V10 or Smaller Firm with Money for Law School Application

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Which firm should I choose?

V10 with Promotion
2
17%
Smaller Firm with Higher Pay
10
83%
 
Total votes: 12

Joeshan520
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V10 or Smaller Firm with Money for Law School Application

Postby Joeshan520 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:56 am

Hello,

I'm looking to apply for law school Fall 2014. I've been a paralegal at a V10 Firm on a HUGE case for the past two years, going on three with a promotion coming this January. I was just offered a job with a 350 attorney firm for 20k more on my base per year in a smaller market with better hours. In terms of WE credentials, is it better to stay the course and remain with the large firm or take the money in the smaller market back home. I'll only be at either for 10 months or so. Or does it not make a real difference either way?

Thanks,

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hephaestus
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Re: V10 or Smaller Firm with Money for Law School Application

Postby hephaestus » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:00 am

It doesn't make a difference so I'd just take more money.

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JamMasterJ
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Re: V10 or Smaller Firm with Money for Law School Application

Postby JamMasterJ » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:28 am

Could the V10 realistically turn into a SA during law school if you stay? If you leave?

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Re: V10 or Smaller Firm with Money for Law School Application

Postby Joeshan520 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:37 pm

I have made connections at my current firm but an associateship would be contingent upon my law school admissions (t14 or bust in my current firm's case). The smaller firm is still more than 300 attorneys, just doesn't have the national reach that the other firm has obviously.

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Re: V10 or Smaller Firm with Money for Law School Application

Postby Randomnumbers » Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:01 pm

Ask the v10 to match the pay raise?

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Reinhardt
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Re: V10 or Smaller Firm with Money for Law School Application

Postby Reinhardt » Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:08 pm

So wait, if you get into GULC you have a guarantee or at least reasonably good chance of being offered, regardless of 1L grades?

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Re: V10 or Smaller Firm with Money for Law School Application

Postby 20141023 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:09 pm

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Joeshan520
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Re: V10 or Smaller Firm with Money for Law School Application

Postby Joeshan520 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:09 pm

Definitely going to be proposing pay raise at the V10, not likely to happen given the bureaucracy and benchmarked compensation. In terms post-graduate employment, i'd assume you'd still have to have the credentials (school, gpa, etc.) to get in, it would just make for better conversation at OCI considering I underhand the culture and the work that goes into high stakes litigations from my experience at a big law firm. I actually think chances of post grad employment would be better at the smaller firm which is still
Amlaw 250, considering two of the partners i interviewed we're formerly paralegals at the firm. Main consideration is how it will affect my app, but it sounds like the effect is negligible.

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Tiago Splitter
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Re: V10 or Smaller Firm with Money for Law School Application

Postby Tiago Splitter » Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:16 pm

What would the smaller firm think of you leaving after less than a year? Sounds like it's a pretty good size firm so they're likely used to some turnover, but no reason to build a bridge you plan to burn.

Joeshan520
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Re: V10 or Smaller Firm with Money for Law School Application

Postby Joeshan520 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:57 pm

All they know is that I'm considering law school. They never inquired about when or where . Never came up in the interview.

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Re: V10 or Smaller Firm with Money for Law School Application

Postby badaboom61 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:11 pm

Unless there is a significant chance that additional time with your current firm will increase your ability to land an SA there that you might not otherwise be able to get based on school, grades, etc., I would take the money and run.

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Re: V10 or Smaller Firm with Money for Law School Application

Postby Cobretti » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:22 pm

badaboom61 wrote:Unless there is a significant chance that additional time with your current firm will increase your ability to land an SA there that you might not otherwise be able to get based on school, grades, etc., I would take the money and run.

+1
save the 20k and put it towards tuition, basically a scholly right there.




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