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Summer Employment does it really matter?
« on: February 09, 2006, 01:47:14 PM »
Summer employment at a firm is nice and the money is hard to turn away.  But there is no real guarantee that you'll end up with that firm after graduating.  Does doing the summer at a firm actually increase your chances of landing a full time job after law school?

If so, then why are there so many firms interviewing on campus?  They must still be looking for candidates... candidates who's positions were formerly held by "summer associates."

So my question is... for those that perhaps started in say the spring or winter... those who won't have a chance to hold those coveted summer associate positions... will it really matter when all is said and done?   


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Re: Summer Employment does it really matter?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2006, 02:07:01 PM »
Yes. The firms with summer associate programs hire almost exclusively from those summer associate programs.  That's common knowledge.  The majority of those firms do not interview on campus after that.  Some do, but it's not clear how many spots they really have.  I know someone who got hired without taking part in the firm's summer associate program, but that's a rare exception. 


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Re: Summer Employment does it really matter?
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2006, 02:43:52 PM »
Practically the only way to get hired straight out of law school, if you dont go through the summer program, is if someone who did go through it dropped out. Moreover, if you dont take a legal job of some sort, you are really farking hurting yourself. If you dont work in law after 2L, start taking bartending classes.