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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Columbia 2L taking questions
« on: February 21, 2008, 10:36:26 AM »
I hear that your LRAP just got a big boost.  Has that news caused any of your classmates (or you) to rethink big firm work?

Our LRAP did get a big boost.  It's pretty exciting--Columbia was the first law school to institute such a program, and now we have what is almost certainly the most generous program out there.

That said, I still don't think it is persuading a lot of people to rethink big firm work.  The truth is that the best positions in public interest and government aren't really available right out of law school.  And, even with assistance with loans, you're still going to be much better off financially going to a firm.  A lot of my classmates intend to go to a firm for a few years, save up a nice nest egg while getting some great experience, and then use that experience to enter government or public interest at a level where they can really do some interesting work.

There are, of course, a good number of Columbia people who do public interest or government work right out of law school.  I think this will no doubt be a boost for them.

Very interesting response.  Infers that the "best" positions in public interest are the prestigious policy-oriented ones.  (I am not criticizing, I am writing a law review article on this subject)  Thanks for the thoughtful response!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Columbia 2L taking questions
« on: February 21, 2008, 10:34:51 AM »
Congrats charlottem!!!  That's excellent!

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Half the people here think that only salaries over $100,000 are "acceptable?"  Holy cow! There are going to be some heart attacks after they realize that those salaries aren't that common.  LOL!  There is no way that half of the participants on this forum (though it seems they get into higher ranked schools that the rest of the general law school population) are going to make that much. 

I chose $30,000 because I would really like to work for Legal Aid.  However, I am still hoping to get a fellowship paying $42,000 if possible.  I have found that I just don't need to buy more crap.  My significant other and I do just find with my paltry student loans and his income right now.  I have no desire to accumulate more things at this stage in my life. 

In the interest of full disclosure: I also made a decent amount of money ($60,000) for years before law school, so I already own nice furniture, appliances, electronics, etc.  If I had to set up a household after law school, I might need more money than that to do it. 

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If  this were the case, I could not lose sleep over having a public interest career.  That would be awesome.  Despite the CCRAA, it still worries me that I will have to work for 10 full years as a public interest attorney to get loan forgiveness.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How long after acceptance for $?
« on: February 21, 2008, 10:27:25 AM »
The long and short of it is to ask the school.  Where I go to school, scholarship offers can come with offers of admission for the strongest candidates that increase diversity, but longer for need based scholarship money.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: type of law to study
« on: February 21, 2008, 10:26:04 AM »
I agree with philibusters.  The more rich your clients are, the more rich you can be.  If your clients are mega corporations, that helps. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Columbia 2L taking questions
« on: February 21, 2008, 10:24:46 AM »
I hear that your LRAP just got a big boost.  Has that news caused any of your classmates (or you) to rethink big firm work?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: FORDHAM 1L taking questions.
« on: February 20, 2008, 03:55:14 PM »
The big questions are:
1) Do you plan to do public interest or gov't work after graduation?
2) What area of the country do you want to live in post graduation?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Law School and Your Body.
« on: February 20, 2008, 03:17:37 PM »
I quit smoking before 1L finals and put on 25 pounds.  It sucks!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Question about Scholarships
« on: February 20, 2008, 03:03:07 PM »
I agree with botbot.  However, I can tell you that many will find special money to give you as a 2L based on need.  (I got $5k this year)

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