Legal Aid or Biglaw?

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Legal Aid
13
36%
Biglaw
23
64%
 
Total votes: 36

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dingbat
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Re: Legal Aid or Biglaw?

Postby dingbat » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:37 pm

My 2 cents: OP should intern at Starbucks (the one around the corner)

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Re: Legal Aid or Biglaw?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:54 pm

Anonymous User wrote:What did you do your 1L year?



I worked for an environmental nonprofit. Thanks for the advice.

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Re: Legal Aid or Biglaw?

Postby thelawyler » Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:13 am

dixiecupdrinking wrote:Look, OP, you don't seem to fully recognize that you are in an objectively bad position with that school, those grades, and that debt load. You're in very real danger of being unemployed when you graduate, and $100,000 in loans with no job is going to be very unpleasant. A 2L job at Legal Aid does very little to ensure you get a permanent job. They won't offer you a job at the end of the summer, and when you apply for similar jobs at graduation you're going to be competing against many, many people with much more impressive qualifications. If it's true that you can get a job in a large firm, you have a good chance to get an offer to return after you graduate. That really should be what you're worried about right now.


This is exactly what I was thinking the entire thread.

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Re: Legal Aid or Biglaw?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:59 am

Anonymous User wrote:What did you do your 1L year?

I volunteered with Legal Aid and was informed by an attorney there that they absolutely will not hire someone that has not actually worked as a legal clerk with them. So take that for what it's worth.


If by Legal Aid you mean Legal Aid Society, this is flat-out wrong. In this year's criminal defense class (~70 newbie lawyers), maybe five interned with Legal Aid at some point in the past. Some other legal aid organizations with small classes do tend to hire heavily or almost exclusively from their interns, though (except for lateral hiring).




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