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Job Search / Connection may not be well-thought of -- Use anyway?
« on: September 13, 2006, 09:52:02 PM »

Here's the situation: I was employed for a very small law firm (2 attorneys) this past summer. Guy I worked for is a friend of my dad.

I've got a callback interview with a midsized firm. Employer from this past summer knows a partner at the firm and says he will make a call to him to put in a good word for me. The problem is that my dad tells me that my former employer is not exactly "well-thought of" by some. Some people think he's lazy. My dad says he's a smart guy, but he, too, says he's a bit lazy.

Former employer told me he didn't want to "use up his favors" when I called him about the firm for the screening interview, but he said he would make the call for the callback interview. I think former employer is pretty good friends with the partner at the firm I have the callback with though.

My roommate tells me to use my connection anyway, and that it can't hurt. I worry that using it could screw me though. (I assume midsized law firm perceives most firms on resumes to be decent. But partner at the firm may inform hiring committee that my former employer's firm is not that great, thus hurting me rather than helping me.) If, after using my connection, I don't get an offer, I will be pissed off and wonder whether I shouldn't have used the connection. (Same thing if I don't use the connection, but to a lesser extent.)

Sorry about the bad writing. Wanted to write this quickly.

Current Law Students / Join Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity -- Bad Idea?
« on: September 13, 2006, 12:01:46 PM »
Is this really stupid, pointless, and a waste of money?

Or will it be a nice way to socialize/meet new people/make connections?

Current Law Students / How do I pronounce Greenberg Traurig?
« on: August 28, 2006, 03:26:49 PM »
Anyone know how to pronounce Greenberg Traurig?

I have a mock interview with them tomorrow. I don't want to look stupid, so hopefully whoever responds will give the correct pronunciation.

Current Law Students / Law Review Executive Board Positions -- Worth It?
« on: August 27, 2006, 09:20:06 AM »
I recently made Law Review. Elections for the Editorial Board's high-level positions (what we call the "Front Office") take place in February, sooner than one would think.

I'm wondering how much effort I should put into attempting to get a Front Office position. At my school, all second-year staff members automatically become members of the Editorial Board. Thus, even if I don't apply/run for any of the Front Office positions, I will still have a pretty good title: "Note Editor," "Comment Editor," or "Article Editor."

In the mind of a legal employer (e.g. big law firm or judge), how significant are the differences in the various positions (e.g. Note Editor vs. Editor-in-Chief vs. Managing Editor vs. Associate Managing Editor vs. Lead Articles Editor vs. Production Editor, etc.)? Do these positions differ by school, the result being that employers do not differentiate too much between them with the exception that they differentiate between EIC and all others?

How much work does each position require? Which position will enhance my marketability the most, while not requiring too much work? For example, would it be a good idea to run for EIC, but not any other positions because they are not worth it?

A couple of other questions: Would "shadowing" the EIC for a few months a little bit be a good way to increase my chance of being elected EIC, or would he just think I'm an annoying gunner and hate me? I would like to watch what he does to see what I'm actually getting into before running for EIC, so I wouldn't be doing it just to kiss ass. Perhaps doing this would show him that I'm really interested in the EIC position.

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