How can I rise above mediocrity?
November 25, 2008 9:03 AM Subscribe
LawFilter: How can a person with poor grades and limited experience as an attorney find a good
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (10 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a lawyer in the Midwest. I've been out of school for the last 4 years and in that time, I haven't been able to find a job that I feel like I can truly make a difference at or be happy at.
First, some background. I finished near the bottom of my class in a high Tier 2 law school. This was after a decent undergraduate career. After getting out, I worked for a couple of solo practicitioners, a software company, and had my own (unsuccessful) firm for a year and a half. Right now, I'm working for a general practice firm.
I feel like I either want to work for the government or work for a firm in a bigger market. Trouble is, I haven't been able to get any good, substantive experience that would make me a fit. If it matters, I'm interested in immigration law. Ideally, I'd want to work for USCIS or the State Dept. I've also thought that maybe I should try to work internationally and then come back to the U.S.
So, my question is: What can I do as someone who got mediocre grades to make myself attractive to firms in New York, Boston, LA or SF? Should I just bag my career in law and go back to school for an MBA? Any input would be much appreciated.
If you need to follow up, I've set up a throwaway e-mail. It is lawyerincrisis at gmail dot com.