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rider06

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2.9 at a high T2, is biglaw completely out of the question?
« on: December 12, 2008, 03:42:33 PM »
I don't necessarily want to work at a white shoe firm, but making at least 6 figures would be nice.  Is this possible after a 1-yr state clerkship?  I'm a 3L with mostly B's but God-willing this last year I will get some A's in there in classes like bankruptcy and commercial law.  Do firms really look at individual grades or do they consider the whole package?

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Re: 2.9 at a high T2, is biglaw completely out of the question?
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2008, 05:28:52 PM »
Ole Miss? If so, you're probably cool. Otherwise... well...
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Re: 2.9 at a high T2, is biglaw completely out of the question?
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2008, 05:29:46 PM »
I don't mean to be the bearer of bad news here, but the answer is no. Most larger firms have the ability to predict their recruiting needs in advance. This is even more true for the firms that pay six figures. They conduct on-campus interviews at select law schools in the Fall - and fill their needs. A lot of people who work for these places are also 2L's that did summer internships there.

I don't think anyone really cares about what courses you take as a 3L, or even as a 2L. MAYBE a DA's Office would care...since I hear they like people to show an interest in Criminal Law, but even still, it's not going to land you a job per se.

Finally, the economy is DEEEEEP in the shitter. Government positions aren't as abundent. Firms are laying people off. Everything has gone to *&^%, bro. Here are some uplifting news items:

http://abajournal.com/news/legal_employment_down_12000_jobs_in_last_year
http://www.abajournal.com/news/about_200_thelen_and_heller_lawyers_still_looking_for_a_job/
http://www.abajournal.com/news/3_more_ny_lawyers_lose_pensions_45_now_on_states_no-pay_list/
http://abajournal.com/news/law_grad_with_llm_lands_just_one_job_interview_from_300_resumes

Hell, someone with expierence from MIT was walking around the streets of New York with his resume on a sandwich board just the other week!

Smaller firms / places that are activly looking to fill positions are going to be your best bet. Focus on places near where you went to school or where you grew up (if different).

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Re: 2.9 at a high T2, is biglaw completely out of the question?
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2008, 05:42:15 PM »
Jesus Christ...You know what I'm saying.

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Re: 2.9 at a high T2, is biglaw completely out of the question?
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2008, 05:45:41 PM »
Jesus Christ...You know what I'm saying.

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Re: 2.9 at a high T2, is biglaw completely out of the question?
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2008, 05:52:19 PM »
Jesus Christ...You know what I'm saying.

I find "tm." is borderline retarded, don't mind it.

too bad you're not anyone important, and never will be.

Jesus Christ...You know what I'm saying.

just splitting hairs.  ;)

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Re: 2.9 at a high T2, is biglaw completely out of the question?
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2008, 10:53:07 PM »
Big law will be possible in 2-3 years once you have some experience under your belt and the economy improves... Good luck!

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Re: 2.9 at a high T2, is biglaw completely out of the question?
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2008, 06:54:20 AM »
If you are able to indeed secure a clerkship, then a lot of it will come down to luck.

The law clerk I was working with this past summer was a T2 graduate whose first year grades were below the median. That notwithstanding, he managed to write onto law review and was able to get a clerkship.

Because of the type of work that he was doing (very niche), a V100 firm ended up giving him an offer.

But again, this REALLY comes down to luck. The clerk basically told me that that he was definitely not the norm.

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Re: 2.9 at a high T2, is biglaw completely out of the question?
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2008, 09:24:13 AM »
Big law will be possible in 2-3 years once you have some experience under your belt and the economy improves... Good luck!

this comment may be overly optimistic.

Agreed, unless you hide out as a law clerk for those 2-3 years.
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Re: 2.9 at a high T2, is biglaw completely out of the question?
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2008, 10:04:24 AM »
It is out of the question. Time to explore plan B