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General Board / Re: What questions do YOU ask your interviewer?
« on: September 24, 2008, 10:16:00 AM »
I am interviewing again for the first time in about two years.  The standard things I used to ask were:

-Is there any structured training/mentor program?

-How is work assigned?

-What is the hour requirement, if any?

-Is that billable hours or billed hours?




Any thoughts, additions, suggestions are welcomed.  Thanks.

These are important questions, but they are general and don't demonstrate that you've done reasearch about the firm. You can ask them, if you're really interested in knowing these things, but balance them out with questions that are specific to the firm and to the practice, if you have a preference.

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As you can tell, job security isn't exactly fabulous for corporate lawyers these days. You need not look farther than abovethelaw.com to see that corporate lawyers nation-wide are getting axed on a regular basis and in uncomfortably high numbers. Whether that will be the case by the time you would graduate law school is anyone's guess. Some experts predict a long-term downturn, while others say we are on the verge or a rebound. It's all speculation, in my opinion. Only time will tell. Right now, there's more security at overseas offices.

Healthcare law is usually involves the representation of clients in the healthcare industry (hospitals, etc.) and there's a compliance and a corporate aspect to it. If you're interested in doing plaintiff's side malpractice, you won't find much of it in biglaw.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: September 17, 2008, 11:14:34 AM »
i'm so glad i'm not at an american law firm and that i'm not working in the states right now.

london is doing pretty poorly right now too.



comparitively speaking, it's not too bad here (yet).

job security is much better here, particularly at the british firms. also, the firms that do a lot of emerging markets work (which we do) haven't really felt it. i'm in corporate (obviously) and i've been busy all year.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: September 17, 2008, 10:30:51 AM »
i'm so glad i'm not at an american law firm and that i'm not working in the states right now.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: September 16, 2008, 01:32:42 PM »
question:

do you guys think the below smiley is racist/offensive?

http://www.volnation.com/forum/images/smilies/default/mamba.gif

someone used it on another board i frequent and i said that i thought it looked like blackface. i was told i was insane. am i?  ???

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General Board / Re: What's good about being an attorney?
« on: September 08, 2008, 07:17:12 AM »
I thought this thread was going to be about being a lawyer. Then I read something about physics and immediately tuned out.

So, therein lies the answer: Being a lawyer is great because I don't have to know, read or understand anything about physics!  ;D

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Biglaw is probably out of the question, but you can try for small firm gigs, government jobs or public interest. Networking is key, so do take the time to attend every little wine & cheese hour or talk your school hosts. I certainly didn't feel prepared to do it right after graduating from law school, but you could go solo.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: September 04, 2008, 05:20:08 AM »
It IS a bad economy out there for sure.  Our summer class for next summer is basically going to be cut in half from what we had this summer. 

What's the deal with summer associate offers up there in NY? Is it still a presumptive offer environment?

Yeah, and that's part of the problem.  Basically, whichever genius thought it was a great idea to jump to $160k has now tied the hands of biglaw in giving out offers. Since basically everybody from the summer gets an offer, the only respectable way to limit the offers is to limit the number of summers in the first place.

The economy is b!tch slapping biglaw right now and biglaw is taking it.



Yeah, I feel you.

We actually cut our summer associate program, starting next summer.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: September 03, 2008, 10:18:21 AM »
It IS a bad economy out there for sure.  Our summer class for next summer is basically going to be cut in half from what we had this summer. 

What's the deal with summer associate offers up there in NY? Is it still a presumptive offer environment?

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: August 29, 2008, 05:51:21 AM »
And the fall brings long hours again. Two hundred hour months, here I come! :(

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