We are not Above the Law.
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Started by Matt Rob. Last reply by Sal Picataggio Aug 24, 2015.
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Started by Peter Nuar. Last reply by Barry Feb 21, 2012.
Externing is the best preparation for law school. To prepare to extern, consider "A Civil Action," which was recommended to me before law school
I practice tax law. Worked for a few firms over the last several doing both tax and civil/construction litigation. Didn't like litigation all that much -- kind of an annoying process, actually. Lots of hours billed and paper flying back and forth, but so little actually getting accomplished. I enjoy tax quite a bit, though. Less hassle, more tangible results. I've also found I like small town law firms a lot better than big name city firms. Better atmosphere. Better people. Better hours. But, even then, there was a better option. I just started my own firm very recently. Turns out I'm the best boss I've ever had.
I practice immigration law. Mostly for foreign investors, U.S. business looking for foreign investors or employees, foreign workers in specialty occupations or of an extraordinary ability. I do the occasional marriage-to-a-U.S.-citizen case here and there. Basically, everything but deportation.
And no, I did NOT plan on doing this when I was in law school.
I am an attorney and I've practiced in a number of areas since graduation 14 years ago. What I've found most rewarding was consumer bankruptcy practice. Helping people at one of the lowest points in their life navigate the federal system, helping them keep their homes and make a fresh start. It's an area of practice that stays fresh because you counsel clients, research and draft briefs and pleadings, and advocate in court. Many practice areas only give you the opportunity to do just one of these.
Sal and Jonathan thanks for the feedback. By any chance are both of you lawyers, and if so what area do you specialize in, and do you like what you do? Personally I'm trying to pursue a career in corporate law, but from my experience with my internship trial law is temptong.
Sal is not wrong; it certainly is expensive and the debt can be a real burden post-graduation. However, if you have thought it through and it's worth it to you (and if you can get some scholarship/grant money) there are books out there under the general concept heading of "What to Expect in Law School", though I can't remember any specific titles. The book "1L" by Scott Turow is a little dated, but offers some idea of what it's like specifically at Ivy League schools, but can also be applicable to any law school.
In terms of what you should already "have in stock" headed to law school, well, nothing really. Law schools don't presume prior knowledge of the law - in other words, they expect to teach you everything you need to know about the law.
If you choose to go forward I wish you the best of luck. Your legal career is what you make of it, and it can be incredibly rewarding. There are a lot of cynical lawyers in the world who were thinking their career would be something like what they've seen in movies or on TV, or that they'd be happy millionaires driving fancy cars. Don't listen to them. But do listen to what areas of legal work you're drawn to and learn everything you can about them.
Money, Jamal. Or at least acceptance from a school that is offering scholarships, grants, etc. It's a LOT of debt you're headed for.
I'm interning this summer with this judge and intending to go to law school this fall, any advice? Any books I should read, what to expect, what I should already have in stock going into law school?
That aint old.... Some people necropost from 2008....
I think the best person to ask for entry details are your law schools of choice. They'll know best what they expect in a new student and, frankly, they want to tell you what will make you good for them.
Some of it is a bit of a no brainer (your application should look good) but for specifics find out what floats their particular boats and strategise.
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