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American University for Tax Law?

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:03 am
by fourwinds
Anyone studying at American University focusing on tax law? I'm interested in D.C. biglaw for tax. Anyone recommend other schools in the D.C. market that are in a similar LSAT range over American?

Re: American University for Tax Law?

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:06 am
by sparkytrainer
You aren't getting biglaw from American.

Re: American University for Tax Law?

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:07 am
by Johann
should probably plan on a georgetown or nyu llm if you are going to american.

Re: American University for Tax Law?

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:16 am
by Slippin' Jimmy
If you want DC biglaw, retake for GULC/UVA.

Re: American University for Tax Law?

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:00 pm
by cavalier1138
sparkytrainer wrote:You aren't getting biglaw from American.

Re: American University for Tax Law?

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:50 pm
by RedPurpleBlue
cavalier1138 wrote:
sparkytrainer wrote:You aren't getting biglaw from American.


Just in case the message wasn't clear enough for OP.

Also, like some have pointed out in another thread. YOU SHOULD NOT BE GOING TO LAW SCHOOL NEXT YEAR. You have a 3.7/156. That means that any good university that could feed into the markets you want (DC/SF/Florida, iirc) will not accept you, and even if it did you would have to pay $300,000 for your degree, which is not worth it. Don't go to law school until you can get your LSAT into the mid- to high-160s. Otherwise, your job options are going to be severely limited, and you might not even graduate with a job or get one within 9 months of graduation (like 22.9% of American grads). If you work a job for a year and retake, you could instead have the option to attend a school where <10% of graduates end up unemployed and that gives you a realistic shot at biglaw tax in a major city.

Don't be young and stupid. Just be young.

Re: American University for Tax Law?

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:57 pm
by nealric
fourwinds wrote:Anyone studying at American University focusing on tax law? I'm interested in D.C. biglaw for tax. Anyone recommend other schools in the D.C. market that are in a similar LSAT range over American?


As a tax lawyer, I agree with the others that this is a terrible idea.

Re: American University for Tax Law?

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:51 pm
by fourwinds
What about estate planning?

Re: American University for Tax Law?

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:46 am
by cavalier1138
fourwinds wrote:What about estate planning?


In a big firm?

Stop focusing on specializations. A JD is a generalist's degree. What kind of firm do you want to work in, and where do you want to work?

Re: American University for Tax Law?

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:18 am
by fourwinds
I'd be totally fine with any type of firm, to be honest. Small, medium, or big law. I'm attracted to big law salaries and the proespect of working at a huge firm for a few years until I get burnt out, but I understand that it's an elite game and I may not hired at a big law firm with my credentials. As long as I'm making $70,000 or so pre-tax I'll be happy. I really want to work in tax law because it's a more interesting field than literally any job my liberal arts economics BA can get me.

I'm shooting for either Miami or D.C. markets. I'm from Florida and I'm doing undergrad in florida. I've lived in Florida for the past nine years, but my family is originally from the D.C. area and I wouldn't mind moving back. I'd be fine with either market

Re: American University for Tax Law?

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:05 am
by Slippin' Jimmy
fourwinds wrote:I'd be totally fine with any type of firm, to be honest. Small, medium, or big law. I'm attracted to big law salaries and the proespect of working at a huge firm for a few years until I get burnt out, but I understand that it's an elite game and I may not hired at a big law firm with my credentials. As long as I'm making $70,000 or so pre-tax I'll be happy. I really want to work in tax law because it's a more interesting field than literally any job my liberal arts economics BA can get me.

I'm shooting for either Miami or D.C. markets. I'm from Florida and I'm doing undergrad in florida. I've lived in Florida for the past nine years, but my family is originally from the D.C. area and I wouldn't mind moving back. I'd be fine with either market

Honestly the better option is to shoot for UF and the Florida market, instate tuition is pretty cheap and you'd have a shot at a good scholarship after a retake to get around median..

Re: American University for Tax Law?

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:22 am
by fourwinds
Yeah my two top choices are Miami and Florida. I was just wanting to toss in a few D.C. options to have choices

Re: American University for Tax Law?

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:17 am
by nealric
fourwinds wrote:I'd be totally fine with any type of firm, to be honest. Small, medium, or big law. I'm attracted to big law salaries and the proespect of working at a huge firm for a few years until I get burnt out, but I understand that it's an elite game and I may not hired at a big law firm with my credentials. As long as I'm making $70,000 or so pre-tax I'll be happy. I really want to work in tax law because it's a more interesting field than literally any job my liberal arts economics BA can get me.

I'm shooting for either Miami or D.C. markets. I'm from Florida and I'm doing undergrad in florida. I've lived in Florida for the past nine years, but my family is originally from the D.C. area and I wouldn't mind moving back. I'd be fine with either market


You may not be happy then. Look up the bi-modal salary distribution for new law school graduates. $70k is not particularly likely to start if you attend the schools in question.

Re: American University for Tax Law?

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:56 am
by cavalier1138
fourwinds wrote:Yeah my two top choices are Miami and Florida. I was just wanting to toss in a few D.C. options to have choices


The problem is that you would only have choices up to the moment you matriculated. You can't go to any of these schools with a "I could work in Florida or D.C." mindset. The school's location will make that decision for you.