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Current Law Students / Help in deciding summer employment!
« on: May 04, 2005, 06:38:11 PM »
I'm entering law school this fall, and I recently had two opportunities present themselves as for summer employment, and I was just wondering if people could offer advice.

Option #1 - Legal Assistant in law firm (large firm, good pay for summer associates), in business transactions.  The pay is very respectable.

Option #2 - Intern for my state's Attorney General (primarily corporate dealings, as the state I live in does a lot of business with various corporations).  Unpaid. 

Money is not a HUGE factor, but I will need to make something over the summer.  If I do option #2, I would have to work retail over the weekends/nights. 

What should I do? 

Hofstra U School of Law / Re: So who is going to Hofstra?
« on: May 04, 2005, 07:54:41 AM »
Creative input currently stifled by the hell of computer programming...but let's see here...

Instead of having someone sleep with a professor, we could have a student who is paying his/her way through law school by stripping (this is kept a secret from all his/her roommates, as well).  This student has a bad first few classes with one of her professors, and later, as it turns out, s/he ends up running into said professor in the stripclub (as the professor is one of the regulars at this club).  Ensues lots of awkward class conversations between the student and the professor. 

Also, we could have one of those parent/child conflicts, where a father pushes his child to go to the same law school that he went to, and that his grandfather went to, so on and so forth, and then to work at the same firm that generations of his family has worked at, but the child wants to go into something like public interest law or something less prestigious, in the father's eyes. 

Hofstra U School of Law / Re: So who is going to Hofstra?
« on: April 29, 2005, 02:50:36 PM »
Yeah, my parents are most certainly happy about me deciding against pursuing acting as a career.  They've been supportive of acting in general, but they still see it as a "hobby" thing, not as a "rest of my life" thing.  And to be completely honest, I never really could picture myself as a actress for the rest of my life.  It is so emotionally demanding, constantly being "in touch with your emotions" (for lack of a better term).  And there's the money thing - I'm in Equity, so I have to pay working dues with everything, so while I have a minimum salary standard, there's still a crapload of other expenses that go along with it (not to mention the little details like rent, food, etc., etc.).

I completely agree with your sentiment on poser artsy people; my undergrad seems to be filled with them (not just acting majors, but spread across the board).  The students I encountered on my MFA auditions/visits weren't really posers, but they were very tuned into this idea of the "world being a theatre."  It's like they have to "figure" everyone out around them and break things down into tiny little parts until they cannot really recognize what's important and what's not anymore.  Odd situation - you have to spend all your time observing people in acting to become more "in touch", but there comes a point where you lose touch of yourselves.  In large part, that's what I thought about some of the students in these MFA programs...I really didn't want that for myself.   

Yeah, leave the first season for core character development; otherwise, the audience wouldn't have that emotional attachment to the core characters in order to continue for second season. 

Hofstra U School of Law / Re: So who is going to Hofstra?
« on: April 29, 2005, 10:18:20 AM »
Well, I started in acting as kind of a whim thing.  I took a class as an arts requirement at school, and my professor saw some sort of potential in me.  He encouraged me to pursue it further, so I did.  I've been very lucky in the opportunities I've had so far with acting, but at the same time, it's a depressing thought to spend 3 years at a school in an MFA program (plus tons of money - the programs that I was accepted into cost more than law school will), and have no guarantee whatsoever about a better job (or heck, even a better shot at getting an audition).  At the end, acting school was a fun concept to flirt around with (and very ego-boosting for me in terms of the acceptances), but law school is more realistic. 

Plus, at the risk of sounding condescending, a vast majority of the students in these MFA programs were super, crazy artisty kids.  I can handle that in moderation, but three years of that was a frightening prospect for me.   

And yes, concentrating on my finals has been a massive pain...especially when computer programming has developed into the bain of my existence. 

I had a Dell laptop - it was wonderful.  I loved it, until the morning when I went to turn it on, and much to my dismay, never went past the start-up screen.  Mind you, this laptop has lasted through my numerous undergraduate disasters, totaling about three and a half years before its untimely death.  I'll probably get another Dell laptop in a month from now; my mother gets a pretty decent discount off of Dell computers through her job.   

And I'm all about the two piece band.  Definitely hot. 

Hofstra U School of Law / Re: So who is going to Hofstra?
« on: April 29, 2005, 08:38:35 AM »
I think I would be also getting some form of addiction to the LSD board; however, the fact that my laptop is now dead and I rely solely on campus computer labs helps matters (although it's kicking my butt on this final programming project).  Although when I go to back to work this summer, I'm guessing that I will spend a number of hours here.

I got a XXXXL shirt as well - I stand a whopping 5 foot even, so if I throw on a belt, it passes as a lovely Hofstra law dress for me. 

As for the show, I'm an actress (it was actually between going to acting school and law school), and I can kinda sorta sing, so I could be the actress who psuedo-moonlights as a band member.  Who is also awesome.   ;D

I'm working fulltime at a firm near my home part of the summer, then I'm in a musical for another part of the I'm really not going to get the opportunity to do a prep course or anything of that nature.  Wish I could, way too many committments. 

Hofstra U School of Law / Re: So who is going to Hofstra?
« on: April 28, 2005, 06:23:12 PM »
If people are looking for apartment roommates, I'm definitely interested.  I'm 21 and female.  No objection to living with guys - I've lived with guys for the past year and a half, and my boyfriend is more or less used to it by this point. 

Hofstra U School of Law / Re: So who is going to Hofstra?
« on: April 27, 2005, 04:35:58 PM »
I'm starting this fall as well.  I missed the admitted students day; but after visiting the other schools in NYC that I was accepted to, I decided that Hofstra was the best fit for me, in terms of personality of students, etc., etc.  I know that it's slightly uncommon for people to look at law schools in that way, but I know that I would not be happy at a place with super-anal people.  But that just me...whatever works  8)

As for the living, I can't get that excited about the dorm life.  I've had my own apartment for the past two years, after dealing with a crappy situation in undergrad my second year with inconsiderate neighbors who decided that it would be a grand idea to play basketball in the room directly above me.  At 3AM.  On a Monday during finals week.  I hate outside noise and distractions and I'm imagining that this hatred will only grow during law school. 

My parents want me to live on-campus, but I like having my own space.  I also like to cook, and hate eating out on a regular basis, so again, apartment life would be ideal. 

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