Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

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Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby scifiguy » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:54 pm

What are some of the most inspirational and educational law school and/or legal career success stories you've heard of/seen?

For example, do any of you know of people who overcame some great ostacles or maybe started off in a low-paying legal job and then ended up being extraordinarily successful later on?

Would love to hear and learn from these!

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby Georgia Avenue » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:46 pm

joe jamail getting shit-hammered the night before closing arguments in a $10 billion case, and winning

http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/joe_jamail

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby cinephile » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:54 pm

There was a guy at my school last year who dropped out at the end of 1L after he ended up getting his dream job, which didn't require a JD at all.

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby Hattori Hanzo » Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:17 pm

My friend did two summers at a student practice org at law school and was jobless until 3L spring. Ended up getting a sweet law-related expert witness gig that pays substantially more than biglaw, has fewer hours, no face time requirement and no dress code.

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby Yukos » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:33 pm

Gary Spence has never lost a criminal case in his life. He went to University of Wyoming Law. Pretty badass.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Spence

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby arizonairish » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:39 pm

Joe Biden overcame serious academic misconduct charges at Syracuse Law School to become the Vice President.

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby BarcaCrossesTheAlps » Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:12 pm

Hattori Hanzo wrote:My friend did two summers at a student practice org at law school and was jobless until 3L spring. Ended up getting a sweet law-related expert witness gig that pays substantially more than biglaw, has fewer hours, no face time requirement and no dress code.



How in the hell did he get a job as "expert" witness out of law school? Don't expert witnesses have years of experience, hence, they are experts?

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby Hattori Hanzo » Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:26 pm

BarcaCrossesTheAlps wrote:
Hattori Hanzo wrote:My friend did two summers at a student practice org at law school and was jobless until 3L spring. Ended up getting a sweet law-related expert witness gig that pays substantially more than biglaw, has fewer hours, no face time requirement and no dress code.



How in the hell did he get a job as "expert" witness out of law school? Don't expert witnesses have years of experience, hence, they are experts?


He's not the expert witness. He writes the reports that the experts use to testify in court.

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby cookiejar1 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:26 am

arizonairish wrote:Joe Biden overcame serious academic misconduct charges at Syracuse Law School to become the Vice President.

Probably the most inspirational story posted here.

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby ndirish2010 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:54 am

Can anyone start more pointless threads than this guy?

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby scifiguy » Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:36 am

cinephile wrote:There was a guy at my school last year who dropped out at the end of 1L after he ended up getting his dream job, which didn't require a JD at all.


Can you tell us more?

Also, was he strategically dropping out due to poor grades, in order to cut his losses? Or did he drop out even with decent to good grades to take on that dream job?

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby scifiguy » Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:36 am

Hattori Hanzo wrote:
BarcaCrossesTheAlps wrote:
Hattori Hanzo wrote:My friend did two summers at a student practice org at law school and was jobless until 3L spring. Ended up getting a sweet law-related expert witness gig that pays substantially more than biglaw, has fewer hours, no face time requirement and no dress code.



How in the hell did he get a job as "expert" witness out of law school? Don't expert witnesses have years of experience, hence, they are experts?


He's not the expert witness. He writes the reports that the experts use to testify in court.


Are these jobs extremely rare? Who does a person go about getting one?

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby LaBarrister » Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:43 am

ndirish2010 wrote:Can anyone start more pointless threads than this guy?


Yes. But I don't feel like doing it.

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby cinephile » Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:16 am

scifiguy wrote:
cinephile wrote:There was a guy at my school last year who dropped out at the end of 1L after he ended up getting his dream job, which didn't require a JD at all.


Can you tell us more?

Also, was he strategically dropping out due to poor grades, in order to cut his losses? Or did he drop out even with decent to good grades to take on that dream job?


Know two guys like this, actually. One wanted to be a foreign service officer and was hoping that law school made him more competitive for that. He applied and got in, so he dropped out of law school because 1) they don't wait and 2) what's the point if you only did it to become more competitive?

The other guy wanted some kind of health care administrative position. He was concentrating in health law, but somehow found his dream job and they took him on, so he dropped out of law school. He too was only doing law school to be more competitive for this type of job, not because of any real desire to do law.

As far as I know, neither had poor grades, which is why people were surprised when they dropped out. The people who dropped out with poor grades did so at the end of first semester, which is the smart thing to do.

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby Hattori Hanzo » Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:07 pm

scifiguy wrote:
Hattori Hanzo wrote:
BarcaCrossesTheAlps wrote:
Hattori Hanzo wrote:My friend did two summers at a student practice org at law school and was jobless until 3L spring. Ended up getting a sweet law-related expert witness gig that pays substantially more than biglaw, has fewer hours, no face time requirement and no dress code.



How in the hell did he get a job as "expert" witness out of law school? Don't expert witnesses have years of experience, hence, they are experts?


He's not the expert witness. He writes the reports that the experts use to testify in court.


Are these jobs extremely rare? Who does a person go about getting one?


I have seen a couple posted on our careers website in the past two years (Charles River Associates) but I'd say these are pretty rare.

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby jcccc » Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:44 pm

I'm sure a lot of us know the story of Andres Idarraga who went from jail to Yale Law School.

http://www.today.com/id/26661590/site/t ... SVRXVqlDqw

Great story.

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby scifiguy » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:41 am

jcccc wrote:I'm sure a lot of us know the story of Andres Idarraga who went from jail to Yale Law School.

http://www.today.com/id/26661590/site/t ... SVRXVqlDqw

Great story.


That's pretty amazing! Good for him for turning his life around.

Is this normal though ...for former criminals to attend top law schools? What about rapists, murderers, child molestors, etc.?

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby jkay » Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:34 am

arizonairish wrote:Joe Biden overcame serious academic misconduct charges at Syracuse Law School to become the Vice President.


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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:07 pm

scifiguy wrote:
jcccc wrote:I'm sure a lot of us know the story of Andres Idarraga who went from jail to Yale Law School.

http://www.today.com/id/26661590/site/t ... SVRXVqlDqw

Great story.


That's pretty amazing! Good for him for turning his life around.

Is this normal though ...for former criminals to attend top law schools? What about rapists, murderers, child molestors, etc.?

Yes. Law schools are filled with rapists, murderers, and child molesters. :roll:

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby guano » Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:25 pm

scifiguy wrote:What are some of the most inspirational and educational law school and/or legal career success stories you've heard of/seen?

For example, do any of you know of people who overcame some great ostacles or maybe started off in a low-paying legal job and then ended up being extraordinarily successful later on?

Would love to hear and learn from these!

Someone I know went from a junkie who'd sometimes be too poor to eat for a week to winning awards for XYZ financial product sales 3 years in a row (to the tune of 9 figures a year)

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby jingosaur » Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:00 pm

scifiguy wrote:
jcccc wrote:I'm sure a lot of us know the story of Andres Idarraga who went from jail to Yale Law School.

http://www.today.com/id/26661590/site/t ... SVRXVqlDqw

Great story.


That's pretty amazing! Good for him for turning his life around.

Is this normal though ...for former criminals to attend top law schools? What about rapists, murderers, child molestors, etc.?


A convicted murderer went to Tulane. With a scholarship.

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Re: Greatest Law School or Career Success Stories?

Postby Tekrul » Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:18 pm

http://nation.foxnews.com/columbia-univ ... cop-killer

Old news, but employed at Columbia school of social work and NYU law.





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