biglawhopeful18 wrote:Hey TLS Vets, I don't think I've posted since my admissions cycle ended, but I'm in need of some wisdom & guidance right now. I'm a 1L at a lower t14 you'll be able to discern infra. I got my grades back today and they were unremarkable. B+'s across the board. From what I've read I think that's median or ever-so-slightly above median at my school (assuming medians more or less stay the same every year -- I really don't know how this stuff works). Definitely could be in a worse position, but I did not live up to my expectations.
I'm balls deep into changing my approach to get over the hump for this semester. What I'm here for is career advice and/or some reassurance that everything's gonna be alright. As you can tell from my unoriginal username, Biglaw is the goal, and I'd like LA, DC, or NY, probably in that order. LA ties = stationed in Camp Pendleton during service; DC ties = I go to school here; NY no ties but it's NY. As of now I'd like to pursue corporate law.
Of course I have a semester to bring my grades up. In the meantime, however, as recruiting season is underway, how should I allocate my "hustling"/networking time? There are highly ranked firms coming around for mixers and presentations; as a median bro, is it a waste of my time to participate? Does getting a market paying job as a median bro from a lower t14 require an exorbitant amount of hustling/mass mailing prior to 2L OCI? What kind of grades do I need to get LA from an East Coast t14? How much can being a vet (recently separated, combat, for EEO purposes) help me overcome mediocre grades with a big firm?
Thank you in advance for your input. Semper Fi and be well.
First of all, you're in a good position, median's not a bad place to be, especially as a vet. Absolutely network as much as possible, you're in a city full of people who either served or thought about serving before going to law school, so you never know who your story is going to resonate with. I *think* you'll be fine at OCI, but you definitely should hustle just in case. It's tough to give particularized advice because so much of the process comes down to how you connect with one individual over the course of a 20 minute interview.
I can't speak to LA from your school, but I'd probably target NY/DC at OCI and then mass mail LA and any NY firms you don't get.
Is there some sort of veterans group at your school or in DC? I can't google it because Vets+DC+lawyers= google hell, but it's probably worth asking around to see if there's some sort of group in the city
BLUF: I think you're in a good position. Being a vet will help, and the fact that you're thinking about this stuff now will help. Keep networking and things should work out well.