evilgenius wrote:This thread is hilarious. In about 7 months all of the 0L's on this site will realize that they have absolutely no idea what they're talking about. Bashing schools, calling them TTTT, etc. is just foolish. Chances are when you graduate someone with a position superior to yours will be an alum of one of the schools your trashing. And I dare you to insult their alma mater.
From what I can tell, most of what's being said about career prospects for Cardozo/Brooklyn/St. Johns grads, doesn't apply to non-trads or URMs. I've gotten the sense from 3L's at my school that employers value students that have taken time off after undergrad to gain experience and figure out whether or not law school is really for them. Similarly, most of the URMs that I know have offers.
All of the 3L's that had 3 or more years work experience before law school have offers for clerkships, firms, or non-profit organizations. No - most of them dont have offers from biglaw. But lets be honest - whether or not their school is T1 or T4, dont get biglaw. Thats just how it is.
Im a URM, 1L at Cardozo, and I have offers from 2 mid-sized law firms and 2 very well known non-profits for summer positions. I'm also a finalist for the NYC Bar Diversity Fellowship - so I may end up with a biglaw offer. With my work experience, its been very easy for me to get interviews. Our rankings don't come out until June, but I'm sure that I'm not in the top 10%. I might be top 20% though.
In short, even among the putatively successful 3Ls you know, none or almost none have a job that's likely to pay more than a job as a biglaw paralegal (hell, sorry, a biglaw secretary--which is not to dis, because many biglaw secretaries are more valuable than associates to the firm).
But you are right that the economic calculus should be different if you are a URM--the opportunities available are different and generally better. I'm glad to hear that you're doing well so far, but I don't think you should encourage anyone else to follow you until you get a better look at that light at the end of the tunnel. It might not be the gates of heaven you spy, but rather the fires of hell in cruel disguise.