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most coveted 1L summer jobs?

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most coveted 1L summer jobs?
« on: April 11, 2006, 11:54:44 AM »
So, what's the hardest to get, most prestigious (etc.) job?  I'm definitely thinking about clerking after law school, and want to know what's the best path to take that first summer...

Re: most coveted 1L summer jobs?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2006, 12:56:13 PM »
Order of prestige

1) BIGLAW firm job.

2) Externing for a judge

3) Researching with a professor

4) Government/non-profit


Re: most coveted 1L summer jobs?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2006, 12:58:14 PM »
What about working for a midsize private firm?

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Re: most coveted 1L summer jobs?
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2006, 02:36:48 PM »
great question! lets see more answers.

Re: most coveted 1L summer jobs?
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2006, 05:59:17 PM »

1.  Extern w/ circuit court judge

2.  Big law

3.  Federal judicial externs

4.  State judicial externs

5.  Mid-small firms

6.  Government

7.  Research w/ Prof

8. PI/ non profit

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Re: most coveted 1L summer jobs?
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2006, 06:08:10 PM »
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Re: most coveted 1L summer jobs?
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2006, 06:14:22 PM »
The lawyers I know say govt. jobs are the best. Biglaw/Midlaw and stuff like that doesn't get your hands dirty. If you work for the DA you'll be shoveling *&^% with your barehands. They like to see a prospect with some govt. experience, it indicates they've actually done some hands on stuff.

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Re: most coveted 1L summer jobs?
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2006, 06:47:43 PM »
So, does it look bad if you're highly ranked but you're working in PI? I might try a firm job my second summer to round out my resume and to test the waters.  Does working PI first summer handicap me for OCI in the fall?

Re: most coveted 1L summer jobs?
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2006, 08:22:48 AM »
The lawyers I know say govt. jobs are the best. Biglaw/Midlaw and stuff like that doesn't get your hands dirty. If you work for the DA you'll be shoveling *&^% with your barehands. They like to see a prospect with some govt. experience, it indicates they've actually done some hands on stuff.

Yeah, but making $2k+/week and paying some bills or having some extra $$$ to live off of during the school year is great.  :D

Re: most coveted 1L summer jobs?
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2006, 09:58:27 AM »
I completely disagree that working for a public interest firm or non-profit (as long as you're doing REAL legal work) is not prestigious if you're at a high-ranked school.  If you're at a good school, no one cares what you do your 1L summer as long as it's legal related and interesting.  No one cares if you get a firm job, in fact, they ENCOURAGE us strongly to take PI jobs.