SmokeytheBear wrote:khaleesi_k wrote:cavalier1138 wrote:This is the third time you're going through the "UCI/similar/take-a-year-off" debate. You've been consistently told to take a year off and retake for your goals. Please, start listening.
Not gonna happen bruh. I have solid connections in the California biglaw legal field and I'm not concerned about landing top 10-20 percent of my class if I go to UCI/UCD... hence me asking for the best advice given those two schools (and now Notre Dame as well). So I'd appreciate it if feedback where given based on that - I am not willing to take a year off. Thanks!
This also is an obnoxious statement. Unless these "solid connections" have told you unconditionally that they will give you a job, these connections mean next to nothing aside from maybe getting your resume on top of the stack or getting you a screener. If you don't have the grades, you don't get the job. This is coming from a practicing attorney with experience at two different V50s (including on the recruiting committee).
That brings us to your next statement--grades. Do not assume that you are going to be in top 10-20%. You are a 0L and have no idea what it takes. Having done well in college is no predictor because guess what--all of your other classmates did well too. The curve is the beast that humbles and destroys dreams.
As everyone has said before, you need to reset your expectations.
Big law is definitely the ultimate goal/dream and I want to plan for law school in a way that would be helpful for that - but I'm happy with working in a medium sized private firm as well. I just want to align myself best with something that could potentially open doors for big law, but would be totally ok with working in a medium sized firm as well.
I appreciate people being as blunt as possible and suggesting I take a year off but I am not willing to do that. I got a solid LSAT score and my college GPA is not going to change very much from this point on. My prospects will most likely stay about the same. Based on the options I currently have, I'm trying to figure out my best move.