Anonymous User wrote:
You should apply for jobs at the Big Four accounting firms (KPMG, Deloitte, E&Y and PWC). I use to work for KPMG. If you get lucky and work in the right division, the amount you eventually make per hour could be pretty high. I have heard that people with a JD probably start around $80K. With your T-14 pedigree, I bet you have a fairly decent chance of an interview with them if you have a technical/business undergraduate degree. In the one year I was there, I traveled to Singapore, Norway, Chicago and Atlanta. I almost got to go to the Dominican Republic. The problem with the Big Four is if you end up in the wrong division; you get worked like a dog and don't get compensated enough for it.
Not OP, but do those Big4 have SA programs?
I worked for the Big Four with only a technical undergraduate degree in construction management. I was in the advisory division. I wouldn't call the summer positions as you being a summer associate per se. It would be more like a summer internship. The best time to intern there would be as a 1L when you can't really get a summer associate position with Big Law. You could use this internship as a back up plan if you strike out from Big Law. In the summer, you would probably get paid something decent per hour. At all costs, avoid the audit and tax divisions, because they tend to work longer hours than the advisory positions. I would say you would have a pretty decent shot of getting an interview with them as a 3L. Your economics degree combined with a T-20ish law school pedigree would help. I would go on indeed.com or all of the Big Four websites and apply to all of the jobs in the advisory/consulting divisions in the cities of the states you have ties in. Your biggest problem is going to convince them that you don't just want to be there temporarily until you get a legal job. If you get an interview, I would say your economics/international relations/legal degree give you a trifecta of skills that make you perfect for one of these positions. The economics degree gives you the financial knowledge; the international relations gives you the ability to speak more than one language, which means you would be a valuable asset in foreign countries if the need arises; and the legal degree gives you the writing and critical thinking skills. These three combined would make you more of an asset to the Big Four, because you could be utilized in a variety of the different types of consulting gigs. This is exactly what you should say during the interviews if you get them. If you get asked in the interview if you don't mind traveling a lot, the answer is NO!!!!!. Not wanting to travel will get you dinged very fast. Getting hired to a Big Four would be of tremendous value to your career going forward.
Different anon. I am also interested in big four having striked out of oci. No finance/economics background, but taking courses now at the business school of my t-14, and pretty good at thinking math, though no real way of showing that in my resume (think 750+ SAT, 800 GRE type thing, but no job experience where math was required or degree in science field).
You mention getting hired by Big Four would be tremendous value going forward?
In what sense, obviously it will not get you back at a legal career.
But can you grow within the firm? My buddy who was a consultant at PWC did not feel so. Is your experience different?
Or are there good exit options of some sort? Requirement of MBA for such options?
Also, let me know what is the best way for non-economics majors to approach this industry. I am thinking of enrolling in all business + transactional classes I am allowed to, but any thing else?