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by Saami
Tue May 25, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: How Screwed Am I?
Replies: 21
Views: 2633

Re: How Screwed Am I?

Update: I ended my last semester pretty strong, with three A's, one A-, and one B+. My self-calculated overall GPA is about 3.55 and I have received Stone twice now (2L and 3L year). I spoke with my clerkship office, and they said I might be potentially competitive in the less competitive circuits; ...
by Saami
Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?
Replies: 34
Views: 3003

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

Update: I officially received fellowship funding today from CLS! It's pretty rich that after months and months of an agonizing job search with a bunch of rejections, I've ended up with a fellowship at my top-choice organization. If someone would have told me that I'd be working there directly out of...
by Saami
Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:06 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?
Replies: 34
Views: 3003

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

Just ask someone at your law school if it'll affect your eligibility for the fellowship to turn down the interview. As long as it doesn't I think you can and should decline the interview if you're not interested I suppose I could do this. It's just that the way career counselors have been talking t...
by Saami
Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?
Replies: 34
Views: 3003

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

Hennessy wrote:
Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:00 pm
Excelsior just opened up. Fight u for it, bro.
I think Columbia's already chosen who it wants to nominate, or at least has a short list. At the very least, SJI approached my friend about the opportunity but not me, so I don't think I'm in the running lol.
by Saami
Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?
Replies: 34
Views: 3003

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

Put yourself in the shoes of the interviewer and this will be an easy question to answer. If you were a busy lawyer, would you rather spend 30 minutes talking to someone with no interest in coming to your organization and then writing up an evaluation or would you rather delete a block of time from...
by Saami
Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?
Replies: 34
Views: 3003

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

Would it be wrong to tell an organization that I'm no longer interested in their fellowship after having already scheduled an interview for it? This place to which I've applied is on the very opposite end of the country, and with my wife and I having a baby on the way and my mother-in-law being deep...
by Saami
Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: "Why did you do a big law internship your 2L summer?""
Replies: 23
Views: 2387

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

Thanks all! Also, just realized I posted this in the wrong thread lol. I meant to post this in my other one about public interest and Covid. Oops.
by Saami
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: "Why did you do a big law internship your 2L summer?""
Replies: 23
Views: 2387

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

My top choice just offered to host me!!! Freaking out, though also not sure how excited to be because I don't know how difficult it is to get the Columbia fellowship. I've been told it's not a guarantee, but I don't know if that's just something the career office says to cover their asses.
by Saami
Wed Mar 03, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: Has Covid-19 impacted PI/Gov hiring or am I just a loser?
Replies: 34
Views: 3003

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

I don't know what happened but suddenly one state-affiliated ACLU is pretty close to offering to host me, my top-choice org is gonna speak with me tomorrow about potentially hosting me, and I have an interview on Friday for an internally funded fellowship at another state-affialiated ACLU. All of th...
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: 34
Views: 3003

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: 34
Views: 3003

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: 34
Views: 3003

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: 34
Views: 3003

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: 34
Views: 3003

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: 34
Views: 3003

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: 23
Views: 2387

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: 23
Views: 2387

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: 23
Views: 2387

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: 23
Views: 2387

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: 23
Views: 2387

"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: 3618

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: 21
Views: 2633

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: 21
Views: 2633

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: 21
Views: 2633

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: 21
Views: 2633

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...