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Re: BU Law taking questions
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2008, 08:28:27 AM »
Yes. Most of the people who landed biglaw from the bottom of the class had hard science degrees that helped them market themselves to the IP practices. There were only one or two who were able to do this, so I don't think it is very common.

The bottom half of the class at BU still has a BU degree, which in the long run, is probably worth more than a NESL or Suffolk degree. Getting that first job, however, is going to be just as difficult as it would be if you attended one of these schools. BC and Harvard are the only schools that I have found where local firms go deep into the class. Here, you should really have something that sets you apart on your resume if you are in the bottom of the class.

As for what the bottom of the class get for employment, it varies. I have friends at small PI firms, small town DA jobs and a few working retail/waiting tables while they try to land something. One or two buddies are working as research assistants for professors.


Are you claiming that BC places better than BU?

Re: BU Law taking questions
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2008, 11:07:01 AM »
Bosox - With only a couple months left before your graduation, what is the percentage of people in your year who regret going to law school, versus those who think it's a worth-while experience, roughly speaking of course? 

I'm a first year, and everyone seems enthusiastic and positive, but that can't possibly last.  A good number of people in my class seem to be having some luck with recruiting for 1L summer positions, but if the economy worsens, they probably won't be so cheery next year. 

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Re: BU Law taking questions
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2008, 12:07:43 PM »
Bosox - With only a couple months left before your graduation, what is the percentage of people in your year who regret going to law school, versus those who think it's a worth-while experience, roughly speaking of course? 

I'm a first year, and everyone seems enthusiastic and positive, but that can't possibly last.  A good number of people in my class seem to be having some luck with recruiting for 1L summer positions, but if the economy worsens, they probably won't be so cheery next year. 

I don't think anyone really regrets the decision to go to law school. Lets face it, we all graduate and we all become lawyers. Whether you end up at a giant law firm or doing small-time work, law school is still what got you there. Yes, students become more bitter once grades are released and even more bitter when they see people who they thought they were smarter than doing better at OCI. But hey, its a giant competition after all. You have to do well during your first year.

As for the market, from what I have heard, the salary bumps have a lot of firms hiring smaller summer associate classes. Not sure if there is any basis to this, but it may affect future students.

I don't want this to turn into a BC v. BU debate. The last couple of threads on this board have ended up in rediculous squabling by students at both schools. Lets just say that I would likely have gone to BC if I had been accepted. Today, I now realize that BC does place much better both nationally and localy. I would definitely recommend people considering the schools to research the various differences. But that is my opinion and I hope everyone respects that I don't want to talk about BC in this thread.

Thanks.

Re: BU Law taking questions
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2008, 12:26:36 PM »
Thanks for taking questions. 

How far into New England does a BU JD take you? Specifically would I need to be in the top 25% to get out of greater Boston? I'm from CT and while I'm not sure I want to practice there, I'd like to have the option.

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Re: BU Law taking questions
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2008, 06:40:43 PM »
"I may have made the right choice"...as far as going to BU or had you had attended BC? I'm sorry to bring it up again, but when someone seems less than enthusiastic and regretful over their choice of law school it sends up a red flag to me as an applicant.

Why do you feel that the student body isn't very social?

Where do the majority of students seek/find jobs?

Any opinions on BU's student housing?

Oh, I am not regretful of BU. I didn't get into BC. I guess I wasn't clear. I am enthusiastic about the school, just found myself being a little more humble after going through recruiting.

Student body is social. There are just different groups. I was never really into going out with law students, so I guess that is why I feel that way.

I actually don't know much about BU housing. I always lived off campus. There are some more affordable apartments in the Brighton/Allston area. Craigslist can give you a good example. I have a nice studio that is only 1200 a month. Its nice having your own place during law school.


Re: BU Law taking questions
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2008, 09:07:41 AM »
As for what the bottom of the class get for employment, it varies. I have friends at small PI firms, small town DA jobs and a few working retail/waiting tables while they try to land something. One or two buddies are working as research assistants for professors.

I doubt that you know this, but do you know how much anybody is making that is coming from the bottom half of the class?

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Re: BU Law taking questions
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2008, 06:15:38 AM »
Bottom half salaries range depending on what the law student gets for employment.  Generally, Government/Public interest work starts around 35k, and some smaller firms start just above 55k. But it really depends on the employer and the type of work. Some people don't practice law at all, others go back to school and try their hand at another degree.

Re: BU Law taking questions
« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2008, 11:26:32 AM »
Bottom half salaries range depending on what the law student gets for employment.  Generally, Government/Public interest work starts around 35k, and some smaller firms start just above 55k. But it really depends on the employer and the type of work. Some people don't practice law at all, others go back to school and try their hand at another degree.

Ouch.  That must be tough based on Boston's COL and the cost of tuition.   :-\

Re: BU Law taking questions
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2008, 04:28:56 PM »
Its been a while. Here to answer any questions this week.

What is the law school tower like?

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Re: BU Law taking questions
« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2008, 10:15:11 AM »
Lol. Good question. The tower is ugly and we don't really have a law school library, which is a pain. (We have a large room as our library and we basically split another library with undergrads and other grad students). The tower has been updated and is not all that bad (great views) but the elevators are easily the worst part of the tower.