rando wrote:Just wondering what they could have possibly said to you in order to make you turn down a large scholarship at a similarly ranked school to pay sticker at this current institution. . . ?
I had never been promised anything prior to my matriculation to this school. I did, however, discuss career opportunities with adcomms and career service staff before I committed to this school. The picture they portrayed was similar to the picture they now portray for current 0L's, or in other words, far from my current state.
rando wrote:In an earlier post you insinuated that you were only looking for paid summer work. Is that right? I know a lot of 2L's at my current school as well as other similarly ranked schools around your top 1/3 mark that took unpaid work this summer. That is not unusual ITE.
First, I wonder what the caliber of your law school is. Is it similar or better than mine? If so, keep reading.
Second, I wonder if the people you refer to took these unpaid summer internships because they couldn't find any paid summer internships or for other reasons.
Third, yes-- I strongly prefer paid summer internships. I could probably get some unpaid summer internship. Who doesn't want a free secretary for three months? I am sure I could. But I have too much debt to have the luxury of not getting paid this summer; I'd rather wait tables and get $15/hour.
Also, I want to clarify something. I am not saying, "I can't get an internship so I hate my school and I hate my life." I actually like my school for many reasons and I can certainly see the advantages in coming here. I am just wondering if the fact that I'll be waiting tables this summer makes my 45k tuition payment next year justified.
I am a 0L and the way I see it is that the only thing that will stick with you in life is what you do with your own hands.
1. That being said, entertainment law is one of the hardest to get in, and understandable why. For that reason, and considering the fact that I don't know the school you're going to, I hope you did your homework well in terms of the schools' connections, locations, etc besides what the admission people told you.
2. Unless you have been a waiter/waitress before, you will not make $ 15/hour ( with tips) because you will be the bus girl/guy who cleans up after everybody and get $ 7/hour.
3. Even if you got paid $ 40/hour it would still be worse than getting an unpaid internship. The way I see it, and again, I am speaking based on previous non-legal WE ( I am a 0L), the experience of a legal internship will overtake any money you could make doing non-legal related stuff.
This is because:
- the obvious experience is priceless
- the unpaid gig could lead to a paid position upon graduation
- you never know what connections you make while doing your internship.
It is a vicious circle, and not only in the legal field. If you don't have experience, it will be hard to get a job. But how would you get a job if you just graduated? By doing an a non-paid internship. I know law students are/have been used to getting paid internships over summer, but ITE you need to adapt to the situation and try to make the best of it.
I have been reading this forum for quite a while and have been speaking with law students and there is a consensus among all of them - hussle, hussle, hussle, network, network, network. That could mean volunteering, join the pro-bono schools' programs, clinics, RA, volunteer at your local courthouse, etc. Anything that could get you connections with people in the legal world.
I wish you the best of luck and I hope things will work out for you