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Re: ITT: Practicing attorneys tell you your top choice is bad

Postby trebekismyhero » Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:23 pm

rush4334 wrote:School: University of Minnesota

Regional Ties: attended UG at UMN, 3 years legal assistant WE in Minneapolis at major company in Minneapolis, grew up in nearby state, minor ties in Chicago

Goals: Mid/Big Law in either Minneapolis or Chicago, also interested in clerking a year

Other info: COA about 100k, pretty cheap cost of living, minor UG student loans (about 10k)


Big law in MPLS or Chicago will be hard coming from UMN. You can definitely clerk at the state court level, but federal clerkships will be very difficult.

If your goals were a little more modest, UMN seems like the perfect choice, but what you want is more in line with t13 schools

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Re: ITT: Practicing attorneys tell you your top choice is bad

Postby ExBiglawAssociate » Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:05 pm

JGPGH wrote:School: W&M
Regional Ties: None. Moving there from Pennsylvania, don't know anyone practicing law in Virginia
Goals: Working in DC and the surrounding Virginia area is my main goal, and if I can accomplish that I would like to go into government or big law ideally. However, location is the main thing for me.
Other info: I have no debt from college and will be receiving a 15k a year scholarship from W&M. I am also lucky enough that my family will be covering the rest of COA for law school.

It would be nice to hear from a practicing attorney how tough/unfavorable this situation will be for me :lol: Thanks in advance.


I wouldn't go in expecting biglaw, but no debt makes this fine.

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Re: ITT: Practicing attorneys tell you your top choice is bad

Postby JGPGH » Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:56 am

ExBiglawAssociate wrote:
JGPGH wrote:School: W&M
Regional Ties: None. Moving there from Pennsylvania, don't know anyone practicing law in Virginia
Goals: Working in DC and the surrounding Virginia area is my main goal, and if I can accomplish that I would like to go into government or big law ideally. However, location is the main thing for me.
Other info: I have no debt from college and will be receiving a 15k a year scholarship from W&M. I am also lucky enough that my family will be covering the rest of COA for law school.

It would be nice to hear from a practicing attorney how tough/unfavorable this situation will be for me :lol: Thanks in advance.


I wouldn't go in expecting biglaw, but no debt makes this fine.


Thank you, I appreciate the input

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Re: ITT: Practicing attorneys tell you your top choice is bad

Postby CPAlawHopefu » Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:36 pm

Goal(s): Biglaw
Regional Ties: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago
School(s): UIUC. Full Tuition Scholarship. $60k loan (plus interest) over three years.
Other pertinent information: 30 year old. UG loan of 8k still remaining.

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Re: ITT: Practicing attorneys tell you your top choice is bad

Postby trebekismyhero » Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:19 pm

CPAlawHopefu wrote:Goal(s): Biglaw
Regional Ties: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago
School(s): UIUC. Full Tuition Scholarship. $60k loan (plus interest) over three years.
Other pertinent information: 30 year old. UG loan of 8k still remaining.


Big law in SF or LA will be almost impossible from UIUC unless you are patent eligible. Very real chance of big law in Chicago, but still need to be top 1/3. Full ride is a good deal though

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Re: ITT: Practicing attorneys tell you your top choice is bad

Postby bmathers » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:10 am

Here we go, my deposit has already been placed and decision has been made, but I'll throw it out there anyway:

School: Penn State Dickinson

COA: full-tuition scholarship and 5k/yr stipend. I have a successful MLM side biz that produces 30k-40k/yr to help cover COA (assuming that doesn't dip too much when I shift to LS). No debt from UG either.

Ties: grew up in nothcentral PA, currently live OOS though. Would like to get back closer to a decent city after graduation (suburbs are fine).

Goals:. I'm keeping an open mind 1L, but not interested in PD work, for sure.

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Re: ITT: Practicing attorneys tell you your top choice is bad

Postby onlyhere4fun » Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:56 am

Fordham COA: 90-100K

Goals: NYC BL, will settle for lower level law if not in top fourth of class (I.E. Fordham's BL+FC= >%40 accoridng to LST's report for 2016's graduating class https://www.lstreports.com/schools/fordham/)

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Re: ITT: Practicing attorneys tell you your top choice is bad

Postby UHB » Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:25 am

School: University of South Carolina Law

Regional Ties: Grew up in Columbia, SC suburb, my parents/grandparents and wife's parents/grandparents are from Columbia. Did undergrad at USC-Columbia. Entire extended family lives in or around Columbia and Greenville.

Goals: Working somewhere in-state, not particularly interested in big-law. We would like to be close to our families.

Other info: GI Bill (currently an Air Force Officer), so debt is not as much of an issue. Also, could probably get an ANG commission at a nearby base. Due to ties, my wife would also be much more likely to find a job in Columbia than elsewhere.

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Re: ITT: Practicing attorneys tell you your top choice is bad

Postby carasrook » Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:29 am

alrighty.....i think i've heard from most of the people who post here, but going for it anyway...

School: UIUC
Regional Ties: Grew up near Chicago (0 - 18), but went to undergrad in the south, currently live on the east coast - so all of my professional connections are elsewhere.
Goals: I want to practice in Chicago. I feel very strongly about family law, but I'm open to changing my mind (immigration, criminal (prosecutor/PD), PI...many areas interest me)
Other info:
- No debt from undergrad - I have a full tuition scholarship from UIUC, so I'm just on the hook for living expenses. Savings and help from family will cover almost all of that, and I'll graduate with 0 debt assuming I can find paid work during the summers - minimal debt (<$8k) if I'm working unpaid during the summers.
- I currently work in biglaw and have no expectation that the firm would hire me back (nor would i particularly want to work in biglaw, but would be open to summering here if it were an option bc $$)

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Re: ITT: Practicing attorneys tell you your top choice is bad

Postby LET'S GET IT » Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:37 am

carasrook wrote:alrighty.....i think i've heard from most of the people who post here, but going for it anyway...

School: UIUC
Regional Ties: Grew up near Chicago (0 - 18), but went to undergrad in the south, currently live on the east coast - so all of my professional connections are elsewhere.
Goals: I want to practice in Chicago. I feel very strongly about family law, but I'm open to changing my mind (immigration, criminal (prosecutor/PD), PI...many areas interest me)
Other info:
- No debt from undergrad - I have a full tuition scholarship from UIUC, so I'm just on the hook for living expenses. Savings and help from family will cover almost all of that, and I'll graduate with 0 debt assuming I can find paid work during the summers - minimal debt (<$8k) if I'm working unpaid during the summers.
- I currently work in biglaw and have no expectation that the firm would hire me back (nor would i particularly want to work in biglaw, but would be open to summering here if it were an option bc $$)


Considering your goals, you're in great shape. Go for it.

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Re: ITT: Practicing attorneys tell you your top choice is bad

Postby LET'S GET IT » Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:38 am

UHB wrote:School: University of South Carolina Law

Regional Ties: Grew up in Columbia, SC suburb, my parents/grandparents and wife's parents/grandparents are from Columbia. Did undergrad at USC-Columbia. Entire extended family lives in or around Columbia and Greenville.

Goals: Working somewhere in-state, not particularly interested in big-law. We would like to be close to our families.

Other info: GI Bill (currently an Air Force Officer), so debt is not as much of an issue. Also, could probably get an ANG commission at a nearby base. Due to ties, my wife would also be much more likely to find a job in Columbia than elsewhere.


Also seems fine considering goals, just know that there is a good chance it takes you quite a while before you make much money, if ever.

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Re: ITT: Practicing attorneys tell you your top choice is bad

Postby FamilyLawEsq » Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:44 pm

bmathers wrote:Here we go, my deposit has already been placed and decision has been made, but I'll throw it out there anyway:

School: Penn State Dickinson

COA: full-tuition scholarship and 5k/yr stipend. I have a successful MLM side biz that produces 30k-40k/yr to help cover COA (assuming that doesn't dip too much when I shift to LS). No debt from UG either.

Ties: grew up in nothcentral PA, currently live OOS though. Would like to get back closer to a decent city after graduation (suburbs are fine).

Goals:. I'm keeping an open mind 1L, but not interested in PD work, for sure.


If you would be happy working in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, State College, Harrisburg, Altoona, York, Lancaster or the surrounding areas, your choice is excellent.

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Re: ITT: Practicing attorneys tell you your top choice is bad

Postby SmokeytheBear » Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:58 pm

trebekismyhero wrote:
CPAlawHopefu wrote:Goal(s): Biglaw
Regional Ties: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago
School(s): UIUC. Full Tuition Scholarship. $60k loan (plus interest) over three years.
Other pertinent information: 30 year old. UG loan of 8k still remaining.


Big law in SF or LA will be almost impossible from UIUC unless you are patent eligible. Very real chance of big law in Chicago, but still need to be top 1/3. Full ride is a good deal though


Without ties, best shot at CA is going to be starting at a national firm in Chicago and moving to a CA office. Still going to be tough.

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Re: ITT: Practicing attorneys tell you your top choice is bad

Postby midnight_in_georgia » Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:21 pm

University of Georgia Law (full scholarship, ties to the region)

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Re: ITT: Practicing attorneys tell you your top choice is bad

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:49 pm

Goals?




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