Help! I am a first-year student looking for practical legal experience over the summer. I had no idea how hard it would be to find a good job-it seems that ILs are rarely considered. Do you have any advice regarding what I can do to stand out from every other 1L looking for work? What options should I consider?
My girlfriend is in her first year at a tier-one law school and is trying to find a position with a law firm for the summer. She is having no luck at all even though her grades and class rank are great. What can we do?
I have been in law school for one semester, and I am trying to decide what I should do next summer. I thought I would pursue a law clerk position at a law firm, but of the 100+ resumes I have sent out, I have had two interviews and no offers. Most of the employers I wrote to didn't even respond. Now what?
EQ, New York
Dear QB, MJ, and EQ,
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