What's Complex, Jones Act, and FELA Litigation? How many hours do you work per week? How much do you make per year?
-sorry. Not going to discuss salary on a public message board. My firm would severly frown on that, and I'm not about to risk my job.The bottom line is that going to FIU worked for me, helped me pass the bar, taught me how to be a good lawyer, and didn't in any way keep me from finding employment. The bonus is that I owe a small fraction of what other young lawyers do, so my quality of life (home, travel, fun, etc.) is much easier to maintain.
iamhurricane, where do you go to school?I'm at a t14 and I can tell you that many "going to graduate soon" people at my school and at other top schools will be thankful if they can find a job that makes "mid five figures" in the current economy. Most students who haven't looked for a job or haven't seen what law is like outside of the big firms have no idea why kind of salaries are out there for most law grads.To be fair, WKRUSE did very well in law school and might not have had the same results if he was middle or bottom half at FIU. AND I still think knowing and meeting the right people (i.e. networking) is very important for those looking for a job outside of OCI, regardless of what rank your school is. If you're not at a top school or at the top of your class, chances of getting a job through OCI are practically non-existent.
iamhurricane, I hate to break it to you, but the odds of you finding a six figure job are not good AT ALL, even in a good economy. Let me guess, you bought into the salary stats that the school publishes? Or the idea that lawyers all make a lot of money? Especially since SMU is a "tier one" school? Those mid five figure jobs are only for the people at tier 2/3/4 schools right? Think again.Also, the economy may not turn around in 3-4 years, at least in re: to big firm hiring. Keep in mind most big firm recruiting happens fall of your 2L year, so if the firms don't think things look good for the future, they're going to be cautious.As for myself, I would have still gone to law school, but I never wanted to work at a big firm, and most non-big firm jobs do not approach six figures.
Quote from: jalex519 on August 05, 2009, 09:19:38 AMI would recommend Miami. If you do ultimately pursue a PI career, you can switch your government loans to the income sensitive repayment plan and after 10 years, your loan will be discharged (as long as you stay in PI). Furthermore, if you change your mind for some reason, Miami will provide you with better options in private practice.Do you know much about finances?
I would recommend Miami. If you do ultimately pursue a PI career, you can switch your government loans to the income sensitive repayment plan and after 10 years, your loan will be discharged (as long as you stay in PI). Furthermore, if you change your mind for some reason, Miami will provide you with better options in private practice.