fenderjsm88 wrote:Here's a question, and I'm not trying to sound like a dick, but it's a serious concern of mine considering the current legal market:
Do most of the 1Ls have jobs (paid or unpaid) lined up for the summer? If so, are people getting summer positions in the Chicago area? One of the 1Ls that I met told me that it was very hard to get a 1L summer job in Chicago, but not as difficult to find something in Indianapolis...but then again that guy was from Indianapolis, so would it be easier for me since I'm from Chicago, or is that irrelevant? Also, are people landing summer positions in DC? I know that a group of 1Ls took a trip out there for an IU job fair. Thanks.
To clarify do you mean jobs as in Big law SA's? For big law Indy, Louisville is all I have really heard, and even then very few 1l's get SA's. so its true that chicago would be near impossible for a big law SA 1L summer (but really i htink i know like 3 people that have SA's at all). but for Judges, DA's, USAO's, Legal services, and other agencies, chicago would be the same, and having ties to the area would certainly help. I think it for sure helps to be from the area, I'm working at Fed court in CA, and Im sure its cuz I was from there. 1L SA's are really about luck though, and personally I didn't even apply to any.
As for general 1L jobs, I know a handful that are working in DC at various places, not sure if they got them from the trip or not.
There is also a good deal that are working in CHicago, I think I even saw a fb group haha.
Edit to add: I think at this point most of my friends have jobs, and the ones that don't I think will in a week or two.