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by jeff chiles
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Best way to handle saying dumb things by mistake?
Replies: 12
Views: 3250

Re: Best way to handle saying dumb things by mistake?

Well going back in to explain the comment was not a good move

Eta: you have to stop referring to people as young girls
by jeff chiles
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Consumer Class Actoin v. Securities
Replies: 23
Views: 6735

Re: Consumer Class Actoin v. Securities

I understand as far as prestige is concerned that Plaintiff-side consumer class action firms are at the bottom of the totem poll . Are securities class action firms significantly or marginally more respected in the legal community? What gave you this impression and why does it matter? Yeah this is ...
by jeff chiles
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Other Pre-Law Questions
Topic: Do all summer associate positions turn into a job offer?
Replies: 14
Views: 4387

Re: Do all summer associate positions turn into a job offer?

My advice (Jeff/nony correct me if I'm off base): If you have or are pursuing these kinds of jobs, you should do your best work and hope for the best, but plan for the worst and have back-ups ready to execute. 3L oci, applying to fellowships, government gigs, etc., splitting your summer if possible...
by jeff chiles
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Other Pre-Law Questions
Topic: Do all summer associate positions turn into a job offer?
Replies: 14
Views: 4387

Re: Do all summer associate positions turn into a job offer?

I think that’s a better way to look at it, although pay will vary widely (some pay prorated associate salary, and some pay like 10 bucks an hour). Some, maybe even many, small firms do use law clerks as cheap labor. It makes sense for a firm to offload busywork that that support staff can’t or won’t...
by jeff chiles
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Other Pre-Law Questions
Topic: Do all summer associate positions turn into a job offer?
Replies: 14
Views: 4387

Re: Do all summer associate positions turn into a job offer?

I’ve worked at several small firms and in my experience/observations of other similar firms these types of summer associate/law clerk positions probably have a less than 50% chance of turning into a full time job offer
by jeff chiles
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Practice Area Discussion
Topic: Labor & Employment
Replies: 20
Views: 6880

Re: Labor & Employment

That sounds like an awesome job
by jeff chiles
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Practice Area Discussion
Topic: Ambulance Chasing (PI)
Replies: 60
Views: 17318

Re: Ambulance Chasing (PI)

I feel like being counsel directly for a carrier would be better than a firm that gets paid like 100/hr from the carrier that then scrutinizes and nitpicks the bill. I’ve never worked at firms that only did PI or had more than maybe 5-10% of work in PI or coming from insurance carriers though so idk...
by jeff chiles
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: TLS Debate - Shoes for Interview
Replies: 39
Views: 8776

Re: TLS Debate - Shoes for Interview

What are thoughts on black loafer/no socks, not for an interview but this generally? I kind of want to be that guy but I feel like you got to be older to do it
by jeff chiles
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Other Pre-Law Questions
Topic: Law School Financial Hell
Replies: 12
Views: 4886

Re: Law School Financial Hell

yeah i think this is pretty common for loans to not be refunded from the school financial office to you before the semester starts, when i was in it ranged from like the end of the first week of the semester to maybe two or three weeks in. As far as buying books, if you buy through the school bookst...
by jeff chiles
Tue May 22, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: excitable intern
Replies: 36
Views: 8152

Re: excitable intern

Close talking: I think you can tell someone to back off if they are too close to you, especially if you do it right away and not after 2-3 months of close talking. Loud talking: this is harder but since it’s a guy I’d tell him to calm down or relax in a lighthearted way. Loud laughing: I think you j...
by jeff chiles
Wed May 16, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: What is a reasonable income arrangement for a new attorney joining a solo-practitioner?
Replies: 8
Views: 2267

Re: What is a reasonable income arrangement for a new attorney joining a solo-practitioner?

if that’s the case I’d be looking for pretty much any other job ASAP, i don’t think he’s a necessarily a bad guy but he doesn’t have enough work to pay an associate and he is going to keep taking advantage of a pretty good situation (an attorney willing to work for next to nothing) as long as he can...
by jeff chiles
Wed May 16, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: What is a reasonable income arrangement for a new attorney joining a solo-practitioner?
Replies: 8
Views: 2267

Re: What is a reasonable income arrangement for a new attorney joining a solo-practitioner?

My gut says this is a less than ideal arrangement. But since she knows the firm, does she have an idea of how much business he gets in a year? Is the work primarily hourly or contingent fee basis? Does he have any idea of how much work he will actually have for her, and if so, how much of that is ho...
by jeff chiles
Mon May 14, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Legal Academic Discussion
Topic: writing on to law review
Replies: 11
Views: 7284

Re: writing on to law review

I agree with nony, when i grades write on entries I primarily was looking for failure to comply with the instructions/blatantly incorrect conclusions as a way to filter the average entries. Take the time to do it right, but if you have to cut corners I’d always err on the side of not having the most...
by jeff chiles
Tue May 08, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Other Pre-Law Questions
Topic: Having kids during vs after law school
Replies: 13
Views: 3277

Re: Having kids during vs after law school

I don’t have kids but I’ll add that small firms generally, like a lot of small businesses, have terrible/nonexistent paid parental leave so if that’s the direction you’re going its something to be aware of
by jeff chiles
Wed May 02, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Other Pre-Law Questions
Topic: Guide: You're an undergrad student (or in high school!) and you want to go to law school
Replies: 26
Views: 19721

Re: Guide: You're an undergrad student (or in high school!) and you want to go to law school

One thing I might add for undergrads that are really itching to get some exposure to "law" is to see if your school has a mock trial team. Teams tend to be coached by lawyers/JDs and I found the process of breaking down the elements of a case in that context to be very similar to how a lot of my pr...
by jeff chiles
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Other Pre-Law Questions
Topic: So you think you want BigLaw?
Replies: 430
Views: 89768

Re: So you think you want BigLaw?

I’m not biglaw but people who aren’t lawyers also just seem to -get- being crazy at work because of a trial and understand that you aren’t going to be available or may have to cancel plans when that’s going on.
by jeff chiles
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Bad Interview Moments
Replies: 30
Views: 7378

Re: Bad Interview Moments

I went to a callback and the firm had brought about 10 2ls in and said that they had done the same thing a week before, so they had 20 total candidates at the callback stage. In one of the interviews a senior partner was commenting on my resume and said “it’s a damn shame we are only able to hire o...
by jeff chiles
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Bad Interview Moments
Replies: 30
Views: 7378

Re: Bad Interview Moments

I went to a callback and the firm had brought about 10 2ls in and said that they had done the same thing a week before, so they had 20 total candidates at the callback stage. In one of the interviews a senior partner was commenting on my resume and said “it’s a damn shame we are only able to hire on...
by jeff chiles
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Other Pre-Law Questions
Topic: Small Town Law Incentives
Replies: 4
Views: 1399

Re: Small Town Law Incentives

It sounds like a way to avoid properly funding the PDs office, but idk a lot about Wisconsin. At least in my state it’s fairly common for low population counties to pay solo or small firm attorneys a pretty low hourly rate to take court appointed criminal defense clients, because that arrangement is...
by jeff chiles
Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Choosing a Law School
Topic: TTTT Botton 20% grad/alum taking questions
Replies: 25
Views: 5292

Re: TTTT Botton 20% grad/alum taking questions

What kind of stuff keeps you up at night/what’s your biggest fear being a young solo attorney?
by jeff chiles
Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: What do small M&A deals cost?
Replies: 2
Views: 1166

Re: What do small M&A deals cost?

Depends on the market probably but at small firms I’ve worked at that kind of job would probably cost around 3k to 7k depending on the complexity of the purchase and the amount of back and forth with the other party.
by jeff chiles
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Other Pre-Law Questions
Topic: Small Town Law Incentives
Replies: 4
Views: 1399

Re: Small Town Law Incentives

I have never heard of a program like this and would be kind of surprised to see a program that incentivized private practice attorneys to move in, although I do know of bar associations sponsoring law firm “incubators” where they subsidize office space and westlaw access in exchange for new solo att...
by jeff chiles
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Other Pre-Law Questions
Topic: Guide request: how to get Big Law
Replies: 34
Views: 8288

Re: Guide request: how to get Big Law

[placeholder for writing spiel about how to interview if you are genuinely uninteresting, difficult to be around and have average grades] I would recommend not taking the jeff chiles approach and responding to the question “Tell me about the biggest challenge you ever faced and how you overcame it”...