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General Board / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 05:02:20 PM »
Hmm, what do you suppose the logic is behind that?  I would assume they'd want someone familiar with staff, firm processes and most importantly, the clients and attorneys.

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General Board / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 04:41:57 PM »
Definitely makes sense.  One of the attorneys I work for (who went to Howard) is fluent in Mandarin and German.  Don't imagine there's a huge need for Thai here in the US, but in Bangkok, it is a huge asset to have.  The city, and the country as a whole, is booming with new investments and property deals.  Several major US and international law firms are there and I would love to end up there someday.  I've already spoken with several Managing Partners over there and they said the best way to end up there is to go to the best possible law school and then land a job with one of the Biglaw firms.  Which puts me right back where I started and thus the level of stress. :(

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General Board / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 04:29:33 PM »
themanwithnoname,

No, I do not speak Chinese but I am fairly proficient in reading, writing and speaking Thai.  Would love to end up working for a major firm in Bangkok someday.  But for now, I am only thinking about law school, summer jobs (may apply to some of the big firms in Asia) and everything else involved.

Also, I never assumed I will be in the top 5%.  I just know that based on historical performances in both college and graduate school, when I work my ass off, I tend to kick ass.  But I also FULLY realize that law school is an entirely different world.

I guess it is somewhat comforting that 3 partners at 3 different law firms speak very highly of me and have been there for me over the last five years.  Not saying this obligates them in any way, but it is comforting I guess.

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General Board / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 04:19:00 PM »
themanwithnoname,

I would like to continue working in transactional law, specifically fixed-income and other types of structured-finance securities.  However, because I have traveled alot, especially to Hong Kong and Thailand, I am considering transactional law in Asia down the road (FAR down the road).

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General Board / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 04:15:15 PM »
Savage,

I wrote a pretty strong statement regarding my poor test taking performance and also an explanation why I am deciding to go from an MPA to the JD. 

Matthies,

I am considering going PT for exactly the reasons you stated.  My boss here REALLY loves me and I know I will always have a paralegal job here.  I just don't want to assume that she'll have a summer associate/junior associate spot lined up for me. 

To everyone else, it is interesting to note that several of the attorneys in my capital markets group, including my boss, either went to U. of Maryland or Howard (not black by the way..thought that was interesting), and one went to McGill U. in Toronto.

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General Board / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 04:03:35 PM »
Woops, sorry, your screen only half appeared on my computer.  To answer all of your questions:


What was your UG institution? UMass Amherst

How long have you been out? Graduated UMass in '97, NYU in '03

Why both an MPA and a JD? I was initially in government/politics but have been working in transactional law (structured finance) for the last 5-6 years

How many times have you taken the LSAT? I have taken the LSAT twice

Did you put enough time into studying for it (some people study for several hours per week for months) or are you actually bad at standardized tests? Can you use your GRE and SAT to back that claim up?  Yes, I studied my ass off.  I scored an 860 on the SATs.  I met guys on the UMass basketball team who scored higher than I did ;-)

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General Board / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 03:57:46 PM »
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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General Board / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 03:53:32 PM »
Thank you for your response. 

Yes, all 3 firms are in DC (the one I work for now with her, the 1 I worked for before with her and her husband's firm) and all 3 are Biglaw firms.  I do not expect to be handed a job on a silver platter, but I was wondering if the connections would at least wipe away some of the stress from attending a T3/T4 (assuming I do not end up transferring down the road)?.

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General Board / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 03:52:11 PM »
Thank you for your response. 

Yes, all 3 firms are in DC (the one I work for now with her, the 1 I worked for before with her and her husband's firm) and all 3 are Biglaw firms.  I do not expect to be handed a job on a silver platter, but I was wondering if the connections would at least wipe away some of the stress from attending a T3/T4 (assuming I do not end up transferring down the road)?.

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Transferring / Re: CONFUSED ON WHAT TO DO - Can I Get Some Advice?
« on: April 18, 2008, 03:42:56 PM »
The sad thing is, that was my second time retaking the test and I scored better than my practice exams.  I am like a worm stuck in ketchup when I take the LSATs but I am fully confident that I can tackle the courses once I am in school.

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