Law School Discussion

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Why are the Newbies scared to speak up?

They prefer to Lurk.
20 (37%)
They're not, they're just on another website.
4 (7.4%)
The Board is too cliquish.
10 (18.5%)
There's nothing interesting to talk about.
3 (5.6%)
There's nobody interesting to talk to.
2 (3.7%)
Not enough Board moderation.
4 (7.4%)
Newbies?  What Newbies?
11 (20.4%)

Total Members Voted: 54

Black Law Student Discussion Board

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Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« Reply #54140 on: July 04, 2008, 01:08:46 PM »
I agree with Alci.  I would also add that while a lot of local government and publicly funded offices (like public defenders or district attorneys) are competitive (if not as competitive as national non-profits), they do tend to hire from lower-ranked schools in the area.  If you are interested in jobs like these and you don't have the credentials and fortune to get into a top-ranked school with a good loan-repayment program, just make sure that you choose a school in the same area where you'd like to practice.  (Don't go to a school in Florida if you want to practice in Chicago.)  And while you are there, avail yourself of whatever clinical and other opportunities you have to make connections in these offices.

Also, congress recently adopted the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which provides reduced payments and loan forgiveness for people who do public interest work for ten years after graduation.  The Department of Education hasn't promulgated the rules on qualifying employment yet, but it looks as if most government and non-profit work, at least, will qualify.  There is more information about the CCRAA available here: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/resource/ccraa .

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Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« Reply #54141 on: July 04, 2008, 01:24:01 PM »
Tag, good info, thanks for the link.

Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« Reply #54142 on: July 07, 2008, 07:38:06 PM »
Knowledgeable 3Ls and grads...any firms i should stay away from?

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« Reply #54143 on: July 07, 2008, 07:48:16 PM »
Eh, save a select few, they're all about the same.  I even have friends who enjoy THE FIRM THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED

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Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« Reply #54144 on: July 07, 2008, 08:28:22 PM »
Eh, save a select few, they're all about the same.  I even have friends who enjoy THE FIRM THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED

lol.

So why do they have such a bad rep, anyway?

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« Reply #54145 on: July 07, 2008, 08:33:32 PM »
B/c they're huge.  You're just another cog in the massive machine.  A well-paid cog who receives pretty kickass perqs...but always a cog.

Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« Reply #54146 on: July 07, 2008, 09:05:56 PM »
i thought about that firm (we have 35 bids...i need some extra firms) and wonder if i'd take it just bc its V5.  however, since I want to lateral eventually, i'd be worried that i didn't received enough training.

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« Reply #54147 on: July 07, 2008, 09:19:42 PM »
You'd be fine.  Training is as good as any other (slightly less) megafirm (read: v10 minus Wachtell and Cravath).

Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« Reply #54148 on: July 07, 2008, 09:41:58 PM »
don't matter anyway, doubt i'll bid, it'd be a waste

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Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« Reply #54149 on: July 07, 2008, 09:47:23 PM »
What type/size are you looking at?