Maybe it’s something about November?

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Nov 15, 2010 in The 2L Life | Subscribe

So the original title of this entry was going to be “Serendipity”… until I did a search through my previous posts, and found out I already used that same title a year and four days ago :surprised:

I’m now becoming convinced that instead there must simply be something about November in the space-time continuum that leads to events converging just right.

Here’s the deal: our Dean for Career Services at NCCU Law sent me an email earlier today about a company looking for a law student to help with some contract review work. Now, aside from the fact that it’s an opportunity to earn experience or $$$ or both, it was an otherwise-inconspicuous proposition. Especially for a guy whose confidence in Ks was rocked until I started getting my academic life together this past summer.1

But then I found out that this company is in the information technology field…

And their headquarters is based at my alma mater

And they’re e-Partners with my department

And their CEO gave a presentation last November… that I attended… the night before that previous Serendipity post :crack:

::cue mini-“omg omg omg” freak-out session::

Needless to say I’ve gotten -0- done on a paper I have due in Legal Letters at 9am tomorrow morning. Instead I’ve been re-tweaking my résumé for the n-th time, reaching out to friends who work for or with the company to get background info, trying to cobble up something for a cover letter that doesn’t sound totally inane, debating whether or not I should reach out to the hiring person on LinkedIn before the Career Services folks have sent my résumé (thoughts??) — the list goes on.

And the craziest part? I wanted to intern with these folks when I was in undergrad! But my Computer Science GPA was toast because I was investing all my time serving students through Student Government (since I was planning to go to law school instead of working in the IT field professionally) so I never applied. How totally awesome would it be if I got a chance to work here in a law-related capacity?!

And yes, I fully realize I’m getting totally carried away and haven’t even gotten to the point of being interviewed yet, much less getting a job. But still. Talk about a crazy confluence of circumstances…

I’m off to go work on this paper, but just thought I’d share in light of the job-related discussion that’s been taking place over the past two days on the “Is law school really worth it?” entries :)

Have a great night everybody! :D

  1. I just realized I never did provide a post-summer session breakdown on grades like I did for the Fall and Spring — that’ll be coming up soon! []

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3 Comments

Va.
Nov 16, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Don’t reach out to the hiring guy on LinkedIn. You risk looking over-aggressive, awkward, or inappropriate, which could potentially ruin a perfectly good prospect.


 
TDot
Nov 16, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Too late :beatup: One of the folks at the Comp Sci Dept told me to go ahead and reach out to him, so I sent a note on LinkedIn around 11ish. I guess we’ll find out in a week or two whether or not that was a brilliant or a phenomenally idiotic idea…


 
Va.
Nov 16, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Gah! Oh well. Hopefully since it’s a tech-savvy company they will embrace the use of online networking. But with law jobs generally, it’s best to approach people professionally through the proper channels. Another good rule of thumb is not to approach someone on LinkedIn if they have only 20 connections, but they are more likely to think it’s appropriate if they have hundreds. It sounds like a good fit for you, too, especially because you seem to be considering using your tech background for a job, so I hope it works out!


 

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