When looking at CVs, would Big Law hiring committees view six months of unemployment as better or worse than six months of working near minimum wage (Walmart, et cetera)?
Secondary question: how bad does unemployment or underemployment look on a CV, if there is a good reason for it?
I’m a 0L, already accepted to two top 10 law schools. Unfortunately, for complicated reasons to do with my immigration status, I have had to live in a small rural town (three hours from the nearest city) since June 2011, and I will have to remain here until April (I can visit elsewhere, of course, but I can’t move elsewhere for a job). The only jobs available in the town or nearby are minimum wage, or little better (think Walmart, et cetera).
I drove in to the city a couple of days a week to teach an LSAT course part-time from September to December, but that work has dried up. Before June 2011, I spent a year working full-time (a reasonably prestigious job). Before that, I was in grad school.
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