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General Off-Topic Board / Re: RIP Scrabulous
« on: July 29, 2008, 12:17:46 PM »
I'm so disappointed right now.....what am I supposed to during classes now, pay attention?!?

Incoming 1Ls / LEEWS Question
« on: July 29, 2008, 12:16:47 PM »
So I got a copy of LEEWS, but I'm wondering when the recommended time to do the program is? Before school starts? A month or so into school? A couple weeks before Finals??

What do you guys think?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Wisconsin, Class of '11
« on: July 21, 2008, 06:38:47 AM »
Scary! But good.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: 0L Musings
« on: July 17, 2008, 12:19:25 PM »

There's an article in the Wall-Street Journal today about the declining value of a college degree. Read the full article Here

The main point of the article is that, for an increasing number of college graduates, earning a Bachelor's degree is not quite the leg-up on the competition that it used to be. This should be readily apparent for any recent graduates that have been attempting to enter the workforce within the past couple of years. Outside of a few fields that are still on the upswing, including engineering and healthcare, more graduates will have a more difficult time finding a job with only a Bachelor's degree.

The article also briefly mentions that even advanced degrees, JD's included, aren't exactly the ticket to a well-paying and secure job that they used to be. "But not all law graduates are so fortunate; many, especially those from less-prestigious schools, have far lower salaries and less job security."

What are prospective students supposed to do? All but shut out of any meaningful careers with just a Bachelor's degree, and facing increasing competition for jobs even with advanced degrees, the outlook isn't exactly rosy....

General Off-Topic Board / Re: 0L Musings
« on: July 15, 2008, 01:03:12 PM »

Free Advice to the Class of '11

I came across this list of advice for incoming students this Fall, from students who have been there before. Most of it seems to make sense, and it never hurts to hear from people who have came before you! I'm sure most of you can get something worthwhile out of the list, so enjoy!

Free Advice Here

One of the best, which I learned the hard way during undergrad and will not make the mistake of repeating again:

Don't get in a habit of eating the free pizza from meetings everytime you see it, unless you want to gain 20 lbs. over the next 3 yrs.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: 0L Musings
« on: July 11, 2008, 03:45:09 PM »

I'm very interested in Immigration Law, so this recent article in the NY Times, Here , caught my attention. A certified Spanish-interpreter for the Federal courts brought up the issue that many of the 400 or so immigrants arrested in raids at a meatpacking plant in Iowa had little or no idea why they were actually being arrested or what charges they were actually facing. The government is trying to move along the cases so quickly that the accused don't actually have time to properly consult with interpreters and defense attorneys, but are rather being subjected to quick guilty pleas when they are not even sure what they are pleading guilty to. In a one-week period, over 260 of the immigrants plead guilty and received immediate jail sentences. There is no way that a small team of defense attorneys and interpreters were able to completely assist over 260 people in one week. To me, that is a fundamental failing of our justice system. Right to a fair trial and competent representation? Apparently that does not apply in all cases equally....

General Off-Topic Board / Re: 0L Musings
« on: July 08, 2008, 10:13:03 PM »
Normally I wouldn't promote this site.....

...but there's actually a somewhat helpful discussion going on over at JDUnderground.

Shocking, I know. It's titled "Does Persistence Pay Off in Law?" and I think that it can spark a serious and insightful discussion, provided people stay on track (not likely), but perhaps some of you readers will be able to take something out of it! Stay determined and focused, work hard, and persistence will pay off in pretty much every area of life.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: 0L Musings
« on: July 08, 2008, 09:41:39 PM »
A Nation in Decline

Bill O' Reilly's latest column, Here, takes the "bible of the American Left", the New York Times to task for opining that America is in a state of decline. Let's take a quick look at some of O' Reilly's points.

O' Reilly argues that America is hardly in decline by pointing out a few examples of other countries around the world, writing, "Overseas, the world is largely a mess. Africa remains a chaotic cauldron of corruption, China continues its authoritarian rule and there's no letup in the India-Pakistan hatred. Would you like to live in those countries?
Russia continues to lead the league in corruption, Mexico is fighting a brutal war against its own drug traffickers, and South America remains mired in poverty. Call me crazy, but I don't see many immigrants pounding on those doors."

While he has a valid point that we are not necessarily clamoring to move to the India-Pakistan border or to some lawless, drug-producing regions of Mexico, he somehow fails to ignore some 170+ of the other countries in the world. Would I mind living in Canada, England, Spain, or Italy, just to name a few? Not so much. Nor would a great number of Americans. Is it not true that immigrants are "pounding" down the doors in Spain, South Africa, and basically the vast majority of Western European nations? Apparently not in O' Reilly's world.

O' Reilly goes on to proclaim that "Against all odds, U.S. forces have almost single-handedly defeated Islamic fascism in Iraq, one of the most complicated battlefields in history." we even need to address this one? That's a pretty big "almost" there, Bill.

"In Afghanistan, U.S. and NATO troops continue to hammer the vicious Taliban on every front. The only reason those fascists are operating is that Pakistan protects them." Really? That's the onlyreason that the Taliban is surviving in Afghanistan? It has nothing to do with the local support? With the fact that, for all practical purposes, the Taliban controls large swaths of Afghanistan, and has for generations? Way to dig deep on that one, Bill.

Finally, O' Reilly ends by saying "So, it comes down to this: the committed left believes that America has been too aggressive fighting the war on terror and not aggressive enough when it comes to government mandated economic and social engineering. Thus, in their view, the country is in decline."

That's such a simplistic view of Liberal ideologies that it's hard to take his statements seriously. Nevermind that the Fed. Chief Bernanke has conceded that a recession is likely, saying "Our estimates are that we are slightly growing at the moment, but we think that there's a chance that for the first half as a whole, there might be a slight contraction."This is a man who cannot afford to be free and loose when discussing the economy, but rather a man whose every word can affect global markets instantaneously.

Is O' Reilly somehow going to paint Bernanke as a Socialist now? Actually, at this point I wouldn't be surprised...

General Off-Topic Board / Re: 0L Musings
« on: July 04, 2008, 12:01:27 AM »

Sorry for the complete lack of updates in the past month or so! Things have been extremely out of control emotionally, psychologically, etc. I suppose it is a good precursor for what's in store for me in the next three years....

I plan on getting back into the swing of things very soon, as things are starting move along now. Signed my lease on a nice place in Madison (finally) after making 3 weekend trips in a row hunting for a place. Gave notice to my employer that I'll be leaving in early August...and with that, things are becoming much more "real". As soon as I fill out my loan forms and sign away my life on the dotted promissory line, it'll be officially official.

As far as this website, I'm in DIRE need of some help. Anyone with a bit of spare time and a big heart, now is the time to showcase your skills! I'm looking for a new header for the page and logo to spread throughout my other online stomping grounds. If ANYone is interested, please leave a comment or email; I'm sure we can set up some sort of payment options for your hard work! Thanks in advance for any help I might receive.

Also keep in mind that a LOT of positions at V100 firms are gonna require previous experience or paralegal degrees.

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