How Much Does Having A "Connection" Help In Big Law?

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How Much Does Having A "Connection" Help In Big Law?

Postby SLS_AMG » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:49 pm

How much would having, say, a distant relative help in getting an interview/offer at a big firm?

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Re: How Much Does Having A "Connection" Help In Big Law?

Postby puppylaw » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:02 pm

It sounds like could be huge for getting you an interview if your connection wants to help, but after that you'll more or less have to get the offer on your own.

Many firms have rules against nepotism to avoid problems with this.

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Re: How Much Does Having A "Connection" Help In Big Law?

Postby Master Tofu » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:16 pm

SLS_AMG wrote:How much would having, say, a distant relative help in getting an interview/offer at a big firm?



Who do you know? What influence does she have at the firm? A practice area head?

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Re: How Much Does Having A "Connection" Help In Big Law?

Postby Cavalier » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:25 pm

This is an impossible question to answer. It all depends on the particular firm, the influence this person has there, and what he or she is willing to do for you. If the "connection" is a junior associate who will simply say good things about you to the recruiting chick, that's probably not going to help much. On the other hand, if the connection is a partner with millions of dollars in business who serves on the hiring committee and will tell everyone that you deserve a job there, then you're probably in great shape.

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Re: How Much Does Having A "Connection" Help In Big Law?

Postby taxguy » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:43 pm

I have a number of connections with law school faculty and nothing helped for my own son. I know a federal judge who couldn't get his kid into a T14 law school. Perhaps if you knew well the dean of admission or dean of the law school, you might have a better shot. Of course, giving a million++ or more to a university might very well result in a much lower bar for the donor's kids.

The problem is that most law schools admit by committee. It would be a very hard sale, not to mention politically unpopular, to force a kid down the committee's throats without one heck of a reason besides family connections. A LOT of money is the only think that I think would sway a committee or admission office.
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Re: How Much Does Having A "Connection" Help In Big Law?

Postby Corwin » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:45 pm

Relative partner or associate?

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Re: How Much Does Having A "Connection" Help In Big Law?

Postby SLS_AMG » Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:52 pm

Master Tofu wrote:
SLS_AMG wrote:How much would having, say, a distant relative help in getting an interview/offer at a big firm?



Who do you know? What influence does she have at the firm? A practice area head?


It would be a partner. I don't think he is a hiring partner, but definitely a partner who has been at the firm for a long while.

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Re: How Much Does Having A "Connection" Help In Big Law?

Postby Ersatz Haderach » Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:06 pm

Interview? Hugely helpful. Offer? Not unless you've actually worked for them and managed to impress at least one other person (usually). Of course you can always nail the interview, and unless you have a really bad resume, there's no reason they'd actually be prejudiced against you.

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Re: How Much Does Having A "Connection" Help In Big Law?

Postby shoeshine » Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:10 pm

taxguy wrote:I have a number of connections with law school faculty and nothing helped for my own son. I know a federal judge who couldn't get his kid into a T14 law school. Perhaps if you knew well the dean of admission or dean of the law school, you might have a better shot. Of course, giving a million++ or more to a university might very well result in a much lower bar for the donor's kids.

The problem is that most law schools admit by committee. It would be a very hard sale, not to mention politically unpopular, to force a kid down the committee's throats without one heck of a reason besides family connections. A LOT of money is the only think that I think would sway a committee or admission office.


Tax guy you are always entertaining (even if you say the same thing over and over). I don't think you read the OP correctly. This is about getting into Big Law not a t-14. The process for getting into a law school is very different from getting into big law.




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