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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby NoleinNY » Sat May 12, 2012 2:31 am

Related to what a previous poster asked: Why are you looking for work in NC instead of GA, where a UGA degree presumably has more pull? (I'm not saying that to be mean; I'm genuinely curious.)

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby The Valkyrie » Sat May 12, 2012 2:55 am

sunynp wrote:Why did you decide to go to school in Georgia? I know the market in California is terribly depressed, any chance you might try anther state?



To be perfectly honest, I chose Georgia because they offered me in-state tuition, and I love Athens. It wound up being very cheap and it was fairly close to home. If I had gotten into unc, I would have gone there. at the end of the process, it was down to wustl and uga. Uga wound up being slightly less expensive (I got a very flattering scholarship offer from wustl), and I didn't really like st Louis, so I went to Georgia.

I loved living in Athens and I met my wife there. No regrets.

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby The Valkyrie » Sat May 12, 2012 3:00 am

stillwater wrote:At least grilling and electronic music are honorable pastimes.



I think so.

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby The Valkyrie » Sat May 12, 2012 3:08 am

NoleinNY wrote:Related to what a previous poster asked: Why are you looking for work in NC instead of GA, where a UGA degree presumably has more pull? (I'm not saying that to be mean; I'm genuinely curious.)



Mostly because I was born and raised in NC, I'm barred in NC, all my work experience as an attorney is in NC, all my work experience before becoming an attorney is in NC, and because I want to live and work in NC.

I could look for work in Georgia, but I would really have to pass the Georgia bar first. Ive thought about that, especially because my in laws are in Georgia and I obviously have a uga degree, but Im not sure how much better I would do there. Firms like it when their candidates have ties to the area and have shown a commitment to being there. Aside from that, all of my family is in north carolina. I wouldn't feel right about leaving until my grandmother dies. If I lt like I had a better shot at getting a legal job by moving to another state, I would....but I don't.

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby Julio_El_Chavo » Sat May 12, 2012 3:54 am

Do you regret going to law school?

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby The Valkyrie » Sat May 12, 2012 3:56 am

Julio_El_Chavo wrote:Do you regret going to law school?



No.

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby Kirk » Sat May 12, 2012 4:09 am

Where do you get leads? When you locate an opening are you advised that you are only one of two dozen applying? Is UGA of any help whatsoever. . . perhaps alumni.

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Postby The Valkyrie » Sat May 12, 2012 4:27 am

Kirk wrote:Where do you get leads? When you locate an opening are you advised that you are only one of two dozen applying? Is UGA of any help whatsoever. . . perhaps alumni.



I get leads wherever I can. Thhe local bar has been really supportive and I'm really thankful for them. I had lunch with the newest district court judge today, and he gave me some good ideas I hadn't considered before. I just try to reach out to other attorneys I know, but it hasn't translated into a job. I've had some friends send some work my way (stuff like a bill of sale for a car, little 80 dollar fees and whatnot).

When I locate an opening, I apply for it. I rarely am privy to information concerning how many people apply for the job, although my last interview is an exception. I interviewed for an ADA job, and my interviewer let me know that over 150 people applied, and she was interviewing 27 people in the first round.

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby sunynp » Sat May 12, 2012 10:12 am

The Valkyrie wrote:
NoleinNY wrote:Related to what a previous poster asked: Why are you looking for work in NC instead of GA, where a UGA degree presumably has more pull? (I'm not saying that to be mean; I'm genuinely curious.)



Mostly because I was born and raised in NC, I'm barred in NC, all my work experience as an attorney is in NC, all my work experience before becoming an attorney is in NC, and because I want to live and work in NC.

I could look for work in Georgia, but I would really have to pass the Georgia bar first. Ive thought about that, especially because my in laws are in Georgia and I obviously have a uga degree, but Im not sure how much better I would do there. Firms like it when their candidates have ties to the area and have shown a commitment to being there. Aside from that, all of my family is in north carolina. I wouldn't feel right about leaving until my grandmother dies. If I lt like I had a better shot at getting a legal job by moving to another state, I would....but I don't.


Sorry I think I misread something you wrote about Nor Cal as being Northern California! And I think you mentioned living in the pool house, so I thought that was California. Sorry about that. Also, I always thought you were a woman, so I am misreading you all over the place

Good luck with finding something. I think it might be worth it to look other places, but if you are determined to stay home, maybe you can see what kinds of non-JD jobs are out there. This is really a tough situation.

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby johndhi » Sat May 12, 2012 11:38 am

It sounds like you have a great sense of yourself and look at this in a good way. If you convey this in person I'm sure it is inevitable that you'll get a legal job.

What happened to your job at the family law place?

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby Kirk » Sat May 12, 2012 5:29 pm

The Valkyrie wrote:I could look for work in Georgia, but I would really have to pass the Georgia bar first. Ive thought about that, especially because my in laws are in Georgia and I obviously have a uga degree . . .

When I entered LS I figured my [imaginary] BigLaw firm would pick up the tab and select the state. As reality sets it and going it alone to the bar becomes a possibility. . . what is that like? Mainly in terms of studying time, stress, $$ and the wait to hear if you passed/failed. Anything else you can add that is helpful, is appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby The Valkyrie » Sat May 12, 2012 6:15 pm

sunynp wrote:
The Valkyrie wrote:
NoleinNY wrote:Related to what a previous poster asked: Why are you looking for work in NC instead of GA, where a UGA degree presumably has more pull? (I'm not saying that to be mean; I'm genuinely curious.)



Mostly because I was born and raised in NC, I'm barred in NC, all my work experience as an attorney is in NC, all my work experience before becoming an attorney is in NC, and because I want to live and work in NC.

I could look for work in Georgia, but I would really have to pass the Georgia bar first. Ive thought about that, especially because my in laws are in Georgia and I obviously have a uga degree, but Im not sure how much better I would do there. Firms like it when their candidates have ties to the area and have shown a commitment to being there. Aside from that, all of my family is in north carolina. I wouldn't feel right about leaving until my grandmother dies. If I lt like I had a better shot at getting a legal job by moving to another state, I would....but I don't.


Sorry I think I misread something you wrote about Nor Cal as being Northern California! And I think you mentioned living in the pool house, so I thought that was California. Sorry about that. Also, I always thought you were a woman, so I am misreading you all over the place

Good luck with finding something. I think it might be worth it to look other places, but if you are determined to stay home, maybe you can see what kinds of non-JD jobs are out there. This is really a tough situation.


I'm looking for non attorney work in other states. I don't really know what other career to move into. I can't really look for lawyer jobs in other states (aside from federal stuff) because I'm not licensed in other states. I'm considering taking the February bar somewhere else, but I'm not 100% on that. It's so damn expensive. It's hard to be optimistic that I'll have any success anywhere else, given the fact that I am striking out here, where all of my connections and experience lie.

I got a rejection letter today from the Ada job. I really wanted it. I'm thinking about just stepping away from all of this and getting a job waiting tables at the mall or something. I feel absolutely beaten.
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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby The Valkyrie » Sat May 12, 2012 6:17 pm

Kirk wrote:
The Valkyrie wrote:I could look for work in Georgia, but I would really have to pass the Georgia bar first. Ive thought about that, especially because my in laws are in Georgia and I obviously have a uga degree . . .

When I entered LS I figured my [imaginary] BigLaw firm would pick up the tab and select the state. As reality sets it and going it alone to the bar becomes a possibility. . . what is that like? Mainly in terms of studying time, stress, $$ and the wait to hear if you passed/failed. Anything else you can add that is helpful, is appreciated. Thanks.



Studying for the bar is basically just how you would expect. It's a grind, but it's really not a difficult test as long as you prepare.you basically answered your own question. You study a lot, it's stressful, it's expensive, and waiting to hear if you pass or fail is nerve wracking. It's just like trial work.

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby The Valkyrie » Sat May 12, 2012 6:22 pm

johndhi wrote:It sounds like you have a great sense of yourself and look at this in a good way. If you convey this in person I'm sure it is inevitable that you'll get a legal job.

What happened to your job at the family law place?



Long story. Basically, my boss got really sick and was in the hospital for months. she hired an efficiency expert who recommended that she downsize the firm as sort of a first step towards getting ready to retire. Half the staff was cut, as was I since I didn't have my own book - I had been working on her overflow cases and smaller child support/custody stuff while she concentrated on our biggest clients. She had two partners who also left.

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby The Valkyrie » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:47 am

The Valkyrie may be getting a job offer on Tuesday. Party! On Tuesday, maybe!

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby delusional » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:53 am

The Valkyrie wrote:The Valkyrie may be getting a job offer on Tuesday. Party! On Tuesday, maybe!

Fingers crossed. Keep us posted.

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:57 am

A job doing what?

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby cinephile » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:57 am

The Valkyrie wrote:The Valkyrie may be getting a job offer on Tuesday. Party! On Tuesday, maybe!


Good luck!

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Postby KamaalTheAbstract » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:59 am

The Valkyrie wrote:The Valkyrie may be getting a job offer on Tuesday. Party! On Tuesday, maybe!


I'm pulling for you. Good luck.

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby The Valkyrie » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:02 am

Aberzombie1892 wrote:A job doing what?



Don't want to go into detail just yet, but it's an honest to goodness lawyer job with salary.

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:04 am

Okay. Good luck!

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby sunynp » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:46 pm

Oh wow. I hope it works out. Good luck let us know what happened.

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby tedalbany » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:09 pm

sunynp wrote:Oh wow. I hope it works out. Good luck let us know what happened.

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby The Valkyrie » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:14 pm

I got the job. It only pays 45k, which is 10 less than what I made at my previous firm job a year+ ago, but I had to take it so I did. I'm just really glad to have a job. I'm a little scared to move (lived where I am now for basically my whole life except law school). Thanks for the well wishes, TLS!

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Re: The Valkyrie just passed 1 year anniv of being unemployed

Postby top30man » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:17 pm

Congrats! Thats fantastic.




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