mirroroferised7 wrote:So, I was clicking around, checking out my top choices' ratings on LST.
Northwestern had the highest alumni and student rating for practicality of the classes and coursework required.
Do you guys feel like the work you're doing in the classroom is actually useful in practical application (externships, SA positions, etc.)? NU has a reputation of being a law school run like a business school (ie giving presentations, etc.), and I kind of like the idea of that.
Classroom work? Honestly, I feel like most of the time this is relatively not useful for practical application unless you are writing a memo for an adjunct professor (and even then, minimal benefit). If you really want practical work, you should do a practicum or a clinic during the school year. Practicum = you do an externship while simultaneously taking a class for 4 credits. Clinic = you work in a clinic where you are given real clients and assignments to work on. Both are the best ways to get practical experience during law school, in my opinion.
Solistus wrote:On a scale of 1 to fucked, how fucked am I in the 1L job hunt if I've only applied to a few Symplicity listings so far? What should my top priorities be to reduce my degree of fuckedness, aside from continuing to apply to Symplicity listings? It's 1L work so I really just want anything law-related that I can talk about at OCI, no strong preferences (although for unpaid work, being in Chicago or LA would make summer funding much less problematic). Good first semester GPA, but nothing else about my resume is particularly impressive. Career Services told me about a bunch of different ways to search for a bunch of different kinds of legal jobs by a bunch of different search criteria... But I don't really know where to start looking for jobs that would be open to 1Ls, and CS didn't seem to know of any tools other than Symplicity that clearly indicate which jobs are 1L-friendly.
TL;DR: clueless 1L, behind on job search, halp?
First off: relax. It's 1L. Your job is not going to make or break you, as long as you have one. I have a friend who didn't find a job until like, 2 weeks before the end of the school year. While that's not advisable, it is possible, so you're fine.
With that said, it really depends on your goals. If you want an SA I would be looking at diversity scholarships right now trying to gun it. Reach out to local firms and ask them what they offer for 1Ls. I'm not sure of the timeline for this but I think it's not over yet, so you should have time. Keep in mind you will likely need to be 1) diverse and 2) in a good position gradewise for this to happen.
For government positions, I would check CareerSpace and with CSO to make sure you're not missing deadlines. For PI, it's much more relaxed. Check PJSD like rinkrat suggested, and also just look at the PILI website and see if there is anything that interests you. Try to market yourself to things that you have a history of working with, because that will help you for PI.
Feel free to PM me with any questions.