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DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby blue16 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:43 pm

Hey guys,

TLS spends a ton of time talking about big law starting salary, big law markets, big law cuts, big law trends, big law life, etc. Once in a while someone will pop up and ask about some other job, trying to get more of a feel for it.

So for this thread, let's discuss information on the jobs we would all really want out of law school if debt was a non-issue. Maybe for some of you that's biglaw, but I feel like most people here have other aspirations. I think we should try and stick to entry level or only 2/3 years outta law school since that is on most of our radar. Include information about the job, the location, possible pay, reason why it's a great job, or any other information, just to get out of the mundane biglaw biglaw biglaw mentality, even if most of us will end up there anyway.....
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Dream Job: ACLU Litigator
Location: Anywhere, probably Washington DC
Pay: Probably not that high, maybe $45k-50k I suppose
Reasoning: The group's been involved in so many landmark cases, it would be a great way to make a real difference and do tremendously interesting work.

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby Inygma » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:45 pm

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby los blancos » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:46 pm

Hmm this is an interesting question. I suppose we're leaving clerkships out?

I suppose I would definitely prefer a $100k job at a boutique firm that would require less than biglaw hours. Or perhaps something in-house for a major company. Of course, the reality is that these jobs almost always require biglaw experience.


I'm definitely interested in prosecuting for the DOJ at some point.

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby Inygma » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:47 pm

boilercat wrote:Hmm this is an interesting question. I suppose we're leaving clerkships out?

I suppose I would definitely prefer a $100k job at a boutique firm that would require less than biglaw hours. Or perhaps something in-house for a major company. Of course, the reality is that these jobs almost always require biglaw experience.


I'm definitely interested in prosecuting for the DOJ at some point.


In a serious note.... I'd also like a boutique firm that pays good :lol:

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby RMstratosphere » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:47 pm

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby TheBigMediocre » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:48 pm

Lottery winner, followed by retiree.

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby rocross1 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:51 pm

boutique with good pay(100K) is second only to professional fisherman in the caribbean. I would like to be involved in civil and business litigation and maybe mediation, more work in court and with clients, less paperwork.

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby holydonkey » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:53 pm

Total dream, but...

Dream Job: First Amendment Law representing religious organizations
Location: Anywhere south of Philadelphia (DC, Atlanta, Nashville, Austin, Memphis)
Pay: $70k would be awesome for this
Reasoning: Constitutional Law = Interesting. Helping religious organizations = makes Jesus happy

or...

Dream Job: International/Comparative Law
Location: Beijing/Hong Kong
Pay: $$$$
Reasoning: I want to be this guy - http://cgi2.www.law.umich.edu/_FacultyB ... asp?ID=328

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby DukeHopeful » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:54 pm

In-house counsel at Cabela's, where I assume the perks include all kinds of great hunting related stuff. :D Dunno about pay, or even if Cabela's has in-house counsel. But since it's a dream, I'd like, oh, I guess a $500,000 salary with a 9-5 M-F work schedule. :lol:

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby TheBigMediocre » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:56 pm

Also, in-house at Goldman Sachs

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby 98234872348 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:56 pm

Something, anything, that pays money.

Seriously though, not directly out of LS, but, eventually, I think mine would be inhouse counsel to a sports franchise. Not like that's ever going to be realized, but, it'd be awesome imo.

Oh, and being a space lawyer. Just for the title.

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby EzraStiles » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:58 pm

Astronaut

If not that, then a successful PI attorney.

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby The Zeppelin » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:59 pm

At this point...

A job that pays more but requires the same amount of hours as my current job.

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby toolshed » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:00 pm

holydonkey wrote:Total dream, but...

Dream Job: First Amendment Law representing religious organizations
Location: Anywhere south of Philadelphia (DC, Atlanta, Nashville, Austin, Memphis)
Pay: $70k would be awesome for this
Reasoning: Constitutional Law = Interesting. Helping religious organizations = makes Jesus happy



You may want to check into Phelps Chartered then...

(totally a joke, in case my sarcasm is lost over the intertubes)

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby SamSeaborn2016 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:02 pm

I'd love to do in-house work for Nike. Solid pay, good hours, a little bit of travel and tons of perks. Plus, Nike HQ is in the PNW and near my family.


The other option of course, is to win the lottery and be a porn star just for fun. You know, when I'm not flying around in my magic hot-air balloon.

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby jcl2 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:03 pm

Environmental/natural resources litigation in a boutique firm in western Washington. The environmental and natural resources division of the DOJ would be great too, but I'm not sure I could live in the Northwest if I did that.

In reality I will be very happy with a mid to biglaw firm job where I can work in a natural resources/environmental practice area, any federal environmental or resource agency, or even the natural resources division of the state AGs office.

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby holydonkey » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:04 pm

toolshed wrote:
holydonkey wrote:Total dream, but...

Dream Job: First Amendment Law representing religious organizations
Location: Anywhere south of Philadelphia (DC, Atlanta, Nashville, Austin, Memphis)
Pay: $70k would be awesome for this
Reasoning: Constitutional Law = Interesting. Helping religious organizations = makes Jesus happy



You may want to check into Phelps Chartered then...

(totally a joke, in case my sarcasm is lost over the intertubes)


Will get right on that after I finish my application to intern at the 700 Club. :roll:

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:06 pm

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby underachiever » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:13 pm

Any job that pays over 100K to start...beggars can not be choosers and ITE 98% of law students (including me) are beggars

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby blue16 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:19 pm

holydonkey wrote:
Dream Job: International/Comparative Law
Location: Beijing/Hong Kong
Pay: $$$$
Reasoning: I want to be this guy - http://cgi2.www.law.umich.edu/_FacultyB ... asp?ID=328


Anything travel related like that would be awesome.

Btw does anyone happen to have any offhand knowledge on that subject? Specifically legal jobs where one might get to travel, that'd be amazing, especially right outta law school.

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby toolshed » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:21 pm

holydonkey wrote:
toolshed wrote:
holydonkey wrote:Total dream, but...

Dream Job: First Amendment Law representing religious organizations
Location: Anywhere south of Philadelphia (DC, Atlanta, Nashville, Austin, Memphis)
Pay: $70k would be awesome for this
Reasoning: Constitutional Law = Interesting. Helping religious organizations = makes Jesus happy



You may want to check into Phelps Chartered then...

(totally a joke, in case my sarcasm is lost over the intertubes)


Will get right on that after I finish my application to intern at the 700 Club. :roll:


You would never have a lack of work, that's for certain.

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby aIvin adams » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:51 pm

i would like to do research and policy advocacy for housing in my hometown.

anything where i got a business card.. and i could walk into a few recovery housing operations i have in mind... throw down the card and say, 'i will represent anyone who wants you to change yer business practices. forever. for free.'

WHAT A MAN I'D BE

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby kurla88 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:54 pm

Screenwriter of legal dramas, David E. Kelley style?

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby Renzo » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:58 pm

Supreme court justice. Duh. Lifetime appointment FTW.

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Re: DREAM Jobs Out of Law School

Postby steve_nash » Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:11 pm

US Attorney. I want to say "I represent the United States of America" whenever I step up to speak in court. Plus, the best lawyer I've ever seen/heard is a USA...much better than some big law partners that I saw in court. He was pretty inspiring.




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