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Incoming 1Ls / Re: 1st year corporate associate taking questions
« on: January 27, 2008, 05:45:07 PM »
Working on weekends is one thing, working on a weekend until 9 PM . . . that's something else entirely. ;)

well...i left work at 3:30am this friday...i think that's worse.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: 1st year corporate associate taking questions
« on: January 27, 2008, 05:42:11 PM »
hahaha. if i were at work i wouldn't be posting. but working on the weekends is not uncommon. it hasn't been *that* bad as a general matter, but i have gotten absolutely killed in the last few weeks.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: 1st year corporate associate taking questions
« on: January 27, 2008, 05:37:37 PM »
City? Firm Rank? School Rank? Any rumors about layoffs?

nyc, v20, nyu, no rumors

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Incoming 1Ls / 1st year corporate associate taking questions
« on: January 27, 2008, 05:32:26 PM »
shoot

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Why Big Law?
« on: November 21, 2007, 05:40:21 PM »
are you saying they teach you how to do what lawyers do?

yes. you learn by doing, and by asking (appropriate) questions. as ilsox mentioned, they also offer many, many excellent training programs. we have weekly practice group-oriented team meetings, and there's generally some other program going on each day...for example, a partner at a big 4 accounting firm came in the other day to give a 3 hour seminar on financial statements. things like that.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Why Big Law?
« on: November 21, 2007, 05:37:05 PM »
are you saying they teach you how to do what lawyers do?

what do you consider "what lawyers do".  I don't know any associate who has personally spoken with a client.  I think attorney-client interaction is one of the most core things an attorney does, so it's kind of sad in biglaw you miss out on this

i personally spoke with clients in my first or second month on the job. i think it's pretty common.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Why Big Law?
« on: November 21, 2007, 05:21:27 PM »
I really wish a recent graduate now working for a prestigious large firm would post here and give us a heads up based on real life experience.

as you wish...

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Do they pay for everything?
« on: November 21, 2007, 04:46:25 PM »
i don't think the firm pays for your housing, but i'm sure it's pretty easy to find a place. i'm sure they give you plenty of support (they tend to coddle you, which is a good thing). that said, when i summered in london the firm paid for my flat, but i don't know if that was only b/c i went abroad.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Best Schools for Academia
« on: November 21, 2007, 04:41:44 PM »
i think yale is pretty good. you should go there.

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Did cal have an active AA program in '04?

Nope, prop 209 passed in 1997-ish.  Though they may have had an under the table AA, I don't see that helping ruskie.
Yeah, if anything, I think it may have hurt "diversity" applicants who didn't fall into defined URM categories. I wonder how prop 209 affects the chances of diverse applicants who are not typically identified as URM.

Actually, prop 209 is the reason ruskie was accepted. to circumvent prop 209, boalt admits underqualified white and asian applicants in addition to the underqualified black and hispanic applicants it has always admitted (so they're not 'discriminating'). of course, not only does this further dilute the quality of the school (at least 25% of the school is  brain dead; probably more) but it's still not 'equal' - in order to get in as an underqualified white or asian you need to be really diverse/have a good story (one that appeals to the liberal powers-that-be at boalt); there is no corresponding requirement for black or hispanic applicants.

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