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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Is Hofstra that bad?
« on: March 19, 2008, 11:41:32 AM »
In order to get hired into a big firm from any school right out of school you have to be in the top 10%.  Out of the 4 attorneys I work with that are under 30 they all worked in smaller firms for 2-3 years before coming here... they went to Penn, Villanova, Temple, and GW.

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Law School Applications / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: March 19, 2008, 11:04:05 AM »
Congrats to everyone on their early morning acceptances!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Is Hofstra that bad?
« on: March 19, 2008, 10:59:57 AM »
Which other schools are you looking at? 

Here's a faculty ranking you may want to consider:

http://law.rwu.edu/facultyproductivity/

Thanks, this was really helpful!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Is Hofstra that bad?
« on: March 19, 2008, 10:39:43 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.

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Law School Applications / Re: Should I Just Give Up?
« on: March 17, 2008, 04:27:42 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.

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

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Partner salaries
« on: March 17, 2008, 04:01:43 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.

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

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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. 

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Law School Applications / Re: Is there any harm in a retake?
« on: March 17, 2008, 12:24:41 PM »
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!

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