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Should I look for another summer job? (1L)

Postby pauleycat » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:30 pm

I'm working half the summer at a large firm as a paid 1L SA. I'm not sure if I should go look for another job for the second half of the summer? My school's career counselor said that working half the summer as a 1st year as a SA is more than enough, but I'm not convinced.

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Re: Should I look for another summer job? (1L)

Postby zot1 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:32 pm

You're absolutely fine. However, if you find some cool opportunity you'd like to do for the second half of the summer, get on it.

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Re: Should I look for another summer job? (1L)

Postby trebekismyhero » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:34 pm

pauleycat wrote:I'm working half the summer at a large firm as a paid 1L SA. I'm not sure if I should go look for another job for the second half of the summer? My school's career counselor said that working half the summer as a 1st year as a SA is more than enough, but I'm not convinced.

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One of the rare times that the counselor is right. Unless you are only working like 4 weeks, then you might want to do something as a filler. But employers just want to know that you did something legal 1L. Working at a large firm for the summer should give you plenty to talk about at OCI.

If you are interested in working for a judge or trying something else on your own, that is different. But you don't have to

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Re: Should I look for another summer job? (1L)

Postby UVA2B » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:50 pm

pauleycat wrote:I'm working half the summer at a large firm as a paid 1L SA. I'm not sure if I should go look for another job for the second half of the summer? My school's career counselor said that working half the summer as a 1st year as a SA is more than enough, but I'm not convinced.

Thanks!


Why are you only working with them for half of the summer? Most who are doing an SA split are for a reason (already accepted a position with a judge, etc.). I don't think it'll matter for OCI because you're getting good legal experience, but it's just curious that you're starting out with only one half of the summer covered.

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Re: Should I look for another summer job? (1L)

Postby acr » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:55 pm

UVA2B wrote:
pauleycat wrote:I'm working half the summer at a large firm as a paid 1L SA. I'm not sure if I should go look for another job for the second half of the summer? My school's career counselor said that working half the summer as a 1st year as a SA is more than enough, but I'm not convinced.

Thanks!


Why are you only working with them for half of the summer? Most who are doing an SA split are for a reason (already accepted a position with a judge, etc.). I don't think it'll matter for OCI because you're getting good legal experience, but it's just curious that you're starting out with only one half of the summer covered.


That's exactly what I was thinking.

Maybe reach out to some professors and try to arrange an RA position? Preferably in the area of law you're targeting at OCI, as RA'ing for a professor in the field would give you something extra to talk about and demonstrate your interest.

But I would just work the full 10 weeks for the firm to make the money

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Re: Should I look for another summer job? (1L)

Postby foregetaboutdre » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:00 pm

More than enough. Use the rest of the summer to prepare/mass mail for OCI. It'll be worth it. After your SA just spam resumes/coverletters to all sorts of firms because you'll have time and go on a vacation and have fun.

Some second half summer thing shadowing a judge or something would be a waste of time IMO.

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