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legal assistant vs. finance/operation vs finance/research

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:40 pm
by am060459
i've received three offers.

the legal assistant position is at a V10. 2 yr commitment.

the finance/operation position is at a fortune 10. the position is not interesting to me but the opportunity for growth at this firm is tremedous and its name is well know.

the finance/research position is at a mid sized company. this finance position is more interesting than the previous one.

for the finance offers i plan on spending 2yrs.


i want to go to law school but dont mind pushing it back for 2-3 years. i think if i go into the job market it would benefit me in many ways.

i dont know what else to say so please feel free to ask.

which one should i choose and why?

Re: legal assistant vs. finance/operation vs finance/research

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:23 pm
by 2014
How does the pay compare?

Re: legal assistant vs. finance/operation vs finance/research

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:59 pm
by am060459
legal assistant is 40k (overtime included)

both finance positions are low 40s.

Re: legal assistant vs. finance/operation vs finance/research

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:19 pm
by AreJay711
The finance positions sound the most interesting to me but if you're sold on law school the v10 will give you a good chance to network. If there is any substantial chance that you want to work in business/finance, those might be better even if law school is what you think you want most.

Edit: Finance/Research would look good on a application though.

Re: legal assistant vs. finance/operation vs finance/research

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:55 pm
by am060459
i personally am drawn to the finance/research position as that is much interest to me. im certain of going into law school and pursing business law. im really undecided between the legal assistant and the finance/research.

anyone else have any input?

Re: legal assistant vs. finance/operation vs finance/research

Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:22 am
by 2014
Legal Assistant would help you out if you want a job there after graduating law school.
Finance/Research would be the most broad combination of meaningful and enjoyable experience.

It's up to you, but I would personally go with the latter. Two years is a long time to have to sacrifice quality of life, even if it means better chances at a job after graduation, if you do well you will get a job after graduation regardless.

Re: legal assistant vs. finance/operation vs finance/research

Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:56 am
by Patriot1208
Also, there is some benefit here to getting some other work experience that you would considering do as a job. You may end up loving the finance reasearch position and stay in that for a few years. Don't pigeonhole yourself into the legal profession if you are interested in seeing what another industry is like.

Re: legal assistant vs. finance/operation vs finance/research

Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:19 am
by 1Levening2013
definitely the research position

i can't comment too much on the legal assistant position, but i dont think this really differentiates you from others pursuing law school

the operations position is likely rather dead end--operations can be very boring, and even at the best of firms, it is hard to leverage that into a front office position

research will be interesting, provide you with a valuable skill set, will help differentiate you from other candidates, and probably provides you with the biggest opportunity for advancement whether you go to law school or not