Pragmatic Gun wrote:Nomo wrote:Pragmatic Gun wrote:I'm not surprised by these responses. It corroborates my biggest fear. So my Plan B is to work at a large firm, pay off my debts, and go into public interest. Workable?
No. Not workable for 2 of reasons.
First, to get biglaw is really hard to get out of GW. Many want it, few get it. Biglaw is a reasonable backup plan for students at the top 3-6 schools at best . . . everyone else needs a backup plan for if they don't get biglaw.
Second, biglaw will require you to get a 2L SA. But, your international goals will likely also require you to use your 2L summer in certain types of international work. Can't do both.
A realistic backup plan needs to be something that at least 80 to 90 percent of GW students can actually get. Looking at the number of unemployed or underemployed GW students the idea of a backup plan is problematic in and of itself. At best your backup plan should be something like, personal injury work for a 3 attorney firm making 40k/yr.
My father knows a couple of lawyers, and my stepmohter's old boss with whom she has a good relationship owns a law firm in Manhattan. The company for which I work had an in house counsel but quit. My supervisor told me the owners got excited when they found out that I'm heading to law school. Plus my girlfriend's brother is a lawyer at a small.
Everyone's Dad knows a couple of lawyers. None of these are sure-fire JOBS. They are leads that could turn into possible employment. Most people going to law school will have a connection to several lawyers and law firms--I would not rely on that at all.
You seem to be trying to sell us and give you confirmation to go. I just honestly think it is way too much and DC is the most competitive legal market in the country. If you don't get big law out of GW, I'm not even sure what you do because there really isn't much "small law" (and certainly no real midlaw jobs you'll be able to get) in DC. You'll have to go a less competitive market or intern for a politician making $0/year with 100K+ in debt. Or that non profit you mentioned earlier, which would be pretty disastrous.