Haymarket wrote: Samara wrote:
Xifeng wrote:...if anyone has any non-employment-related questions for 1Ls, I can answer them. Or PI-related questions.
I will start the happy question trend:
Q: How awesome is it to be done with your first set of 1L exams by December 13?
A: Really awesome. It's even more fun if you have friends who go to other law schools who haven't even started exams yet!
The quarter system rules!
Speaking of PI, I have a two-parter for you. I think I want to do biglaw (from my limited 0L perspective), but I feel bad about not doing PI. 1) Should I feel bad about that? 2) Is it possible to do some sort of mix, i.e. PI
biglaw or biglaw
in-house, or does biglaw pro bono work offer a real opportunity to do some PI work?
I'll let Xi answer this more fully as the PI expert of Chicago, but you will soon learn about the unfortunate cliquishness of legal PI. My understanding is that they tend to be very suspicious of people who come from big law and want to go full PI.
Yeah. Basically, when there were more jobs, it used to be much easier to go from biglaw -> PI. I have no idea how you'd go about going from PI to biglaw, as it seems that the normal track is OCI -> 2L summer -> offer -> job.
In this economy, with the limited number of jobs (PI has limited jobs, too! Especially with their lack of resources), I've heard that they're more willing to go with someone who's always been PI over someone who's jumping ship. It's also hard to get PI jobs in the first place and they want you to show your commitment, so if you do your 2L summer at a firm, that's a summer you didn't spend working in PI.
Also, with Chicago's LRAP now, there's no real way to justify it in terms of cost if you're really dedicated to PI. They'd rather hire someone who really wants PI over someone who wants to change sectors a LOT. That isn't to say that you can't, it's just that it's much trickier ITE.
I've also heard stories of people who do a lot of pro bono work at their firms, but your normal work obviously > pro bono work, and it depends on the firm and firm culture (things which I know nothing about).