terriers wrote:lgleye wrote:Just having a “did summer research with my professor” is going to get your ass shot down at 2L OCI.
...this is emphatically not true in my experience just FYI. I did a couple of other very minor things as well during the summer, but I really wanted to work with a particular professor on a project, did it, and it worked out fine. The project ended up being a good conversation-starter in a lot of interviews.
My 1L summer: took 2 classes (not a judicial practicum) and did research for a professor unpaid for credit instead, no fancy research, it was research for my CLR prof and I maybe worked 10-15 hours/week writing sample/example memos for the next year's class to see. Zero negative impact on my 2L OCI experience. The key thing to 1L summer experience is being able to discuss it competently, explain what you did, and discuss how the experience has helped further your legal education. Recruiters really don't care what it is as long as it is something legal.