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LSDSL:
I'm in a real jam here and hoping someone out there has some advice for me. 

Here's my situation:  I just graduated from a west coast regional school ranked in the 60's on USNWR, I've got a 3.0, and wrote onto law review.  I had legal jobs both law school summers but nothing to exciting.  Now, I'm studying for the bar exam in IL (which is where im from and where I want to practice) but have no job and no prospects.  I want to work in Chicago but I have no network or leads and to make matters worse, I'm in debt in excess of 150K.  I'm going crazy.  What do I do?  Will things turn out well for me??? Any advice would be appreciated.  I'm just looking for some guidance.

new2law:
Best of luck man. I am just on the start of my legal training, so I cant tell you what its like once you've passed the bar, but you may want to consider private practice. Also, I can give you some experience. Join the National Guard or Reserve they will pay off a lot of your college debt if you enlist into a JAG unit as an officer. They will pay off even more if you sign up as an E-4 Specialist too. It would look good on a resume and remove a lot of that debt and help to defer the rest of it while in service. They may have changed the rules for new recruits in the last few years a bit but I am a military NCO so I tend to think that way. Its an idea to consider.

Ninja1:
Not sure if either of these will work, but the first two things that come to mind that don't require you to join the military are:

Get some random job at a local school district and get on the new fed loan repayment plan.

OR

Enroll in classes at wherever at least half time.

Ninja1:

--- Quote from: JD2013 on June 24, 2009, 01:43:49 AM ---Best of luck man. I am just on the start of my legal training, so I cant tell you what its like once you've passed the bar, but you may want to consider private practice. Also, I can give you some experience. Join the National Guard or Reserve they will pay off a lot of your college debt if you enlist into a JAG unit as an officer. They will pay off even more if you sign up as an E-4 Specialist too. It would look good on a resume and remove a lot of that debt and help to defer the rest of it while in service. They may have changed the rules for new recruits in the last few years a bit but I am a military NCO so I tend to think that way. Its an idea to consider.

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You would have to be beyond retarded to go into the military as an E-4 with the level of education a law school grad has.

new2law:
You'd think so but a lot of people do it. It pays off more student loans. It depends on if you're in it to payoff the loans or to get an ego stroke when you look in the mirror. I knew a lot of E-4 with MBA or above. Its crazy but true. Its not for everyone though.



--- Quote from: Ninja1 on June 24, 2009, 06:57:56 AM ---
--- Quote from: JD2013 on June 24, 2009, 01:43:49 AM ---Best of luck man. I am just on the start of my legal training, so I cant tell you what its like once you've passed the bar, but you may want to consider private practice. Also, I can give you some experience. Join the National Guard or Reserve they will pay off a lot of your college debt if you enlist into a JAG unit as an officer. They will pay off even more if you sign up as an E-4 Specialist too. It would look good on a resume and remove a lot of that debt and help to defer the rest of it while in service. They may have changed the rules for new recruits in the last few years a bit but I am a military NCO so I tend to think that way. Its an idea to consider.

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You would have to be beyond retarded to go into the military as an E-4 with the level of education a law school grad has.

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