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1L Summer Internship Abroad??

Postby mar50 » Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:25 am

I have looked through previous posts and have seen many questions about summer study abroad v. U.S. internship, but I am curious about a legal internship abroad. I am looking into legal internships in Europe and am just wondering if not having something in the U.S. will be a problem in trying to find 2L work.

Although I am not 100% sure what I want to do with my legal career, I am leaning strongly toward a focus on business/M&A law, hopefully with an international emphasis. I am assuming an internship abroad during the 1L summer could only help this along, but I would like some other opinions.


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Re: 1L Summer Internship Abroad??

Postby Other25BeforeYou » Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:31 am

If you're not getting a paid summer associateship at a law firm (which most people aren't), pretty much anything else you do, as long as it's related to law, is totally fine. Our career services told us first year to do whatever the hell we wanted as long as it was a legal job/internship of some kind, because it doesn't matter much. Maybe a small bump if you summer with a federal judge, and obviously if you want to work for the fed gov't upon graduate, being a volunteer intern for the DOJ would probably be ideal.

If you don't want to work for the fed gov't, I think you should definitely do it. The only real affect non-SA summer jobs seemed to have during OCI was whether it gave you something interesting to talk about during interviews. Working internationally almost certainly would, so if you'd enjoy it, go for it.

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