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Factors for BigLaw
« on: November 15, 2008, 05:49:13 PM »
In light of the economic downturn, I am now worried about getting a biglaw gig for my 2L summer.  What other factors count for biglaw other than you school and grades?

-Work experience?
-Connections?
-Personality?
-Undergraduate prestige?
-Attractiveness?
-Clubs/Activities at school?

I'm so worried...

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Re: Factors for BigLaw
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2008, 06:00:48 PM »
lol at T12... go to duke?

Interviewing ability/luck is the answer. So personality, and of course Connections and Work Expeprience obviously don't hurt.

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Re: Factors for BigLaw
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2008, 06:12:52 PM »
lol at T12... go to duke?

Interviewing ability/luck is the answer. So personality, and of course Connections and Work Expeprience obviously don't hurt.

Not to be rude, but where did you get this?  Aren't you a 0L?

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Re: Factors for BigLaw
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2008, 06:51:55 PM »
All these things likely matter to some degree. But rather than worry about things you can't change (such as undergraduate prestige), just do the best you can at finding a good 1L summer job, and perhaps a job during the year if you have the time and ambition.

Also, worry less.

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Re: Factors for BigLaw
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2008, 07:51:40 PM »
It really is mostly a grades/school/personality thing.

X-factors such as good work experience or connections can make a difference depending on how good they are. Usually connections will get you the callback but not the offer. At this point, just work on studying hard.
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Re: Factors for BigLaw
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2008, 08:01:59 PM »
lol at T12... go to duke?

Interviewing ability/luck is the answer. So personality, and of course Connections and Work Expeprience obviously don't hurt.

Not to be rude, but where did you get this?  Aren't you a 0L?

Have you ever interviewed for a job? If you have, you understand. I didn't say anything out of line.

And he asked it in THE PRE LAW FORUM. What does he expect?

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Re: Factors for BigLaw
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2008, 08:19:46 PM »
lol at T12... go to duke?

Interviewing ability/luck is the answer. So personality, and of course Connections and Work Expeprience obviously don't hurt.

Not to be rude, but where did you get this?  Aren't you a 0L?

Have you ever interviewed for a job? If you have, you understand. I didn't say anything out of line.

And he asked it in THE PRE LAW FORUM. What does he expect?

Well, to be fair, he was asking about biglaw hiring. While it's certainly not totally different from regular interviewing, I don't think it's unreasonable to look for answers from people who have been through the process rather than randoms, nor do I think that there's anything wrong with questioning the credentials of those who respond. OCI in particular is a strange beast.

And the thread may be misplaced, but there are a number of 2Ls, 3Ls and grads who respond, particularly since the pre-law and student boards have been merged.

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Re: Factors for BigLaw
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2008, 08:31:20 PM »
lol at T12... go to duke?

Interviewing ability/luck is the answer. So personality, and of course Connections and Work Expeprience obviously don't hurt.

Not to be rude, but where did you get this?  Aren't you a 0L?

LOL.

Wally calling someone else out on talking out of their ass?  Really?

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Re: Factors for BigLaw
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2008, 08:37:23 PM »
lol at T12... go to duke?

Interviewing ability/luck is the answer. So personality, and of course Connections and Work Expeprience obviously don't hurt.

Not to be rude, but where did you get this?  Aren't you a 0L?

LOL.

Wally calling someone else out on talking out of their ass?  Really?

That's what I thought. And you are correct, Susan, I should have phrased my response as more of a guess than stating "is the answer."

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Re: Factors for BigLaw
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2008, 08:43:36 PM »
from someone who just went through the process i'd rank them (from most important to least):

1) Personality
2) WE
3) the rest are tied for totally meaningless.

fwiw i think people underestimate the value of work experience...but you can't really do much about that now. if i could do it all over again i would have taken a year off and gotten some relevant experience. meh still got a v20.

you're at a t12, what are you worried about? just crack the median...