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UConn 1L Taking Questions since HW is boring...

Re: UConn 1L Taking Questions since HW is boring...
« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2007, 04:59:08 PM »
no....half of evening is right out of college and its pretty tight knit, or at least this year is...

Re: UConn 1L Taking Questions since HW is boring...
« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2007, 06:53:39 PM »
good to know!  thanks. :)  it's hard to find out that kind of info b/c they only post average age for full-time students.   I'm going to come soon and observe class's, ect...   [i'm pretty much right there anyway]

Re: UConn 1L Taking Questions since HW is boring...
« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2007, 07:16:56 PM »
let me know if i can be of any assistance.

Re: UConn 1L Taking Questions since HW is boring...
« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2007, 01:39:48 PM »
let me know if i can be of any assistance.

So i just got accepted to UConn today.  I am decided between UConn and Lewis and Clark.  I don't want to do Environmental law.  I like Portland (I am from here.) I have never been to Connecticut, or the east coast for that matter. Eventually I want to end up working as a land use attorney in a larger sized firm, then start my own development company.  I know everyone is saying top 10% to get a Boston or NYC job.  What are the percentages on getting larger sized firm jobs in Connecticut.  Also, is the what is the lifestyle like.  Similar in anyway to the Pacific Northwest?  Thanks.

TLLM

Re: UConn 1L Taking Questions since HW is boring...
« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2007, 10:15:39 AM »
(even if you dont want to do environmental law, uconn has an OK selection in that area for anyone else reading)

http://www.law.uconn.edu/alumni/report/ will have all the info you want, broken down quite nicely if i recall. CT has 3-5 big firms, with 1 of them being very large and growing larger - it just merged with a big nyc firm to keep gobbling up marketshare. A good chunk of uconn grads, like the top 20 percent, do get into these firms - I know people ranked as low as the 20's NOT getting into NYC/Boston, but getting into these firms. What really is important is ties and relationships - firms dont like to hire you and lose you a year later because you want to move to a different city - its not worth their investment of time and money in training you to have you jump ship. Hence, if you've got history in a city, family, friends, previous employment etc you've got an OK chance of sneaking into their in a firm job 1l or 2l summers. AS for land use law...i'm not 100 percent sure what exactly that is, besides the basic property law (BORING) so i dont know to what extent uconn has what you'd want. I can assure you though that 1l is the same no matter where you go, and a good 1l year is key for laying the foundation of a good summer job/internship, a good recruiting schedule in the fall of 2l, and then a great 2l summer job....since i myself have no interest in fighting to get into nyc/boston right after LS, i dont know too much about it - most of the people i know here are alos content to stay in CT legal circles for awhile...things happen in ls which are unpredictable...you realize you have a passion for a certain area of law and get locked into it, you find people and businesses you like working with and decide not to move, you create communities ties (esp if you're politically motiviated) and cant imagine breaking them and starting fresh, or, as is quite common, you've got a sweetie or find one here and suddenly things like marriage start to factor into the equation....weird, huh?

I will encourage you to visit, foremost. UConn has a way of seducing you, especially if you spend some time visiting the school and the location - Hartford isn't anything fancy, but it does offer a good time (heck you're a law student, you dont have TIME to get bored of nothing to do) and it's right accross the border from boston, NYC, and an acela train ride from DC...

Re: UConn 1L Taking Questions since HW is boring...
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2007, 04:19:13 PM »
Hi Jared,
I will be attending UCONN starting this Fall (I just sent in my check yesterday). I remember hearing once that UCONN basically had a lock on Hartford jobs, and was wondering if you could speak to that.
Also, I hear a lot about what is available to the top 10-20% of the class and was wondering what the other 80-90% do. I did very well undergrad at GW, but don't know what to expect as far as law school is concerned.
Thanks!

Re: UConn 1L Taking Questions since HW is boring...
« Reply #26 on: April 07, 2007, 09:09:07 AM »
Kudos and welcome aboard!

Yes, UConn does have a strong lock on the hartford market. Since there are only 3 law schools in CT, and we're essentially the best since Yale isn't counted, we do have an extremely stong presence. Everyone knows of the law school, we've got 3 conn. supreme court justices right now, and have tons of graduates working everywhere - State attorney general, judges, politicians etc etc. UConn is very, very tied into the politics and legal networks in the state, so you cant go wrong by being here. As for what the other 80/90 percent do, we get jobs everywhere else. Just because after ls you didnt go right to a number 1 firm isnt bad, and most lawyers never, ever end up working at firms like that. its just reality. Being in the top has its perks, namely easier time getting job, higher pay, more options. But, people can still be ranked high and have good grades and get great jobs...since a great job is by definition, at least in my book, the job that you ideally want. LS is tough because you WILL get caught up in the DRAMA and RATRACE, no matter what you do. So, at times you will feel like you're failing or wont ever be a lawyer because you didnt get X or fell behind Y or dont understand Z. But the reality is, people leave law school and then go volunteer, or join organizations dedicated to public service or childrens' welfare etc, and those are the jobs they want, so to them they are great jobs...UConn is also very, very affordable, esp. if you're from CT or a new england compact state. I came from MI, so I'm stuck paying out of state this year and will transition to in-state next year, saving tons of $.

Welcome to UConn and see ya around campus maybe