SportsFan wrote:JamesDean1955 wrote:Do most 1L's end up working in Philly or elsewhere for 1L summer from what you guys have seen? Also, I'm assuming public interest jobs are more difficult to get in NYC (e.g. Manhattan or Bronx DA's office vs. Philly DA's office)?
ETA: Are 1L summer jobs with the USAO Eastern District of Pennsylvania pretty hard to get? And for the difficult to get PI/government jobs, should you mainly focus on grades or should you do a ton of pro-bono/PI stuff 1L year as well?
This is related to the housing talk b/c I'm trying to figure out if I'll be in Philly next summer or not.
From what I can tell, only like a quarter (at the most) of the class is gonna be in Philly this summer. Most people are going to NY, DC, or whatever secondary markets they want to work in permanently. If you want to stay in Philly 1L summer (and aren't really picky about what you want to do), you definitely can (though tbf I think you could say that about any market).
As for getting more difficult things, AFAIK its down to grades and your pre-law school resume. By the time you're doing interviews (January/February), you probably won't have much pro bono/PI stuff to talk about. A decent amount of people don't even do pro bono work 1L year (just because they don't want to get distracted and whatnot).
There's also a quite sizable contingency that takes jobs in random cities they've never been to before. I know for me personally, having lived in one city my entire life, I wanted to expand my market reach for OCI however I could. Was looking at things in Boston, DC, Denver, and Salt Lake City before I fell ass backwards into an awesome job in the DC area.
For 1L, because you'll probably be working for free (plus probably a stipend from Penn), a lot of opportunities in different cities are open to you. Sure, NYC will be tougher than some other cities as far as competition for things like the DA goes, but just work hard during Christmas break getting your ducks in a row and you'll have a good chance at some great gigs.