Government vs Small Firm

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Government vs Small Firm

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:23 pm

Hello everyone,

I am a rising 3L at a T30 school and am looking at employment options for this summer. I am in the top %20 of my class but my GPA only recently got this high, so 2L OCI was a bust.

I have two offers on the table - one unpaid government position, and one paid clerkship at a small firm (<10 people). The government position would probably lead to a full-time offer, while the paid clerkship would get me, well, paid.

Looking forward to the dreaded OCI as a 3L, which one of these experiences would be more valuable? Do firms frown upon government positions, or is that a better option than a very very small firm?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you all so much :)

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Re: Government vs Small Firm

Postby zot1 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:29 pm

If the post-grad offer is a lock, that's always the way to go. Live frugally over the summer, ask for help, try to get RA part time work to cover some expenses, apply for public interest summer funding through your school and outside sources, etc.

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Re: Government vs Small Firm

Postby pancakes3 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:33 pm

take the offer in hand but make sure it's an offer in hand.

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Re: Government vs Small Firm

Postby foregetaboutdre » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:51 pm

What kind of govt offer is it? (AG, PD, AD, agency)?

What does the small firm do?

What are you interested in?



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