My guess is you look at the nalp law schools site, which is useless for determining your rank while in law school. As you know, those rank estimates are based on numbers at graduation, not ranks on the 1L curve.
For now, forget about your class rank. Your school will release the official ranks eventually. If you need it now for some reason, ask the registrar to give you an estimated class rank based on last years 1L ranks.
Sure you'll have prospects, but just keep your expectations realistic so you don't get surprised and upset. You should be able to get work as an associate as some small firm, but the pay will probably be around 60k, just like jobs you get right out of undergrad.Six figure jobs are probably out of the question for now. When even students from the top 30 schools are having trouble finding work, things are looking pretty bleak for everyone else as well.
So then what exactly is the point of the next 2-3 years (including the year for my MBA) and this past year then if i am going to make the same as I did if I didnt go to law school but am now $100,000 in debt?
Quote from: wrhssaxensemble on June 10, 2008, 01:18:35 PMSo then what exactly is the point of the next 2-3 years (including the year for my MBA) and this past year then if i am going to make the same as I did if I didnt go to law school but am now $100,000 in debt? To do something you love to do as opposed to just making a lot of money and waking up every day wanting to hang yourself with your tie. At my T2, the career services lady told me that she's amazed at how many people walk into her office and say something like "I wont accept any job that pays less than $80K per year." Far too many people head into lawschool with a feeling that they're "entitled" to make 6 figures quickly just because they're going to become a lawyer.
Please, what else are people going to law school for? Except for the odd ones out, very few people are going to find law to be something they "love". Nothing glamorous about sitting at a desk pushing papers. Nothing intellectually stimulating about defending a DUI in court. Unless you're doing a high profile case, it simply isn't exciting. People are in the career of law for the money. We're here to work and provide for ourselves, not have fun. Guaranteed 90% of people hate their jobs regardless of what they're doing, might as well make some cash in the meanwhile.