Flexibility key for students

February 9, 2009
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
Some advice for law students struggling to find summer work: be flexible and think broadly. That’s what the director of the career and development office at Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington told Indiana Lawyer Friday.

Comments from our previous blog on students’ summer associate searches last fall and this year shed a little light on the issues facing current law students. Summer associate positions are being slashed and fewer are receiving offers. The ones that did receive a position are keeping their joy to a minimum to spare the feelings of friends who didn’t get an offer.

Some law firms have eliminated summer associate positions for 1Ls; and many are cutting back significantly on their 2L programs, according to Caroline Dowd-Higgins from the Bloomington law school. She said as a result of the cuts, students have to be more creative and scrappier to get other experience.

Dowd-Higgins has suggested students look to non-profits and small law firms. Students may be able to earn credit from their law schools for their internships at non-profits, and small firms do consider hiring an unpaid law student.

In fact, the small law firms may have more business right now because of their typically lower hourly rates, so it would be in students’ best interests to consider contacting small firms for possible summer work.

Dowd-Higgins said the law school is encouraging students to network and build new connections so when the market does bounce back, they will have a leg up on others.

There’s no sugarcoating that this is a bad time for law students, she said, and it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better, but it will get better. In the meantime, students should keep sharpening their skills and consider looking outside large firms for summer work, even if that means accepting an unpaid position.

How many of you have summer work with a small law firm or non-profit this year? If you tried to go that route, did you find it was tough trying to get a job there?
ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in Indiana Lawyer editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. Can I get this form on line,if not where can I obtain one. I am eligible.

  2. What a fine example of the best of the Hoosier tradition! How sad that the AP has to include partisan snark in the obit for this great American patriot and adventurer.

  3. Why are all these lawyers yakking to the media about pending matters? Trial by media? What the devil happened to not making extrajudicial statements? The system is falling apart.

  4. It is a sad story indeed as this couple has been only in survival mode, NOT found guilty with Ponzi, shaken down for 5 years and pursued by prosecution that has been ignited by a civil suit with very deep pockets wrenched in their bitterness...It has been said that many of us are breaking an average of 300 federal laws a day without even knowing it. Structuring laws, & civilForfeiture laws are among the scariest that need to be restructured or repealed . These laws were initially created for drug Lords and laundering money and now reach over that line. Here you have a couple that took out their own money, not drug money, not laundering. Yes...Many upset that they lost money...but how much did they make before it all fell apart? No one ask that question? A civil suit against Williams was awarded because he has no more money to fight...they pushed for a break in order...they took all his belongings...even underwear, shoes and clothes? who does that? What allows that? Maybe if you had the picture of him purchasing a jacket at the Goodwill just to go to court the next day...his enemy may be satisfied? But not likely...bitterness is a master. For happy ending lovers, you will be happy to know they have a faith that has changed their world and a solid love that many of us can only dream about. They will spend their time in federal jail for taking their money from their account, but at the end of the day they have loyal friends, a true love and a hope of a new life in time...and none of that can be bought or taken That is the real story.

  5. Could be his email did something especially heinous, really over the top like questioning Ind S.Ct. officials or accusing JLAP of being the political correctness police.

ADVERTISEMENT