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1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:08 am

Hi,

I'm a current 1L at a T14, and I've been mass applying for 1L diversity summer associate positions (note: I won't have my grades back until later this month). I was wondering if someone who has applied for and gotten (or know of people who have gotten) 1L SA positions through diversity scholarships can share some insight on whether there is a "trick," per se, to obtaining these positions.

Thanks in advance! :D
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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby zhenders » Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:33 am

No trick so far as I was able to tell; I was told that my interviewing, as well as having a pretty unique resume, were more-or-less what did it for me. Ultimately, be yourself, and practice interviewing!

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:39 am

zhenders wrote:No trick so far as I was able to tell; I was told that my interviewing, as well as having a pretty unique resume, were more-or-less what did it for me. Ultimately, be yourself, and practice interviewing!

Thanks for the advice! No bites thus far, though. It might be because I didn't apply until after finals (aka during the holidays).

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:24 pm

Anyone else? :)

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:23 pm

Also applied to a few, already got a no from one of the firms and told to apply next year. Is mass-mailing ok for 1L SAs?

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:43 pm

Applied to a few as well!

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:17 pm

Quick question. I've been told that the terms "URM and diverse", while there is overlap are different for law school admissions and for employment purposes. Can anyone clear this up?
For example, I've been told that Middle-Eastern/Asian can sometimes be diverse and eligible for diversity fellowships.

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:46 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Quick question. I've been told that the terms "URM and diverse", while there is overlap are different for law school admissions and for employment purposes. Can anyone clear this up?
For example, I've been told that Middle-Eastern/Asian can sometimes be diverse and eligible for diversity fellowships.


Correct. White women and LGBTQ as well.

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby dabigchina » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:00 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Quick question. I've been told that the terms "URM and diverse", while there is overlap are different for law school admissions and for employment purposes. Can anyone clear this up?
For example, I've been told that Middle-Eastern/Asian can sometimes be diverse and eligible for diversity fellowships.

"Diversity" for law firm purposes is defined much more expansively. If in doubt, throw them an application.

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:17 pm

I applied to a bunch of these. Ended up taking a different type of job, but from what I could tell, disability status counted for a lot of these diversity spots.

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby candidlatke » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:13 am

current applicant, been dinged by mofo/cooley/linklaters (before getting any grades back) and still waiting on everything else

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby tonidee » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:12 am

Hey, I was a 1L SA (through this type of initiative). The firm I went to also hired another 1L who a non-traditional with graduate degree. I spent my 2L summer at a different firm. The process is really hit or miss. It definitely helps if you have a high-level contact at the firm who can speak to the SA hiring partner about you. I applied to about 15 or 20 of the fellowships and got three interviews (and offers). Full disclosure: Solid/above avg law school grades, a non-traditional students, ties to the area that I received offers, graduate degree from an ivy, eight years of work experience, and a POC.

It's great if you can land one but don't worry about it if you cannot. You'll have better luck in OCI (assuming you have solid grades).

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:55 pm

Screener for Skadden tomorrow.

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:08 pm

candidlatke wrote:current applicant, been dinged by mofo/cooley/linklaters (before getting any grades back) and still waiting on everything else

MOFO and Cooley both dinged me the same day I applied last year. They are stupid competitive.

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:34 am

Anyone with bad grades, get any news?
How influential is the law school you go to vs. you grades?

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:36 pm

Wilson Sonsini ding, email says not accepting 1L summers.

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:53 pm

I've been sending quite a few apps out. Does 3.8 and being part of an underrepresented ethnic group give me a good shot. GULC/Vandy/Texas/UCLA student.

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby KunAgnis » Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:01 am

Anonymous User wrote:I've been sending quite a few apps out. Does 3.8 and being part of an underrepresented ethnic group give me a good shot. GULC/Vandy/Texas/UCLA student.


Seems like that would be a great shot. You should work on your interviewing skills with your Career Services Office but apart from that your GPA seems solid

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:05 pm

OP here. Ended up applying to literally every single firm that had a 1L diversity SA option. 4 screeners and 1 CB thus far -- no grades yet. Good luck to everyone out there!

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Postby UVA2B » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:08 pm

Anonymous User wrote:OP here. Ended up applying to literally every single firm that had a 1L diversity SA option. 4 screeners and 1 CB thus far -- no grades yet. Good luck to everyone out there!


Good luck with the CB! Mind mentioning which market or at least general size of the market?

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:13 pm

UVA2B wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:OP here. Ended up applying to literally every single firm that had a 1L diversity SA option. 4 screeners and 1 CB thus far -- no grades yet. Good luck to everyone out there!


Good luck with the CB! Mind mentioning which market or at least general size of the market?

Thanks! It's a secondary market that I have significant ties to.

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby zot1 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:17 pm

The trick is to be diverse.

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:47 am

Anyone apply to Weil and then get invited to a reception?

Edit: Weil Gotshal Manges not Glaser Weil

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:59 am

I got a phone call from a diversity SA in Seattle today. They're flying me over from the east coast for an interview. Very exciting and unexpected.

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Re: 1L diversity summer associate positions

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:35 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I got a phone call from a diversity SA in Seattle today. They're flying me over from the east coast for an interview. Very exciting and unexpected.

Did you do a screener with the firm? Also, have your grades been released yet? What are your ties to Seattle? I'm asking because I may be in a similar (if not the same) position with a Seattle firm.



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