Anonymous User wrote:As of yesterday they are accepting applications for the 1L summer program. A few questions, if anyone is willing to share:
1. There's not a lot of information specific to the 1L experience, has anyone here done it?
2. Applications are open until the beginning of February, but they are on a rolling basis so I am trying to decide whether I should apply now and submit a transcript with my grades when they're posted at the end of January, or if I should wait to apply. Anyone have advice? Leaning toward applying now due to rolling admissions.
3. There is a separate application email address for each office. I am interested in working in any of the offices, and it might help my odds to apply to every office. The site has no specific guidance on doing this; any recommendations?
4. I'm assuming most 1Ls don't have grades at this point, so what are the selection criteria? My undergrad is in accounting (3.96 gpa) from a top-25 accounting program, and I interned at a Big 4 firm in a major market last summer. Should that give me a good enough shot to spend the time applying?
1. I did this last year. It was great. I got a whole lot of experience that firms obviously thought was good and am positive it helped me land my job. The attorneys who worked with me were all really great and were almost all BigLaw alums (e.g. might be willing to make a call for you)
2. I applied at the end of January after all my grades were in. They took a month before responding and setting up an interview. I heard back a week after my interview. If I did it all over again, I'd apply sooner rather than later and update with my grades, but there are no sure things.
3. Last year, you could only apply to a max of 3 offices. The DC and NY offices are by far the biggest. NY is mostly enforcement, DC is everything. If you want to maximize your chances of a job and can't apply to everything, prioritize DC and NY.
4. That's good experience, but they will want your first semester grades at some point, so make sure to kick ass. Basically everyone there had some sort of comparable experience to you in undergrad. Maybe less good than you, but you shouldn't go in thinking you're a sure thing.