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humdrum
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Writing samples

Postby humdrum » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:10 pm

What can you use as a writing sample for 2L summer associate interviews? Do employers prefer to see court documents (motions, briefs) or can you use an internal research memo addressing a legal question?

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Re: Writing samples

Postby lawstudent1986 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:21 pm

By the same token, is it absolutely disastrous NOT to use a writing sample from your 1L internship? Sort of feel like my LRW appellate brief is a better overall product...

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Re: Writing samples

Postby 24secure » Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:53 pm

I'd use the LRW memo (or whatever you wrote for the class). I know my memos at my 1L internship didn't have to be by the book and they weren't as in depth as the class assignment.

Just my two cents.

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Re: Writing samples

Postby PirateCap'n » Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:11 pm

24secure wrote:I'd use the LRW memo (or whatever you wrote for the class). I know my memos at my 1L internship didn't have to be by the book and they weren't as in depth as the class assignment.

Just my two cents.


Same here. I'm planning on using a legal writing memo or brief.

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Re: Writing samples

Postby humdrum » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:16 pm

So it doesn't matter? I've heard that Legal Writing memos are not the best bet because many people from your school use the same thing and having someone read arguments, even if well-written, that they've already seen multiple times seems like it could hurt you.

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Re: Writing samples

Postby 24secure » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:47 am

But it shows that you are capable of making a legal argument. There really isn't a whole lot to show the employer if you just turned in some court orders you wrote. A lot of the stuff employers have you write just doesn't involve a lot of citation or a lot of argument. I'd rather show them something that involves a lot of legal analysis than show them something they haven't seen from 20 other people.

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Re: Writing samples

Postby random5483 » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:51 am

Everything else being equal, a work product writing sample is better. However, if your LRW sample has better/higher quality writing, then you probably should use the LRW sample.




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