PirateCap'n wrote: NCtoDC wrote:
Well one thing is exciting for sure...no class starts until 9 for 1Ls.
I have a question. I have spoken to a 3L at Wake that said law school was terrible. I know you guys are only 1Ls but have you felt like this; has it been a completely undesirable experience?
Pirate- are you getting paid for your Summer gig?
To answer your question about my summer job: yes, it's paid (at what I guess would be considered market rate -- maybe a bit lower).
Keep in mind Pirate is the exception, not the rule for 1L summer. I also have a summer SA position at a large firm for NC standards (100+ attorneys), but out of my friends Im the only one with a job like that. I know people near the top with no job, and those at the bottom with decent, but nonpaying, jobs. Its not really what you know that gets your 1L job, it is who you know.
I think a reason many Wake students work outside of NC during the summer and after graduating has more to do with personal/family connections than the actual portability of the degree. So while the degree might take you to a neighboring state just on your grades, the bigger factor is who you know if you want to work outside of NC.
And finally, my 2 cents on walker. He's a real nice guy outside of class, but in class....man, he is totally different. He says he's tough on 1Ls to teach them how its going to be like in the 'real world,' but his class is just ridiculous. Depending on who you ask, they will say he's not a bad teacher (those who got As on his exam by following the rules), or they will say he was a nightmare (those who got Ds on his exam because they didnt follow the rules). I think all of us on tls followed the rules for his exams and did very well. However there are those that did not, and probably actually knew more about civ pro than I did.
I know Im not as positive as Pirate and others, but I want to tell it like I see it. Wake is a great school and Im glad Im here, but I wanted to be straight up and let you know my info about the job situation, and be honest that there are numerous poor teachers here, just like there would be at any law school.