hey guys, i currently have an offer from PI organization that I really like doing immigration and asylum work. i have request from an state judge to come in for interview and i'm hesitant to go. my school has a rule that if you get an offer from a judge you must accept.
my concern is what would look better for OCI this fall or will it even matter? Thoughts?
I agree with what everyone else has been saying. Pick whichever one you think you'll enjoy most and will make you the most enthusiastic during your OCI interviews. I think a positive attitude about your summer job could be a far greater asset than a big name.
I ended up taking a job with a state trial judge. I spoke with several judges during the process and each seemed to offer a different experience for externs- some with extensive legal research, some with none. I finally had an interview with the most fabulous judge ever (during the interview I was like, I want to be this person in 30 years) and my choice was easy.
Why not interview with the judge and if you feel like it's not for you indicate that during your interview. Some judges offer you the job at the end of the interview, but you can prevent this from happening- and do so in a polite manner. They will ask you lots of open-ended personal questions where you can easily slip in, "I'm actually still unsure whether I can afford to take an unpaid job" or "I'm unsure about my time commitment." Judges are smart and, as we all know, risk adverse. They will figure it out really fast.
Working for federal judges is obviously more prestigous, but I think working for a state judge in the city you plan to work in can be a real asset for references, attorney connections, learning the state law and procedure you will actually use, etc.