Samara wrote:So...I've been soaking up information on biglaw employment/OCI. Come to find out, pretty much everything on my resume is a flight risk red flag for biglaw. (At least, according to that V15 guy in the employment forum.) It's not exactly hippie PI stuff, but it sounds like it's close enough. I thought my several years of WE would be helpful for OCI, but now I'm not so sure.
Are there things I can do to demonstrate my interest in biglaw during 1L? Law review seems pretty important, so I could gun for that. And obviously, getting a corporate 1L summer job. But both of those things seem hard to get. Are there other things I can try to do? Or is this not as big of a problem as I am making it out to be?
On an unrelated note, I've seen some people talk about being a research assistant during the school year. I assume that's something you do in 2L or 3L? Is it hard to get? Is it helpful at all for biglaw?
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Seems to me to not significantly hinder anyone. There are many students at NU with PI type backgrounds (Peace Corps, Americorps, non profits of various sorts) these students all seem to do as well as would be expected. It seems from anecdotal evidence that "outlier" performance in recruiting happens for one of two reasons.
1) Either you do much better than one would expect because of significant and impressive WE. (this is not likely from someone with a PI type background)
2) You do much worse than would be expected, because you're awkward, obnoxious, or crazy.
You're likely to be somewhere in the middle. Work experience counts for more than just the experience you got, it also brings a certain level of maturity that K-JD doesn't usually have.