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Job Search / Re: memoir on the resume
« on: February 25, 2008, 10:59:24 PM »
how come you dont have a job lined up already?

Haven't started looking.  I plan to soon.  But right now I plan to do a few months of writing between the end of school and the start of a legal job.  Because once I start working at a legal job, I don't plan to stop any time soon. 

Job Search / Re: memoir on the resume
« on: February 23, 2008, 12:46:16 PM »
Some advice about just putting it on your resume and not saying that it's a memoir.  The title of the book itself sounds like a giveaway, IMHO.  What else could it be?  A novel?

That being said, as I have no idea what is in the book, it would be hard to comment on whether it is going to be a detriment to your job search. But a warning; many employers frown upon employees having job-related blogs, and if they think you'll continue your blog once you're employed, they might think twice about hiring you.  At-will employees have been fired for maintaining blogs (private employees actually have latitude to do this).

Is your book a whole warts-and-all, spill-the-beans about your law school experience (as your blog seems to be)?  If so, employers might be concerned, if only that many are overly cautious these days, particularly when it comes to legal employment.  Discretion is highly prized, in terms of colleagues and clients; if it looks in the slightest like you are not discrete in your manner of discussing your experiences, potential employers are going to hesitate.

Trust me...this is the day when employers are checking people's facebook accounts to see if there are pictures of the prospective employee partying too hard, or behaving irresponsibly.  It sounds crazy, but you really have to manage your image carefully. 

This is all very scary...but it does make sense.  Whenever I say something bad about somebody on the bog, I do keep their identity secret...but I don't know how comforting that would be to potential employers.  YEah...I plan to stop the blog in July or August and I guess I just have to tell employers that.

But couldn't "Lawyer Boy" just be a novel?

Current Law Students / Re: in class exams v. take home exams
« on: February 22, 2008, 01:29:09 PM »
I think you should just submit a chapter of your book in lieu of the take home exam :)


"I would be pissed at having the take home exam, because it sounds terribly boring and like it would be significantly harder to distinguish yourself from the rest of the class.  Then again, you are a 3L so all your exams are virtually pass/fail anyway, so dont stress it."-Thorc954

I put it in quotes, so if you steal this for the book, it will be easier for you to avoid plagiarism.

Wait...I have pass/fail exams?  This is news.  I have 0, I'm pretty sure.  Is this common in other law schools?

Job Search / Re: memoir on the resume
« on: February 22, 2008, 01:28:04 PM »
you ignored my questions lawschoolblogger....:(

Sorry.  Had to look twice to spot the question.  Seemed like everybody was just being mean.  I go to DePaul.

And I can't tell if anybody was actually trying to give me real advice here...but I walk away thinking to keep teh book on the resume but don't say it's a memoir.

Current Law Students / Re: When You DON'T Do Your Reading
« on: February 22, 2008, 01:25:17 PM »
What about surgery? I had rotator cuff repair yesterday and I didn't get a chance to do the reading for tonight's Torts class. Should I skip the class and enjoy the groovy pain meds instead or should I go unprepared and save the pain meds for after my last final in December? ;)

Go to class and find out who you can sue.

Okay...of the people who replied to this post, I pick you as my lawyer.

Go to class, but on your way you slip and fall breaking your leg.  Insurance doesn't pay since they say you were not following doctors orders to stay at home.  Sue the professor and the law school for not stressing that you should not attend class in reasonable circumstances but instead having fostered an unstated high pressure enviornment that rewards risky behavior such as yours.  retire.  Become addicted to steady source of pain meds.

Current Law Students / Re: Seating Chart Penmanship
« on: February 22, 2008, 01:22:45 PM »
wow, your professor sounds like a complete and total prick, im glad I dont have him.  Im surprised that a con law professor with some knowledge of the constitution would used racists and sexist methods in choosing his students to be called on. 

I actually don't think that's racist or sexist.  It's constitutional law, and in every Conlaw class I've ever taken, I've found the discussion is far more in depth, varied and interested when a variety of people from different backgrounds speak up.  By making sure he calls on women and minorities, instead of just the conservative white guy who raises his hand all the time, he's trying not only to get everyone to participate, but also to ensure that his class touches upon the various viewpoints that are out there.

I'd actually like to sit in on this prof's class.  I'd think there would be more interesting discussion than there was in my 1L con law class.

Close call...when you're discussing, say, race, and the Con Law prof calls on the black guy, isn't he maybe, implicitly, asking him to speak on behalf of all black people, as if they'd all give the same answer?

Current Law Students / Re: Seating Chart Penmanship
« on: February 22, 2008, 01:21:15 PM »
My Civ Pro class was only 40 peope and met four times a week. I sat in the second row (there were only three). I was never called on the entire time. My last name has 2 syllables and is a very common and easy to pronounce spanish surname. I think I just lucked out in that class.

However, a girl who was in both my Civ Pro and Property class was called on the 1st two weeks in both classes and her last name was incredibly difficult to pronounce and maybe had 5 syllables.
I think sometimes it depends on the professor.

Wow...really? Then ignore everythign I said, I guess...

Current Law Students / Re: This Quote Means...?
« on: February 22, 2008, 01:20:16 PM »
It means the defendant won, but the court didn't say why exactly.  Either the plaintiff didn't meet his burden re: the mailbox rule, OR the plaintiff met his burden, but the defendant produced enough evidence to overcome the presumption of receipt.

Okay...this actually sounds pretty right...

Current Law Students / Re: This Quote Means...?
« on: February 22, 2008, 01:19:43 PM »
Yikes. At first glance, it appears that the author is trying to show the difference between an apple and an apple. The "overcoming of the presumption" and the "plaintiff's burden" are one in the same, no?

Yes...that was my first take on it too...

Current Law Students / Re: Law School Paradox
« on: February 22, 2008, 01:16:14 PM »
Even more examples of how you're a feminine hygiene product. 

...and this line was kind of phoned-in, yeah?

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