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FluidMosaic
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JD Advantage jobs.

Postby FluidMosaic » Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:01 pm

Say I'm a 1L at a T25 with pretty good grades. What paths are there for jd+ jobs? I'm potentially skipping 2L OCI since I am not interested in achievable biglaw.

What/where should I target for my 1L summer?

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Re: JD Advantage jobs.

Postby ymmv » Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:12 pm

Isn't JD Advantage just code for "temporarily hired for a position made up by the school to boost employment stats"?

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Re: JD Advantage jobs.

Postby JohannDeMann » Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:14 pm

compliance jobs - though you'll need to be in a big city and able to explain why not law.

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Re: JD Advantage jobs.

Postby FluidMosaic » Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:46 pm

ymmv wrote:Isn't JD Advantage just code for "temporarily hired for a position made up by the school to boost employment stats"?


I'm thinking like RE/Compliance, maybe generalist business jobs(rotationals). I'm just struggling to figure out what I should be targeting this Summer.

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Re: JD Advantage jobs.

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:51 pm

ymmv wrote:Isn't JD Advantage just code for "temporarily hired for a position made up by the school to boost employment stats"?

Those are the school-funded jobs. JD advantage can be a real thing. As a category it probably exists to boost employment stats, but they're jobs for actual employers, not the school.

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Re: JD Advantage jobs.

Postby FluidMosaic » Wed May 20, 2015 11:02 pm

Bumping, still interested.

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Re: JD Advantage jobs.

Postby hiima3L » Thu May 21, 2015 3:13 am

I have yet to hear of a job where the JD is a true advantage.

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Re: JD Advantage jobs.

Postby Anonymous User » Thu May 21, 2015 3:15 am

A JD is a true advantage in higher level compliance jobs, although they usually look for a few years of biglaw. Try summering for one of the Big 4 in their regulatory compliance practice--that's a way to get good compliance jobs straight out of law school.

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Re: JD Advantage jobs.

Postby Anonymous User » Thu May 21, 2015 3:16 am

Non lawyer Fed government jobs, you can get extra steps or pay-bands for Phd "equivalent" work, which the JD counts as in OPM hiring.

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Re: JD Advantage jobs.

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu May 21, 2015 3:22 am

Don't the JD-MBAs get a fair number of the JD-advantage jobs?

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Re: JD Advantage jobs.

Postby FluidMosaic » Thu May 21, 2015 8:51 am

Maybe I should rephrase this as jobs where a JD would be an advantage in recruiting. But not at all necessary.

For example working for a REIT.

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Re: JD Advantage jobs.

Postby lhanvt13 » Thu May 21, 2015 9:26 am

Consulting

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Re: JD Advantage jobs.

Postby Ravenclaw23 » Thu May 21, 2015 4:50 pm

Lobbying is often a JD advantage job - I was an associate at a lobbying firm before going to law school and our partners liked hiring JDs, but it wasn't a requirement. I think our staff was around 50/50 for JD/non-JD.

If you're at all interested in policy, and okay with not making much (if any) money over the summer, I'd consider spending a summer in DC working for a Senator/Congressman or doing policy work for a non-profit. (Then spend any free time you have meeting with every alum from your law school that is in DC to get a feel for what other people are doing).

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Re: JD Advantage jobs.

Postby JamMasterJ » Fri May 22, 2015 7:45 am

rinkrat19 wrote:Don't the JD-MBAs get a fair number of the JD-advantage jobs?

Yeah. I-banking seems more likely from a skill set perspective, and that's where more of my non-biglaw jd/mba friends are doing (I'm one as well, but doing biglaw). We kind of lack the soft skills that consulting looks for but it's for sure an option if you're not too weird.




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