What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

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jrobby6
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What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby jrobby6 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:09 pm

Particularly for Northwestern.

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby Pearalegal » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:13 pm

If you have to ask, you don't have it.

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby HerseyChris » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:15 pm

Pearalegal wrote:If you have to ask, you don't have it.



That's a great line. Could be the new 'that's what she said' type of thing.

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby Pearalegal » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:24 pm

OP-what are you talking about, specifically?

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby HerseyChris » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:28 pm

My guess would be either something that helps you with your law career or something that looks good. So business job for someone who wants to do corporate law, or I guess it's good just to show you can work in a business environment for several years and get used to the 'feel' of corporate America. Working as a paralegal or an engineer would also work. Things that look good would be things like the Peace Corp, Teach for America or teaching in general, or a Not-for-profit.

Things that don't help: Bartender, waiter, courier, etc.

Just an educated guess on my part.

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby jrobby6 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:29 pm

I'm just wondering what type of work experience is Northwestern, or any other for that matter, is looking for. I'm still in undergrad but working part time for a litigation firm.

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby Pearalegal » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:30 pm

jrobby6 wrote:I'm just wondering what type of work experience is Northwestern, or any other for that matter, is looking for. I'm still in undergrad but working part time for a litigation firm.


I think Northwestern is looking more for a few years out of UG working full-time. Its the whole maturity, dedication to law thing.

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby vanwinkle » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:38 pm

Pearalegal wrote:
jrobby6 wrote:I'm just wondering what type of work experience is Northwestern, or any other for that matter, is looking for. I'm still in undergrad but working part time for a litigation firm.


I think Northwestern is looking more for a few years out of UG working full-time. Its the whole maturity, dedication to law thing.


This.

It's the idea that you have the experience of working and earning wages in general, which is a different experience than attending college and living off loans. Almost any kind of full-time work that comes after you've graduated is sufficient. Of course, some work will probably carry greater weight than others; AmeriCorps is worth a lot more than waiting tables in most adcomms' eyes, I'm sure. But the idea is that work demonstrates "exposure to the real world" and a sign you've developed additional maturity and responsibility compared to a fresh graduate.

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby riburn3 » Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:13 am

I take it as working full time in a meaningful career type job with no support from mommy and daddy. Experience where you actually utilize your UG degree towards something meaningful.

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby LvingLegend » Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:21 am

What if you worked full time while going to school?

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby LawandOrder » Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:25 am

LvingLegend wrote:What if you worked full time while going to school?


In my view, this really isn't possible. Full-time employment is more than just 40-hours a week. It means working during the day on weekdays - something that can't be done during college.

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby vanwinkle » Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:18 am

LvingLegend wrote:What if you worked full time while going to school?


Then you're the ideal candidate for BigLaw and they'll rush you through law school right away. :wink:

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby Pearalegal » Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:19 am

vanwinkle wrote:
LvingLegend wrote:What if you worked full time while going to school?


Then you're the ideal candidate for BigLaw and they'll rush you through law school right away. :wink:


Haha. But I really do think its more about moving away from undergrad (and everything that brings with it) for Northwestern, not just getting a solid resume.

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby vanwinkle » Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:35 am

Pearalegal wrote:
vanwinkle wrote:
LvingLegend wrote:What if you worked full time while going to school?


Then you're the ideal candidate for BigLaw and they'll rush you through law school right away. :wink:


Haha. But I really do think its more about moving away from undergrad (and everything that brings with it) for Northwestern, not just getting a solid resume.


Well, being serious, I agree with you. It's about getting real-world experience and maturing beyond the point you're at when you graduate. You can try to demonstrate that you developed that maturity by balancing full-time work and your studies, but it'll probably be a lot harder to show; in contrast it's probably assumed by default that if you've worked after graduating you've had time to mature and develop that new perspective a bit.

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby 02082010 » Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:48 am

Pearalegal wrote:
vanwinkle wrote:
LvingLegend wrote:What if you worked full time while going to school?


Then you're the ideal candidate for BigLaw and they'll rush you through law school right away. :wink:


Haha. But I really do think its more about moving away from undergrad (and everything that brings with it) for Northwestern, not just getting a solid resume.


This isn't true.

Per my conversation with an adcomm over the summer, they really value full-time WE during college bc it shows a certain level of maturity, time management skills, etc. As long as it's full-time and a real/career job, it will count.

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby Pearalegal » Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:23 pm

hopefulundergrad wrote:a real/career job, it will count.


I take a little bit of offense to this. I can understand that certain positions may be more impressive...but working full time in an office during school requires no more hard work and time management than waitressing.

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Re: What type of work experience constitutes 'work experience'?

Postby Cale39 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:18 am

LawandOrder wrote:
LvingLegend wrote:What if you worked full time while going to school?


In my view, this really isn't possible. Full-time employment is more than just 40-hours a week. It means working during the day on weekdays - something that can't be done during college.


It sure can




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