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General Board / Re: Family Law BIGLAW?
« on: March 07, 2007, 01:08:55 AM »
Big firms cater to everything that their rich clients want.  If the CEO of Coca Cola wants a divorce, they are sure to handle it for them.  Also, the little firm I used to work at shared an office suite with a solo practitioner who was considered one of the best family lawyers in the city.  She made a TON of money.  Make yourself the "best" and you will always get compensated accordingly.

Not necessarily.  Most family law shops are smaller and specialized.  There are a lot of great family lawyers who work as solo practitioners.  I don't know of a single BIGLAW firm that does family law, because the malpractice insurance is WAY higher and for most of them the money coming in from that type of a practice isn't worth the huge jump in insurance premiums firmwide.

I'm wondering something...  If BIGLAW can't afford the cost-benefit downside, how do solo practitioners swing it?

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General Board / Re: Family Law BIGLAW?
« on: March 06, 2007, 01:00:03 PM »
Lol. Not likely. There are probably family law boutiques that cater to wealthy clients (just as there are estate law boutiques), but I'd suggest you go on Vault or NALP and look at the practice areas most NALP firms list for a reality check.

I know what the NALP is but how would I search for that?

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General Board / Re: Family Law BIGLAW?
« on: March 06, 2007, 12:59:29 PM »
Big firms cater to everything that their rich clients want.  If the CEO of Coca Cola wants a divorce, they are sure to handle it for them.  Also, the little firm I used to work at shared an office suite with a solo practitioner who was considered one of the best family lawyers in the city.  She made a TON of money.  Make yourself the "best" and you will always get compensated accordingly.

Hm, ok.  So you're basically saying there's money to be had but it will most likely be in solo practice rather than with a firm.  So in that case do you recommend that I spend my summers with a successful family law solo practitioner rather than a top firm?

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General Board / Family Law BIGLAW?
« on: March 06, 2007, 09:30:32 AM »
Hi Everyone I'm new to the board.  I really want to go into Family law but don't know if it's worth it financially.  I'm definitely more drawn to the personal/counselor side of the law, rather than the merger/acquisition or financial side.  However, it seems that BIGLAW only goes for the latter. 

Are there BIGLAW (high-paying firm jobs) available in Family Law ?

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Oh my gosh there is no one that has posted in this topic since 2005?  Well, after weighing my options I think OSU is it for me.  I have fairly good numbers but am a semi-splitter with a 92-93 percentile LSAT but a 3.3 GPA.  I was waitlisted at a bunch of the Top 20 schools and I'm tired of writing those continued interest letters and bending over backwards to "win people over" when OSU has outright accepted me, kept in contact and were so nice and concerned along the way.  Keep it up OSU that's how you get great students!!   

Anyway, after doing extensive research I just think it's a GREAT law school period.  While it's firmly planted in the T1 I feel that it's severely underrated.  Honestly OSU as a "Public Ivy" has everything you would ever need if you: sprain your ankle, chip your tooth or need an eye exam (This all occurring during the course of an OSU/UMich game of course.  :)  So, not only is OSU's Moritz College of Law a top tier school, but they employ nationally recognized scholars in their respective fields.  Personally, I was blown away when I found out that Joshua Dressler teaches at OSU.  That man's "Understanding" book series is on professor's recommended reading lists at almost every law school in the nation and has helped countless 1L's brave the storm that is your first year.

Anyway, I'm going to the several open house things and hope I'll meet some of you!!  Please post here if you intend on entering OSU Moritz College of law for the Fall, Or P.M. me if you are shy.  I'd love to get to know some of my future classmates-- C/O 2010~  !

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Ohio State - OSU Class of 2010
« on: July 08, 2007, 08:03:07 AM »
Hey everyone!  I'm a class of 2010 - er!  Just wanted to say hi.  And to answer your question thesurreallaw, I so wanted to live in the Gateway but it proved to be a little too pricey.  As such, I'll be staying in a local apartment complex about 10 miles from campus.  Did anyone else sign up for the mentoring thing? 

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Wait List / Priority Waitlist?
« on: April 09, 2007, 05:17:15 PM »
I just got an email from UIUC telling me I'm going to be placed on the priority waitlist, but it isn't ranked.  Hmm.   

I guess being on a "priority" waitlist means that I'll have priority over just regular waitlisters or..? Can someone please shed some light?

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Law School Applications / Re: T-14 Chances?
« on: April 02, 2007, 09:04:45 AM »
White, top 25 undergrad, 3.55 gpa, ok ec, ok soft, great rec/ps... What kinda LSAT am I lookin at for cornell/gtown/duke...how about penn/chic/va?

I would guess, and this is just a guess, but you'd probably need in the neighborhood of a 166-169 LSAT score. Of course anything higher (in the 170s range) and you'd pretty much be in.

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Law School Applications / Re: Anyone been Rejected from WashU Yet?
« on: April 02, 2007, 08:30:05 AM »
They are decreasing class size by about 30 places - to 210 ish. or hoping to at least. I think WashU will be looking at its waitlist relatively soon, so don't lose hope and stay on it!!!! I want you there!

Yay I feel so wanted :)

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Law School Applications / Re: New 2008 USN&WR Rankings are up
« on: March 31, 2007, 01:56:05 PM »
OSU went up 8 spots from 39 to 31!  W00t, W00t! 

Depaul dropped considerably.  This makes my almost dead-locked decision about choosing a 45k scholarship at Depaul and 10k per year scholarship at OSU a no-brainer!  Thanks for kickin' ass and takin' names OSU.   :D

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