obviously she was a strong "soft factors" applicant
Ahh, your statement sounded a little weird like you were saying you would end up *this summer* at the firm you will work at this summer - it makes more sense when I realize you were talking about after graduation (my bad, lol).That's crazy that your first job is largely determined from your 2L job - does that freak anybody else out?
the berkeley admin office said that the transfer students they typically accept are in the 5-10% range of their 1L class. like i mentioned previously, i'm not in that rnage, i'm in the 16-35% percentile [my LS does not release informatin beyond this unfortunately - so potentially i'm top 20% and wouldn't know it - but either way i still receive a "scholar" designation for being within this subset]. also, however, i'm at t20 LS. you mentioned that a friend of yours transferred who was #6 in his class - which school did he transfer from? i can't imagine that they apply this top %5 rule across all law schools. it wouldn't make any sense to do so. for example, at my LS the median LSAT coming in was a 168. obviously its going to be more competitive than someone coming from a bottom of tier one LS with a 160 median LSAT (or at least they would lead us to believe so). know anyone who transferred from a T20 school to berkeley? anyone transfer from UCLA to berkeley? any idea on class rank?any information / tips will be appreciated as i'm attempting to gauge whether or not a transfer application would be worth my time ...thanks
I have been toying with ditching the whole law scene and heading straight into engineering - the pay isn't as good, but the QOL is great, 40 hours a week is fairly regular, and the people are normal.After giving it some more thought, however, I'm not going to completely discount the law scene. I was looking at some firms in Phoenix, and while even the biggest ones "only" pay around $100k/year, they also only expect around 1800/1900 hours a year, people seem to be really happy there, and it seems like a pretty good life. $100k is still a lot of money, I won't have to be worried about getting burned out, and I could actually have time to go golfing every week .That's what I've been thinking about lately.
Quote from: IntoVA!! on February 25, 2006, 05:10:53 PMAhh, your statement sounded a little weird like you were saying you would end up *this summer* at the firm you will work at this summer - it makes more sense when I realize you were talking about after graduation (my bad, lol).That's crazy that your first job is largely determined from your 2L job - does that freak anybody else out?yeah man this is precisely why 1L is so stress inducing. your 1L grades determine which 2L jobs may or may not be accessible to you. your 2L summer job basically (though not absolutely) establishes the path upon which your career will travel. for example, end up in the bottom half of the class (which is a very real possibility given that your surrounded by people who are more or less clones of you academically - those who did slightly better went to a better school, those who did slightly worse went to a lesser school - welcome to the 1L crap shoot [and yes, it's almost eerie how similar eveyone is in terms of mental ability / capacity]) then you can more of less write off big law, clerkships, etc. it's funny. our professors tell us bi-weekly that class rank isn't all that important, and that it is only necessary to do "well" in terms of ranking if we want to do big law, etc. but that no one in their right mind wouldn't not to do big law and then there are 8 billion reasons as to why we shouldn't do it(citing their own experience and the experiences of others) and yet all of this seems to go in one ear and out the collective other for the entire 1L class (myself inclusive). all i can think about is the 100g (+) i will owe in student loans and how nice that 125g/yr to start will be. but then again, i WILL be working 60, 70 hours a week but naaahhh don't want to think about that... i won't happen to ME .. my firm will be cool!
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