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Are there any legal government jobs that start out at GS-11 that aren't that hard to land? 

Not really.   Base salary for entry-level attorneys is at GS-9.  GS-11 is usually for Honors Program entrants.  The agencies that pay more than GS-11 starting (SEC, USPS, etc) are even more competitive. 

The scary thing is that applications from attorneys are now flooding the market for quasi-legal job titles.  I've spoken with attorneys from DHHS, DOD and EEOC who have told me that they're getting hundreds of attorneys applying for job titles like paralegal, examiner or investigator, that are GS-5 or GS-7.

General Board / Re: Are EC's/Journal really Important?
« on: April 29, 2009, 02:45:55 AM »
I don't think EC's/Journal are over-whelmingly important.  You should have SOMETHING to distinguish yourself, but nothing is really necessary.  Doing a clinic or simply great internships would be helpful, as is active networking with practitioners.  Lots of people are still able to get law jobs w/o journal or moot court/trial (including about 90% of grads from my school).

Youk- if you're fine sticking around DC, go with Catholic.  Just take the Mass. bar and waive into DC so you have the option to practice in Boston.  Also, how important is the job to your law career or your current finances (in other words, do you need the job to support your family)?  I know sometimes it's difficult for non-trads to let go of their former job (been through that myself), but it can also be an obstacle to getting legal experience during school and transitioning to become a lawyer.  Just something to ponder.

General Board / Re: Are you happy with your choice?
« on: April 23, 2009, 11:38:47 PM »
Though I definitely have complaints about my school, I can't imagine having gone somewhere else.  I turned down scholarships and higher ranked schools, but in the end, I still got exactly the job I wanted...and that's all that matters to me.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Commuting..
« on: April 23, 2009, 03:59:55 PM »
Would it just confuse me to listen to random law lectures in the middle of the semester?

I'm not sure that you would want to do that.  Most commercial lectures come with a table of contents.  Just listen to whatever topic you're studying in class (1L courses are pretty similar across law schools).  So if you're on subject matter jurisdiction or Erie doctrine in CivPro class, just listen to that part of the tapes.  Some of my friends also use a MP3 recorder to tape our lectures, though they usually listen to them while reviewing their notes after class or while outlining later in the course.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Non-Trad, 29 in L.A.
« on: April 22, 2009, 01:42:52 AM »
I think what you mean is a "general practitioner" who doesn't specialize in one field but does what I would call "bread and butter work" where they might be asked to draw up a will, help a family through bankruptcy, represent a speeder in traffic court, handle a minor personal injury suit, etc.  Otherwise, "family law" is a specialty that some attorneys practice exclusively.  There are tons of attorneys doing both everywhere. 

I have a friend that graduated just two years ago, struck out on his own as a GP, and then bought out a small, local firm that does family/divorce law and estate planning...and this was in a major legal market, not a small town  :o  So yeah, it's definitely still a doable thing.

Also, from reading the boards on this site it would appear that if you don't jump into law school right away you are at a disadvantage from the get - thoughts?
I don't think this is true at all, especially if your goal is to set up your own practice relatively soon after law school.  When you have to drum up your own clients, age lends you credibility.  I have been told that it's more difficult for people who went to law school after working for 15+ years to break into BigLaw (allegedly because they want younger people who have more "energy" and fewer outside commitments), but that's not impossible either.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Commuting..
« on: April 20, 2009, 07:23:52 PM »
I really liked the Glannon CDs on Civil Procedure.  I wish I would've listened to them throughout the semester, rather than just as a cramming aid for finals.

I've heard of the "Law School Legends Audio Series" CDs, but don't have personal experience with them.

The people I've known with similar commutes tended to do pretty well in school.  Forces you to have mad time managing skillz.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Facebook and Law School...
« on: April 18, 2009, 09:10:38 PM »
Our Career Services Dept actually ENcourages us to have a Facebook and LinkedIn profile for networking and marketing purposes.  You just need to arrange your privacy settings correctly, be careful about what you post, and monitor your profile to make sure what people post about you is clean.

Some firms actually create LinkedIn profiles for their attorneys.  An informative blog re: online social networking for lawyers here-

Absolutely.  I go to a lower Tier 2 but got a job far outside my school's market because I got into the federal government (jobs everywhere).  The nice thing is that I can take any bar exam (and hopefully do well enough on the MBE to waive into DC) in case I don't want to practice forever where they first send me. 

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