Br3v wrote:What random advice would you give your 1L self if you were to go back in time?
Also, it is way to early to even start debating about 0L prep but I plan to at least read GTM towards summer. Well advised?
I'm looking for suggestions on anything, whether that be law school related, charlottesville related, etc.
The only thing I did as an 0L that was helpful (and I felt it ended up being pretty helpful): take some time to work on/update your resume. You should be able to access the sample resume on the UVA law website and just work off that template (the one on Harvard Law is good too). Also, if you are from a secondary market, make a list of all the larger firms (>50), with their name, address, hiring recruiter, managing partner, specialty (if any), if they have accepted 1Ls in the past, and how to apply. You can also do this with public interest firms/government positions (like DA's/PD's offices). If at all possible, try to meet someone at each of those places. Talk to friends and family and see if they know someone there (you'd be surprised). You can also contact UVA and ask them if they can put you in touch with an alum in the area (and more often than not, they work at one of those firms).
There's two reasons why this is helpful: 1) when you would be doing this otherwise (slightly prior to Dec. 1) you'll just want to be studying for finals, so most people half-ass the 1L job search at first because they don't have time to really put in the necessary time to find elusive 1L SA positions (although they do exist, but they go fast. If you wait until after finals to apply, you won't get one). The second reason this is helpful pertains to the last part (contacting people at the firm). Networking doesn't work for most people because they only network when they need something
. Networking is just building relationships. It takes time, and you can't just reach out when you need something. If you wait to start until a few months before OGI (like most people), you're too late. UVA alums are especially great about helping out other UVA law students, but you still have to be genuine. I reached out to about 5 UVA alums as an 0L (after I knew I was heading to UVA), I kept in touch with them throughout 1L and into 2L. All of them took me out to lunch over 1L Christmas break, and one got me my interview for my 1L SA job. When OGI rolled around, I just submitted my stuff to them, rather than the recruiter and they made sure I got interviews (all of them did this). They don't get you the job (unless they're the hiring partner), but they can get you interviews.