Does rank matter for Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice?

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Does rank matter for Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice?

Postby 04172016 » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:26 pm

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Re: Does rank matter for Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice?

Postby drive4showLSAT4dough » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:32 pm

What is a reputable personal injury / medical malpractice firm?

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Re: Does rank matter for Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice?

Postby 04172016 » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:41 pm

Not to get too caught up on other matters, but I would define reputable as a firm in which partners have recorded high settlements and are very knowledgeable in the field. Hence, they may be able to teach certain skills which would help propel your own career.

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Re: Does rank matter for Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice?

Postby twenty » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:59 pm

1) Why are you doing law school part time? Do you have a full time job that you can fall back on for the next five years while you try and build a personal injury practice?
2) My gut instinct is to tell you to never, ever go to Widener. Is there some reason Temple's part time program with a full scholarship isn't on the table here? What will Widener cost you over four years?

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Re: Does rank matter for Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice?

Postby prezidentv8 » Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:07 pm

1) Google "survivor bias"
2) The answer to your question is "It depends, but in general yes, although not as much as it would matter in biglaw."
3) Widener is a bad idea. Don't go there.
4) Review the information here: http://www.lstscorereports.com/schools/widener/jobs/employers/2013/

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Re: Does rank matter for Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice?

Postby transferror » Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:12 pm

Don't go to Widener unless it's at no cost to you, and even then it's probably a bad idea. There are several decent part-time programs in Philadelphia, with Temple being the best option.

I realize many partners (boomers) at Philly firms are Widener grads, but that doesn't mean they are hiring Widener grads. It's a different market. If you want to be at a reputable or top plaintiffs firm, like Kline & Specter, you'll need to be a Penn kid or a top student with trial ad accolades from Temple/Drexel/Nova.

What Philly firms are you looking at?

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Re: Does rank matter for Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice?

Postby Jay2716 » Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:07 pm

Just one data point FWIW-the reputable PI/Med Mal firms (i.e., the ones that get the bulk of the catastrophic PI, don't advertise on billboards, start with good pay, etc.) that recruit from my school have roughly big law grade cutoffs. I've only seen 3 or 4, so I don't know how representative they are, but I remember because I was surprised. The cutoffs were all similar to non elite biglaw. I don't know about the Philly market, but if it's anything like here the firms doing high-level personal injury will probably recruit from Penn and top of the class at Temple. From a TTTT, my guess is you're much more likely handling fender-benders for some sweatshop at $40,000 a year.

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Re: Does rank matter for Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice?

Postby kalvano » Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:12 pm

Really? You're going to give up a 30-hour a week, $120,000 a year job to go do PI / med mal, and go to a terrible school in the process?

No one can be this dumb.

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Re: Does rank matter for Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice?

Postby prezidentv8 » Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:28 pm

kalvano wrote:Really? You're going to give up a 30-hour a week, $120,000 a year job to go do PI / med mal, and go to a terrible school in the process?

No one can be this dumb.


Wait, wat?

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Oh. http://top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=245040&p=8460166#p8460166

WHY WOULD YOU EVEN CONSIDER DOING THIS?? DON'T DO IT.

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Re: Does rank matter for Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice?

Postby twenty » Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:35 pm

prezidentv8 wrote:Wait, wat?

/searches

Oh. http://top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=245040&p=8460166#p8460166

WHY WOULD YOU EVEN CONSIDER DOING THIS?? DON'T DO IT.


needs more swearing, but basically this.

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Re: Does rank matter for Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice?

Postby jenesaislaw » Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:20 am

Here are three podcasts relevant to your interests:

Representing Medical Malpractice Plaintiffs in LA [Solo]: viewtopic.php?f=43&t=244733
The Economics of Plaintiff Practice, TV Ads, and Sexism: viewtopic.php?f=43&t=242623
Maritime Injuries (WA): Making Sea Workers Whole [Small Firm]: http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... 3&t=245406




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