Anonymous User wrote: Anonymous User wrote:
(2) If I can't use my pedigree to get in, I might have to actually be qualified for the position.
Top 5%, LR, offer-less, and this is my biggest fear
Please, that's much more like a "qualification" than mere pedigree. By "pedigree" I meant my good college and T14 law school. I'm not at all convinced that top third at a T14 is as impressive as top 5% elsewhere, once we're no longer talking about prestige-obsessed biglaw attorneys.
As an aside, I'd like to salute OperaSoprano, magical Princess of Fordham. S/he is sparkly and full of hope. I'm willing to accept a little delusion as to my prospects if it comes with a measure of hope. The former might be problematic in some ways, but without the latter, I'd just curl up in the corner and cry.
Haha, thanks. I once criticized Voltaire's Candide on similar grounds. (Make fun of Candide's optimism all you like, but he would have given up long before the end of the story without Pangloss's teachings providing momentum. Yes, he then had to be disillusioned, but illusion has utility if it keeps us moving. And of course, sometimes what we think is impossible just winds up coming through.)
To address the other questions, no, small boutiques do not pay $160k to start, but you do get substantive work experience right away. My friend was bringing in clients as a first year associate and taking 30% of the proceeds therein, which blew me away. She said I could do the same.
I have not been resume spamming every legal employer, however. If OCI taught me anything, it's that I really care a lot about fit, and I'll work in another field long before taking a legal job that isn't right for me. I am in this for the life experience and so far I have no regrets. I have met some phenomenal people, and in the short term, if I can't go in house, I will happily go to a small firm or a nonprofit like the one where I spent last summer.
Wishing luck to everyone in this thread! Off to find food and study.