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Current Law Students / Anything but UT
« on: June 22, 2006, 02:05:20 PM »
For the love, can the UT folks just start a yahoo group, or a facebook group, or a Longhornaholics Anonymous group, or something?

Law School Admissions / Defining Biglaw
« on: January 25, 2006, 07:23:22 PM »
Having been a passive observer and sometimes an active participant on this site for a bit of time, I am struck by how many people greatly value chances at "Biglaw" firms as a factor for deciding on school to attend.  It seems to be pretty constant.  But I don't know that everyone understands what defines a "Biglaw" practice, or if there is one definition.  Some would say that Biglaw can only be found in large, major cities like DC, New York, Chicago, LA, Atlanta, Dallas, etc.  Others would say that commercial ranking indices define the set of Biglaw firms -- publications such as Vault or AmLaw, like only Vault 50 or 100 or AmLaw 50, 100, or 200 firms are Biglaw, whever they may be found.  Others say it is the size of the firm, like any firm with less than 100, 200, etc. attorneys is not Biglaw.  I personally define it by the type of work you do - I think Biglaw means that you work for a firm that caters to larger, usually corporate clients and work on either the complex corporate matters or defending the corporations from private lawsuits.  For instance, I think Biglaw can be found at the 500 attorney office in Manhattan or in the 45 attorney firm in Knoxville, TN. 

The definition of the term is important because relatively few schools place a large number of graduates in major firms in major cities whereas many more schools place graduates in "high end" "sophisticated" corporate firms in cities all across the country.  Though I already have my own definition, having been a summer associate at a huge firm in a major market and at a decently-sized firm in a smaller market and realized I was doing the same work, I would like to know if there was a majority opinion on the matter.  So, how do you define "Biglaw"?   

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