« on: March 11, 2007, 12:33:08 PM »
LOL on the Harrier comment!
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Yeah that isn't very good money - especially for D.C.
Keep in mind, though, that benefits for federal employees are excellent. Plus, you might not have all of the pressures of a firm job (with billable hours and such) - this is NOT to say that such a job would be easy, it's just not going to be the same as a firm job.
I think the federal government also helps you out a lot with your school loans, so I wouldn't immediately trash this potential job just because the bottom dollar isn't as enticing as firm employment would be. Maybe gather some more information from your connection and go from there.
Kill self. Alternatively, pose this quandary to one of your classmates and have him/her do the job for you.
Lawlady, your friend's case is the exception and not the rule, likely motivated by extenuating factors most law students won't have. It's just as anecdotal as the now-trite "Well, I know someone who went to a T4 and now they're managing partner at Cravath and making millions yearly." Sure, it can happen, but it's not as likely as most would like to think.
Many people at hte top will fight tooth-and-nail to keep that position, so it will be hard (but not impossible) to move up significantly.
For a little perspective, all searches in "ALLCASES" are $130 each, every time you print a document it's $7. I can't remember how expensive it is by the minute if you do hourly billing, but I think it's like $17.