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2L job search / Re: Salary Demands
« on: February 18, 2008, 07:56:09 PM »
I worked at a small/mid-size firm in a less expensive market my 1L year.  They paid ~$25/hr.

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1L job search / Re: IP, CA: foley & lardner v. paul hastings
« on: February 18, 2008, 07:54:15 PM »
foley overall vault rating is lower than ph but in ip they are a top 10 vault firm
does that matter? The people at both firms were great and pay is the same as is location.
so what other things should one consider? Also, what impression would the firm get if I was to split?

I wouldn't worry so much about overall vault ranking.  Practice area rankings (i.e. Chambers) makes all the difference.  Assuming pay/location is the same, go to the place where you think you'd be a better fit.

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General Board / Re: Importance of 2L/3L grades
« on: October 04, 2007, 08:38:50 PM »
what do you mean by "soft offers?"  Ive  heard the term, but I am just not too familiar with what it means. 

A soft offer (also known as a cold offer) is where the employer officially extends you an offer, but makes very clear to you that you're not to accept it.  That way, you can interview elsewhere and tell them that you received an offer, but you're not actually welcome back at the firm.

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1L job search / Re: Odds of a Big/Medium Law Job In Chicago
« on: September 11, 2007, 09:06:26 PM »
Check with your career services.  They'll be able to tell you about the experiences of students in the past.

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General Board / Re: law review
« on: September 11, 2007, 03:28:57 PM »
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am i doomed to be rejected?

Yes, and with good reason.  If you can't follow the simple directions, you have no business cite checking.

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General Board / Re: garaduating early
« on: September 10, 2007, 09:51:48 PM »
Unless you have a job lined up, this is generally a bad idea. Your job search may be out of line with the conventional hiring of most firms.

This is correct.  Why graduate early?  Did you already line up your job through OCI?

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General Board / Re: TEMPLE BIG LAW with trial ad team
« on: September 10, 2007, 09:51:10 PM »
Check with your career services.  My guess is that being on the Trial Ad Team won't do a thing for your chances.  Being on law review, however, may help.

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Law Firms / Re: Why go to BigLaw?
« on: September 10, 2007, 09:49:15 PM »
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If the money in trial lawyering far exceeds (for the most part) BigLaw salaries, why do so many stay at BigLaw?

It doesn't.  For the vast majority, it's not even close.  For a handful, it's far better.


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2L job search / Re: distinguishing one firm from another...
« on: September 06, 2007, 09:40:01 AM »
NALP already has the numbers for all BIGLAW firms re summer associate offers.  Don't ask a question when the answer is available online.

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2L job search / Re: distinguishing one firm from another...
« on: September 05, 2007, 10:19:00 AM »
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Profits Per Partner is probably about the best inverse measure of QOL you can find.  The higher profits per partner, the more they squeeze out of each associate.  Unless you're hell-bent on making partner and accumulating as much money as possible, you don't want a high-PPP firm, and if you're in a career so much for the money, you may be better suited to i-banking.

I'm not sure I believe that.  Profitability is influenced by a number of factors, one of which is the amount of work associates do.  But also consider billing rates, steady stream of work, high value clients, amount of dead weight in the partnership, fiscal responsibility of the firm, etc.  Those are all factors that influence PPP.

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