Couple of Newbie questions.

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RP1983
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Couple of Newbie questions.

Postby RP1983 » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:16 am

Is corporate law the same thing as big law?

Also, I have noticed a couple schools that I am applying to have listed a few journals above their Law Review. For example, Widener lists their Delaware Journal of Corporate Law above Widener Law Review. (The DJCL is actually ranked higher than Yales and Columbias according to Washington and Lee.) Does this mean that this is the more prestigious organization of the two and that I should join this one if possible?

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D. H2Oman
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Re: Couple of Newbie questions.

Postby D. H2Oman » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:21 am

No need to worry about biglaw.

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TTH
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Re: Couple of Newbie questions.

Postby TTH » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:40 am

Delaware Chancery Court ftw

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Re: Couple of Newbie questions.

Postby CSKNJ » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:42 am

No need to worry about biglaw.


My cousin was on the Widener corporate law journal back in the nineties and has worked for a Philly big law firm for years now doing product liability work.

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Re: Couple of Newbie questions.

Postby MrKappus » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:43 am

RP1983 wrote:Is corporate law the same thing as big law?

Also, I have noticed a couple schools that I am applying to have listed a few journals above their Law Review. For example, Widener lists their Delaware Journal of Corporate Law above Widener Law Review. (The DJCL is actually ranked higher than Yales and Columbias according to Washington and Lee.) Does this mean that this is the more prestigious organization of the two and that I should join this one if possible?


Tempted to call flame, but I'll bite.

Corporate law is an umbrella term for any legal practice related to (surprise!) corporations, usually in reference to transactional practice (i.e., the only time you'll see court rooms is on TV). Biglaw refers to working for one of the NLJ250 law firms, most of which have separate divisions that handle corporate law (e.g., M&A), litigation, T&E, Bankruptcy, et al.

LR is the most prestigious LS activity you can do, and should be your first choice. Journal rankings do not matter. What matters is writing "Law Review" on your resume (and hopefully serving as an editor).

H2O's comment, while douchey, is right. Only the top 5-10% at Widener probably have any shot whatsoever at biglaw.

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Re: Couple of Newbie questions.

Postby D. H2Oman » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:45 am

CSKNJ wrote:
No need to worry about biglaw.


My cousin was on the Widener corporate law journal back in the nineties and has worked for a Philly big law firm for years now doing product liability work.


Cool.




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