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Current Law Students / Re: dream job + market; which to sacrifice?
« on: August 18, 2008, 12:51:26 PM »
working for nothing and almost went bankrupt.....but he is very happy

I had a longer response, but seriously, this is just patronizing advice.  "Patience and determination?"  Really?  "The key is to have no regrets?"  How old are you?  The question is specifically about industry vs. market jumps.

I don't think I've ever given in to online nastiness before, but this is just surreal. 

Job Search / Re: new suit NECESSARY for callback interview?
« on: August 18, 2008, 03:48:14 AM »
Quote from: AOCenteno
Quality[/b] Go with Wool if you can afford it, a blend with up to 40% man made fibers is OK if you are cash strapped.  Wool is sought after because it maintains its shape, retains heat, absorbs moisture without showing, and it has the look other fabrics are judged by. 

Bad advice.  You can get a 100% wool suit at Target for $150, why on earth would anyone recommend a poly blend?  Wool is sought after for a lot of reasons- depending on the type of wool- but polyester (aka microfiber, aka synthetic blend, aka man made fiber) is HOT, shiny, and drapes funny.  If you're "cash strapped," figure out your measurements, identify some timeless designers, scout the thrift stores in the rich part of town, and befriend a local tailor.  shouldn't have to lay out more than $60 for an extremely high quality contemporary cut tailored conservative suit (though for some reason it's often hard to find solids, almost always subtle pinstripes).

That said nobody's gonna remember what you look like- let alone what you were wearing- as long as it's nondescript.  Change the tie and worry about the interview itself.

In NYC & SF, cost of living changes your entire equation.  $70 grand more eight years in is nothing when you're spending it all on rent and still can't afford to buy.  planning where salaries will be nearly a decade in based on today's income tax rates seems suspect, too.  if you're choosing b/t two firms, maybe they should be weighed against each other, too- where are you most comfortable?  which has the more promising partnership track?  how do hours worked compare at those two particular firms?  where are you more likely to have the level of client/court/partner interaction you want?  these are all fun cities, but it's basically the same salary when you average it all out.  maybe a slightly better deal if you're really making $100k post-tax in san diego, but not by enough that the money is much of a deciding factor.

if you really want to do this objectively based only on money, you're also going to need to look at sales tax, mortgage rates, insurance rates, quality of infrastructure, cost of food & schools, how much it'll run you to visit your mom on the holidays... lot of effort to figure out that they're all pretty equal.

Current Law Students / dream job + market; which to sacrifice?
« on: August 17, 2008, 08:39:18 PM »
As a rising 3L, it's become clear that the career/location combination that I want (a particular subsection of entertainment law in one of the big markets) is one that's really, really competitive, and that starting out there would have required the type of summer associateship I didn't get/ didn't apply/ wasn't eligible for.

With my background I can pretty easily find a job in my target market in a tangentially related field; or work the area of law I want in the region (smaller market) where my law school is located, hoping to make the transition later. 

There aren't really firms in the school region that have offices in the target region, so I'm not really sure what to do.  I'd rather not take the Bar twice and suspect that getting to know locals can only help me make inroads; but don't want to end up pigeonholed in the wrong career specialty.

Anyone have thoughts/personal experiences?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / asking "why was i rejected?"
« on: April 03, 2006, 10:14:58 PM »
edit: question was whether it's possible to ask why one was rejected where this came as a surprise/disappointment.

edited: question related to receipt of admitted student material before official acceptance.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How long did you study for the LSAT?
« on: March 11, 2006, 01:34:03 PM »
edited:  not long.  "LSAT 180 Preptests" was helpful.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Decisions pre-Internet??
« on: March 11, 2006, 01:01:56 PM »
edited:  not so different, just different media.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at Tulane!
« on: March 08, 2006, 10:11:31 PM »
edited to remove personal data.  don't be afraid to call the school.

edited: question was whether it's possible to ask schools to defer seat deposits. 

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