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Incoming 1Ls / Big Law Hours
« on: February 19, 2006, 12:21:55 AM »
Does anyone know (have a reliable source) what actual hours per week are for associates at "Big Law" firms?

I've been looking through the NALP directory and one of the items listed is "Average Annual Associate hours worked." I haven't yet done any thorough comparison or analysis of this data for the top law firms, but one top 50 firm chosen at random listed average associate hours worked 2,151. If you only worked 41 weeks/year, that would average to 10.5 hours/day during the 5-day work week. (If you worked more weeks, which is highly likely, your daily average would decrease.) Is this typical? This hardly sounds like "sweatshop" conditions I've heard about.

Am I missing something about the way the NALP lists this?

Financial Aid / Need Access = Vague, Unclear, Stupid
« on: February 14, 2006, 12:18:56 AM »
The Need Access form stinks. There are tons of questions where I'm not sure what they're asking. For example, it asks about my parents: " Is this parent covered under the Social Security Retirement Plan?" Does that mean will they be covered WHEN they retire or are they eligible for benefits NOW? I'm sure when they retire they'll get benefits, but they're too young to retire now.

Financial Aid / Need Access -- 2006 Income???
« on: February 13, 2006, 11:37:06 PM »
Ok, so what am I supposed to do for the 2006 income section?? How in the world am I supposed to fill out the 2006 tax information??

Choosing the Right Law School / Undergraduate Rankings - Where to find?
« on: February 11, 2006, 12:31:13 AM »
Does anyone know where I could find historic undergraduate rankings? Specifically, I'd like to find rankings for 2000-2004.

Law School Admissions / Admitted Student Events
« on: February 04, 2006, 05:38:18 PM »
Is anybody else having trouble choosing which schools' admitted student events to attend? How are the rest of you dealing with conflicting schedules where two or more schools you're interested in are having their admitted student events at the same time? When possible, is it worth the cost of attending them all?

School Schedules:
March 3:           NYU (also April 7th and 21st)
March 9-11:     Michigan
March 23-25:   Penn Law, Michigan, Duke (24-25th), Washington & Lee (25th), UVA (24th), Vanderbilt (24th)
March 30-31:   Georgetown, Texas
April 1-3:         Chicago, Penn Law (3rd), Penn Law (3rd), Washington & Lee (1st)
April 6-7:         UVA, Vanderbilt (7th)

Bold are the ones I most want to attend.

Law School Admissions / UVA Marketing
« on: January 27, 2006, 12:19:11 AM »
Is it just me, or is UVA losing the marketing campaign? Penn, Michigan, Duke, Vandy, and William & Mary have all sent tons of stuff. What's up with UVA? Do some schools just send acceptance letters and then wait to see what you do?

Financial Aid / $150,000 Question
« on: January 10, 2006, 09:58:57 PM »
Applications are done, acceptances have started coming the big question: Can I afford to go to the schools that have accepted me. These schools have estimated total costs of around $150,000. I can't see how I could possibly afford to borrow that total amount. Does anyone have any information about how likely schools are to give need based aid? Do top schools typically have an attitude of: If you aren't dirt poor suck it up and borrow $150 grand?

The trouble is that I have a pretty good job now (normal middle-class salary) and don't support anyone besides myself. Obviously, once I quit to attend law school I'll all of a sudden have a salary of $0. Will law schools expect me to have saved tons of money each year? Will they factor my aid as if I was going to continue to make my salary after starting law school?

Just a little concerned I won't be able to afford to go, which would really, REALLY stink....

Law School Admissions / Wow! Fee Waiver to Texas!
« on: December 15, 2005, 07:53:50 PM »
Apparently Univ. of Texas has done a preliminary review of my credentials and has decided to offer me a fee waiver if I apply, though they can't promise anything. I think I should definitely do it! I've heard great things about UT......

Then again, since they already accepted me and offered a nice scholarship maybe I don't need to apply?  :D

Law School Admissions / Washington & Lee
« on: December 11, 2005, 01:21:40 AM »
Has anyone heard anything from W&L in terms of either being complete or a decision?

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