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The answer is a resounding "No."

If you can't go to a good law school (some would define it differently, but I'd say at least Tier 1 if not t14), then don't waste the time or the money unless you really, really want to be able to tell people that you're a lawyer.  Otherwise, you'll take on a lot of debt and not have any way to pay it back.

Just wait a few years and then go to law school fulltime if you can get your LSAT score up.

Job Search / Re: Clerkships
« on: August 24, 2007, 04:50:18 PM »
I'm applying.

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Job Search / Re: how much do mid firms pay sa's?
« on: August 24, 2007, 04:49:02 PM »
I bet NALP does.


Job Search / Re: Transcripts
« on: August 24, 2007, 04:48:34 PM »
It's best to send an official transcript.  If you can't do that, then send a copy of it.  That's fine for most firms.

Job Search / Re: distinguishing one firm from another...
« on: August 24, 2007, 04:48:07 PM »
Profits per Partner

Revenue per Lawyer

Vault Ranking

Quality of Life

Exit options

Chambers & Partners rankings

Job Search / Re: What is the average...
« on: August 24, 2007, 04:47:22 PM »
It depends.  If the firm only sends one team of recruiters and they stay for one day, they will do 20 or so interviews.  Multiply that by the number of days and the number of teams.  Some firms interview upwards of 100.  Most big firms at my school do 40 to 60.

Job Search / Re: Is facial hair really a taboo for OCI?
« on: August 24, 2007, 04:45:47 PM »
Shave.  It doesn't look professional.

Job Search / Re: Biglaw jobs
« on: August 23, 2007, 10:18:01 PM »
I am thinking I could get Big Law in Denver if I land top 25%(top 20 students) (Holland and Hart) or top 40% with an LLM.

What is considered big,middle,small and micro law and the subsequent salaries?
I am thinking: 2-12 under 45k (anyone can be)
               13-50 45-70K   (at least middle in class for small school, T3/4)
               50-150 70-100K (Top quarter for T3/4, top half for T2 and T1)
               150< 100K-14kK (You have to be from a local law school and Order of the Coif or at least in middle of class of T14 or from HYS)

BIGLAW=make market in a national firm. So Jones Day in Cleveland ($135k) is BIGLAW, but something in Kansas City that pays $95k isn't.

I don't think an LLM will help you make BIGLAW. 

Job Search / Re: Do big firms hire from their support staff??
« on: August 23, 2007, 10:14:28 PM »
I've never heard of any vault firm hiring from their support staff.  This isn't Boston Legal.  If you have the grades to work there, you'll get a job.  If you don't, slapping labels on binders isn't going to make a difference.

Job Search / Re: Is it better to work in a law firm than in a company?
« on: August 23, 2007, 10:13:04 PM »
Working in-house generally necessitates a significant paycut. Recently, in-house attys are working comparable hours to those at firms; it's not nearly as great a lifestyle as it was 10 years ago.  If you have the opportunity to work for a real firm, do it.

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