does legal work before law school help w/ oci?

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does legal work before law school help w/ oci?

Postby resilience99 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:29 pm

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Re: does legal work before law school help w/ oci?

Postby Lincoln » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:33 pm

Depends on the job. Did you copy stuff and get coffee for a solo practitioner? Doubt it'll make a difference. Were you an accountant who worked as a consultant to tax litigators? I'm sure there are a few firms that would like you have your skills around the office.

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Re: does legal work before law school help w/ oci?

Postby resilience99 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:44 pm

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Re: does legal work before law school help w/ oci?

Postby BearsGrl » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:52 pm

resilience99 wrote:
Lincoln wrote:Depends on the job. Did you copy stuff and get coffee for a solo practitioner? Doubt it'll make a difference. Were you an accountant who worked as a consultant to tax litigators? I'm sure there are a few firms that would like you have your skills around the office.


worked with in-house health and labor law


Then just continue to network with those workers after you leave.

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Re: does legal work before law school help w/ oci?

Postby Lincoln » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:54 pm

resilience99 wrote:
Lincoln wrote:Depends on the job. Did you copy stuff and get coffee for a solo practitioner? Doubt it'll make a difference. Were you an accountant who worked as a consultant to tax litigators? I'm sure there are a few firms that would like you have your skills around the office.


worked with in-house health and labor law


Then assuming you're applying somewhere where the skills you gained would be an asset, sure it will likely be helpful. For example, I worked in a field that isn't legal, per se, but attorneys in a specific major practice group often dealt with my previous employer in an indirect way. (Sorry for the generalities, but I don't want to out myself.) It seems like that experience was more interesting to top firms, possibly because they tend to work on more controversial deals where what I did may actually be helpful.

Also, as per BearsGrl, definitely keep in touch with your former supervisors and colleagues.

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Re: does legal work before law school help w/ oci?

Postby resilience99 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:49 am

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Re: does legal work before law school help w/ oci?

Postby MAHamlin » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:52 am

resilience99 wrote:
Lincoln wrote:
resilience99 wrote:
Lincoln wrote:Depends on the job. Did you copy stuff and get coffee for a solo practitioner? Doubt it'll make a difference. Were you an accountant who worked as a consultant to tax litigators? I'm sure there are a few firms that would like you have your skills around the office.


worked with in-house health and labor law


Then assuming you're applying somewhere where the skills you gained would be an asset, sure it will likely be helpful. For example, I worked in a field that isn't legal, per se, but attorneys in a specific major practice group often dealt with my previous employer in an indirect way. (Sorry for the generalities, but I don't want to out myself.) It seems like that experience was more interesting to top firms, possibly because they tend to work on more controversial deals where what I did may actually be helpful.

Also, as per BearsGrl, definitely keep in touch with your former supervisors and colleagues.


This might sound funny but, how do you keep in touch for 3-4 years without really seeing them. just send random emails? drop-in (although that is awkward)?


I've used Facebook to send quick catchups. Also, I don't see anything awkward about dropping in when you're in the area. I try to make a habit of it. If announced visits seem weird, shoot them an email saying you'll be in town on a certain day and would love to catch up over lunch. Even sending Christmas cards will keep their memory of you more fresh. You could also forward them a news article you've recently come across and attach a note about how it reminded you of them or ask for their take on it. Look into joining organizations they attend or are affiliated with and consider becoming a member or attending meetings/events. It's honestly not that hard.

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Re: does legal work before law school help w/ oci?

Postby arkgawilson » Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:01 am

resilience99 wrote:
Lincoln wrote:
resilience99 wrote:
Lincoln wrote:Depends on the job. Did you copy stuff and get coffee for a solo practitioner? Doubt it'll make a difference. Were you an accountant who worked as a consultant to tax litigators? I'm sure there are a few firms that would like you have your skills around the office.


worked with in-house health and labor law


Then assuming you're applying somewhere where the skills you gained would be an asset, sure it will likely be helpful. For example, I worked in a field that isn't legal, per se, but attorneys in a specific major practice group often dealt with my previous employer in an indirect way. (Sorry for the generalities, but I don't want to out myself.) It seems like that experience was more interesting to top firms, possibly because they tend to work on more controversial deals where what I did may actually be helpful.

Also, as per BearsGrl, definitely keep in touch with your former supervisors and colleagues.


This might sound funny but, how do you keep in touch for 3-4 years without really seeing them. just send random emails? drop-in (although that is awkward)?



Either really. I've stayed in contact with many former supervisors through Facebook and e-mail (more for those who were academic in nature). It's really about keeping the network open.




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