes. Have them professionally printed and make sure the water mark is facing the correct way. Hand address the envelopes w/ the right kind of pen (a "le pen" or a fine point sharpie). After your 7 hours, you should have a resume should be better than everyone else's.
For the next 14 days, apply to 10 places per day every day. Start a spreadsheet to keep track of everything. After 14 days, apply to 3 places per day and spend the rest of the time following up with 10 places per day. Keep doing that until you have a job. Don't stop until you have a job.
When you get interviews make sure your shoes and tie are subtle and very expensive, too expensive. You can have an inexpensive suit if it has been tailored for you by an actual tailor (not the brooks brothers guy or the guy at nordstroms, an actual tailor with his own shop). You wear very nice black, cap toe oxford (not blucher) shoes (black, not patent, no perforations of quarter brogue, bar lacing, polished, no plastic or rubber soles . . . all leather). Order a tie from Drakes, but in a pinch brooks brothers or a nice Ralph Lauren will do. Do not wear a button down collar. Use a little V5 to keep your hair in place. For the interview, carry a leather folio and a nice pen. Basically, you want to look really really good without looking at all flashy . . . flashiness raises resentment. (I checked out some alan flusser books on suits and menswear from the city library that before interviews and I think they helped me present a put-together image.)
Here's my philosophy. A quality tie, quality shoes, and a well-fitted suit (even if it's cheap), and a nice folio and pen show taste. A really well put-together resume show that you can put something together that looks good. The general counsel will think, "i can definitely bring this guy into a board room and have him interact w/ clients without being embarrassed."
People don't get jobs because 1) their resumes, when quickly glanced at, don't look good, 2) they don't send out a steady stream of resumes, 2) they don't follow up, 3) they look sloppy in an interview, or 4) they don't act confidently. Avoid these 4 pitfalls and you will get a 1L job.