Solistus wrote:I'm a 1L, and I have a few questions about OCI / the summer job search. I was delayed getting back to Chicago and didn't have a chance to visit Career Services this week. I have a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, but that's too late for OCI signups.
Right now I'm working on my resume. I have all the basics filled out on a free online resume tool - contact info, work and education history with short descriptions of my previous jobs. Nothing particularly exciting there, and unless there's something I need to be sure to do radically differently from a typical professional resume, I think I'm alright there.
Should I have some sort of objective / summary statement at the top? If so, what sort of things should it say? On my resume for wage slave jobs pre-law school, I had some empty platitude of a 'mission statement' about being motivated/energetic/[positive adjective] and seeking opportunities to build a career in [field I'm currently applying for jobs in]. Do I want/need something like that on my legal resume?
Any general tips for 1L OCI would be appreciated. About what proportion of 1Ls find their summer job at OCI? What types of summer jobs does OCI focus on - is it mostly firms? Anything you wish you knew before your first OCI?
Finally - I got an email from my torts professor asking if I would be interested in a summer research assistantship. It's not an actual offer - he says he's asking "several" students from last semester to see who would be interested in discussing it further. How does a research assistantship for a professor compare to other 1L summer job opportunities in terms of how well it will set me up for 2L OCI? I would definitely enjoy working with this professor over the summer, developing my research and writing skills and hopefully cultivating a strong recommendation for future job applications, but I vaguely recall hearing that working for a professor is not at all prestigious and won't look as good as interning for a judge, firm, govt agency, or nonprofit. Is that true? Is it a big enough deal that I should be worried about it or let it dissuade me from pursuing the assistant position?
Most RAs aren't prestigious because pretty much anyone can get one with A
professor. There are a few professors who swing a big enough stick that working for them is a pretty decent thing. I'm not the best person to ask which profs are on that list. But you can certainly pursue both the RA and OCI jobs until you figure out what you want to do.
Do NOT put an objective on your resume. You are not applying to be a corporate secretary in 1992.
OCS has a resume guide and resume templates on the website. Use these. Fit your resume onto a single page and make it match the template format. Legal hiring resumes are very boring and there is very little room for variance or creativity. I certainly would not depend on any online resume generating tool.http://www.law.northwestern.edu/career/jobsearch/