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by Saami
Mon Mar 01, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?
Replies: 16
Views: 305

Re: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?

Congrats! Project based fellowships are very common and differ a lot from org to org. It really depends what kind of org they are. The SJI people should have some pretty solid examples for you and give you feedback on what you draft. I think this resource (which is pretty old), gives you a general ...
by Saami
Mon Mar 01, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?
Replies: 16
Views: 305

Re: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?

So, a NYC-based organization that I'd love to work for just said that they're open to potentially hosting me under Columbia's public interest fellowship. However, they asked me to submit a "brief summary of your proposed project." Does anyone know exactly what this means? I literally know nothing ab...
by Saami
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?
Replies: 16
Views: 305

Re: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?

OK then, sounds like you're good. Just wasn't really sure why you were including that info/if you were banking on that saving otherwise weak aspects of your applications. Yea, you're right. I removed it. I think a huge problem for me too is I entered law school focusing on one subject, but about ha...
by Saami
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?
Replies: 16
Views: 305

Re: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?

Yeah, just got to keep grinding it out. The certainty of having a job lined up is part of what you rejected when you turned down your summer firm, just have to own that now and trust the process. I don’t know what your wife does, but unless she’s got a job she really doesn’t want to leave I’d consi...
by Saami
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?
Replies: 16
Views: 305

Re: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?

Hey_Everybody wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:31 am
If you're overemphasizing that part of your resume as opposed to why you want to do the particular work and the experience you have in the area that could be part of the issue
It takes up like 3% of my resume and 0% of my cover letters. Just figured I'd include the info in case it's relevant.
by Saami
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?
Replies: 16
Views: 305

Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?

I'm really starting to feel like I'm going to graduate unemployed. Fellowship opportunities seem to be few and far between at this point, and I'm just getting either radio silence or very quick rejections from the places to which I've applied. I'm trying to gauge how much of this is Covid-19 related...
by Saami
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:59 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: "Why did you do a big law internship your 2L summer?""
Replies: 18
Views: 506

Re: "Why did you do a big law internship your 2L summer?""

I appreciate all your comments on this. Yea, I think I'll spin the pro bono as more of a "I found this more interesting" type of thing. I've also made sure to do two PI internships during my 3L year (my current one is awesome and involves exactly the type of work I want to be doing). I sort of wish ...
by Saami
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: "Why did you do a big law internship your 2L summer?""
Replies: 18
Views: 506

Re: "Why did you do a big law internship your 2L summer?""

I will add that the majority of the work I did at the firm was pro bono projects (largely by choice), so perhaps I should also stress that. Or would that come across as trying too hard to paint my big law internship as being comparable to a PI internship?
by Saami
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: "Why did you do a big law internship your 2L summer?""
Replies: 18
Views: 506

Re: "Why did you do a big law internship your 2L summer?""

My reasoning truthfully wasn't about short-term money. I attend Columbia on a full ride and I'm very blessed because of this. There was just a lot of pressure after 1L year to do EIP, both from my peers and my spouse, and when like 90% of your classmates go down this route you begin to wonder whethe...
by Saami
Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: "Why did you do a big law internship your 2L summer?""
Replies: 18
Views: 506

Re: "Why did you do a big law internship your 2L summer?""

Nony wrote:
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:43 pm
unless you get an interviewer who likes to be adversarial on purpose
I had an interview today where they were pretty judgmental about it lol.
by Saami
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: "Why did you do a big law internship your 2L summer?""
Replies: 18
Views: 506

"Why did you do a big law internship your 2L summer?""

Can someone give me a good, cookie cutter answer to this that I can say in an interview? I truthfully do not have a good answer beyond I didn't want to leave any option off the table and wanted to see what big law was like. Also, I felt pretty pressured since most people around me were doing EIP.
by Saami
Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: Choosing a Law School
Topic: Hamilton + Darrow vs. Rest of T7-14
Replies: 30
Views: 1159

Re: Hamilton + Darrow vs. Rest of T7-14

Hey! Congrats on the Hamilton! I'm a 3L who's currently attending Columbia under the Hamilton fellowship. Feel free to reach out to me with any specific questions. :)
by Saami
Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: How Screwed Am I?
Replies: 19
Views: 1089

Re: How Screwed Am I?

Thanks all! Looking forward to looking into SSC justices. Also, I dropped Advanced Admin. My academic adviser told me that if I get rejected from a clerkship, it won't be because of missing one particular course on my transcript. That perspective really helped.
by Saami
Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: How Screwed Am I?
Replies: 19
Views: 1089

Re: How Screwed Am I?

If you take your intended course load, what would the split be between black letter courses and seminars/clinics for 2L and 3L? It's tough to answer because I don't know where classes like "Human Rights" and "Law and the Internet Society" fit, which were lectures but not seminars. Including this se...
by Saami
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: How Screwed Am I?
Replies: 19
Views: 1089

Re: How Screwed Am I?

But generally state supreme courts are considered easier to get than district courts. That really blows my mind, but I'm also happy to hear! Clerking on a court of last resort sounds like an awesome experience, regardless of state v. federal. I have a friend who will be clerking on the Hawaii Supre...
by Saami
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: How Screwed Am I?
Replies: 19
Views: 1089

Re: How Screwed Am I?

Hey, thank you all for the advice thus far! I didn't include my goals because it's a little complicated and unclear at the moment. My long-term goal is academia (long shot, I know), which is why I'm interested in doing a federal clerkship. I've heard from all professors/aspiring professors with whom...
by Saami
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: How Screwed Am I?
Replies: 19
Views: 1089

How Screwed Am I?

Hello all! I'm planning on applying to clerkships soon-ish, but I'm at a point where I don't really know if I should bother. I'm a 3L at Columbia who has slightly above average grades (think a 3.5 GPA if Columbia officially calculated GPAs), and I was banking on this last year to improve my grades a...
by Saami
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 229
Views: 54146

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Thank you all for the advice. Sorry for being whiny.
by Saami
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 229
Views: 54146

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

1) seminars are fine. Don’t take, say, all seminars, or too many that are, say, “Law and Literature” or otherwise sound really fluffy. But overall they’re fine, especially if you can show how the subject fits your interests or the like. Different judges like different things, so for every judge who...
by Saami
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 229
Views: 54146

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Also, I was one letter grade off from making Stone Scholar. How screwed am I when it comes to getting a clerkship? The only non-elective 1L course I didn't get a B/B+ in was Civ Pro (A-). And I'm sure a U.S. federal judge will totally care about my A in International Law... Someone kill me.
by Saami
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 229
Views: 54146

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Should I avoid taking any seminars?
by Saami
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Admissions Waiting & Results
Topic: Columbia Law School Class of 2022 Applicants
Replies: 155
Views: 58588

Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2022 Applicants

If anyone has questions about the Hamilton or Columbia in general, feel free to ask me. Class of '21 with the Hamilton.
by Saami
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Choosing a Law School
Topic: Columbia Students Taking Questions
Replies: 672
Views: 140055

Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

I know some Hamilton decisions came out today. If anyone granted a Hamilton is lurking here, congratulations! Feel free to ask me questions. I was in your position last year and it was a tough decision, at least for me, to choose the Hamilton over HYS.
by Saami
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 229
Views: 54146

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Which classes should I be taking beyond my required 1L courses if I'm interested in federal clerkships? I only ask because I have to choose an elective for next semester (I'm currently a 1L), and I'm struggling with choosing between ones I'm genuinely interested in taking (e.g. International Law, Th...
by Saami
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Legal News and Law Firm Gossip
Topic: U.S. seeks to block AT&T from citing Trump opposition in merger lawsuit
Replies: 8
Views: 3909

Re: U.S. seeks to block AT&T from citing Trump opposition in merger lawsuit

I should not be reading internet comments on this decision. The ignorance is astounding.