Choosing the Right Law School / Re: A note to aspiring law students from a lawyer who was in your position years ago« on: July 25, 2005, 01:10:58 AM »
at what point can you have sex with the clients?
I wonder what percentage of LSDers have real-world work experience and what percentage go straight from college to law school. I ask because of the prevailing sentiment here that a lawyer who works 80 hours a week is really only making half as much as anyone else on an hourly basis. Very few white collar jobs let you get away with 40 hours every single week. I've worked in a small engineering firm with roughly 35 employees for the past 6 years, and everyone who is in any position of significance and responsibility works a minimum of 50 hours per week, on average throughout the year. 60 hour weeks are not uncommon, especially when project deadlines are looming and things are behind schedule. And many people have put in 70 hour weeks at some point in the past few years. The only people at my company who get away with 40 hour weeks are low-level engineers with no desire for advancement who will be stuck in the same position with the same 2% annual raise for the rest of their lives. Also, the clerical staff (Office manager, accountant, etc) work 40 hour weeks. But no successful person gets away with it. So when people here say, "$125,000 at Biglaw is really like making only $62,500 anywhere else," I call bull. Most of our engineers work 50-60 hour weeks for $50-$75K.
It's not that working for Biglaw is hard. It's that success of any kind is hard.
They were 2nd tier last year, and dropped a few slots to the top of the 3rd tier this year. However, medians for this years class are 159/3.6 up from last year 157 median. I think they'll jump back up.
How long does it take to complete the part time program at UD? If you wanted to transfer, could you just take the additional credits to get you up to full time level in the summer before you would start at the new school? Are you sure you want to live downtown anyway? I'm not sure but I remember hearing Wayne was in a more liveable part of the city than UD. Do they provide housing?