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I'm a 2L at a T2 school. Last summer I interned at an in-hou greenday7501/17/13
OP, I'm in similar situation now. I love the idea of work gonetomorrow06/29/18
I interned for a pretty big publicly traded company one summ greenday7506/29/18
I think you really missed the point here, Greenday. Did you gonetomorrow06/29/18
Apply for anything you can on your career services page. I'm greenday7506/29/18
greenday75 (Jan 17, 2013 - 10:14 pm)

I'm a 2L at a T2 school. Last summer I interned at an in-house legal department, and I've been working as a law clerk with another in-house legal department since the beginning of this school year.

I could presumably keep the in-house position for the summer as well, but I'm not sure if I have a future there in terms of post-graduation employment. I'd like to do something that would maximize my chances of post-grad employment (obviously), but the only jobs on my school's career services listings that I seem to be qualified for are similar to the one I have now, and I've heard that most in-house positions require at least a couple years of firm experience.

Suggestions?

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gonetomorrow (Jun 29, 2018 - 2:25 pm)

OP, I'm in similar situation now. I love the idea of working in compliance and want to find a summer internship but I don't really know much about the field.

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greenday75 (Jun 29, 2018 - 2:27 pm)

I interned for a pretty big publicly traded company one summer in the legal department, but the company had a compliance department too. Everyone I knew in the compliance department was a lawyer. Compliance definitely seems like a good alternative for JDs that don't want to practice.

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gonetomorrow (Jun 29, 2018 - 2:29 pm)

I think you really missed the point here, Greenday. Did you survey the lawyers in the compliance department to find out their background? In most cases these folks have one of three things going for them: some legal practice experience related to banking/financial services; previous non-legal work experience related to banking/financial services; or a degree/significant coursework in finance/accounting.

The problem is that "compliance" is often portrayed as an alternative for the standard issue K-JD, liberal artist with no work experience in any area and no relevant educational background. I think the posters here such as eject and homeless are trying to put this inaccurate portrayal in perspective.

re-read the original post where the poster mentions having to emphasize his finance/accounting education; or re-read the post where the fellow mentions having a "relevant internship" in law school

so, the point is that "compliance" for a large percentage of unemployed/underemployed JD's is just not a realistic option and law school scamologists need to stop trumpeting it like it's sliced bread

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greenday75 (Jun 29, 2018 - 2:33 pm)

Apply for anything you can on your career services page. I'm a 2L at a TT with decent (but not amazing) grades and I got a clerking job for the semester. Got a summer internship the same way. I think there are 3 main things you can do:

1. Apply to EVERYTHING you can.
2. Write good and individualized cover letters. Don't use a generic one.
3. Be confident about your interviewing skills.

I know it's competitive, but people are hiring. I also know I've been relatively lucky. I honestly think if you go all out on a job search it'll work out. It has for me so far.

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