RA and Law Clerk position over 1L Summer

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Work as an RA, in addition to law clerk?

Poll ended at Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:11 pm

Yes
3
30%
No
7
70%
 
Total votes: 10

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RA and Law Clerk position over 1L Summer

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:11 pm

I have a paid position as a law clerk for a small, local firm this (1L) summer. They said it'll be strict 40 hours, no more no less. Would it be worth it to work part-time as a Research Assistant (RA) over summer as well? Or should I focus on 2L OCIs & networking? I'm fine with working over 40 hours and really just looking for the best experience that will help me get a 2L SA. I'm also not opposed to the extra cash.

Thanks.

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Re: RA and Law Clerk position over 1L Summer

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:00 pm

I don't think an RA position is going to give you any boost for 2L SA. All about grades/journal. RA's usually only pay min wage anyways.

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Re: RA and Law Clerk position over 1L Summer

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:11 pm

Might be a good way to get a recommendation letter if you want to apply for clerkships...

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Re: RA and Law Clerk position over 1L Summer

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:23 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Might be a good way to get a recommendation letter if you want to apply for clerkships...



This. If you want to apply for clerkships then it's worth it. If not, then there is almost no reason to do it.

I RA'd 1L summer on top of an SA and am certainly glad I did now that I am applying for clerkships. And the firm was well over 40/hrs per week. Then again, I doubt the RA job had any impact on my 2L OCI so, again, if you don't care about clerking, don't do it.

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Re: RA and Law Clerk position over 1L Summer

Postby thesealocust » Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:15 pm

Absofuckinglutely not. Under any circumstances. RA over the semester if you really feel gunnery.




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