Best pre-law work experience

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piney
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Best pre-law work experience

Postby piney » Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:15 pm

I'm 26, male, and currently work as a cataloger at an academic library. I have a MA in history, and my past experience includes a year as an art cataloger at a university, some basic office clerical work, and two college summers interning in the mailroom at a law firm. I plan to apply to law school this fall.

Since I have another 18 months before I start, I want to find work that will give me some legal experience before going to law school and also look good on my CV when I start to apply. What would be the best option, given my limited professional experience? Would a legal staffing agency be any help? Thanks in advance.

toliveNdieNLA
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Re: Best pre-law work experience

Postby toliveNdieNLA » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:06 am

Effective studying for the LSAT= Best pre-law experience for someone out of undergrad.

I kid you not. I heard through the grapevine that test alone shuts and closes doors for prospective law school applicants.

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Re: Best pre-law work experience

Postby splitbrain » Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:30 pm

toliveNdieNLA wrote:I heard through the grapevine that test alone shuts and closes doors for prospective law school applicants.

Lol?

OP: Without having much info in your post, your priorities seem a bit off. Don't worry about legal education before law school, there are much much more important things that are within your control that will make the difference.

LSAT --> GPA ----> Personal Statement --------------------------------> Softs (inc. work experience)

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Re: Best pre-law work experience

Postby apollo2015 » Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:51 pm

I agree with Splitbrain.

Also, secure your letters of recommendation now. That's one thing I wish I had done earlier in my cycle.

piney
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Re: Best pre-law work experience

Postby piney » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:29 pm

I'm already working on the LSATs. This is more about getting useful work experience for the next 18 months, not really the application. I don't want to continue with my current job if there's something I can do that will help me when I'm a lawyer later on.

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Re: Best pre-law work experience

Postby Gail » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:37 pm

piney wrote:I'm already working on the LSATs. This is more about getting useful work experience for the next 18 months, not really the application. I don't want to continue with my current job if there's something I can do that will help me when I'm a lawyer later on.


Work experience is going to be more helpful for you for getting jobs, I think


I think anything that has some responsibility and substance is good though.

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Re: Best pre-law work experience

Postby TaipeiMort » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:43 pm

Gail wrote:
piney wrote:I'm already working on the LSATs. This is more about getting useful work experience for the next 18 months, not really the application. I don't want to continue with my current job if there's something I can do that will help me when I'm a lawyer later on.


Work experience is going to be more helpful for you for getting jobs, I think


I think anything that has some responsibility and substance is good though.


If you want to be a litigator, work experience matters less. If you want deals or business, then you want work where you worked for a respected business, or substantially interacted with clients. For sub-specialties it helps to have worked in the industry a lot (eg. entertainment industry for OMM CC, big accounting for Ivins/Caplin Drysdale).

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Re: Best pre-law work experience

Postby Gail » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:23 pm

TaipeiMort wrote:
Gail wrote:
piney wrote:I'm already working on the LSATs. This is more about getting useful work experience for the next 18 months, not really the application. I don't want to continue with my current job if there's something I can do that will help me when I'm a lawyer later on.


Work experience is going to be more helpful for you for getting jobs, I think


I think anything that has some responsibility and substance is good though.


If you want to be a litigator, work experience matters less. If you want deals or business, then you want work where you worked for a respected business, or substantially interacted with clients. For sub-specialties it helps to have worked in the industry a lot (eg. entertainment industry for OMM CC, big accounting for Ivins/Caplin Drysdale).


Hm. I did not know that, but that makes a lot of sense.

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Re: Best pre-law work experience

Postby 2014 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:01 pm

Whatever pays the most

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Re: Best pre-law work experience

Postby El_Gallo » Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:10 pm

Sales are always a good bet. You can make decent money and learn a skill that is applicable to any job.




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