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March 04, 2006

1L Summer: Judicial Externship or Firm?

An enquiring mind wants to know:

Which job should I chose? I am a first year and have been put in the very lucky situation of accepting between a firm and a judicial externship for my first summer job. But I am not sure which one I should take. I really like both offices. The ppl were really friendly in both cases. I met with the judge and with the managing partner in both situations and they were very likable and seemed like they'd give me lots of substantive work... any advice? Honestly I am really dumbstruck.

Hm. Like you say, yours is a good problem to have, but I don't see any clear way to resolve the dilemma. Your answer may depend on what you hope to do long-term (after you graduate from law school) and what sort of judge and firm we're talking about. If this is a prestigious federal judge you'd be working for, that makes the externship more attractive. If this is exactly the firm (or the exact type of firm) you'd eventually like to work for, the firm might be the best choice.

If you don't know what you want to do long-term, I'd personally lean toward the externship b/c you might get a better introduction to a wider variety of law there. On the other hand, odds are high that the firm is going to be more fun in terms of having a good time w/other summer interns, getting free lunches, etc.

So that's not much help, eh? Can anyone else offer some perspective?

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March 01, 2006

All About Law School

Jeremy Richey offers a short review of All About Law School, “a DVD which gives insight into the law school experience and gives tips for law school success.” In brief, he recommends it for those who have not yet started law school, but doesn't think it will offer much insight for those who have already enrolled and been through a few weeks of the regular law school rigmarole.

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