I would greatly appreciate this as well...
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Obtaining any kind of paid legal work is very difficult your 1L summer. The most coveted jobs are summer associate positions at large firms which can pay up to $3k/week. School rank, grades, and connections are very important in obtaining one of these positions, and most students (even at T14 schools) don't get them.
Most 1L's are lucky to obtain an unpaid internship with a judge, PI organization, RA for a professor, or a $10-12/hr position with a smaller firm.
As to your argument that since you were smart enough to get in, you don't need to prepare, I would respond that because intelligence is innate, your argument could be pushed to birth . . . a little baby with the potential to do well in law school need not prepare . . . need not learn english, go to elementary school, etc . .. just plop them down at harvard and let their natural abilities take over. That's absurd!
Further, even if you're right, your argument holds true for EVERYONE who got into school X, but law school students are ranked and competitive with one another. Thus, just being good enough to get in and pass is not nearly sufficient for success.
Hough I don't currently attend law school,
Thats pretty obvious
there are many books out right now that contend that the latter is right and your position about law schools assuming we know nothing and leading us down a prim rose path to legal knowledge in a supporting and encouraging way is not.
Wow, another strawman. Since you're a 0L, I don't think you're in a position to be lecturing any student on this board about lawschool. You'd be a lot better served by closing your mouth, opening your ears, and maybe learning something from people who actually know what they're talking about.
Common shenanigans employed by CSOs to inflate their statistics:
HYPO STATS: Wow, 96% of the class is employed 9 months after graduation. 75% of the class is in the private sector, making an average of 90k!
Reporting Rate - Sounds great until you read the fine print that only 30% of graduates responded to the survey.
Document Review - Many schools count people employed on temporary doc review projects in their "employed", and extrapolate what they would earn annually if it was a permanent job. That ignores the fact that the project may only last a few weeks and it'll take another month to get on another one. Doc review pays good money (because you get overtime), so this inflates their salary and employment numbers.
Non-legal employment - One of the earlier posters is correct that 9 months out, most graduates are employed. Whether they are employed by law firms is a completely different matter. Once those loan sharks from Sally Mae show up 6 months out demanding their monthly take, you'll damned well take whatever job you can to keep the wolves from the door. And forget bankruptcy - you're saddled with that debt FOR LIFE until you pay it off. Go to studentloanjustice.org to read what happens if you default.
My 2 cents, based on what I've observed, FWIW