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What type of legal job to get if applying again next year?
« on: June 05, 2007, 11:55:30 AM »
I am having a hard time swallowing the idea of the debt I'd get at Seton Hall at the moment, so I am considering waiting until next year, retaking the LSAT and applying again if I don't get off the U of MN or UW Madison waiting lists.  I would want to work in the legal field for a year, but I'm not sure what type of job to get.  I have undergrad debt, so I need something that pays fairly well (like $35,000+) just to pay the bills.  What legal jobs am I qualified for (undergrad in Genetics, 2 years post college work experience)?  What job titles should I be searching for? 
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Re: What type of legal job to get if applying again next year?
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2007, 11:59:45 AM »
You're going to be looking at paralegal or legal secretary jobs.  Look in the local paper and try to find a smallish firm that is hiring full timers.  You can make that much no problem in Jersey. 

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Re: What type of legal job to get if applying again next year?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2007, 12:28:45 PM »
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Re: What type of legal job to get if applying again next year?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2007, 01:06:43 PM »
yeah that was barely funny

several friends who are paras have dumb job titles intended to draw overeducated college grads into these jobs that high school grads could do.  "Litigation legal assistant" and whatnot ... don't be intimidated by the title.
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Re: What type of legal job to get if applying again next year?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2007, 02:20:40 PM »
I am having a hard time swallowing the idea of the debt I'd get at Seton Hall at the moment, so I am considering waiting until next year, retaking the LSAT and applying again if I don't get off the U of MN or UW Madison waiting lists.  I would want to work in the legal field for a year, but I'm not sure what type of job to get.  I have undergrad debt, so I need something that pays fairly well (like $35,000+) just to pay the bills.  What legal jobs am I qualified for (undergrad in Genetics, 2 years post college work experience)?  What job titles should I be searching for? 

I had a real legal sounding job -Probate Specialist secretray, but I worked in collections (as in poeple would use their dead relatives credit cards, or chrages were on the card after someone died).  Apartently people do die while buying something from ebay.  I did actually talk to atty's and courts, but besides myself and another girl, everyone else was a high school grad.  The pay was great, and it looks good on my app. 

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Re: What type of legal job to get if applying again next year?
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2007, 02:33:13 PM »
I suggest not trying to obtain a legal job if you're trying to use it as a bump in ls admissions.  Id go with oen that pays the most or is most interesting to you AND give you ample time to study for lsats.  Paralegal/legal assistant/project assistant jobs are not that exciting or challenging.  It is very monotonous.

Kind of off topic, but my friend volunteered as a dolphin trainer for a few months at the Aquarium when he graduated a semester early from UG.  Everyone, including interviewers at med schools always wanted to talk about this.
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Re: What type of legal job to get if applying again next year?
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2007, 03:05:03 PM »
I'm in the same boat. And to add to the mix, my GPA is pretty low (just a hair below 3).

I'm trolling craigslist and monster right now. On monster, there are a total of 4 jobs with experience requirements below a year. one of them requires an EE degree.

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Re: What type of legal job to get if applying again next year?
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2007, 03:11:16 PM »
I'm in the same boat. And to add to the mix, my GPA is pretty low (just a hair below 3).

I'm trolling craigslist and monster right now. On monster, there are a total of 4 jobs with experience requirements below a year. one of them requires an EE degree.

Try monstertrak.com - it's for recent grads.
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Re: What type of legal job to get if applying again next year?
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2007, 04:41:25 PM »
I suggest not trying to obtain a legal job if you're trying to use it as a bump in ls admissions.  Id go with oen that pays the most or is most interesting to you AND give you ample time to study for lsats.  Paralegal/legal assistant/project assistant jobs are not that exciting or challenging.  It is very monotonous.

I wasn't thinking of it too much for the bump in admissions.  I think raising my LSAT a few points is what I need more than anything.  I already have worked for 2 years, so I don't know if they are going to care too much if I work for another one.  I thought it might be a good way to make some connections in the legal world, and I would like to see what it's like to work in the legal field since it's so different from science where I've been working.  Is it kind of stupid to think that a paralegal is going to make any good connections that could help in getting a lawyer job after graduating?

On a sort of related note, does anyone know anything about state residency?  I know you can't always gain residency after a year in another state, but do you lose your current residency by working somewhere else for a year?  Can you end up having no residency state?
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Re: What type of legal job to get if applying again next year?
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2007, 04:52:03 PM »
heh, same boat. It's more about knowing for yourself if life in the legal field is for you.

Residency: most schools will grant residency based on two criteria:

1. your purposes of residence is not education (covered).

2. You are a resident for one year prior to attendance, but not application. So if you found a job now, and applied to a school in the fall, you could achieve in-state residency for the next year.