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Law Firms / Safety in numbers
« on: April 13, 2010, 02:36:31 PM »
As many of you know, times are tough for newly minted attorneys and laid off attorneys.  With unemployment at a 20-year high, and in the midst of a recession, there are many who are very discouraged at what the job market has to offer, but still have hope for the future.  After all, we all did put ourselves through three years in law school, invested thousands of dollars of debt and many hours studying for the bar to reach our goal of becoming a licensed attorney.  

But the reality is that we have mounting debt, families, and other financial obligations weighing down on our shoulders without many prospects for jobs.  We have done everything humanely possible to find a job -- e.g. networking, job postings, career services, recruiters, all with little or no luck.  Simply put, many of us (myself included) sometimes feel completely lost.

Just curious, for those in NYC, is there an existing group of people that meet to talk about their experiences looking for stable, permanent legal employment?  If not, would anyone be interested in something like this?  I feel like that a group like this would help empower each other to continue pressing forward despite our lack of success; not to make each other more depressed than we already are.  I also feel that actually hearing other people going through the same thing and finding solutions together would be mutually beneficial to all; there is safety in numbers.  Any thoughts?

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L.L.M. Board / LLM in Bankruptcy at St. Johns
« on: February 02, 2010, 08:14:07 AM »
Good, bad? 

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Law Firms / Re: Advice for Entry-Level Attorneys
« on: February 01, 2010, 09:10:48 AM »
Chevelle - congrats on getting published - I'm sure that will help out with your employment outlook.  I'm thinking about publishing as well; Where do you go to publish? 

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Law Firms / Insurance Defense Work
« on: January 31, 2010, 09:48:06 PM »
Thinking about joining an insurance defense, but I've heard it's "shitlaw"?  I appreciate any perspective from people who have gone into ID or knows of people who have.  Thanks!

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L.L.M. Board / Re: The pros and cons of an LLM
« on: January 31, 2010, 09:45:19 PM »
I really don't mind going back to school, as long as it's worth it (e.g. increases job prospects, etc).  If there are any LLM grads out there, has the degree helped you out?  (Tax LLMs need not respond, I'm looking for a traditional or corporate LLM).

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L.L.M. Board / The pros and cons of an LLM
« on: January 31, 2010, 03:35:00 PM »
Hi,

I am a recent grad from a tier 3 law school from California, in the top 30%, no journal, and now in NYC.  I am considering applying for an LLM at the top law schools here in NYC, but am not sure if it's worth the time and money.  I've been looking for jobs since passing the NY bar with no luck.  Out of thousands of resumes that I sent out, I got 2 interviews.  TWO.

What do you guys think?  Is a LLM where you live worth it if you came from a tier 3 school, where no one where you live knows your school, where you don't have alumni here, and where job prospects are pretty crappy? 

Also, if an LLM is a good idea, what are my prospects of getting into a top-tier LLM like NYU or Columbia?  Just looking for some direction. Thanks!

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Law Firms / Advice for Entry-Level Attorneys
« on: September 25, 2009, 10:24:49 AM »
For those recent grads who are still waiting to hear back from the bar on whether they passed the bar - what are you guys doing in the meantime? 

If you're looking for jobs, how so?  I've mass mailed small to large firms, looked through job searches on the internet, and have been networking with my alums and professional associations since taking the bar - with absolutely no luck.  I've invested a lot of time and energy in doing these things as best as I can, and it doesn't seem like my best is enough. 

I was thinking maybe if I wait to do all of these things until AFTER I get my bar results (and pass hopefully), then I'll get the responses I'm looking for.  I dunno.  For now, I'll settle for a shot of whiskey and a hug.

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Law Firms / Re: RANT: 2009 Legal Job Market
« on: September 03, 2009, 09:54:27 AM »
I feel for all of you.  I'm a recent grad, top 30 at a T3 school, and I have a temp job working at a wall st firm in NYC.  I feel fortunate just having this.  So many people in worse situations.  Do whatever you can - paid internships, temp jobs, whatever to get your foot in the door!

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Law Firms / RANT: 2009 Legal Job Market
« on: August 27, 2009, 02:27:52 PM »
This job market sucks, especially for recent law grads (Class of 2009).  Who is with me on this?  Rant away!!!!

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3L job search / firstlawjob.com a godsend or a gimmick
« on: January 29, 2009, 01:47:32 PM »
anyone heard of them?  anyone know anyone who used them?  what's the word on this company?  the better business bureau has nothing on them.

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