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Law Firms / Re: Do big firms hire from their support staff??
« on: July 18, 2008, 09:35:05 AM »
My apologies for the bump.

I work in the IT department of a 400+ attorney firm, and I will be attending law school part-time in the evenings starting next month.  My assumption is (from talking to many around here) that if I have grades in the normal range that they would hire from, that they might be pulling for me if I apply here.  I have no problem with this, because I don't know if I'd want to work at a law firm that hired out of guilt.  I also know that if I have the grades to get a job here on my own merits, that I'll be pulling for them if I get offers from other places. :)

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My sense is that women in their 30s are at a disadvantage at OCI.  My sample was quite small, so take that with lots of salt.

I have heard this. I've heard people recommend that you 'forget' to wear your ring (if there's a ring) on the day of your interviews. Sad but true.

I am about to start law school part-time in August, but I have worked at a 400+ attorney law firm for the past 5 years.  While gender, age, and attractiveness affect any job application process (and differently at law firms), it's hard to guarantee a general trend, or one that is very different from other lines of work.  A hot 25 year old blonde woman is going to have an easier time in life in general that a chubby 33 year old guy.  Such is life. 

Yes, it does seem that attractive women are hired to be associates due to their looks* and the fact that it is fairly certain the young lady will be married off, breeding, and easier to push out of the partner track in 5-7 years.  But that doesn't mean that that is the only factor or even always a positive factor in employment decisions.  Talk to the female attorneys in their 40s and 50s...they often have a very different view on hiring young, perky, definitely-going-to-be-moms-first female associates.  Many of these older ladies feel they had to fight harder than their male counterparts to get where they are now, and seeing young women today not realize whose shoulders they are standing on causes friction.  Besides this, most businesses, including law firms, honestly do want to make money, and while some will get hired based on their looks/availability, for the most part you will get hired on who you know or what you can do MUCH before your looks. 

With the wedding band thing...I think that is appropriate for about any job interview.  They cannot ask you whether you are married or not, and wearing a ring is a near certain answer to that question.  I have taken my ring off (I'm a dude) for interviews when I thought it would matter at all.  It's none of their business at that point. 




*What's the best thing about 24 year old female associates?  The fact that they're always 24.  Sorry, couldn't resist. 

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Georgia State / Re: Class of 2011
« on: June 19, 2008, 05:09:52 PM »
It seems as if the assignment is not listed for part-time evening students.  Nice.

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General Board / Re: NBA FINALS
« on: June 03, 2008, 11:19:00 AM »
I'm with you but how do you explain the Celtics' dominance v. the West head-to-head this year in the regular season?

I picked the Lakers in 5 too, but the 2-3-2 will make it more difficult for the Lakers...

I think the Lakers have too much depth and firepower when all is said and done but I wouldn't be surprised if it went 6 games...

The days off between games (which doesn't always happen during the regular season) will help the aging Celtics...

 
You think the Lakers are too deep? The biggest critique of their team is that they have such a terribly weak bench. They developed an 8-man rotation like almost every other team does in the playoffs, so now it's also pretty short. The Celtics, on the other hand, have refused to do so and regularly played 10 or 11 guys. It seems like you're talking out of your...lack of sports knowledge.

"Too much" could be referring to quality and not quantity.  3 players could be "deeper" than 5 scrubs.

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General Board / Re: NBA FINALS
« on: June 03, 2008, 11:16:42 AM »
The Hawks didn't even break 0.500 and still the Celtics were blown out by them in several games.

In the playoffs, I'm not sure if 97-92, 103-100, and 102-93 performances qualify as "blowouts".  

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Also, the 2004 season was ages ago and the Lakers are a whole new team, especially after shedding the NBA's biggest dead weight...Shaq...he was holding Kobe down.

Exactly.  It was great to see the Lakers immediately start winning consecutive championships as soon as they were able to unload Shaq.  

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General Board / Re: NBA FINALS
« on: June 03, 2008, 11:12:06 AM »
Can't win every year, but I'll take 4-5 banners this decade when all is said and done...

HTH.

Yes, they seem to win the years they can dodge the tougher teams.  A very good 2nd or 3rd best team in the NBA for years at a time. 

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Georgia State / Re: Class of 2011
« on: May 22, 2008, 09:47:48 AM »
a $50/month MARTA card

Has anybody tried to get the reduced rate card for students?  I think it's around $40.  Definitely agree with exploring your options.  There are some good places to live with easy access to MARTA.  I'll be living in the Atlantic Station area, but that is because it will put my walking distance from my job. 

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Law Firms / Re: Criteria for making partner
« on: May 21, 2008, 09:18:13 AM »
If you owned your own business, at what point would you let someone working for you become a partner and share in your profits?  The decisions of partners to let associates move up to their ranks seems kind when coming at it from their perspective. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: JD or PhD in Biology
« on: May 20, 2008, 09:49:41 AM »
And what about lawyers who get out of law? What do they do? Go into industry? Yeah: companies like Best Buy, Wal-Mart. Not as counsel. As retail clerks. LUCRATIVE! Good luck paying off your $150k debt on $10/hr.

If all one can do is become stuck in a $10/hr job, then that is not a harsh reality of law school; that is a harsh reality of them lacking a work ethic and a modicum of intelligence.  Even if the person leaves the legal field and has to start over with zero credentials and experience, income well beyond $10/hr can be generated relatively quickly through hard work. 

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Venting about Fordham PT program
« on: May 13, 2008, 02:22:36 PM »
I have less of an issue with that an more of an issue with people who could go full-time yet elect to go part-time.  These students will then be in class with us and not working full-time. 

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