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Re: Lower ranked boston schools...
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2008, 08:35:18 AM »
I realize it does not make a difference in the quality of education, what I'm saying is that rep alone does not make it instantly equal better job prospects unless it is a significant difference in rep/ranking. How much higher is it ranked anyway?

My point was that hiring committees would probably not prefer having to read several written evaluations of a prospective associate vs. simply referring to a GPA or singular grades (less time and effort) ?

I dont mean to be combative, I'm honestly curious about the whole thing, since I've yet to decide upon schools, and I'm here to learn.






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Re: Lower ranked boston schools...
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2008, 09:22:02 AM »
IMO/E:

And this is the god honest truth, I open and go through resumes submitted by people wanting to be associates at my job all the time. The partners here look for experience, clerkships and law review no matter how high your gpa is and could care less about whether its evaluations or not.

Northeastern = Automatic Experience = Higher Paying Job Opportunities. 
 

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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2008, 09:41:35 AM »
IMO/E:

And this is the god honest truth, I open and go through resumes submitted by people wanting to be associates at my job all the time. The partners look for experience and clerkships no matter how high your gpa is and could care less about evaluations.

Northeastern = Automatic Experience. No questions asked, period. 
 

Speaking of... do you know if clinics help if they are in the field in which you want to practice?

I don't see why not. I'm sure a clinic like providing legal advice to people with low income for example would give you plenty of good stories to tell during the interview process. Its better to address what you toke away from that experience instead of just using it as resume filler.   

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Re: Lower ranked boston schools...
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2008, 09:51:34 AM »
Good luck cosmo. I'm glad that you are not as money hungry as the rest of us. Hah, totally kidding ;D...or not?

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« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2008, 07:46:33 AM »
IMO/E:

And this is the god honest truth, I open and go through resumes submitted by people wanting to be associates at my job all the time. The partners here look for experience, clerkships and law review no matter how high your gpa is and could care less about whether its evaluations or not.

Northeastern = Automatic Experience = Higher Paying Job Opportunities. 
 

That really does make sense. So would you think that it's worth going to Northeastern even if public interest work is not your main focus? Personally im not interested in "Big law" although my main area of interest is IP. I do have some public interest/pro bono work in mind but it would be through certain organizations that I already sponsor and work with. 

Thanks for the input...


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Re: Lower ranked boston schools...
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2008, 07:55:27 AM »
IMO/E:

And this is the god honest truth, I open and go through resumes submitted by people wanting to be associates at my job all the time. The partners here look for experience, clerkships and law review no matter how high your gpa is and could care less about whether its evaluations or not.

Northeastern = Automatic Experience = Higher Paying Job Opportunities. 
 

That really does make sense. So would you think that it's worth going to Northeastern even if public interest work is not your main focus? Personally im not interested in "Big law" although my main area of interest is IP. I do have some public interest/pro bono work in mind but it would be through certain organizations that I already sponsor and work with. 

Thanks for the input...



Short answer would be yes, if you had to choose between the three schools we've mentioned based on rep.

NL's Co-Op program/Curriculum is not limited to PI.

EDIT: Well, and if you don't have any problem with their tuition of course.

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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2008, 09:09:59 AM »
Well, tuition-wise Suffolk is almost as expensive. That's another thing that scares me, because I'm going to be depending solely on whatever financial aid I can obtain, and I've been highly intimidated by all these posts that basically say that if you are in an expensive yet not too highly ranked school (like Suffolk), you are basically doomed and will end up being a broke lawyer :(

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« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2008, 09:21:44 AM »
Hah i guess some people's perspective of doomed is a lot different than mine.

My definition of doomed would be that the only job prospects i could get would make my student loans a big financial burden. Like I've said in our previous PM conversations, I'd be happy with a "decent" job that will allow me to pay back my loans and still be able to live in/around/near Boston and enjoy the city. For example, I realize housing is very expensive, so I'd be more than willing to commute. Would living say, 30min to an hour ( by train preferably ) out of Boston make a big difference in the housing costs? 


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« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2008, 09:29:47 AM »
Hah i guess some people's perspective of doomed is a lot different than mine.

My definition of doomed would be that the only job prospects i could get would make my student loans a big financial burden. Like I've said in our previous PM conversations, I'd be happy with a "decent" job that will allow me to pay back my loans and still be able to live in/around/near Boston and enjoy the city. For example, I realize housing is very expensive, so I'd be more than willing to commute. Would living say, 30min to an hour ( by train preferably ) out of Boston make a big difference in the housing costs? 



Loans will always be a burden... they will take several years to pay off and be very annoying, but I think you can do it.  Also IAWTC that Northeastern has a much better reputation than does Suffolk.

Yes, of course. Rent is ridiculous in the city. Commuting by train/bus is worth it. I have an hour commute to work in the morning by car/train and I live 30 mins. out of boston. Where, parking is also ridiculous. But guess what? A studio apartment in the town I live in would be about $700/utilities included meanwhile a studio in Boston w/o any utilities would be $950 if you are lucky.

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Re: Lower ranked boston schools...
« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2008, 09:34:58 AM »
I realize the loans will always be a burden, but I'm talking about being totally broke after paying rent, bills and loan payments kinda burden.

LP : thanks for the info about the housing thing. It certainly gives me some hope.

I guess its just scary to read some comments here that make it seem like anything short of a highly ranked school will make me end up with a job that will have me be a lawyer living in a small grungy apt, eating PB and J everyday while working a ton of weekly hours to make ends meet . Thats what I would call "doomed".   :-\