Posted this in the 1L SA thread but thought it might be better as its own topic in case anyone else is in a similar position:
1L at T10. Non-URM, first generation graduate student (for whatever that's worth).
I truly thought I failed all of my finals so I didn't even consider the possibility of landing a 1L SA. Having gotten my grades back, I now think I could possibly be competitive for some positions (my school doesn't rank but based on some info I've seen, I'd guess I'm hovering around top 10%).
Any advice for trying to put together some competitive apps this late in the game? Or is it a waste of time given that 1) it's January and 2) I don't fit into any of the major diversity categories.
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If you have your materials ready, just start mass mailing. Do you have ties to a secondary market? Hit up NALp and find any firms in markets that interest you that hire 1Ls and email them tonight with your materials.
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A bunch of applications aren't even due until February, and that's for the diversity positions, which I think hire earlier than non-LCLD SA positions. Check your school's spring OCI too -- it's not too late!
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