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We just made this ad and most people we've showed it to have loved it, but most of those people aren't law students.  Any thoughts you guys have would be much appreciated, if this one goes over well we will do a little more work on it and make 3 or 4 more.  Try and cut it from 45 seconds to 30.

It's safe for work, so don't worry about that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_3nIubn8r8




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3L job search / Re: What kind of $ are solo practitioners making?
« on: September 13, 2006, 03:06:02 PM »
You will make somewhere between $5,000 and $5 million a year.

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General Board / Re: Join Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity -- Bad Idea?
« on: September 13, 2006, 03:04:27 PM »
It's not a bad way to meet new people and relax a little.

It's not going to make you automatically win at life either.  But if you can make a few new friends it's probably worth it.

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1L job search / Re: 1L summer jobs: Where to look?
« on: August 21, 2006, 01:14:27 PM »
I'll be a 1L at a t20 school so biglaw may be a possibility, but where are some other good places to look in case that doesn't happen?  What judges usually accept summer clerks/externs?

Biglaw will be tough, but it could happen.  About half of biglaw offices take at least some 1L's, the most important thing is to get your resume out there and follow up as much as you can.  Geographic ties help too- I am from Nebraska and I went to UVA. It wasn't that hard to get interviews and a really well-paying summer job 1L year back in Omaha, because most people from top 10s don't go find work in Nebraska.


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Ok so most if not all of the cases in my casebooks aren't the full cases...parts of the reasoning are excluded....none of the procedural history, or even the judgement...so how do I brief them?  My first day assignments are due Monday and I have cases in my reading that I know I should brief.

Should I just get them all off Lexis?  Is it assumed by our professors that we are doing that to brief our cases?  Help!

Don't brief!

It's a waste of time.

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General Board / Re: Is buying the newest edition really necessary?
« on: August 21, 2006, 01:08:41 PM »
I have heard some people say that you can buy an older edition cheaper and then get the newest cases online. Does this actually work? Has anyone here tried it? Like everyone else, Iím just trying to save money on books!

I did this, and it worked out fine.

Truth be told, you don't need to read every case anyways.  For some classes I didn't even buy the books, instead I bought the canned briefs and supplemented it by skimming the cases in the reserve room of the library.

It might sound lazy, but I don't think so- saved me a bunch of time and a bunch of money and I got good grades.

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General Board / Re: transfering from Non Accredited ABA School
« on: February 20, 2006, 09:05:39 PM »
so i was wondering what you guys think about the possibilities of transfering from a non aba school.  im thinking about drexel in the fall but there is always the possibility that if i end up in the top 5 or 10% of the class that i would look to transfer out to a T1 school.  anyone know what the possibilities are of transfering out of a non aba school? 

oh and p.s. im starting to think the aba is kind of a joke since liberty just got provisional approval............liberty! wtf.


thanks though.

First, I'd really recommend against going to a non-ABA school.  Law is a snooty industry and it'd make it tough to find a job.

Second, I'm sorry that some people here had to play the dickhead card.  Going to a non-aba school would be a bad idea, but no reason to throw a bunch of attitude at you about it.

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General Board / Re: partner track, clerkship, and public interest questions
« on: February 20, 2006, 08:53:22 PM »
Partner tracks differ between firms.  Some firms take longer than others, some firms will make you a non-equity partner first.

I worked my 1L summer at a midlaw firm of maybe 300 lawyers that had a very interesting system- almost every attorney made partner after 6 years.  That meant, though, that when someone made partner they didn't make a whole boatload of money.

At the time I was younger and stupider and I thought this system was lame.  I changed my mind now though- 1st year partners were still pretty well compensated, the hours weren't as grueling as a lot of other firms, the system made everything collegial, and it was really the kind of place where you could actually have a career.  Most biglaw places are up or out (and the great majority are out after 5 or 6 years.)

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General Board / Re: Job Search
« on: February 20, 2006, 08:49:09 PM »
I'd also recommend going nuts on your alumni network if you have one.  If you've applied to a bunch of big firms and come up empty, it's time to start hitting the pavement and really selling yourself.  Career services might be helpful, but at some schools career services is relatively worthless.

Good luck.

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General Board / Re: "Notable" Alumni you are embarassed by
« on: February 20, 2006, 08:45:36 PM »
Took down Jerry Springer?  Geraldo's a hero alumni at Brooklyn Law. I think they named their cafeteria after him.

I would love to eat at the Geraldo Cafeteria.

And the guy who invented Hufu is a genius.

I'm embarrassed about Teddy Kennedy.  I really can't imagine anyone from any school being more embarrassing.

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