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A working single mom attending law school

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Posts Tagged ‘1L job search’

1L summer work

Posted by newlawmom on March 9, 2009

This week I am on a job hunt. I’ve actually been on a job hunt for some time now, but this week I’m going to make it happen. As of this minute, I have secured two interviews for myself.  There is more to be done. Theoretically, I am on spring break. That is not correct. Actually, I have been given a week to find a job, prepare my outlines, and get ahead in my reading. If I thought last semester had a competitive edge to it, spring exams are going to take the cake. I must be prepared, because I have three children who are depending on me to provide for them. In addition, I have basically dropped everything to attend law school for three years midway through my life. That is not the type of thing that is done just for kicks. So…I’m off to work. I hope my readers have  a very fine and productive day. See you tomorrow.

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Job Search Type A

Posted by newlawmom on February 10, 2009

Someday I’m going to give myself a heart attack. I need to learn to relax. But not this week. It seems I have decided that I need to have a summer job yesterday.  I actually skipped my contracts class today to work on the job hunt. Today’s tally: 4 online submissions for corporate internships, 1 “tailored” resume revision so that I now have 2 depending on the purpose, hours online searching for appropriate opportunities, and one negative response from one of the paper apps that were mailed last week. I could stay up for another several hours applying for more jobs but I am out of time.  DEAR GIRL (that’s me…) Please – do not skip any more classes to seek work. That is ridiculous. Well, which matters more? And the answer is….summer work. Exams come later. Lord help me.

I was reading some other blogs yesterday and discovered the “covert job hunt scenario”. Seems everyone is doing it. And I guess so. It would never occur to me to tell a fellow student anything about my job search or even acknowledge that I have one. Nor would I tell them grades. Nor would I tell them most anything about myself. I certainly wouldn’t ask anyone else if they are looking for work. I assume some are. I assume some are not. And I assume some were more diligent than me and already have a job all lined up. In law school, or at least at my law school, we all respect each other. It’s like the military: don’t ask, don’t tell. Meanwhile, we are the most competitive people while we pretend (some better than others) to be collegiate. Make no mistake about it – these people mean business. So if I come out on top, more power to me. If not, its my own dam fault. There will be no peace in my world until I have a legal job for the summer. I’ll be more satisfied if I have a choice. And when push comes to shove, I don’t really care what the other students are doing. Which is probably why I don’t ask.

Well readers, when there is something you want, there is only one thing to do. Make it happen.

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exam prep and a job search

Posted by newlawmom on December 10, 2008

I’m so excited. I have a meeting with career services after my exam tomorrow and I have spent the past couple hours looking for summer work opportunities. I am staying away from all the types of law that I think I want to practice. The best thing I can do for my future and to enhance my ability to have a profound interest on child welfare in this country is to get the best education possible and take advantage of every opportunity to experience the world of law. On that note, I have decided I want to spend my 1L summer at a firm, and the larger firm, the better. I have no interest in banking or corporate law or anything like that, but health law, trusts and estates, education law, and even real estate are things I might enjoy learning more about. I will keep you up to date on how that goes. Tomorrow we will review my resume. So….

Before I got caught up in the summer work search, I was studying for contracts. For which I feel totally prepared and impatient. I forced myself to review everything today, but in reality, I already know the material. I spent some time working on approaches to answers. I worked on shorter answers, more concise answers, and organization of responses. I feel more than adequately prepared. It is an open book exam, but I will bring only my own outline, my spiral book of helpful reminders, and pens. (Yes, I did go out and buy myself new pens, and they are awesome.) I can’t wait for this exam, but the meeting with career services will be the high point of my day. NOTE: I do not expect much from career services. I am more than capable of finding my own work. But I will listen to their advice and take advantage of their willingness to review my resume and cover letters. So…..it’s off to contracts. Pleasant to remember that law school is actually the means to the end, and not the end itself. I hope all my readers have a lovely day.

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