Yeah, so lately I've been exploring lots of career paths. I have been following up with all the suggestions you dudes have made and I applied (and am applying) to pretty much everything. It seems like all the other thousands of lawyers and law students are doing the same thing. Despite a huge time investment thus far, I'm putting the likelihood of landing a real paying law job at "pretty damn low" for next summer.
Anyway, next on the plate is Consulting.
This is something that is super, super appealing to me. I really wish I pursued this instead of law school (especially now...although I do like research, writing, in-court advocacy, etc.), and don't know how the hell I didn't look into this more.
So, can someone answer some questions? I tried finding a Consulting forum for this, but there really are not any active ones that I saw. Feel free to mix and match or just give general answers. I'm lacking lots of knowledge here.
(1) How high up can I start?(i.e. would I be considered an "analyst" or "associate" after I finished school?)
(2) How early do people start applying for summer positions? What are they called?(i.e. Summer Associate positions?) Are they generally paid, and if so, how much?
(3) How much do the not-top-3-firms typically pay for entry level?
(4) Is there anything I can do to make myself more marketable? Is there anything that might not make me more marketable, but that I should do to learn useful stuff for consulting (i.e. read the WSJ)?
(5) How international is consulting? (i.e. do you travel overseas a lot, or generally just work with domestic companies?)
(6) How is the consulting industry doing in the recession? Will I be able to get a job?
(7) Will I be able to start off doing work that I couldn't do when I was 14? If not, when will I be able to do something that requires thinking and applying stuff I learn?
How should I apply? Should I just go to the career section and follow along, or should I do something special?
(9) Is a JD/MBA worth looking into?
And most importantly, (10) Am I qualified for any of the firms? (33% at Emory, on transactional/business law path, interned for dept of commerce, don't have a business degree of any kind, but very good at business stuff)