EVENING LAW STUDENT + PARALEGAL = FT ATTORNEY OFFER AT FIRM?

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EVENING LAW STUDENT + PARALEGAL = FT ATTORNEY OFFER AT FIRM?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:48 pm

This is just a general question because I want to know: How often do evening law students land FT jobs at their firms? I am thinking about GULC part time right now and then could find a paralegal job in the DC market while in school. Is it possible that I could get a FT associate attorney job offer at the firm prior to graduation while working there as a paralegal? How common (or uncommon) is this?

A second question is: By doing this, couldn't I just literally SKIP the summer associate agony and just get the offer because HR already knows me?

Worst Case Scenario: No offer at the firm I worked as a paralegal at. But I would be (nearly) debt free by graduation within the 3.5 years it takes to finish GULC part time, because I worked all the way through law school. I also would probably do really well in 2L (or 3L) OCI because I would have years of work experience in law.

What do you guys think?

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Re: EVENING LAW STUDENT + PARALEGAL = FT ATTORNEY OFFER AT FIRM?

Postby bdubs » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:47 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Is it possible that I could get a FT associate attorney job offer at the firm prior to graduation while working there as a paralegal? How common (or uncommon) is this?

I think this is extremely uncommon in big law offices.

Anonymous User wrote:A second question is: By doing this, couldn't I just literally SKIP the summer associate agony and just get the offer because HR already knows me?

Agony?!?!? Summer Associate program is the best 10 weeks of big law work anyone has ever done. Low expectations, high pay, lots of sponsored events, etc...

Anonymous User wrote:I also would probably do really well in 2L (or 3L) OCI because I would have years of work experience in law.


No, many law students have experience as paralegals and it doesn't seem to confer any benefits whatsoever during OCI.

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Re: EVENING LAW STUDENT + PARALEGAL = FT ATTORNEY OFFER AT FIRM?

Postby Gorki » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:57 pm

Why not bring it up with the firm before making the investment? If the firm is more personal this miiiiight work out, but I know of people who were legal assistants at smaller firms and were unable to get a 1L or 2L summer gig at said firm (because the attorneys, it turns out, preferred to manage what work they had and really just wanted the person for their ability to do the ministerial stuff). At larger firms I am not sure how it works, as I have heard stories of support staff being treated like shit, to being treated better than most first year associates.

Also think of your long term career goals. Why did you want to become a paralegal and would being an attorney make you feel that much more valuable? I know people with LS debt working in effectively paralegal positions, and regret dropping 3 years of their life into the JD.

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Re: EVENING LAW STUDENT + PARALEGAL = FT ATTORNEY OFFER AT FIRM?

Postby nygrrrl » Sun Jan 20, 2013 2:03 pm

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Re: EVENING LAW STUDENT + PARALEGAL = FT ATTORNEY OFFER AT FIRM?

Postby zomginternets » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:12 pm

Anonymous User wrote:This is just a general question because I want to know: How often do evening law students land FT jobs at their firms? I am thinking about GULC part time right now and then could find a paralegal job in the DC market while in school. Is it possible that I could get a FT associate attorney job offer at the firm prior to graduation while working there as a paralegal? How common (or uncommon) is this?

A second question is: By doing this, couldn't I just literally SKIP the summer associate agony and just get the offer because HR already knows me?

Worst Case Scenario: No offer at the firm I worked as a paralegal at. But I would be (nearly) debt free by graduation within the 3.5 years it takes to finish GULC part time, because I worked all the way through law school. I also would probably do really well in 2L (or 3L) OCI because I would have years of work experience in law.

What do you guys think?


This is potentially feasible at a small/mid-sized firm, but you need to get in someone's good books (read: partner or an influential senior associate).

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Re: EVENING LAW STUDENT + PARALEGAL = FT ATTORNEY OFFER AT FIRM?

Postby Renzo » Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:31 pm

At a large firm, at almost certainly won't work.

Just about 100% of the non-career paralegals want to be lawyers, and the firm has no intention of hiring them all. Plus, you won't have enough contact with the kinds of people who have the authority to side-step the hiring process and get you a job, so unless you have the grades/school to get the job in any case, your contacts inside the firm aren't going to be able to help you.

On top of that, very few people are going to be so dazzled by your ability to make binders or drop off papers at the courthouse that they feel they MUST hire you as a lawyer. Being a biglaw lawyer and being a biglaw paralegal have close to zero overlap in the skills and knowledge required.

About the only hiring benefit to being a big firm paralegal is that you will get an inside view of what the job and hours are like, so that you will know if it's really something you want to do.

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Re: EVENING LAW STUDENT + PARALEGAL = FT ATTORNEY OFFER AT FIRM?

Postby utlaw2007 » Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:31 pm

Renzo wrote:At a large firm, at almost certainly won't work.

Just about 100% of the non-career paralegals want to be lawyers, and the firm has no intention of hiring them all. Plus, you won't have enough contact with the kinds of people who have the authority to side-step the hiring process and get you a job, so unless you have the grades/school to get the job in any case, your contacts inside the firm aren't going to be able to help you.

On top of that, very few people are going to be so dazzled by your ability to make binders or drop off papers at the courthouse that they feel they MUST hire you as a lawyer. Being a biglaw lawyer and being a biglaw paralegal have close to zero overlap in the skills and knowledge required.

About the only hiring benefit to being a big firm paralegal is that you will get an inside view of what the job and hours are like, so that you will know if it's really something you want to do.


This.

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Re: EVENING LAW STUDENT + PARALEGAL = FT ATTORNEY OFFER AT FIRM?

Postby Younger Abstention » Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:49 pm

I was able to do this. It's not common, though.




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