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I recognize you as my senior on this board, but beg to differ
As ranked by Vault
1. Jenkens & Gilchrist, PC
2. Saul Ewing LLP
3. Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP
4. Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP
5. Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

and there are 15 more where that came from

Job Search / Big Law Firms (Why is it so hard for everyone to figure out)
« on: September 18, 2006, 03:30:01 PM »
For the life of me, I cannot understand why so many seemingly intelligent and ambitious people continue to perpetuate and regurgitate (if thats how you spell it) this oh so popular opinion that working 60+ hours a week at BigLaw is the only option and absolute end-all if you want to work BigLaw.

I realize that not everyone is not extended the priviledge of going to school at a top 5, 14, 25 or even 50 school. Those individuals are unfortunately *&^% out of luck. However, for those of you who promenade the campuses of such high pedigree schools it is my contention that given the number of firms that visit the schools you attent, you have or can get adequate information about their quality of life thus affording you the priviledge of snobbishly turning your nose on any firm that might want you to work such inhumane hours.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Simple question UNC vs GMU
« on: February 04, 2008, 06:34:04 AM »
Thanks for the info guys

Choosing the Right Law School / Simple question UNC vs GMU
« on: February 03, 2008, 11:52:42 AM »
only determining factor is employablity

Black Law Students / Re: black community at harvard
« on: December 02, 2007, 08:33:29 PM »
I *heart* Hucka-- er, sorry, wrong thread.

Just f'n with 'ya.

I second what RBGMassaOpotoHouseBoy says.  H is diverse as all heck given the size, the Blacks are pretty darn active.  Arguably one of the largest and most active BLSAs in the country.  Good group of folks.

But yes, predominately privileged-biracial-richers.

That'll be almost anywhere.

The only thing I hate more than a richer is a richer lover

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Gtown vs T14
« on: July 17, 2007, 09:38:20 PM »
The easy way to avoid this problem is to get into the top half of the class. And if you're in the top third, you'll have no problem getting DC Biglaw.

Or you could just to to UVa, have less competition, and have better job prospects.
You know what, I would consider going to UVa because I have the numbers, but being a Black man I am a little apprehensive about going to a school in Charlottesville, VA.
Don't get me wrong UVa is the sh*t. Despite its deplorable location in the confederacy. I as a bleeding heart liberal/(slash)/political junkee have such an infatuation, admiration and respect for Thomas Jefferson that I would be willing to face what ever potential prejudices I may encounter to attend a university that one of my idols founded. Plus coming from Florida State country UVA has a piss poor football and basketball program, but thats neither here nor there.

Black Law Students / Re: Time for you Black folks to opine
« on: July 01, 2007, 10:14:44 PM »
there is a whole thread devoted to this stuff.  please re-post here:,26160.0.html

You are bully with a capital B. Something tell me you might be kinda of fine though.hmmmm

Law School Admissions / Re: chances of top t14 w/ 164/4.1gpa?
« on: July 01, 2007, 10:07:59 PM »
Not to be overly critical, but if you have that insane GPA (even if it is in basket weaving) take it as fact that you have enough discipline and intestinal fortitude to get a 170 on the LSAT regardless if you are good test taker or not. I hate to be cruel, but treat the test like you treated your total undergraduate experience. Lock yourself in a room for months at a time, don't socialize, rag on us underachievers and put an exorbitant amount of pressure on yourself to do well no matter what the cost like you did the last four years of your college career.

P.S. I am envious

Law School Admissions / Re: The speculation is over, so now I can ask
« on: July 01, 2007, 09:59:13 PM »
I am a blk male
166 on june lsat
MBA 5 years of work experience
UG GPA- 2.9 (I was a party animal and missed class alot)
Personal Statements and Diversity essay are both ironclad
LORs from the president of my university and columbia law school faculty
Loads of extracurriculars

What are my chances at T14 gold

Make sure you include that in your GPA explanation addendum.

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