Law School Discussion

Is it possible to do 2 internships during summer ?

Achilles

Is it possible to do 2 internships during summer ?
« on: June 05, 2006, 12:23:37 PM »
I've heard about someone working at a firm during their 2L summer as well as at a nonprofit. I was just wondering if you guys know if this is normally done or possible ?

Re: Is it possible to do internships during summer ?
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2006, 12:44:25 PM »
Yes, it is possible to work 2 jobs during the summer.  They are not done simultaneously, rather you work one job for 6 weeks, then the other job for the remaining 6 weeks (or whatever half the summer is).  Whether or not this is available as an option depends on the places where you want to work.  From what I hear, this is becoming more prevalent of an option than in the past.

It mostly benefits you as a student, as you then get to experience twice as many different companies/environments for law.  It benefits the firms some, as they can get a few more students for at least half a summer rather than no summer at all.  The firms lose a lot too, though, as there is some ramp-up time on employees.  So instead of 2 weeks ramp-up and 10 weeks of productive work (exact numbers were pulled from thin air), they still have 2 weeks of ramp-up but only 4 weeks of productive work.

Achilles

Re: Is it possible to do internships during summer ?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2006, 12:53:15 PM »
If I want a firm job, would you suggest against doing this, considering that they might hire you ? Or would it be better to do this 1L ?

Re: Is it possible to do 2 internships during summer ?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2006, 02:09:46 PM »
I can't really comment on whether it is better or worse for you if you are seeking future permanent employment at the firm.  It would depend on the firm, and possibly even the individual recruiter.  Some will have bought into the idea, and make no distinction between a full and split summer when deciding hiring.  Others will feel that you aren't as committed to the firm, so will hold it against you.  (My conjecture only.  I could be wrong, but I think I'm vague enough to be right.)

Here are a few articles about split summers.  The first one seems to take the realistic approach (law firms would prefer full summers, but make concessions in tight markets), while the others look more rosily on split summers.
http://www.law.com/jsp/law/careercenter/lawArticleCareerCenter.jsp?id=1147943133486
http://www.nalp.org/assets/library/321_0801split.pdf
http://www.lawcrossing.com/article/index.php?id=887