dusk2k2 wrote:Just curious if the Minnesota 3L's posting in this thread could tell us a little about their job prospects. Especially helpful would be whether you have a big law offer (since majority of this board goes to law school with big law aspirations).
Of my own 2L class, I can't imagine much more than 30 people have a biglaw SA lined up.
I think the statement that the majority of people here go to law school with big law aspirations is a bit presumptuous. I didn't go to law school with big law aspirations. I actually felt compelled to avoid biglaw, which I made pretty obvious in my personal statement. With that said, I certainly did want to keep that option open - which played into my choice when deciding on a law school. But be careful in assuming that, because I think the reality is that a lot of people don't know what they are going to law school for, and often end up following the herd.
I received an offer this past June from the small firm I've been working at since my 1L summer. I haven't applied to any other position in my entire time in law school but am confident I'd have options in several areas. I'll let some other 3L's speak for themselves, but I do know many who are at big law firms in Minneapolis, Chicago and New York.
A few things prelaw students who are intent on big law need to keep in mind, though. (and I'm not intending this part to be a response to dusk2k2, so please don't take it that way).
1. If you're intent on going into big law, you need to be in the top of your class (at UMN, that means being in the top half, at bare minimum, but much more preferably - the top quartile).
2. Once you have the grades, you have to realize that's not enough. You need a personality - and not one that's manufactured. Keep some balance and world perspective in law school by doing other things. Have a life.
3. Meet people and make real, sincere connections. Attendance at networking events alone isn't enough - you have to actually care about getting to know people if you expect networking to be useful.
Finally, don't assume that any job should be handed to you upon graduation just because you attend any institution. That's not the way the world works, folks. Law school isn't a meal ticket, nor should it be.