I thought I would put a different perspective on the 1L job hunt. I ONLY applied to public interest jobs, and got a really fantastic one. While making tons of money this summer would be nice, I didn't want to sit in a back office exclusively doing research and writing memos all summer. I went to law school to pursue a public interest career. Though 40% of my classmates wrote personal statements about wanting to do the same, most are now scrambling to get big firm jobs for the summer. It's kind of hypocritical to me, but to each his own.Anyway, I got the job through what essentially is a public interest "OCI" process. Though I didn't get granted an official interview with this organization (I was an "alternate"), I talked my way into meeting with them by handing the interviewer my resume after they were done with the other candidates. I was offered the position the next afternoon (on Sunday!). I am thrilled that I am going to be making a difference this summer, even if it is only for $4,000 in grant money.
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