Non-traditional working in a law firm

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whattheheck
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Non-traditional working in a law firm

Postby whattheheck » Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:29 am

Just curious to find out if there are any non-traditional applicants who are currently working in BIG LAW or a mid-size firm looking to be hired right out of law school by your employer. I have come across a few paralegals who have done this and were very happy doing it. They didn't have to worry about finding a job and they still got to do a lot of networking at the same time. Its like their 140k - 160k job was guaranteed once they graduated.

polevaulter
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Re: Non-traditional working in a law firm

Postby polevaulter » Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:07 am

That could possibly happen, but not all the time. I wouldn't put all my eggs in one basket on this one.

whattheheck
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Re: Non-traditional working in a law firm

Postby whattheheck » Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:11 am

Understandably, you can't put your house on it. But I still say that it GREATLY increases your chances of get a JOB after law school. This has occurred more often than not. In these economic times, I think its a wise move considering the market. And it also gives you opportunity to network and schmooze. It has been said plenty of times here that you will have to do the work and look for jobs, not the other way around. What better way then this.

polevaulter
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Re: Non-traditional working in a law firm

Postby polevaulter » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:49 am

Go that route if you think its best for you. I'm not going that route personally though.

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Re: Non-traditional working in a law firm

Postby whattheheck » Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:00 pm

polevaulter wrote:Go that route if you think its best for you. I'm not going that route personally though.



Well I have recently made contact with my last firm and this may be a possibility for me if they are hiring. I most certainly would be granted an interview being I left with a good rep. If this is not your cup of tea...cool. Originally I was just asking if there was any non-traditional law applicants that are looking to do this.

If this is not your cup of tea...cool. I wish you good luck in whatever route you take.

legal10101
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Re: Non-traditional working in a law firm

Postby legal10101 » Tue Apr 26, 2011 1:23 pm

whattheheck wrote:
polevaulter wrote:Go that route if you think its best for you. I'm not going that route personally though.



Well I have recently made contact with my last firm and this may be a possibility for me if they are hiring. I most certainly would be granted an interview being I left with a good rep. If this is not your cup of tea...cool. Originally I was just asking if there was any non-traditional law applicants that are looking to do this.

If this is not your cup of tea...cool. I wish you good luck in whatever route you take.


I have worked as a paralegal for about 10 years. I am working "in house" for a Health System, but I have a significant amount of involvement with external counsel.... all of them keep telling me, just go to school and get done so I can hire you already...... so I am hoping that will be the case.

whattheheck
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Re: Non-traditional working in a law firm

Postby whattheheck » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:53 pm

legal10101 wrote:
whattheheck wrote:
polevaulter wrote:Go that route if you think its best for you. I'm not going that route personally though.



Well I have recently made contact with my last firm and this may be a possibility for me if they are hiring. I most certainly would be granted an interview being I left with a good rep. If this is not your cup of tea...cool. Originally I was just asking if there was any non-traditional law applicants that are looking to do this.

If this is not your cup of tea...cool. I wish you good luck in whatever route you take.


I have worked as a paralegal for about 10 years. I am working "in house" for a Health System, but I have a significant amount of involvement with external counsel.... all of them keep telling me, just go to school and get done so I can hire you already...... so I am hoping that will be the case.




That is awesome! Working is a great way to begin your job hunt. They always say that it's easier to get a job when you have a job. But seriously, most students who have recently graduated from undergrad are not thinking in this way. They looking for the JD to do most of the work in getting the job offers

legal10101
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Re: Non-traditional working in a law firm

Postby legal10101 » Tue May 03, 2011 3:29 pm

whattheheck wrote:
legal10101 wrote:
whattheheck wrote:
polevaulter wrote:Go that route if you think its best for you. I'm not going that route personally though.



Well I have recently made contact with my last firm and this may be a possibility for me if they are hiring. I most certainly would be granted an interview being I left with a good rep. If this is not your cup of tea...cool. Originally I was just asking if there was any non-traditional law applicants that are looking to do this.

If this is not your cup of tea...cool. I wish you good luck in whatever route you take.


I have worked as a paralegal for about 10 years. I am working "in house" for a Health System, but I have a significant amount of involvement with external counsel.... all of them keep telling me, just go to school and get done so I can hire you already...... so I am hoping that will be the case.




That is awesome! Working is a great way to begin your job hunt. They always say that it's easier to get a job when you have a job. But seriously, most students who have recently graduated from undergrad are not thinking in this way. They looking for the JD to do most of the work in getting the job offers


I do not think that is going to be the case in our scenario. I am currently waitlisted to my top two choices. If they do not pull through, then I will work another year and reapply. That much longer to build up the networking folder.




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