« on: May 01, 2011, 02:11:28 PM »
My question is, how do I get into biglaw without going the traditional OCI route when I have no experience in any relevant practice areas?
Short answer: you don't.
Long answer: The way to do it is to either get extremely lucky with a connection or find a way to get experience in the practice areas (and/or a combination of both). For example, there is an associate at my firm who got an in-house job at a growing company through a prof. The company grew to the point that they started hiring my firm for several matters and she started working closely with partners at the firm. Eventually, they asked if she would like to come on board.
Too make a long story short I am at Touro paying half tuition, I finished in the top 10% and they will offer me more money. I am already on the transfer bandwagon and have been accepted by Brooklyn. The difference between Brooklyn and Touro over two years would be near 70k, I am wondering if it is worth it.
I think there is certainly a difference. My firm hires 1-2 Brooklyn/Cardozo grads a year but generally won't touch someone from Touro. However, I don't think you would be successful at Brooklyn OCI as a Touro transfer. If you were top 1-2% and could swing a transfer to NYU/Columbia, I think it would be unequivocally worth it. But as is I would stay put and avoid the debt. See if you can leverage your acceptances elsewhere for more scholarship money from Touro.