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2 RA positions v. 1

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:00 pm

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Re: 2 RA positions v. 1

Postby aces » Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:11 pm

Pro: working with two professors gives you more to talk about. It seems like the professors work in pretty different fields, which is nice since it makes it more likely that an interviewer might have an interest in one of the two areas of law. It also provides a second potential reference for clerkship applications.

Con: you presumably will have more work to do during the summer, and this might be the last summer you have in a while to really relax. It does cut into your prep time, but honestly you don't need that much time to prepare (maybe a free weekend or two to research firms before bidding and another free weekend or two to practice interviewing)

It should also depend on how intense either position will be. Some professors are really laid back and won't give you hard deadlines or even make you come into the office, which makes it easier to juggle two positions while still having enough time to enjoy the summer. Others are more hands-on and require lots of face-time or a fast turnaround on assignments and it might be more difficult to do both. This is hopefully something you have a sense of already after interviewing with both, but you might also want to inquire with past RAs (Career Services can help you out with finding each professor's past RAs).

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Re: 2 RA positions v. 1

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:35 pm

aces wrote:Pro: working with two professors gives you more to talk about. It seems like the professors work in pretty different fields, which is nice since it makes it more likely that an interviewer might have an interest in one of the two areas of law. It also provides a second potential reference for clerkship applications.

Con: you presumably will have more work to do during the summer, and this might be the last summer you have in a while to really relax. It does cut into your prep time, but honestly you don't need that much time to prepare (maybe a free weekend or two to research firms before bidding and another free weekend or two to practice interviewing)

It should also depend on how intense either position will be. Some professors are really laid back and won't give you hard deadlines or even make you come into the office, which makes it easier to juggle two positions while still having enough time to enjoy the summer. Others are more hands-on and require lots of face-time or a fast turnaround on assignments and it might be more difficult to do both. This is hopefully something you have a sense of already after interviewing with both, but you might also want to inquire with past RAs (Career Services can help you out with finding each professor's past RAs).

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