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Law School Admissions / Re: lawyers and salaries
« on: December 29, 2005, 01:08:09 PM »
It's true, I agree.  It would be an inetersting study.  I think that alum connections, internships, etc; can all add to a high paying job at the end.  And I know companies are aware that some people chose certain schools for certain reasons, regardless of whether or not those schools are the top 10.  I think the top 100 schools all have a pretty good chance of a high paying job.  I also think it depends on the individuals applying for jobs.  But, of those I know of now who graduated law schools in the last 3 years, the person who makes the least salary makes about $80,000 a year.  The person with the highest that I know makes around $175,000.  SO...I guess the averages are right after all.  They are both in private sector.  the 175,000 is in corporate law and teh 80,000 is in real estate. 

Law School Admissions / Re: lawyers and salaries
« on: December 29, 2005, 09:56:38 AM »
um...are you patronizing me?

Haha, no.  I am not.  I really think you would have gotten in with or without connections.
But anyways, I am sure I'm right.  I don't wanna say more than that though.  I'm definetly not willing to brag to make my point. 

Law School Admissions / Re: lawyers and salaries
« on: December 29, 2005, 08:43:11 AM »
How come you didn't apply to NYU?  I think you would have had a chance of getting in.  If you really believe that the school is so great you should have applied there.  In any case though, you should concentrate on graduating in the top of your class.  Trust me.  Law firms recruit the best students from the top 100 schools.  I mean, after all, some of us will go to schools that are not in the top 25 not because we didn't get in, but because we got scholarships to other schools.  It is ridiculous to think those people are not as qualified, and the firms don't think that.  It's case by case. 

Law School Admissions / Re: lawyers and salaries
« on: December 29, 2005, 08:36:22 AM »
ok, check out this site:

you will find the list of the largest law firms in the US.  If you visit the sites you can find out where people who work there went to school.  In the case of New York's largest firm, you will find that a lot of the partners went to New York Law School, Brooklyn Law School, Pace law school, Hofstra...basically anywhere.  Not to mention the attorneys who work there.  They come from every school.  So we can all relax because we will all find a job :) 

Yes, I have been there a few times.  It is a wonderful place. 

Law School Admissions / Re: lawyers and salaries
« on: December 29, 2005, 08:06:06 AM »
Well, I know A LOT of people from NYU who couldn't get a job for over a year and graduated in the 50th percentile.  And I know a few people from St Johns who graduated in the top of their class and got amazing jobs in top firms.  It just depends on your character, your interview, your experience, the connections you make, your field of can't say that just the name will get you there because it won't. 

what are the chances of a female, URM, with a cum 3.1 GPA (3.9 major) and a convincing explanation of why frosh year sucked, 156 LSAT, great personal statement, A LOT of community service and extra curriculars, great recs, getting into NYU, Columbia, Fordham, Cardozo, Brooklyn, St Johns, NY law school...any thoughts?

Law School Admissions / Re: lawyers and salaries
« on: December 29, 2005, 07:38:47 AM »
Just remember that it also depends on where you rank in your school.  It is better to be one of the top students at St Johns than one of the lower ranked ones at NYU.  It also depends on how sought out the field is and how specialized you are.  Specialists make more, such as in patent law and securities.  You do need a science background for patent law though.  Corporate law, in average, makes the most money, but there is no denying that if you are teh D.A or a top deffense lawyer that you would live say the least.  Good luck!

Law School Admissions / Re: should I contact NYU
« on: December 29, 2005, 07:34:32 AM »
I applied in September, but took the LSAT for the first time in October.  So I figured I wouldn't hear from any of the schools until at least december.  And I was right!  So far, out of nine schools, I have only heard from 2.  I got into both, so at least my first replies were not "no"s.  I sure hope I hear by march because I gotta make a decision by April. 

Law School Admissions / Re: Who Cares If You Got In?
« on: December 29, 2005, 07:30:05 AM »
Did you know that 80% of lawyers wish they had a different job?
Do you spend more time thinking about what being a lawyer entails than you do obsessing over which law schools will admit you?
Have you actually worked in a law firm or DA's office for an extended period?
Have you read the book "Should you really become a lawyer"?

You know, I think you are right - at least a little bit.  But this is true for any career.  I think that people often hate their jobs, mostly because jobs equal being somewhere at a certain time with a certain person telling you to do certain things.  It is not free.  It's work!  Somehow we tend to go for what would pay the most money or to what we think we wouldn't mind doing.  Usually what we really want to do isn't available.  After all, there are only so many jobs as spa critiques, models, actresses, editor in chief of magazines, movie producers, screen play writers...etc.  You get the point.  We would all probably want to work on our hobby, that being TV, books, animals, or whatever else.  The thing is, that isn't always available and we move on to the next best thing.  Sometimes we can put together some of our hobbies and find a job that would fit the profile.  Being a lawyer can be a lot like being a writer, or an actor/actress and it can incorporate our passions too, if you want to protect children, animals, homeless, third world countries.  In fact, having a law degree does not mean you will work at any specific place, but it opens up a world of oportunities.  There are so many places you can work and things you can do.  And it gives you license to really help people with the authority granted by law.  So don't worry, be happy! :)

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