Want to work in Chicago. Will this 1L summer job hurt me?

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Want to work in Chicago. Will this 1L summer job hurt me?

Postby steubenville » Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:55 pm

So I received a job offer to work a paid summer public interest gig working with the State of Arizona, but I ultimately would like to work in Chicago, where I am from. I go to a T-25 in the Midwest. I really liked the practical experience this job in AZ would give me, but I'm wondering if it might hurt my chances when I interview with firms from Chicago? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Want to work in Chicago. Will this 1L summer job hurt me?

Postby CanadianWolf » Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:56 pm

What are your other summer employment options ? Will you be seeking a public interest position in Chicago ?

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Re: Want to work in Chicago. Will this 1L summer job hurt me?

Postby steubenville » Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:57 pm

At this point, zilch. There are some applications for IL PI jobs pending, but AZ job was the first offer I received.

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Re: Want to work in Chicago. Will this 1L summer job hurt me?

Postby CanadianWolf » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:01 pm

Jobs are scarce for 1ls, so if the Arizona job is of interest to you, then it is better to have work experience than no work experience. Chicago is not a provincially minded city so Arizona employment might pique interest in you rather than scare employers away, in my opinion. Plus it shows committment to PI type work if you wish to pursue that afterwards.

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Re: Want to work in Chicago. Will this 1L summer job hurt me?

Postby adammac17 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:04 pm

what were your grades like that you got the pi gig in AZ? any connections?

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Re: Want to work in Chicago. Will this 1L summer job hurt me?

Postby steubenville » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:08 pm

I had a very good connection to a friend (current law student) who works there. My grades are meager (just under the curve b/c I bombed my crim law exam), and I'm hoping to to rebound this semester.

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Re: Want to work in Chicago. Will this 1L summer job hurt me?

Postby chadwick218 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:18 pm

Just an FYI - coming from a T-25 in the midwest, you will likely need to crack the top 10-15%, some ties to the city, and/or write onto law review to land a Chicago biglaw job. Given that you are already attending law school in the midwest (hopefully a feeder school into Chicago), taking a paid summer job in Arizona will not hurt your chances (assuming that you already have some strong ties to the city itself).

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Re: Want to work in Chicago. Will this 1L summer job hurt me?

Postby adammac17 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:37 pm

just wondering what "ties" really mean. i, for example, am from the state of il and my father lives in the suburbs. is that a "tie"?

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Re: Want to work in Chicago. Will this 1L summer job hurt me?

Postby chadwick218 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:42 pm

adammac17 wrote:just wondering what "ties" really mean. i, for example, am from the state of il and my father lives in the suburbs. is that a "tie"?


i'd say that's a tie. i would just be sure that this is apparent on your resume (i.e. list you dad's address as your permanent address).

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Re: Want to work in Chicago. Will this 1L summer job hurt me?

Postby steubenville » Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:02 pm

Thanks, guys, for your help.

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Re: Want to work in Chicago. Will this 1L summer job hurt me?

Postby A'nold » Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:52 pm

Did you go to Franciscan University?

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Re: Want to work in Chicago. Will this 1L summer job hurt me?

Postby steubenville » Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:14 pm

A'nold wrote:Did you go to Franciscan University?


Yep. Did you?




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