(Closed) Lawyer Bee Assistance (specifically CT Bees): Considering Law School

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I went to Quinnipiac Univ. School of Law, class of 2006.  I’m not sure what lists you’re looking at, but it’s a damn good school, very competitive, excellent faculty, and it’s only moved up in the rankings since it has been established.  It’s been accredited since 1996, less than 20 years old (was previously Univ. of Bridgeport).  They are preparing to move to a new campus in North Haven this year with all new facilities.  Also, a much smaller student population, with a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.  

With that said, in the 7 years since I graduated, I’ve had a great deal of difficulty with finding employment, but not the school’s fault.  I don’t live in CT, which I think was part of the problem.  The school doesn’t (or didn’t) have a great career placement service outside of CT.  There are many successful attorneys in CT from my class, though.  Either way, the market for attorneys is very dim.  I advise against it.  I am buried in debt, and as much as I love the law, I don’t have any confidence that I will ever practice again.  I’ve been unemployed for 2 years, though I just gave birth 3 months ago.  

In my opinion, law school is no longer a good investment.  

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@LoggerHead91207:  I’m not really sure what employers want, but looking at some paralegal job postings might be a good place to start. Also, for what it’s worth, I think I’d take a longer commute to save $12k or so, especially if starting a family is in the somewhat near future. 

Post # 20
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Helper bee

@LoggerHead91207:  http://www.jud.ct.gov/cbec/faq3.htm

you need to get a JD to sit for the CT bar.  Most people trying to go to law school are super uber type a and would know that- …. are you Sure law is something you reallly really want? It is not the type of thing you should commit to because it seems like something to do or because you want another degree. It is a very expensive and time intensive commitment.

 

Post # 23
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Helper bee

@LoggerHead91207:  or… You could send your resume to every law firm in your area. I was a paralegal at some very prestigious firms and while things may have changed since I was a paralegal, if you are waiting for a job posting, I don’t see much movement in terms of getting a paralegal job. I got my first job out of college by sending my resume to every law firm in the city. Look up a couple of firms in NY. You may need a paralegal ceritficate for Aparalegal job but maybe not for a project assistant or legal assistant position? Project assistant is the low man on the totem pole job but it would get you experience without costing you money. The bigger firms list the resumés of even the project assistants so you can see what type of experience they all have before they were hired.

 

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