That’s right – let’s talk about our obvious fall-back options: LLMs and Fellowships. I bring this up now because a lot of deadlines are actually in October/November.
I’m quickly researching LLM programs to identify a few programs that could work as a safety net in case I am still unemployed or working part-time jobs when summer rolls around. Someone once told me the only reason to get an LLM is 1) if you want to raise the educational section of the resume with a “top” school or 2) if you are looking to practice abroad. I also consider the interest area a strong reason – if you found out late in your 3L year that you really love the ____ area of the law and you want to take more classes on the subject. Whether these reasons are true or not – it is worth a moment to consider.
For those of you like me who have massive student loans, adding another year of education to the total is scary. But the beauty of applying to the programs now is that you don’t actually have to make a decision for a while. The only cost you will be putting out is the application fees and if you are sensible in the schools you pick then you will have something (which is always better than nothing) come fall 2011.
The best case scenario (in my eyes) would be the LLM you can get while you’re working. These situations usually come in the form of Fellowships – which leads me to my next section . . .
I’ve found a lot of Fellowships out there in many different fields. Mostly they seem to be marketed towards 3Ls – however – there is no reason why they won’t consider us graduates. I’m looking into these options as well – but like I mentioned above – deadlines for these are coming up soon.
The downside of Fellowships, from what I can tell, are the applications. They usually ask for letters of recommendation and some want essays. But, what else are we doing at the moment? Suck it up and get the materials together – I know it is annoying – but worth it if you do it well and land yourself an interview.