Hi everyone -I haven't posted much for awhile, and apologies if this has been addressed but I have been living under the 1L rock for awhile. My question is about summer jobs that indicate political orientation. Do you think it is a bad idea to take a job that clearly indicates your political leanings? How much of an issue do you think that would be to 2L summer employers? I know it can be hard to get summer jobs as a 1L under the best of circumstances and I'm at a T2. Does anyone have any experience in this area, or know of anyone who has experience?Thanks!
It really depends what you're "political organizations" on the resume are, rather than the market. If you have an eco-friendly resume printed on recycled paper and want to be a biglaw environmental law attorney, you will have an extra hurdle. Rough guide for big law:"Acceptable" political views: clean elections, helping refugees, Darfur, death penalty opposition, indigent services, poverty, general environmental (if you want to be a corporate attorney or non-enviro litigation attorney), health care, first amendment, immigration, NAACP, pro-gay organizations (if you are gay)The benefits may outweigh the costs depending on the resume/employer, but generally leave off or sanitize: State Democratic or Republican party, national Democratic or Republican Party, working for well-known "whacko" legislators/Senators, pro-gay organizations (if you are not gay)Leave off if possible: environmental (if you want to be an environmental lawyer), working for Blagojevich (insert other disgraced politician or someone who is off the charts nutty), Planned Parenthood, NARAL, pro-life organizations, guns/NRA, English as the national language, anti-gay organizations (law firms want someone who will fit in with the goal of attaining diversity, or at least won't cause them any lawsuits or Above-the-Law drama), your political blog, socialist/communist, libertarian/green party
I had a partisan resume but certainly toned it down. I took off lesser affiliations (college clubs, law school clubs, general membership roles), downplayed internships, and dropped the names of people I didn't need to list. I also wound up getting a job with a firm that is of the exact opposite political leaning, and is well known for its bent. I didn't say a partisan resume won't get you a job, but it's smarter to try to please the largest number of potential evaluators in a job process. It is wonderful that yours worked for you, but someone asked for advice. This is what I've heard from my career services office (I discussed my resume at length), what I heard directly from attorneys this summer, and what I've gleaned from other people's job search experience.