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work experince?

flom

work experince?
« on: September 09, 2004, 03:09:36 PM »
what is good work experience before applying to law school?  i just quit working for a brokerage and want to move into something more relevant to law.  any suggestions?

dta

Re: work experince?
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2004, 03:16:08 PM »
law firm.   :P

noell.sweet

Re: work experince?
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2004, 03:28:55 PM »
Yeah, DUH, law firm.  ::)

flom

Re: work experince?
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2004, 03:56:14 PM »
as a janitor or what?  any other ideas?

dta

Re: work experince?
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2004, 03:58:51 PM »
as a senior partner in the firm.  :P

Just kidding ... as a clerk or legal secretary of course.

flom

Re: work experince?
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2004, 04:10:26 PM »
what are salaries for clerks or paralegals?

dta

Re: work experince?
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2004, 04:14:24 PM »
20K-30K

If you're like me, you'll be making only about 30% of what you made before becoming a clerk. It's definitely all about the experience, not the $.

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Re: work experince?
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2004, 04:15:37 PM »
Montauk says that is doesn't really matter whether you work at a law firm before LS.  They see lots of it, so they don't give a crap.

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lexylit

Re: work experince?
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2004, 04:30:05 PM »

dta

Re: work experince?
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2004, 06:52:05 PM »
20K-30K

umm, or twice that

Really? Twice that? W/ no experience in the field? I make 35K as a clerk and i'm lucky (7 years prior experience as software developer - i guess they thought that meant something). Most of the clerks at my firm make 24k - 28k. Not really much one can do w/ a degree in the humanities, and the firm knows it. You either work as a clerk in a law firm or manage a GAP store. Either way, same crappy pay.

I suspect you live in a high living expense area like L.A. or New York. The work one does as a clerk is so monumentally simple that anyone with any kind of degree who can think/write his/her way out of a paper bag can do it. There's just no way a firm is going to pay a simple clerk with no experience "clerking" anywhere close to 40K-60K in Austin, Texas dollars.