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Law Firms / Re: Defining biglaw and a day in the life
« on: June 29, 2009, 11:37:33 PM »
Your firm is not Biglaw.  Maybe mid-law, but definitely not Biglaw. 

No lawyer in New York is working at 8:00 a.m. unless he was there all night.  9:30 or 10:00 is more common.

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You can do fine coming out of a lower ranked school.  I took a big scholarship to come to a low T2 and I have a Biglaw job for this summer.  You just have to work hard, get goods grades, and finish at the top of your class.  It's a risky bet, but if you are willing to put in the effort to do well, you can be very successful coming from a lower ranked school.

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General Board / Re: Prospective Law School Candidate Needing Advice
« on: April 12, 2009, 01:09:52 PM »
If you want to be happy, don't go to law school.  Also, if you want to be happy, definitely don't go to Oklahoma City.  That city is a piece of crap.

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General Board / Re: Working in Boston
« on: February 12, 2009, 03:18:50 PM »
Other Firms to Work for In Boston:  WGM has a small office that mostly does corporate work, Nixon Peabody is supposed to be a decent place to work, and Edwards Angel has nice offices.

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2L job search / 13 Callbacks, 0 Offers
« on: October 08, 2008, 12:00:53 PM »
On the bright side, I think I've set a record.

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General Board / Re: 4th tier law school success
« on: September 03, 2008, 09:53:19 AM »


I wanted to start a thread on people that went to 4th tier schools or even schools that are not even accredited and today are very successful. One example that came to mind is Roni Deutch, I think her firm is the largest, most profitable tax resolution firm in the nation, she is a graduate of Western State University College of Law. Of course, she is a total crook but she is a millionaire and has not been disbarred(yet). Tim Russert is a graduate of Cleveland State, pretty successful guy, even Joe Biden, a graduate of Syracuse with a less that stellar law school record is possibly becoming the next vice president of the USA. :)

Syracuse is not 4th tier, check the rankings.

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I think that's pretty common for firms that don't participate in your school's OCI.  I've had several firms offer me interviews like that.  Only two firms have asked me to visit them for screening interviews rather than going ahead with scheduling "callback" interviews.

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Law Firms / Re: Job Prospects for Tier 2 Schools
« on: August 30, 2008, 02:20:02 PM »
It isn't impossible to get interviews and callbacks from BigLaw coming from a T2.  I have had plenty of V10-V20 interviews and have a lot of callbacks scheduled.  However, logistics can be a problem.  V10 firms tend not to visit non-T1 schools, meaning that I have had to travel to firms just for screening interviews.  That can be tiring and means missing more school than you would at higher ranked schools.  If BigLaw is all you want, T2 can be a gamble- everyone I know who has gotten those interviews at my school is ranked in the top 3%-5%.  It isn't easy to have that class rank at any school.  If you go to T2, you are going to have to work harder than you would at a T14 just to ensure that you get the interviews you want.

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2L job search / Re: V-10 Call back interviews yet?
« on: August 29, 2008, 07:09:51 PM »
I had call back V10 interview and it is over a week and no word - definitely a negative?

It depends on the firm.  If it was SullCrom or Cravath, it's probably a ding.  If it was Skadden or the rest of the V10, I wouldn't worry quite yet. 

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General Board / Re: How's everyone's 1st day of 1L?
« on: August 21, 2008, 11:36:57 AM »
I'll admit it. I briefed throughout law school. I found it helpful, and I got pretty efficient at it by the end of 1L. If nothing else, my briefs created an instant outline, and I spent more time learning the law and applying it on practice tests than I did actually making the outline. If you think briefing is helping you learn the law, keep doing it. If not, stop.

This is better reasoning that my earlier blanket "briefing sucks" statement.  Law school is all about figuring out what works for you.  If briefing works, keep doing it.  If not, find something else that works better.

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