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Job Search / 3L Job Search
« on: June 05, 2016, 11:31:17 PM »
Hi guys!

With the advice and help of you wonderful people, I finished my 2L year successfully! Working my summer position in-house and now starting to think about 3L Post Grad job search. Any advice or approach to it? I realize in-house doesn't yield to job offer like summer associate positions would.

Thanks all!

Job Search / 2L Summer Job Offers - Choosing One - Advice?
« on: February 24, 2016, 11:47:27 AM »
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!


Thanks in advance for your thought!

Job Search / Re: Testing Period
« on: January 28, 2016, 03:41:15 PM »
Hi all,

What's a testing period at a law firm? What should I expect to be able to perform and what should I expect to be trained on? Like do I need to be able to draft motions and stuff already before starting? Or will they teach me everything they expect me to do? As you all know, the law school courses are all substantive knowledge and very little practical drafting...

Thanks for your help!

Job Search / 2L Summer & Post-Grad Employment Search & Alternatives
« on: January 19, 2016, 01:54:14 AM »
Hello my Law School Discussion community members,

For those of you who have helped me in the past, I am happy to say I did better grade wise last semester. Got a 3.25 for the term, but only bumped my 2.9 up to a 3.03.

But I come to you all with another concern. I am now in my Spring Term of 2L year. I passed the MPRE and participated in OCI in the Fall, but yielded nothing more than a small handful of callbacks. I haven't been able to secure any part-time law clerk positions either. I am wondering if you all have advice for me on where I can find or search for jobs like part-time law clerks, summer associate positions at in-house or firms, etc. I'm worried that I'll be unemployed upon graduation which is a problem for me as I have family finances that I'm responsible for. This line of thinking has triggered me into thinking about alternatives upon graduation if I can't secure a law firm or in-house legal position.

Anyone have suggestions on alternatives or other degrees to pursue to supplement the law degree so that I can be marketable to the business world, sports management, or other fields in case I can't find a law firm or in-house legal position?

Sorry about the long post, and thanks in advance for all serious and thoughtful replies.

Current Law Students / Stay or leave?
« on: June 04, 2015, 03:46:58 PM »
Hey all,

So I'm back with an interesting question (not really interesting, but I'm just feeling a little sarcastic today). Should I continue on with law school and if so, what kind of career path should I be aiming at? I just got my 1L Spring term grades back. They're not fabulous by any means, but I'm not sure if they're considered a disaster. Here are my grades for the entire year:

Fall Term GPA = 3.0
~ Civ Pro = B-
~ Contracts = B+
~ Crim Law = B
~ Legal Research and Writing = B

Spring Term GPA = 2..97
~ Torts = B
~ Con Law = B
~ Property = B
~ Federal Income Tax = B-
~ Moot Court = Credit (school gives only credit or no credit for this class and it was mandated)

I had thought I did quite well in Property and Federal Income Tax but clearly not.

So I need some thoughts on whether you think its still worth pursuing this route. My cumulative is like a 2.969 so I'm gonna lose a 10K scholarship. But I still will have 20K of scholarships left. I go to a law school that's slightly above the 50 rank on US News.

I am doing a lot of interesting things like being on the school's ADR Team, (for those who read my summer job post, I will am with the DOJ for the summer), and I'm doing clinics next term too (if I should continue)

Thanks in advance and please only constructive and thought out responses. Silly answers or answers without reasoning are not appreciated because they're just not useful.

Cheers to all! Happy to provide more information to help you all help me.

Job Search / Picking between Summer Job Offers! Advice appreciated!
« on: April 20, 2015, 02:16:03 AM »
Hi all,

I have a question and wanted to seek people's opinions. I have been offered multiple summer positions and would like opinion and help on deciding which offer to take.

I am being offered the following positions:
~Dept. of Justice, U.S. Office of Trustee Legal Intern (for the summer)
~GAP Legal Intern (for the summer and into the next school year)
~[A tech company but not a huge global one] (for the summer w/possibility to extend to the fall term)

And I have another 5 places I'm waiting on results from.
What do you all think and does the fact that some are paid and some are not, make a difference in your minds in terms of useful experience, resume boost, and other factors that slip my mind at this hour.

Thanks in advance!

Rising 2L Sharka

Current Law Students / 1L First Semester Grades
« on: January 06, 2015, 11:07:11 AM »
I'm sure this isn't a new topic, but I was hoping for advice and thoughts on how bad is it to have a 3.0 for 1L Fall Semester Grades at an ABA school? B-, B, B, and B+ combo.

Thanks all

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