DeeCee wrote:Jeffro, have you talked to grads that wanted Biglaw/ Midlaw? Is this what you want? In your recent convos with grads, what did they say?
Personally, I will be going into public interest and I'm not concerned with Biglaw. But I was asking because I wanted to know how the chats with grads went.
I've talked with grads that are currently employed as attorneys. One is in public interest, but would have gone for Biglaw had they had better grades. The other is in a very small firm. The former noted that the focus on public interest limits a lot of things outside of public interest (networking opportunities, clinics, etc.). The latter in particular noted that they would liked to have gotten more choices during OCI, such as Midlaw, but there was little to choose from outside of PI or Biglaw. I personally have no interest in Biglaw, but could see myself in Midlaw or even smaller eventually. I do even have a public interest background, so really I would feel comfortable anywhere other than Biglaw.
skw wrote:Fair enough. This is, after all, a discussion board.
I look at the public interest thing a little differently though. My situation (for clarity) is that I live in NC and plan to stay here. I will be looking for a firm job in a medium to large firm in IP when I graduate. I view Carolina as the school that will create most of my competition for this type of job (again given their alumni network, location, and rep). Given that 25% of my classmates are not even remotely interested in competing for the type of job I'm interested in, I view my chances at landing those jobs as higher than they would be if 95% of the class was interested in firm work. Just my 2 cents...
This is an interesting take, but I am concerned about the handful of other law schools in NC with people who are looking for those types of jobs. You mentioned ASD earlier...did they tell you what percentages of their alumni are in IP or similar firms?