I know, I know, everyone should have such problems.
So for those who don’t know I am a first-year law student and I got two job offers today for summer jobs. W00t! I have until monday or tuesday to decide.
Firm A job is a part time job, 20 hrs/week with some weeks being more, but not regularly. A one-person practice. Mostly matrimonial, with some wills, civil cases, and every now and then a criminal appeal (he is on the list of court-appointed defenders).
-Chance to get feet wet in many areas of law.
-Very flexible – can arrange my hours as I like for any reason or no reason at all.
-I could take a “skills” class over the summer (my law school requires 2 credits of classes that stress practical, hands-on lawyering skills).
-I will be co-author on one brief, definitely, more than that, I’m not sure.
-Maybe last chance in a long time to have a low-stress summer.
-Casual office, no need to spend $$ on new work clothes.
-Lots of extra time to work on brief for Journal competition.
-Possibility of working on a Criminal case, which I’m very interested in, but maybe not.
-One person office is possible recipe for stress.
-Large element of necessary paperwork/filing.
-located in the burbs – boring commute, boring location.
-less money at the end of the day (fewer hours worked).
-Opportunity to work on criminal case might not materialize – No way to know if one will come in.
Firm B job is full-time. Its a torts practice doing mostly Medical Malpractice (plaintiff’s attorney), and I would be working specifically on appeals. 2 partners, 2 associates, a couple paralegals, an intern they plan on hiring when she graduates in May, 1-2 other summer interns, and an office manager.
-More co-workers= more networking
-Chance to get lots of experience writing Appeals (almost certainly more than 1), looks nice on resume.
-More researach/writing oriented, less paperwork/filing (but still some).
-Located in Manhattan, which is more fun in and of itself, plus I could have lunch with my SO from time to time.
-More $$ at the end of the day (more hours worked)
-Really liked the woman who would be my boss.
-One partner struck me as a micro-manager, but I’d be working for the other one.
-I’m not that interested in med mal long-term, and its a fairly specialized office.
-Dressy office, not always-wearing-a-suit formal, but dressy. Would need to buy at least some new clothes (I LOATHE shopping).
-Seems like they will work me pretty hard, which is not a bad thing, but definitely not a low-stress summer.
Pay per hour is basically the same at both places. The commute is slightly shorter and less expensive to Firm B, but its not a huge difference. I don’t have any other interviews in the hopper at the moment. My financial picture is good (I’m on academic scholarship) so strictly speaking I don’t NEED the extra money.