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Summer work 2007 May 30

Posted by queencru in Work.

How’s everyone’s summer going so far? My computer promptly died once exams were over. I haven’t gotten my grades back so I’m still worrying that something happened to my exams and they got lost. If so, I’m screwed because I think my hard drive is toast.

Otherwise, I am working for a judge a few days a week and for a small firm the other days. It should be a nice change of pace from law school even if I didn’t manage to land a coveted high-paying job. I have not started either job yet and am trying to finish up the write-on competition this week. It’s not due until June 15 so something tells me I won’t get too far.


Question about summer funding 2007 January 23

Posted by queencru in FinAid, Rants, Work.

For those of you that get summer funding from your schools, how does it work? I am not 100% sure how mine works but I’ve heard there is a possibility that any work-study funds you get for the summer may be taken out of your student budget for the following school year. This was the first I’d heard of such a policy and it seems strange to me. If the money is meant to encourage people to take unpaid summer work, how is this going to encourage people who need the student loans in their entirety (as most people do). It seems smarter to do something unpaid part time and then take a paying part-time job unrelated to law so it won’t come out of the following year’s student budget. It seems like the only way you can get around it is by finding funding from some independent organization. Ugh… what to do?

Women and Careers 2006 August 19

Posted by Lily in Society & Culture, Work.
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First of all, a job does not equal a career. There’s a lot of overlap, but a career involves a sense of trajectory and education that a job does not. That said, having a job after childbirth is common — not to mention extremely stressful. Career after motherhood? Not so much.

Like it or not, in business, law, and medicine, there’s a noticeable difference in the career trajectories of mothers and non-mothers. It’s not normal for mothers to have families and be successful at work.

Yes, the ultimate problem is that the workplace demands too much time. However, my experience in business makes me doubt corporations are going to change these policies without political intervention. With that in mind, you can make decisions based on how the world should be or you can make decisions based on how the world is.

Furthermore, this is a must read for women who think that an academic career will insulate them from the family/career tardeoffs most female lawyers have to make. I don’t care if you go to Yale; no one’s special when it comes to the laws of physics and biology. Unless you’re entering law school at 18 (and if you are, you’re probably a Simon’s Rock alumn — which means you probably know me), your childbearing years will conflict with your ability to put out enough publications to make tenure. Academia may not be as bad as business, medicine, and law, but “less bad” is not necessarily “good.”

Sux 2B Me 2Day 2006 July 26

Posted by MrSmittie in Rants, Work.
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Okay, so I may have screwed myself at work. Everyone has known for several months that I would be leaving my job this summer (after 7.5 years) in order to go to law school. Since the beginning, I had hoped to transfer to my company’s operations in the area of my LS and I have applied to no fewer than 15 positions. Until just last week, I had virtually no responses to my inquiries.

Several weeks ago, I found out (in confidentiality) that our company was putting a hiring freeze on all “open” positions, and that they were even contemplating layoffs. So, I found a job with another company in the city of my LS. I spoke with the highest-ranking manager of our section and asked if it would be possible to be laid off, rather than be classified as a voluntary termination (resignation). I am not so interested in a severance package, which would certainly be nice, but I am concerned about the tuition reimbursements that the company paid for my UG degree over the past 12 months – which I am obligated to repay. He said he might be open to that idea, if he needed to make any additional cuts in his department. He also told me he would try to get the repayment amount reduced or eliminated, since I genuinely tried to stay with the company.

Last week, I took a short trip to the city of my LS to officially accept the job offer with the new company. As I prepared for that meeting, I received a call to interview with one of my current employer’s hiring managers in that area. Right before I left on that trip, I wrote and submitted my resignation letter. I needed to do so because time was really getting short and I want to be considered re-hirable.

Yesterday, I got an email from human resources that informed me how much I owe them for educational reimbursements. At $9700.00, it is considerably higher than I thought it would be. I forwarded the email to the dept mgr and asked if he had made any progress in getting the amount reduced. When we spoke, he asked about my interview but said he was not sure if they had made any decision yet (for me or anyone else that may have interviewed). He told me to call him back on Monday if I had not heard anything. He then said that we could definitely make out a repayment schedule for my educational obligations – but he did not mention having the amount reduced.

Today, all employees received an email from the company president. They will definitely be reducing the overall workforce, but specific positions have not yet been identified. By tendering my resignation letter, I may have precluded myself from a layoff; and with all these cost-cutting strategies flying around the boardroom, I doubt they are likely to cut me a break on my education expenses. So … am I screwed or what? 😦

p.s. sorry this is so long – I needed to vent

Ignorance is Bliss 2006 July 24

Posted by blackfelix in Articles, Society & Culture, Work.

The NYTimes recently provided us with these observations on the law firm-cultural institution nexus. The bottom line? Firms are partnering with cultural institutions to expose summer associates to finer artistic venues. Why? It helps the firms woo the summers and enables the institututions to cultivate a roll of future donors. The article notes:

The Summer Art Circle is not the first attempt to match young lawyers and culture. Last year, the Apollo Theater Foundation was host to summer associates from Skadden, Arps at the first-ever “Summer Associates’ Amateur Night at the Apollo.” This year, five firms each paid $3,500 for 50 of their summer associates to enjoy a backstage tour, private reception and center orchestra seats at the show on June 28.

The next day, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland held its first “social networking party” for 10 local nonprofits and summer associates from five of Cleveland’s top law firms.

But will these young legal machines herding in and out of galleries, museums and concert halls turn into a new generation of arts patrons? Can they be convinced that buying art can ease the spiritual burden of 2,500 billable hours a year?

Ms. Ellis says yes and yes. Others are less optimistic.

Unless the art comes in the of the naked female body (a real one, that is), I think I’ll need something a bit more substantive to keep me sane. Just saying is all.