Shooter wrote:Yeah, "good" was pretty vague. I'm talking about jobs at law firms/jobs that pay well/jobs that would improve your performance during OCI.
First of all, no 1L summer gig really HELPS your OCI performance, save for if you worked for the firm that you are interviewing with in OCI. Sure, you are supposed to have a unique/quality experience to talk about in interviews, but no job is a de facto automatic bump. Also, nothing is really a negative unless you're working in traffic court.
But, getting paid is awesome, so about that:
Again, as you saw in my previous post, I got my in house job through 1L OCI. The company did not choose their two selections based on grades alone. r6_philly is right, getting a paid job your first summer is much more about being opportunistic and being creative. I feel like I fell ass backwards into the job I have now thanks to the 1L OCI, but, for the most part, the people getting paid jobs this summer worked their magic here or there and got something.
I think they value grades more than r6 insinuated, but I will agree that grades might not even be the most important factor in getting a paid 1L summer position (whereas it is the most important thing for your 2L summer position).
I was shocked as to how doable getting a paid 1L summer job is at Penn. That said, the number is still REALLY low. Don't bank on it. I used to think they were like mythical unicorns and didn't exist, but now I see they're just kinda rare.
If you really want one, see what kind of networking things you can do and get in firms' ears now, and maybe talk to career services or something. Everybody who has paid jobs got them in totally different ways, so there's no "right way" to do it.