Become a lobbyist or pursue a big law career

(On Campus Interviews, Summer Associate positions, Firm Reviews, Tips, ...)
Forum rules
Anonymous Posting

Anonymous posting is only appropriate when you are revealing sensitive employment related information about a firm, job, etc. You may anonymously respond on topic to these threads. Unacceptable uses include: harassing another user, joking around, testing the feature, or other things that are more appropriate in the lounge.

Failure to follow these rules will get you outed, warned, or banned.
Anonymous User
Posts: 325002
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Become a lobbyist or pursue a big law career

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 15, 2017 4:10 pm

I'm currently a junior staffer working on the Hill. Despite being here for a very short period of time, a span of a few months, I've been promoted and now cover policy areas that many staffers would have had to wait years to get and is lucrative in the long run, finance, taxes, telecom, among others. Exit option here is to leave in about 3-4 years and find a lobbying gig. Current pay is very low.

On the other hand, I am set to start law school at a strong regional school this fall in hopes of landing a big law gig for a few years and take any opportunities that may come my way and run with it. If given the chance, do in-house for a tech company.

Thoughts on which path I should pursue?
Last edited by Anonymous User on Mon May 15, 2017 6:13 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
OutCold

Bronze
Posts: 482
Joined: Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:57 pm

Re: Become a lobbyist or pursue a big law career

Postby OutCold » Mon May 15, 2017 4:27 pm

People are going to yell at you for posting as a 0l on this forum. That aside, I assume that when you say a strong regional school, you're looking at something outside of the T14 or whatever number people are using these days. If that's the case, your chances at biglaw are going to be very slim. Your chances of going inhouse at a tech company right out of school or at any point thereafter are effectively non-existent (though you score a few points if you have a STEM background). I would stay on the hill for a few years or retake/reapply in another cycle if you have a decent gpa and are set on law.

User avatar
trebekismyhero

Silver
Posts: 806
Joined: Fri May 22, 2015 5:26 pm

Re: Become a lobbyist or pursue a big law career

Postby trebekismyhero » Mon May 15, 2017 4:28 pm

What is a strong regional? If you are not at a t14 you are definitely counting your chickens before they hatch when it comes to getting big law.

Are you going part time? If you are going to law school full time you will lose a lot of the opportunities to go be a lobbyist after 3-4 years. You wouldn't start over necessarily because you can probably start at a higher position on the hill after law school, but you'll need to spend a couple more years there after school before being able to cash out.

User avatar
deadpanic

Silver
Posts: 1285
Joined: Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:09 pm

Re: Become a lobbyist or pursue a big law career

Postby deadpanic » Mon May 15, 2017 4:44 pm

"Strong regional" law school sounds like this scenario ends up with you paying a ton of money and 3 years of your life to go back into the same line of work. As others have pointed out, big law is extremely unlikely from such a school.

I knew several people who worked on the Hill then came to law school only to just go back to working on the Hill. The law degree didn't really advance them, either.

It sounds like you kind of want money/prestige rather than to actually practice law. That coupled with just a strong regional law school tells me you should probably just try to switch to lobbying in a few years.

Anonymous User
Posts: 325002
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: Become a lobbyist or pursue a big law career

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 15, 2017 4:52 pm

OutCold wrote:People are going to yell at you for posting as a 0l on this forum. That aside, I assume that when you say a strong regional school, you're looking at something outside of the T14 or whatever number people are using these days. If that's the case, your chances at biglaw are going to be very slim. Your chances of going inhouse at a tech company right out of school or at any point thereafter are effectively non-existent (though you score a few points if you have a STEM background). I would stay on the hill for a few years or retake/reapply in another cycle if you have a decent gpa and are set on law.


OP here. Apologies about that, my anonymous function wouldn't work in any of the other forums.

User avatar
A. Nony Mouse

Diamond
Posts: 29316
Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:51 am

Re: Become a lobbyist or pursue a big law career

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Mon May 15, 2017 7:19 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
OutCold wrote:People are going to yell at you for posting as a 0l on this forum. That aside, I assume that when you say a strong regional school, you're looking at something outside of the T14 or whatever number people are using these days. If that's the case, your chances at biglaw are going to be very slim. Your chances of going inhouse at a tech company right out of school or at any point thereafter are effectively non-existent (though you score a few points if you have a STEM background). I would stay on the hill for a few years or retake/reapply in another cycle if you have a decent gpa and are set on law.


OP here. Apologies about that, my anonymous function wouldn't work in any of the other forums.

Yes, OP, I'm afraid that's kind of the point. If you want to reopen this in Ask a Law Student/Grad, feel free.



Return to “Legal Employment�

Who is online

The online users are hidden on this forum.