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Pre-Law in high school / Re: Paralegal vs. Lawyer
« on: September 16, 2008, 09:27:43 PM »
I work as a legal assistant in a small (<10 assoc.) patent law firm; the firm is extremely profitable and well-managed.  There is absolutely no room for pettiness; it is the most professional atmosphere I have worked in or even imagined.  There is no backbiting by assistants or attorneys over anything, let alone about titles or who's job is better.  The firm is most profitable when it runs like an oiled machine and there is no room for ego in that machine.  If an associate started abusing the assistants to inflate their ego, they would be making the machine inefficient and they won't make partner and they know it.  The assistants know that if they don't get along with the associates, then it is they who are slowing down the machine and if that happens, they're out too.

A lot of people on this forum seem to think that a "top" law firm is some V50 ranking.  The truth is, a top firm is a profitable firm where the machine is well run and the atmosphere is enjoyable to work in.  At our firm, the attorneys and the assistants talk about science, literature, art--there's no room for talking about who's job is better and bringing it up would be a huge, unimaginable faux pas.  So there it is for you:  if you find yourself in a firm where it is even imaginable to talk about or engage in some of the pettiness expressed in this thread, you don't work in a top firm and you should shop your resume. 

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Follow Noelles advice.  Your alumni network will be your number 1 friend after you graduate; they will get you jobs, especially in the law (provided your school was good).  My experience has been that alumni love to help out recent graduates, and that is how I found my job in a firm.  This is one of the great mysteries of college in a way--how many people you network with is legitimately as important, maybe more so, than your grades.  I went to a small catholic college in New England and I will tell you that I would feel entirely comfortable hiring an alum of my school because I know the caliber of student it turns out.  That is very true in law, where many have strong attachments to their alma maters.

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Law School Applications / Strange Academic Record--Where am I Competitive?
« on: December 16, 2007, 11:25:46 AM »
Ok, I think I somewhat understand the application process, but then again, my background is so strange it's hard to figure out where I fit in.  Here is my situation, I have two undergraduate degrees, one a B.A. in History and Poli Sci and the other a B.S. in Microbiology, from different universities.  I'll also have finished an M.A. in U.S. History by the time I apply.  My problem is that my first UGPA is a 3.5, and I score in the 164-166 range on practice tests pretty consistently.  What are my chances at t14?

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