« on: October 15, 2007, 12:41:43 PM »
I would really like to work for the kind of firm you're working for. What you describe doing on a daily basis sounds fun.
I'm an 0L considering going to LS next year. I can probably only get into a T25 or so, which isn't good enough to make very much money, but should be good enough to get a job like yours.
Here are some questions:
1) I think these days, if you went to a TTT, didn't get top 5% for biglaw, and only delivered 47 resumes, your chances from being gainfully employed are about .0000001%. Do you feel like you just got lucky? Did you do anything special to get this job?
2) Did you get major $$ for DePaul, and if not, how are you dealing with your debt? Are you just making the minimums now and hoping that salary will go up in the future? Is your base salary above $45,000? Have older associates been disappointed by their bonuses?
3) Are you afraid that if you don't start making money/bringing in business for your firm real soon, they will fire you? For example, if your "meeting with potential clients" sales stops don't pan out, does it seem like they'll dump you for a better salesman, or are you providing other value to the firm?
4) What has happened to most of your classmates? Are they at all satisfied with their work? Were most median students with no other special qualifications at least able to find paid non-doc review legal work after getting a license?
5) What sort of work does your PI firm do? Is it a personal injury player in the mold of Corboy, Anesi, Clifford, etc. that only does contingency cases? Or does it do other billable work to keep the lights on? How about mass torts/product liability--does it do any of that?
6) Does your firm hire laterals from insurance defense, and if so, are such laterals likely to take a substantial pay cut?