BlakcMajikc wrote:Skool wrote:txdude45 wrote:Skool wrote:In the last two weeks I've managed filings in SCOTUS and two other state Supreme courts across the country. This year is going to be filled with many other baller litigation projects with really smart litigators who are making me a better professional (in terms of my substantive legal knowledge and skills). You don't just walk away from a good place without really understanding your alternative. Especially if big law from a T-14 isn't really that hard for URM (and this might be a flawed understanding) since they and clients appear thirsty for more diversity.
I don't know what they're feeding you over there, but I'd take it easy on the kool aid.
We aren't being fed anything. What we're saying is based on facts. You're current job (which I'm assuming to be paralegal, but either way chill, you aren't that important to what is going on) may be super awesome and be giving you a bunch of great experience, but you can only have so much of that on your resume. If it also includes "[V25 Firm] - SEO Summer Associate" a bunch of doors are gonna swing wide open.
I guess I have a lot to learn.
Yes, I'm an SEO alum. And you obviously don't understand your [possible] alternative.
Which is why I'm here.
Keeping it real, you're right, I don't know a ton, but you'd be surprised what you can pick up cite checking briefs on novel legal questions. Which is why it makes sense that cite checking is a mainstay of 1L and 2L educational internships (to say nothing of Law Review work). Also, you learn a lot prepping attorneys for deps, attending oral argument for briefs you cite checked, and just asking naive questions about briefs from people who are busy but collegial enough to humor you. Those are all good experiences that I value, whether or not you think they are important.BlakcMajikc wrote:Honestly, SEO turns down qualified candidates [think HLS 0Ls with crazy resumes] every year, so we're putting the cart before the horse anyway. We aren't talking just big law, we are talking the most selective firms and folks that can help with the most selective opportunities [think DOJ Honors].
What you are doing as a paralegal isn't that important. As an SA or SEO, you have a chance to work on the substantive portion of the briefing -- although you can't do legal research, you can certainly do policy or facts-related work. And that can include SCOTUS briefing. And honestly, as a paralegal, let's be real, you probs don't have a ton of substantive legal knowledge. I would definitely talk to more folks before forming misguided opinions.
I'll definitely check in in the coming months to learn more about the program. But I'll be especially interested to hear from people about the particulars of their experience. Which the last few posts have been a little light on.
And you're right, maybe we are putting the cart before the horse, but deciding to apply is pretty important. There are tons of scholarships and actual law school apps to do, and stuff at work to do and Applicants don't have infinite time/Recommenders. If the opportunity cost of rustling up an app and recommendations isn't worth the effort... Wouldn't be a smart move.
I do take txdude's advice to heart though. Having good experience will only take you so far in a profession as ludicrous as this thing of ours. I'll keep in mind that having fun doing interesting legal work has diminishing professional returns long run if you haven't gotten a few dollops of prestige, which is sad but probably true.