But don't some contract attorney's work with Public Defender's offices. If there is a conflict of interest or heavy workload, the case is delegated to a contractual attorney who takes the case for maybe like $500.00-1000.00 per case for low class felonies, and misdemeanors. 10-15 cases a month can add up. Also you aren't as over extended as PD's and can provide better quality for your defendants, which means better pleas, plus you're still getting good experience and if you're good, you could probably get recommendations. Am I naive for assuming you'll be able to get enough work, I mean the county jails are pretty much filled to capacity. I'm wondering though can a person straight out of law school do this kind of work, I mean PD's are straight out of law school a lot of times, I don't see why one couldn't do this starting with misdemeanors etc, and working their way up. The more and more I think about it, being an independent contractor seems like the way to go. You're pretty much self-employed. With all the benefits and drawbacks, but with less risk than starting a practice.
You can do it at the state level also. CJA stands for "Criminal Justice Agency"? Also at the state level I'd rarely be doing trials, because something like 95% are pleaded out. I'd rather do it at the state level.
Quote from: m1ke on July 20, 2007, 04:26:31 PMYou can do it at the state level also. CJA stands for "Criminal Justice Agency"? Also at the state level I'd rarely be doing trials, because something like 95% are pleaded out. I'd rather do it at the state level.Most defendants plead out at any level, so you won't be going to trial all that often regardless. I think you'll probably want to choose based on how much work is available. My federal courthouse gets a ton of multiple-defendant drug smuggling cases so it probably gets a bit dull after a while, but there's enough work to go around. I don't actually know what CJA stands for- everyone just uses the abbreviation.
Quote from: MariannaBLS on July 08, 2007, 05:27:19 PMYou can hurl insults if you like, but I did graduate from the top half of a tier 2 school, and I am a former model, so take my advice for what it is worth. What the @#!* does being a lawyer have to do with being a former model? The stupidity of that argument hurts my brain.Don't get me wrong, nobody is saying tier two schools do just as well as Harvard; not at all. But everyone uses that f-ing reject at life blogger as an example of how life will be if you go to anything but a T14 school. There's thousands of very successful lawyers coming out from both BLS and other T2/T3 schools.If there's one thing you can always spot a winner versus a loser on, it's what people they associate and relate to. If you pick the number one law school loser that is temporaryattorney-idiot, chances are you've picked the highway to hell for your career.Look for successful people and learn from them. Don't look for failures and listen to their cries. People fail at life every single day, best thing you can do is take two steps to the side and let them fail on their own.
You can hurl insults if you like, but I did graduate from the top half of a tier 2 school, and I am a former model, so take my advice for what it is worth.
You wouldn't opt for a $50/month payment to pay down the loans, you would do so to keep them "on hold" until you make more money (assuming you will). That's pretty obvious. Either way, if you can't deal with a $150k loan on $50k/year, you will probably fail at every aspect of life beyond breathing, eating and taking a piss.