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Graduate Level or MBA Internships for 2L's

Postby sparty99 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:40 am

I was wondering if any 2L was able to get a non-legal internship? Specifically, a graduate level or internship that usually goes to MBA's?

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Re: Graduate Level or MBA Internships for 2L's

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:00 am

I'm a 3L and worked at a hedge fund last summer. Know a few others who did consulting and funds both thos uear and last year. Doesn't pay as much as SA but is very useful if you dont wanna practice after graduation.

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Re: Graduate Level or MBA Internships for 2L's

Postby SHANbangs » Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:08 am

Anonymous User wrote:I'm a 3L and worked at a hedge fund last summer. Know a few others who did consulting and funds both thos uear and last year. Doesn't pay as much as SA but is very useful if you dont wanna practice after graduation.


To the anon above, I'd greatly appreciate any input you have on getting your hedge fund internship, or insight you have from others who had consulting or fund internships on how they got theirs. I am exploring non-law fields (I may not have any option at this point). What was the application process like? How much networking did you do and how early did you start doing it? And what is the application timeline? Am I too late at this point? Thanks.

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Re: Graduate Level or MBA Internships for 2L's

Postby Borg » Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:33 am

What's your background? If you have work experience that would have made you competitive for an MBA you might be able to swing it, but if you're a K-JD or worked as a paralegal or something this is going to be a tough road.

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Re: Graduate Level or MBA Internships for 2L's

Postby SHANbangs » Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:36 am

Borg wrote:What's your background? If you have work experience that would have made you competitive for an MBA you might be able to swing it, but if you're a K-JD or worked as a paralegal or something this is going to be a tough road.


Unfortunately, the latter.

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Re: Graduate Level or MBA Internships for 2L's

Postby Borg » Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:35 pm

SHANbangs wrote:
Borg wrote:What's your background? If you have work experience that would have made you competitive for an MBA you might be able to swing it, but if you're a K-JD or worked as a paralegal or something this is going to be a tough road.


Unfortunately, the latter.


Well, are you at a point where big firms are out? If so, and if you really think you're done pursuing law, I would recommend doing the following:

1) Cross register with the business school as much as possible, and do not let them say no to you. Absolutely take accounting and corporate finance, even if you just have to audit. Also take a course on capital markets (they will teach you the fundamentals of bonds, equities, derivatives etc.) If they say it's full, show up on the first day and plead. Get into these classes. Even if your schedule is already set for next semester, move some shit around and make this happen. It's absolutely critical.

2) Get an internship during the term. Find an alum from the law school who is working in finance/business and reach out. Tell them you'll work for free and just want the experience. If you're in a city, this shouldn't be that hard. You need to be willing to put in a ton of effort to get out there and make this happen, and it's going to be crucial in terms of adding something to your resume that will be helpful down the road. You might not be able to land a hedge fund position for the summer, but at least you can start building a good relationship and learning what you're going to need to know.

Understand that a lot of MBAs have no idea what they are doing right up until spring of their graduating year, so be patient. Take what you can get for the summer, but focus the rest of your academic terms on making sure that you have an internship in a business capacity somewhere. Building relationships like that is how a lot of people in the business school walk out with full time opportunities.

Be ready to expend a TON of energy on this. It's not a game, and it's not easy, but it is possible and you can walk out with something good. You are going to have to do serious work on your own to learn more about finance and business. Daily visits to Investopedia, going to speakers on campus, and maybe enrolling in a Training the Street course on the fundamentals of corporate valuation are a good start.

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Re: Graduate Level or MBA Internships for 2L's

Postby sparty99 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:20 pm

Will the OP message me.....I have prior WE.




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