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Re: San Francisco Biglaw Associate taking questions

Postby mpaasky » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:11 pm

Thanks for doing this AMA. Here is a question I posted earlier:

Hi All,
As part of the hiring package, I have been offered a bar study stipend in additions to the bar registration fee and review course. As you can see, I won't actually start working until several months after taking the bar. Do you know if I have to wait until my first actual paycheck before seeing this money? Or, do firms normally write people a check earlier, before the actual employment starts? if so, do you know when do they usually send out the money(s)?
For your references, I am taking the May-July course, for the July exam, and my starting date in late Oct/early Nov.
Thanks,
Mpaasky
(SF Area BigLaw New Hire)

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Re: San Francisco Biglaw Associate taking questions

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:11 am

mpaasky wrote:Thanks for doing this AMA. Here is a question I posted earlier:

Hi All,
As part of the hiring package, I have been offered a bar study stipend in additions to the bar registration fee and review course. As you can see, I won't actually start working until several months after taking the bar. Do you know if I have to wait until my first actual paycheck before seeing this money? Or, do firms normally write people a check earlier, before the actual employment starts? if so, do you know when do they usually send out the money(s)?
For your references, I am taking the May-July course, for the July exam, and my starting date in late Oct/early Nov.
Thanks,
Mpaasky
(SF Area BigLaw New Hire)


You do not have to wait to see this money, to the best of my knowledge. None of my friends did. I had to buy my bar course and then was reimbursed plus given a stipend. It came around April.

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Re: San Francisco Biglaw Associate taking questions

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:08 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Hey, thanks for doing this, man.

I'm roughly top quarter at CCN so far as a 1L (although one semester's not exactly dispositive) and hope to do corporate work in the Bay Area after graduation. I grew up and did my undergrad in LA, but my parents and extended family now live in San Francisco. Is that enough for ties, and how much does coming from a non-west coast law school hurt my odds? If I end up at or slightly above median after second semester, can I reasonably expect to have a decent chance at a San Francisco firm?

Also, as far as transactional work, which firms tend to specialize in various corporate law fields (private equity, venture capital, M&A, etc.)?


Wanted to bring this back up. Thanks, man!

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Re: San Francisco Biglaw Associate taking questions

Postby prezidentv8 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:16 pm

Just here because it's a San Francisco thread and I like to have opinions on things relating to San Francisco

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Re: San Francisco Biglaw Associate taking questions

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:40 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Hey, thanks for doing this, man.

I'm roughly top quarter at CCN so far as a 1L (although one semester's not exactly dispositive) and hope to do corporate work in the Bay Area after graduation. I grew up and did my undergrad in LA, but my parents and extended family now live in San Francisco. Is that enough for ties, and how much does coming from a non-west coast law school hurt my odds? If I end up at or slightly above median after second semester, can I reasonably expect to have a decent chance at a San Francisco firm?

Also, as far as transactional work, which firms tend to specialize in various corporate law fields (private equity, venture capital, M&A, etc.)?


Wanted to bring this back up. Thanks, man!


No problem! As to your first question, I think family in SF is ties enough for most attorneys. If you're top third after 1L, I think going into OCI you'll have a very strong shot at SF if you apply widely (but don't just apply to SF - apply NYC or LA as well). I don't think coming from a non-Berkeley/Stanford school, which is really the advantage as opposed to a "west coast law school," will hurt you with demonstrated ties and a strong law school performance.

As far as general corporate specialties, I'd check out Chambers & Associates if you haven't already. This is, again, sort of outside my knowledge base. But, from what I hear from friends, Latham has a strong corporate group, as does Fenwick, Wilson, MoFo, and Davis Polk (though, obviously, some of those are in the Valley). Kirkland has a strong PE group. The general players in venture capital will be the usual suspects, I imagine: Fenwick, Cooley, Wilson, etc. Sorry not to be more helpful, but I never considered doing corporate work.




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