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by jeff chiles
Sun Oct 17, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: Careers in legal aid
Replies: 49
Views: 2796

Re: Careers in legal aid

A couple years ago they were offering col stipends around 10k, I’d ask about it if you are dead set on going. I think your plan can work but it will be a ton of added stress/costs and if I were interviewing you I’d wonder why you didn’t go somewhere closer. Wouldn’t be a big problem (to me) if you h...
by jeff chiles
Sat Jul 10, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS
Replies: 32
Views: 11908

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

My not super well informed opinion is that you can still make a lot of money after going in-house but that’s by moving to a non lawyer job.
by jeff chiles
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Other Pre-Law Questions
Topic: So you think you want BigLaw?
Replies: 436
Views: 126970

Re: So you think you want BigLaw?

i didn't do biglaw (because it sounded awful and i am fundamentally a bum) but i agree that it's worth it if you want to end up in an ideal in-house job. When i interviewed at a couple different F500 companies for in-house positions without that on my resume I felt like I was at a disadvantage when ...
by jeff chiles
Tue Mar 02, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Other Pre-Law Questions
Topic: Long Hours
Replies: 25
Views: 5227

Re: Long Hours

Likely fine, to the extent you can get an idea of what counts as billable that could be helpful. At my old small firm, the expectation was 1650 (or around that) but it really only counted hours billed and collected. Hours that client wouldn’t pay (either by billing arrangement or being cheap), pro B...
by jeff chiles
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerking's killed my interest in practicing law
Replies: 15
Views: 3395

Re: Clerking's killed my interest in practicing law

Real estate is a broad practice area that has elements that are very much “practicing law” and parts that are more business or even engineering/design oriented. But you cannot avoid the “cog in the wheel” aspect in real estate; even as a solo practitioner you are always going to be part of a much la...
by jeff chiles
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Alternative Careers
Topic: CS career megathread / AMA
Replies: 343
Views: 99206

Re: CS career megathread / AMA

I don’t know computers but an entry level job in any industry earning 120-140k in a low cost of living area is not going to be easy to find. But something at that level when you are 4-5 years in will be much easier to find (still not easy though).
by jeff chiles
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Choosing a Law School
Topic: Hi. New here. Thinking of becoming a lawyer.
Replies: 18
Views: 4679

Re: Hi. New here. Thinking of becoming a lawyer.

You need to identify like a half dozen places in Birmingham or nearby where you could realistically work after graduating and ideally talk to people in those jobs to see if it’s something you want to do. Honestly I think it’s a bad idea, if you want to help people more there have to be ways to do it...
by jeff chiles
Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Asking for old job back after lateral move
Replies: 12
Views: 2613

Re: Asking for old job back after lateral move

i agree that theres no point waiting a year or any longer if you want to go back but 2 months is just long enough for there to be a very good chance they realized its a huge relief to not have to pay an associate when there is not enough work to go around in the first place.
by jeff chiles
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Application Process
Topic: Serving in Army Reserves during law school?? Impact on admissions?
Replies: 22
Views: 6920

Re: Serving in Army Reserves during law school?? Impact on admissions?

My friend did it with no issue but his CO was very supportive and he had been in the reserves for several years before LS. I would absolutely not join just as a soft for law school admissions though.
by jeff chiles
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: "Going Solo" Immediately After Law School?
Replies: 7
Views: 3036

Re: "Going Solo" Immediately After Law School?

i understand wanting to solo straight out, but even working for a crappy attorney or small firm for a year would be immensely valuable before going solo. there are a lot of little things you can learn during that time like pricing, basic marketing, local rules & court quirks (dumb stuff like where t...
by jeff chiles
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Application Process
Topic: What are my chances? At 33 years old, Should I try to go to law-school. Please give me your honest feedback.
Replies: 59
Views: 23668

Re: What are my chances? At 32 years old, Should I try to go to law-school. Please give me your honest feedback.

Plenty of people get married and have kids in law school - it’s a lot but I’m not sure it’s any “worse” than doing so when you are working as an attorney later on (in many ways I think it’s easier but that’s just me). You don’t have to freeze everything else going on in your personal life to do law ...
by jeff chiles
Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Transfer Admissions
Topic: [Delete]
Replies: 21
Views: 5346

Re: TTT--Is my life over?

I mean, there are a million other kinds of jobs besides math, coding, working with kids, politics, and law. Seriously and most of them don’t require 3 years and six figures of debt to get I don’t think law school is even a terrible option but be real about wanting a career path with more prestige a...
by jeff chiles
Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Legal News and Law Firm Gossip
Topic: Interesting Decisions
Replies: 28
Views: 13404

Re: Interesting Decisions

Yeah that one is great too. He has a long running suit against Best Buy for a bait and switch I think he also protested outside of it for a few days. In his civil rights cases based on his own criminal issues he cited several Iron Maiden song lyrics and album art in his briefing. The guy is maybe no...
by jeff chiles
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Choosing a Law School
Topic: Dropping Out and Reapplying
Replies: 114
Views: 35912

Re: Dropping Out and Reapplying

Fordham is like a 7500 mile/year base A3 lease
by jeff chiles
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Choosing a Law School
Topic: Dropping Out and Reapplying
Replies: 114
Views: 35912

Re: Dropping Out and Reapplying

idk like if your lease is up and you need a car, and you really want the AMG model and can swing the added cost, but due to allocation/supply issues you can’t get one for maybe another year so you settle for the still very nice, less exciting model, I can see being a little bummed knowing that you ...
by jeff chiles
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Choosing a Law School
Topic: Dropping Out and Reapplying
Replies: 114
Views: 35912

Re: Dropping Out and Reapplying

idk like if your lease is up and you need a car, and you really want the AMG model and can swing the added cost, but due to allocation/supply issues you can’t get one for maybe another year so you settle for the still very nice, less exciting model, I can see being a little bummed knowing that you s...
by jeff chiles
Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Talking politics at work: guidelines? Guidance?
Replies: 31
Views: 12891

Re: Talking politics at work: guidelines? Guidance?

The bigger issue is feeling like you have nothing interesting to talk about other than politics. Idk if you’re giving yourself enough credit but there have to be some other things, even seemingly dull things, to talk about at work other than politics. Like I’ve always been the go to guy at work to t...
by jeff chiles
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Is clerking a scam?
Replies: 10
Views: 6360

Re: Is clerking a scam?

I agree that I hear way more horror stories than positive stories from classmates. I think a third of my friends who clerked left early or moved to a different judge, but these are all state clerkships and not federal so idk if that’s what people talk about when they promote clerking.
by jeff chiles
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Does a SCOTUS Clerkship Matter?
Replies: 20
Views: 9261

Re: Does a SCOTUS Clerkship Matter?

I think the better way to look at it would be focusing on the definite advantages (dollar amount of clerkship bonus and whatever intrinsic value working this job would have to you) vs what you think you’ll lose or miss out on personally by staying in DC another year. I don’t think we can answer that...
by jeff chiles
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Does a SCOTUS Clerkship Matter?
Replies: 20
Views: 9261

Re: Does a SCOTUS Clerkship Matter?

What would you do if you didn’t do (or try for) SCOTUS after the clerkship? If the plan is to do big law for a couple years anyhow it seems better to try for the clerkship and get that big bonus/even better experience for any firm in any part of the country. Other than the extra time in DC or commut...
by jeff chiles
Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Cancelling an accepted offer
Replies: 9
Views: 6360

Re: Cancelling an accepted offer

I know this would burn a bridge at the firm but does it really harm you with other firms? I work in a small market and have never heard of firms communicating this info or blackballing people that way. Definitely agree it’s dumb to renege if it’s just a perceived prestige thing but if it’s a major s...
by jeff chiles
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Law Clerk at Two Jobs at Once?
Replies: 34
Views: 11371

Re: Law Clerk at Two Jobs at Once?

if you are at a 2L at a T14 with a presumably big law SA lined up I have no idea why you are doing this why have potential conflicts from 2 small time law clerk jobs that could even remotely jeopardize your anticipated SA and post grad employment. The obligation to disclose doesn’t come from policie...
by jeff chiles
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Law Clerk at Two Jobs at Once?
Replies: 34
Views: 11371

Re: Law Clerk at Two Jobs at Once?

Even if there are no ethical issues there’s a chance one or both firms have malpractice policies that prevent covered persons from moonlighting without clearing it with the firm and using the firms standard engagement letter/conflicts process. Money doesn’t make something OK or not but an extra 100-...
by jeff chiles
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Law Clerk at Two Jobs at Once?
Replies: 34
Views: 11371

Re: Law Clerk at Two Jobs at Once?

If you need money get an extra job at school not at another firm or just quit once you find a firm that will give you more hours/money.

I’m sure you could get away with it but it’s not right and you know better as a law student.