Interested in family law

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soda mayor
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Interested in family law

Postby soda mayor » Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:19 am

how does one pursue this path? what should one be doing their 1L summer?

Family law isnt really represented at OCI or at my schools public interest fair. Is it a waste of time to e-mail these small (usually very small) firms and inquire about an internship?

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BaiAilian2013
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Re: Interested in family law

Postby BaiAilian2013 » Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:28 am

My (former) roommate wants to go into family law and spent her 1L summer interning for a judge in family court. She enjoyed it and learned a lot. She's having more trouble finding 2L employment, but she thinks her grades are the thing holding her back there.

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Re: Interested in family law

Postby jkay » Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:44 pm

You should see if there is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program in your area. I am a CASA (started two years before law school) and while it has left me with no doubt that family law is something I have no interest in, I have had a ton of interaction of with the family court system. Also, on any one case, there will be an attorney from the prosecutor's office, an attorney for the child, an attorney for the mother, and potentially another for the father. In other words, the networking possibilities are endless.

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Re: Interested in family law

Postby mrmangs » Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:48 pm

Do yourself a favor and don't do family law.

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Re: Interested in family law

Postby Macunaíma » Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:13 pm

mrmangs wrote:Do yourself a favor and don't do family law.


Credited response.

If you like trashy clients who demand you litigate emotionally, rather than rationally, go for family law. If you think justice means fighting tooth and nail for the coffee mug from the family trip to Wall Drug in 1993, go into family law. If you can really sink your teeth into using your client's children as weapons against his or her ex, go into family law. If you enjoy seeing people at their absolute worst, go into family law.

If that doesn't sound like your passion, jizzmopper is a step up from family law.

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Re: Interested in family law

Postby mikeytwoshoes » Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:27 pm

Macunaíma wrote:
mrmangs wrote:Do yourself a favor and don't do family law.


Credited response.

If you like trashy clients who demand you litigate emotionally, rather than rationally, go for family law. If you think justice means fighting tooth and nail for the coffee mug from the family trip to Wall Drug in 1993, go into family law. If you can really sink your teeth into using your client's children as weapons against his or her ex, go into family law. If you enjoy seeing people at their absolute worst, go into family law.

If that doesn't sound like your passion, jizzmopper is a step up from family law.

That's a great Clerks reference.

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Re: Interested in family law

Postby BarbellDreams » Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:31 pm

Macunaíma wrote:
mrmangs wrote:Do yourself a favor and don't do family law.


Credited response.

If you like trashy clients who demand you litigate emotionally, rather than rationally, go for family law. If you think justice means fighting tooth and nail for the coffee mug from the family trip to Wall Drug in 1993, go into family law. If you can really sink your teeth into using your client's children as weapons against his or her ex, go into family law. If you enjoy seeing people at their absolute worst, go into family law.

If that doesn't sound like your passion, jizzmopper is a step up from family law.


I laugh out loud at my share of TLS posts but I likely laughed at this the hardest.




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