Saturday, November 03, 2007


The following is a recent email from our Office of Career Services:

"The new Los Angeles office of a large East Coast law firm seeks 2L candidates for its Summer Associate Program. Candidates should have a 3.3 GPA and journal or moot court experience. Starting salary for the firm is $160,000. If you’re interested, please bring your resume to the Office of Career Services in 77 Dodd Hall by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31."

I found this email striking for two reasons:
1. Everyone, including OCS, has been stressing about the importance of finding the firm with "the right fit." Yet, the firm is not named, and we don't even know the size of the office or whether they do litigation or transactional work. But we do know that they are a East Coast firm and that they pay market.
2. But, as we all realize, listing the salary is the only thing that matters, and they were sure to list the salary. The firm is apparently the right fit depending on how much it pays.


P.S. Another ranking has been released, this time from the ABA and the former head of Cooley Law School. As I said before, while lots of schools don't maintain consistency in the various non-USNWR rankings, it is impressive that UCLA (this time at #13) maintains the same level across the different rankings,


Blogger divine angst said...

The firm is the newly joined Dewey LeBoeuf. I don't know why your Career Services didn't give you the name--ours did. So that might be a Career Services issue. I'd ask them, just because it's curious, since I think you already accepted somewhere else.

2:40 PM  
Blogger The Fox said...

It's actually not DL. Pre-merger, Dewey and LeBeouf actually both had small LA offices. The story is that the firm in question actually requested anonymity but after enough people asked OCS, the firm allowed the school to release the name. It's a DC-based firm.

I did accept--towards the beginning of October.

3:15 PM  
Blogger buffalodawg said...

Those are the Cooley rankings you posted. They do those as a joke to show how you can manipulate statistics, since they want to discredit all the other rankings that put them close to last among all law schools.

7:40 PM  
Blogger LawSchoolBlogger said...

I'm on the side fo the email; 160 is a good fit no matter how you slice it.

7:18 PM  

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