0LNewbie wrote:romothesavior wrote:Lastly, 1Lolololoci is a joke at almost all schools so plan on finding your job on your own.
Hey, at least you get some interviewing practice, right? Or are you saying you don't even get interviews.
I didn't land a single interview, and I had better grades after fall semester than I do now. A few people got jobs out of it, and even fewer got firm jobs. I would say do it for sure, but don't expect much without stellar grades, strong connections to a market, or something you can bring to the table like diversity or work experience (and I had none of the above).
Honestly, the key is simply to find something that you will enjoy and can spin into a positive experience during 2L OCI. I want to litigate, so I worked for a law department in the city I was targeting. I loved my job, loved the people I worked with, and had a lot of good things to talk about in OCI. Basically, I was doing real litigation work every single day (memos, research, going to depos and court proceedings, and I even got to write an appellate brief from research to final draft). You are going to get questions at OCI like, "What was the most rewarding assignment you had all summer?" and "What were some challenges you faced during your summer experience?" and "What did you take away from your work this summer?" I was able to talk about researching an appellate brief from start to finish and being able to craft creative arguments, arguing the facts rather than the law since the law was against us, blah blah blah. Did employers say, "WOW! This kid is ready to jump right into the mix, let's hire his ass!" after they heard about my experience? No. But it was a solid enough answer that it didn't look like I screwed around all summer, and it certainly sounded better than what some of my peers were able to do. So IMO, don't try to find the most prestigious gig you can. Try to find something that will give you something to talk about and sell well in an interview, and maybe something that will actually teach you a thing or two about the real practice of lawl.
Also, I have heard a few lawyers say that "work work" > judicial internships. I have a friend who worked for a federal DCT judge in a very prestigious circuit and didn't like it. She went the entire summer without even really talking to her judge. Not saying judicial internships will be harmful in 2L OCI, but personally, I think I got a lot more out of working in a real legal work environment than I would have in a judicial setting. I think I would even take an RA job over a judicial internship, depending on the prof. If you can RA with a well-respected professor who has ties to the area, they will often go to bat for you and make you some very sick connections for 2L year. 0LNewbie, PM me and I'll give you the names of a few profs who I would recommend at WUSTL.