Anonymous User wrote:Original OP Here: Sorry for the late response.
So to clarify, I am a 3L about to graduate. I go to a T-20 school and have a around median-gpa right now, but was top 25% in my 1L year (got two unexpected bad grades in 2L unforunately =( ), have worked for the federal government (a really good, paid, basically student attorney position), have experience at my law school clinic that includes really big litigation (for a law student) victories (20k+ awards for my clients), and have other experience that includes judicial internships and work for law firms, and research for professors. Basically, I have taken no breaks, working even through winter and christmas breaks. Not sure if it was all worth it, since I'm not exactly looking at amazing employment post graduation.
I guess my question was related mostly to whether I can move on from this kind of firm if I take the job, assuming I'm offered. It's a good firm but they are basically personal injury and workers' comp. My interest is in labor and employment law and while workers' comp does touch on that, I'm just worried I'm never going to be able to get into the field I want. What do you guys think?
On a side note, anyone know what these firms pay in the NYC/DC/Boston markets? In-case they ask me what salary I'm expecting.
I feel for you because it seems like you really did what you were supposed to and now you aren’t really faced with great employment options. I would say this: do not turn down a job at this point because you absolutely should not graduate without an offer of employment if it can be avoided. However, you should continue to look (and look hard) for job positions in firms that are doing they type of work you want to do. If such a position opens up and you are able to interview and are offered a job, take it. And I mean take it even if you are only at the PI firm for a few weeks, or a few months or even if the job becomes available before you even start at the PI firm. You owe nothing to anyone and a firm like that can restock a young associate in less than 2 weeks if need be. Also, firms that focus on WC are sort of on the fringe of the profession and will have no real connections to a firm doing a lot of labor law. So don’t worry too much about your reputation here. The longer you stay at the WC firm, the harder it will be to make a move. If you stay more than a year to a year and a half, it will be damn near impossible to move to a different practice area.
As far as starting salary – for a firm in that practice area it will be low. If it is a smaller shop think 45kish. If it is a bigger firm in that area, more like 45K to 65K.