Which 1L Summer Position is Better (for me)?

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Which 1L Summer Position is Better (for me)?

Postby OneLisfun » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:00 pm

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Re: Which 1L Summer Position is Better (for me)?

Postby filibuster » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:31 pm

It won't matter, man. If the solo gig is paid than take that position. Honestly, do whichever you prefer and kill your 1L grades.

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Re: Which 1L Summer Position is Better (for me)?

Postby Desert Fox » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:37 pm

Government and PI aren't really the same category.

I'd pick gov or PI. Whatever looks more substantive.

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Re: Which 1L Summer Position is Better (for me)?

Postby OneLisfun » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:40 pm

Desert Fox wrote:Government and PI aren't really the same category.

I'd pick gov or PI. Whatever looks more substantive.


Okay, thanks for the advice. And do you think a firm would frown upon someone who did the solo firm internship? (Note: Probably looks especially connection/family friend type thing due to the prior experience there).

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Re: Which 1L Summer Position is Better (for me)?

Postby Desert Fox » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:41 pm

OneLisfun wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Government and PI aren't really the same category.

I'd pick gov or PI. Whatever looks more substantive.


Okay, thanks for the advice. And do you think a firm would frown upon someone who did the solo firm internship? (Note: Probably looks especially connection/family friend type thing due to the prior experience there).

Nah they wouldn't really look down on it, but gov and prefstigious PI is harder to get.

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Re: Which 1L Summer Position is Better (for me)?

Postby DoveBodyWash » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:42 pm

OneLisfun wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Government and PI aren't really the same category.

I'd pick gov or PI. Whatever looks more substantive.


Okay, thanks for the advice. And do you think a firm would frown upon someone who did the solo firm internship? (Note: Probably looks especially connection/family friend type thing due to the prior experience there).

Firms don't really draw those distinctions about your 1L job. Most important thing is doing substantive work and being able to spin that in your favor during interviews. If you have an idea of what kind of work you wanna do then it can help narrow the focus. Being paid is always nice too but wouldn't pick job just because it pays unless all else was equal

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Re: Which 1L Summer Position is Better (for me)?

Postby OneLisfun » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:44 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
OneLisfun wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Government and PI aren't really the same category.

I'd pick gov or PI. Whatever looks more substantive.


Okay, thanks for the advice. And do you think a firm would frown upon someone who did the solo firm internship? (Note: Probably looks especially connection/family friend type thing due to the prior experience there).

Nah they wouldn't really look down on it, but gov and prefstigious PI is harder to get.


Yeah, but what about that whole thing people say about not wanting to look too into this PI/Gov stuff? You think the prestige overrides it?

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Re: Which 1L Summer Position is Better (for me)?

Postby zugzwanger » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:45 pm

Anything legal is fine. Very doubtful that firms will try to trace some narrative in your interests based on 1L...it'll be more of a box check and as indicated above, if you can make some money while checking that box, then that's obviously even better.

EDIT: a lot of time PI work is what's mostly available for 1Ls since that seems to be where most of the help is needed. Unless somehow beyond 1L your resume screams PI, nobody will care.

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Re: Which 1L Summer Position is Better (for me)?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:56 pm

Since 1L summer firm jobs are fairly rare, doing PI/government that summer probably isn't going to signal "I want PI" to firms because most people do something PI/gov. Judicial internships seem to be fairly "neutral" (they're non-profit but don't scream PI). If you're worried about your previous experience, maybe look for something in a different area? If, say, before LS you worked with DV victims and then 1L summer you did something else DV-related, I think that would look like a concerted career focus and send up more red flags than, say, doing Americorps and then volunteering for the state AG's office or something.




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