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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Question about NYU, Columbia
« on: November 22, 2006, 10:50:31 AM »
Kindof late but I figured I'd chip in my two cents. 

I live in Bklyn Heights which is as close to downtown Manhattan as you can get in BK.  Neighborhood is beautiful and it takes me about 25 mins door to door to get to school.  I have classmates and friends who live in the Financial District and Upper West sides too.  If you do choose to live off campus, I'd recommend your commute not take more than 45 mins.  It'll be expensive but the convenience is worth it.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Tier 3/4 rankings
« on: November 22, 2006, 10:41:50 AM »


My interviewer told me it's practically an alternative legal career if you go into the regulatory division.  A sweet sweet alternative legal career at that.  No legal research, interviewing CEO's and CFO's, set your own schedule, no deadlines but the ones your agency sets.

Right, the starting pay is really good (~70k I think???). Plus they will pay student debt (up to a max).

I like the regulatory aspect instead of the corporate aspect. Renaldo, how competitive was it from what you encountered?

It seemed somewhat competitive although I didn't see a million names on the interview schedule.  Its hard to say how competitive it is, since most of the application process is online. 

The regulatory dept in general is less competitive than the other divisions such as Enforcement.  Enforcement is probably the most popular and sought after placement.  Division preference is moot though until you actually finish your summer experience and accept an offer to return.

The SEC has a number of branch offices, when applying I think I ranked around 14 different locations by preference. 

The starting pay is quite good at the SEC since its a government job.  My interviewer also told me that one of her co-workers schedules his week so he can take Fridays off.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Tier 3/4 rankings
« on: November 22, 2006, 10:35:47 AM »
So what field are you going for at the moment? M&A?

Not sure yet.  Want to do litigation but am open minded towards everything.  M&A sounds nice because you don't have to juggle several cases or matters.  You can just focus on the deal in front of you for a few weeks/months.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Is Tier 3 and 4 a waste of money??
« on: November 22, 2006, 10:33:27 AM »
BTW Rev, I agree with most of what you wrote.  However i don't think the TTT's in my area espouse those views when trying to recruit students.  In their recruiting brochures they make it seem like you have a good chance at getting into biglaw.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Is Tier 3 and 4 a waste of money??
« on: November 22, 2006, 10:31:04 AM »
Talking about the "u r stoopid" you registered in the midst of your monologue.

Tuition for Columbia is just above $40k I believe. Hofstra is $33k. St. John's $32k. Albany $30k SUNY Buffalo $19k (out of state). All cheaper, and Buffalo is less than half, and their rep isn't too bad in NY. Yes, public schools are naturally cheaper than private, but that does not mean you can't go to them, if money is that much of an issue.

u r stoopid isn't me, nor did I register it.  Not that you'd believe me but whatever. 

Yeah, I said Columbia was high.  NYU has basically the same tuition as Hofstra, St. John's and NYLS.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Tier 3/4 rankings
« on: November 22, 2006, 10:24:17 AM »
Hmm, for once I think I actually agree with you ;)

Although SEC is a popular employer, so you'd have to do very well on a lower ranked school (yes yes, you should always do very well regardless).

I interviewed with the SEC but withdrew from the proccess after accepting an offer.  Their application proccess if extremely slow, I was going to get my phone interview almost 2 months after my on campus interview.

My interviewer told me it's practically an alternative legal career if you go into the regulatory division.  A sweet sweet alternative legal career at that.  No legal research, interviewing CEO's and CFO's, set your own schedule, no deadlines but the ones your agency sets.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Is Tier 3 and 4 a waste of money??
« on: November 22, 2006, 10:19:48 AM »


Second, I think its funny htat you think I'm in High School when you're not even in school and have no idea about securing a biglaw job.  I'm not assuming you won't get one but right now you have no experience to back your arguments up.

Thirdly, I'm not trying to be an intellectual snob or some kindof elitist, I'm concerned with potential income versus debt.  Think about how hard it will be to pay back $150,000 in debt if you are making 50-60K.  There are easier ways to make money then becoming a lawyer with a TTT degree. 

Fourth, your Howard example shows how poor your logical reasoning and writing skills are.   Sure Howard gets a lot of employers for OCI, but the vast majority of TTT schools get fewer than 100.  Nice job citing the exception rather than the norm.

Why don't you tell me what schools you're applying to Keno.  As far as I can tell you will probably be going to St. John's or Hofstra.  And if you want biglaw only the top 10% will make it from there.  So you tell me if you think those odds are worth spending 150,000 dollars on.   
   

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Typos...I know.  Crucify me now!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Is Tier 3 and 4 a waste of money??
« on: November 22, 2006, 10:18:26 AM »
The problem with all your logic is that you assume that if people choose not to go to a T3/T4 law school they have some magic way to pull other $100k+ jobs out of their ass. First of all, most T3/T4 schools are considerably cheaper than T14, unlike what you seem to claim in every post you make. Secondly, 10% chance is actually pretty decent if you feel like putting in the effort it takes.

What school I will go to, I shall indeed reveal as soon as I get my decisions. Unlike you, who seems to think "I work for a V25 firm and go to a super school, but I won't tell you which ones" is a very good argument.

Considering you didn't want to keep this going, I find it funny you bothered writing 4 posts without a reply and even create a second account to make a pretty lame insult (your IP is logged you know).

T3 and T4 schools in NYC are not cheaper than NYU or Columbia so I don't know what you're talking about.  Well maybe cheaper than Columbia since their tuition is one of the highest in the country but if you go to St. John's, Hofstra, Pace, NYLS you'll be paying the same tuition that I pay.  You think %10 are good odds to take?  Alot of people think they can just excel at law school with some hardwork but %90 of them don't. 

Second account?  I registered Renaldo Balkman on both the pre-law and law-student discussion boards here on LSD.  I might have two accounts but the same user name buddy. 

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Tier 3/4 rankings
« on: November 22, 2006, 10:07:54 AM »
You know, I spoke w someone briefly about the SEC's recruitment policies and she promised to have the person who hires interns call me back ('cause I had some interning-related questions) but nobody ever did...Guess I should call THEM back...

Keno, where are you applying? Do you have exp in I-Banking? I'm so excited to find someone else w a similar interest!
Well, I'm applying to pretty much every east coast (and some mid west) schools from Columbia to Florida Int. Hopefully I'll end up at Brooklyn or Fordham with a bit more than average luck.

My background is in financial consulting really, or rather management as I founded and ran a company from 1998 to 2005. I primarily started thinking about SEC because I believe it would be very interesting work. My two other target areas would either be BigLaw or starting up my own firm. Sort of very uncertain which option I'll go for. 1) SEC 2) For myself 3) BigLaw seems to be my imaginary ranking at the moment.

SEC is a great way to lateral over to biglaw, helpful if your GPA is low and/or if your JD comes from a lower T1 or TTT.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Is Tier 3 and 4 a waste of money??
« on: November 22, 2006, 10:03:40 AM »
Dude, I'm working at v25 firm.  Get over yourself.  Just because I don't share your love for the TTT's doesn't mean I'm a flame.
Dude, I was a millionaire before 25. Grats on being a paper jockey at a good firm. Quite frankly, I don't believe for a second you work at any decent firm or go to any decent school, you show the typical signs of a high school schmuck trying to be cool on teh intarweb.

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I don't want others to follow your example of going to a TTT and paying full tuition.
Why not? The more people that go to a T3, the more outstanding your background would be. It would make you win at life! Why do you give a sh*t where other people study or work anyway? You just have such a compassion for your fellow humans you need to enlighten them with your stunning intellect?

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Don't believe me, checkout the NALP directory for employers who visit any given TTT for OCI.
Howard University has 500+ visits. Last time I checked, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Colubmia, NYU and UMich were the only ones showing more visits.

I didn't want to keep going with this but whatever.  First of all, I do go to a decent school, I'd even say that my school is a "super reach" for one such as yourself (mediocre GPA, so-so LSAT). 

Second, I think its funny htat you think I'm in High School when you're not even in school and have no idea about securing a biglaw job.  I'm not assuming you won't get one but right now you have no experience to back your arguments up.

Thirdly, I'm not trying to be an intellectual snob or some kindof elitist, I'm concerned with potential income versus debt.  Think about how hard it will be to pay back $150,000 in debt if you are making 50-60K.  There are easier ways to make money then becoming a lawyer with a TTT degree. 

Fourth, your Howard example shows how poor your logical reasoning and writing skills are.   Sure Howard gets a lot of employers for OCI, but the vast majority of TTT schools get fewer than 100.  Nice job citing the exception rather than the norm.

Why don't you tell me what schools you're applying to Keno.  As far as I can tell you will probably be going to St. John's or Hofstra.  And if you want biglaw only the top 10% will make it from there.  So you tell me if you think those odds are worth spending 150,000 dollars on.   
   

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