Wednesday, March 28, 2007

When is a job offer scary?

When it's this one.


Thank you for your interest in a summer law clerk position with the Municipality of Anchorage, Department of Law, and for taking the time to meet with me in Seattle in February. Based upon our interview and your resume, I am authorized, on behalf of the Municipality of Anchorage, Department of Law, to offer you an unpaid, volunteer position, as a 2007 summer law clerk in the Civil Division, under the following conditions:

1. At the time of acceptance of this offer, you provide a copy of transcript of your undergraduate grades, and a transcript of your law school grades – unofficial is acceptable for the law school transcript; and

2. On or before the time your summer position with the Department of Law commences, you provide written certification, as required under Alaska Bar Rule 44, from the appropriate law school official at the University of Idaho, School of Law, confirming:

a. Completion of at least one-half of your required law school courses; and

b. You are a student in good standing at the University; and

3. You are willing to commit to work at the Municipality of Anchorage, Dept. of Law, for 40 hours per week for a minimum of 10 total weeks; and

4. You are willing to commit to the program requirements of the Municipality's summer law clerk program, including:

a. Attending at least one Assembly meeting; and

b. One work shift as a civilian "ride-along" with an Anchorage Police Department officer; and

c. Submission of weekly work journals, briefly summarizing tasks and assignments; and

5. If you are seeking or eligible for grant funds or other federal, state or law school financial assistance, the Municipality will assist as needed to provide information regarding its Summer Law Clerk program to the appropriate persons/entities. Please keep us posted on your efforts in this regard.

PLEASE NOTE: The Municipality is not able to pay stipends, housing or travel expenses. However, the Municipality will provide either (1) a free, unlimited bus pass for the summer, or (2) a free parking permit, if you have access to an automobile in Anchorage, for parking in close proximity to City Hall. All summer law clerks receive authorization for computer and internet access, for work, school and personal matters, while in Alaska. In addition, the Dept. of Law will provide information and assistance regarding appropriate housing, if needed.

This OFFER terminates at the close of business on Monday, April 2, 2007.

If the conditions outlined above are acceptable, please email your acceptance of this OFFER on or before 5:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Monday, April 2, 2007. If you are not interested in pursuing a position with the Municipality, or you have accepted other employment for the summer, an email response on or before the offer deadline is appreciated. If you have questions about this offer, please feel free to contact me by email for additional information.

Rhonda Fehlen Westover

Deputy Municipal Attorney

This is gonna be pricey. Plane tickets will cost me about $500, and I'll probably have to shell out another $1500 or so for rent, and maybe $750 for miscellaneous expenses. On the other hand, it'll be a useful experience, and when am I going to get another chance to go to Alaska?

Basically I'm just hoping that you, my blog readers, will give me some last-minute advice. I'm probably going to take the job unless somebody brings up a good reason why I shouldn't.


Skipperdee said...

*wikis Anchorage*

I think that sounds pretty neat, actually. Summer in Anchorage should be sort of like spring here--60s-ish, right? Probably be nice, considering how much you love hot summers. Plus, I'm guessing that you'll come across some really interesting municipal legal issues in Alaska.

So yeah, it'll be sort of expensive, but I bet it'll be a great experience. Just think of it as a really cheap way of studying abroad. :)

Fisherpriceman said...

Do it. No question about it. Rent a cheap room from someone in town, I'll bet your rent for the whole 10 weeks would be under 1000. Take the free bus pass and get a good second-hand bike. An Alaska summer is perfect bike weather.

Promise me that while you're up there you'll eat some local cuisine. Mooseburgers, fresh fish, things that God made, etc. Leave the hot dogs and pb&j at home.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I heard Anchorage is veryh to during the summers. Up to the 90s all the time, but I don't know for sure.

Take the job. Gain the experience. If you worked for a firm, you would be a memo jockey, but get your lunches all paid for. It's also good to live in other cities for a change.

David M. Moore, Esq.

Jayne said...

This is interesting, because I actually applied to judges in Anchorage for this summer. Because dude - Alaska! Adventure! And so forth!

I find it a tad unsettling that they are asking for 10 weeks and have such stringent requirements of what you have to do each week, and are offering you a bus pass and free parking in return. On the other hand, this sounds extremely, extremely cool. Like, an experience you look back on for the rest of your life and get sort of misty-eyed nostalgic about.

I recommend you take it, unless you get an offer from the Candy, Puppies & Fireworks Shop by Monday.