gbullock19 wrote: curry1 wrote:
lawlorbust wrote:Why do you think that you'll be in top 10% or make law review?
*is incredibly below the LSAT/GPA medians for a TTT
*making decision to attend said TTT based on outcomes for top 10%/law reviewers (which aren't even generally very good)
0l special snowflake syndrome is too real
I worked as a claims adjuster for 4 years and know a lot about the law, torts, different types of negligence, liability, etc. already. Negotiated with attorney's on a daily basis including responding and reading 900 page time limit demands. Studying and preparing for discovery.
I'm studying and reading cases, learning to write briefs and respond to hypos now. My cousin who went to USC is coaching me. Has sent me over 1000 pages of hornbooks in every area of 1st year courses. Also taking BARBI week prep before law school. So yeah that's why
....I feel like on this site you guys get caught up in the numbers ...so I'm giving you more background.
Don't do this. It's not helpful. Your professors will teach you the law during 1L. You don't need to know the law according to the hornbook. You need to know the law according to your professor. You're wasting your time and potential hurting yourself.
The best thing your cousin could do for you (if he or she is a graduate or a 2L/3L) is teach you how to conduct legal analysis on issue spotters and how to organize/structure exam answers. A lot of it will probably go over your head at this point, but if you retain anything, it would be advantageous. Again though, that's not a particularly good use of your time. But it's the best your cousin could help you.
lymenheimer wrote:What do you want to do with a law degree?
I would like to work in a small firm doing either disability law or combination of employment/disability. However, I'm also interested in medical malpractice. All small firms to low-midsize though.
A few important things here:
1. Specialty rankings are generally not meaningful. They're generally based on professors, not job outcomes.
2. If you're interested in working for small firms, grades aren't as important. It helps to have amazing grades, but it'll be much more important to network and intern if you want to do what you listed above. Thus, you need to go to a law school in or near where you want to work. That will allow you to network while in law school and hopefully spend a year or two interning for a small firm that will hire you after graduation. Often, that's how small firms hire.
3. Work hard on the LSAT so you can graduate with no debt or minimal debt. It'll make your life a lot easier.
4. Your work experience should help you. I also wouldn't write off insurance defense if you want to do Med Mal work. You just need to know what you're getting into. If you go into insurance defense, go to a firm that allows you to work cases rather than a firm that operates on an assembly line model. I know of many successful med mal lawyers. They like to hire young associates with experience doing insurance defense because they have experience managing and trying cases. Small firms put a lot of responsibility on young lawyers. Thus, many of them need lawyers who know how to manage a case.