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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Is Hofstra that bad?
« on: March 19, 2008, 07:39:43 AM »
In my opinion there is no bad ABA accredited law school.  I work at a large firm and just did an education search for Hofstra in our attorney database, there are nearly 10 attorneys here that graduated from Hofstra law school, the most recent being 2005.  It's not impossible to be in BigLaw without going to a T14 school, you just have to work hard.  From what I've learned from talking to partners here is that they will look at any candidate from any school as long as they fit the bill, meaning they were in the top 10%.  She said that this goes for everyone whether you go to Cooley or Harvard, you have to excel to make it in BigLaw.

Law School Admissions / Re: Should I Just Give Up?
« on: March 17, 2008, 01:27:42 PM »
My numbers aren't nearly as good as yours and after going through the cycle now for the second time I have finally been accepted to a law school I would be proud to attend.  If you really want to go to law school and become an attorney, then you'll never give up!  You still have a lot of options out there. I would suggest applying to one or two safety schools though.

I have time to read it if you want to send it my way.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Partner salaries
« on: March 17, 2008, 01:01:43 PM »
The partner I work for has been a partner for 15 years and from the hearsay she makes 2 mil/year.  For the big law firms all their first year associate info should be on their website.  At my firm they make $145,000 and then can have anywhere from a $5,000 bonus - $20,000 bonus depending on performance.

Rejected at WVU... and I'm still pending at Widener... very confused with that one!

You become friends with other big wigs in other law firms, then when it comes time for them to solicit an arbitrator they will come to you or if their friend is looking for someone they will refer you. 

Law School Admissions / Re: Is there any harm in a retake?
« on: March 17, 2008, 09:24:41 AM »
If you already are set to go to a school in the Fall, then it seems to me like a waste of time and money to take the LSAT again just because.  I would focus your time on preparing for your 1L year, you'll probably have some reading and assignments due prior to even starting, I know I just got my reading list in the mail and it looks like that's my entire summer in a nutshell!

In at Duquesne Part Time!

Anyone know how Duquesne accepts you, I've been playing phone tag with the Dean of Admissions since last night and I don't want to get my hopes up!

I talked to the Managing Attorney at my office today, let him know I was going to law school, etc, and he seemed very interested in having me back my 1L summer (as my sig suggests, I'm not going to go to a school that typically lands 1L SA positions).  It seems like entry-level for my firm is 80-100k, which obviously isn't amazing, but I'll be more than happy to take the experience and money.  I also really enjoy my job and the pay is as good as anywhere else I could get.

I don't believe this would be a real possibility working in a non-law environment.

Is networking with attorneys to land SA positions possible at the huge NYC firms, for those of you that are there?

It is very possible, I am at a large Philadelphia firm which also has a firm in NYC and LA, I have already been told that all I need to do is get a law degree and I have job.  And as you can see I'm not going to a T10 school.

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