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Title: 2L Summer Job Offers - Choosing One - Advice?
Post by: sharka on February 24, 2016, 12:47:27 PM
Hi guys!

Hope you're all well! I am back for more of your wonderful advice! This time with some positive news! :)

Recently, I was offered 2 jobs both in in-house settings.

Job Offer #1 features:
•   Part-time work schedule during school year from now until graduation (at least that’s what they’re saying they would like, but obviously subject to CA’s at-will termination as most jobs seem to be these days)
•   Full time for 2L summer. (40 hrs/week)
•   Rate is $18/hour.
•   A chance of post-grad employment as their current attorneys are getting ready for retirement and the hiring attorney recently hired a few brand new law school grads as new attorneys.

Job Offer #2 features:
•   Full time for 2L summer.
•   No extension into school year and no post-grad employment offer
•   Rate is $36/hour for 12 weeks.

What do you think? Which one would you choose if it were you? And would the name and reputation of the organizations/companies affect your decision significantly? My concern is post-grad employment, but at the same time I wouldn’t want to take a lower paid job if the post-grad employment opportunity is more of a carrot on a stick situation as the post-grad employment offer is obviously not set in stone or on paper at this point. I am working for a small firm currently on a part-time basis as well. Nothing too significant. 10-12 hours a week, but good experience so far.

Thanks all! I have to get back to them by Friday so would really love to hear from you guys before then!

Cheers!


Thanks in advance for your thought!
Title: Re: 2L Summer Job Offers - Choosing One - Advice?
Post by: sharka on February 24, 2016, 12:56:13 PM
Basically, I'm concerned about whether or not I should hedge my bets on this unofficial possible post-grad employment chance. Because if hedging my bets on that is unrealistic (as some people say hiring decisions are usually hinging on bar results these days) then I'm not as certain about the appeal of one versus another.
Title: Re: 2L Summer Job Offers - Choosing One - Advice?
Post by: loki13 on February 24, 2016, 02:43:15 PM
Basically, I'm concerned about whether or not I should hedge my bets on this unofficial possible post-grad employment chance. Because if hedging my bets on that is unrealistic (as some people say hiring decisions are usually hinging on bar results these days) then I'm not as certain about the appeal of one versus another.

There's no single answer to this question you posed. It appears that you currently have one position, with two in-house offers.

A lot of it depends on the nature/reputation/work environment of the places. What is the better opportunity? I honestly don't know. You gave us a laundry list of what the job provides, but nothing about what the job *is*, or what you *want*.

You have to look at yourself. What do you want? Look at job 1- they offer what appears to be a path to a job. But do you want that job? Will you be happy if you graduate and work there? If not, then why are you thinking about it? If yes, then the answer should be simple.

And job two- does it provide skills and networking opportunities in addition to the money?

Not to be too ... easygoing about it, but the money you make your 2L summer isn't going to amount to a whole hill of beans compared to your career. Make the decision based on where you want to be 5 and 10 years down the road.
Title: Re: 2L Summer Job Offers - Choosing One - Advice?
Post by: 🍟💵🌲🍥 on February 24, 2016, 03:28:57 PM
I'd go part time with lower pay and just enjoy SOME free time for the summer
It still shows as experience on the resume, you just have some tiny bit of freedom. Trust me, you will miss that in summers yet to come (especially the summer stuck in bar prep)
Title: Re: 2L Summer Job Offers - Choosing One - Advice?
Post by: sharka on February 28, 2016, 10:33:45 PM
Thanks guys!
Title: Re: 2L Summer Job Offers - Choosing One - Advice?
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