Summer job advice - PI or RA?

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JordynAsh
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Summer job advice - PI or RA?

Postby JordynAsh » Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:50 pm

I'll be interning for a judge the second half of this summer but I've just received an offer from a PI organization that would probably let me split the summer to work the first half at their office. However, I also have the option to RA for the first half. I'd prefer to RA and take a summer class, but is working for a PI that much better for OCI than RA/summer school that I should take the PI offer instead?

Thanks!

Edit: I'm a 1L.
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Re: Summer job advice - PI or RA?

Postby linquest » Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:00 pm

Any legal work experience will be more helpful in the job hunt process than the 1 or 2 classes you'll take in the summer. Take the PI gig, split with RA only if it's relevant/interesting topic or a prof that might be very helpful to you later.

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Re: Summer job advice - PI or RA?

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:06 pm

The PI gig would look better on a resume than being an RA. The only reason to take the RA position is if, like the above poster mentioned, the professor has the connections to get you a good firm job/federal clerk spot after graduation.

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Re: Summer job advice - PI or RA?

Postby JordynAsh » Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:14 pm

linquest wrote:Any legal work experience will be more helpful in the job hunt process than the 1 or 2 classes you'll take in the summer. Take the PI gig, split with RA only if it's relevant/interesting topic or a prof that might be very helpful to you later.


I would still have the judicial internship if I choose to RA. Would you still say that PI + internship > RA + class + internship?

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Re: Summer job advice - PI or RA?

Postby patrickd139 » Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:10 pm

What are your career aspirations? Also, is clerking something you're interested in? If so, being an RA could pay dividends down the road when it's time to do recommendations, etc.

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Re: Summer job advice - PI or RA?

Postby JordynAsh » Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:39 am

Actually I think I've worked it out so I can do all three. Thanks for the advice!




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