VegasLaw702 wrote:hibiki wrote:OP, you do understand that a lot of lawyers in these specialized fields like that the salary starts low: it ensures that only people who are kill-a-puppy serious about that area get jobs to begin with. White collar crime stuff really is interesting, but it's my impression that the only people who don't have hands on crim experience are like ballers at Williams and Connolly. So, if that's the path that you really want, you would pretty much need to go to HYS and do very well (or absolutely kill it at a lower school, though I don't know if that's really an option.)
Most importantly, if you're not willing to gun your ass off for a slot as a PD and don't have an interest in other areas of law, you shouldn't go to law school. You really need to commit yourself if you're not going down the relatively easy biglaw path.
I have an interest in other areas of law, and really I would take a job wherever I could get it. Beggers can't be choosers, especially in this market. Which is precisely why I'm gunning for T14 over lower ranked local schools, because I would rather keep my options open instead of set my sights on criminal and criminal only.
Biglaw hiring happens Fall 2L year. Hiring for PD, DA, and small/midsize firms happens 3L year (or sometimes even not until after you passed the bar). Biglaw isn't going to be a safety net for you.