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If you consider turning tricks legal work, you'll be just fine.

It's hard to get paying 1L work if you're at the median at a 2tier.  You, my friend, are completely utterly screwed.  Most profs won't take someone with your grades, so RA is out.  No firm will touch you for a prestigious job.  At best you can look forward to a summer filing papers at a local DUI law firm.  On the bright side, taking the honorable path and just killing yourself is always available!

Hugs n' Kisses,

Some dickhead.

Current Law Students / Re: Sidley Interview...
« on: February 01, 2006, 04:02:34 PM »
This seems to be the prevailing opinion I've discovered about the firm thus far.  Which of course just makes me all the more nervous because it sounds like such an incredible friggin job.

Current Law Students / Re: Sidley Interview...
« on: February 01, 2006, 02:32:54 PM »
Thankfully I'm only a 1L, so I don't have to talk about law review yet.  :-)

I'm interviewing with the Chicago office.  They did move, but my understanding is they only moved across the street.  Glad to hear your experience was positive.  There's this part of me that's wondering if they're going to ask me parse FRCP 15 or something...

Current Law Students / Sidley Interview...
« on: January 31, 2006, 07:55:34 AM »
Anyone have experience interviewing with Sidley in Chicago or working with the summer associate program?  I have an interview coming up and I'd be forever in your debt if you had some thoughts for me. 

Thanks, folks.

Current Law Students / Re: Top 5% at DePaul...
« on: January 24, 2006, 09:59:06 PM »
For the record, cornellaw was right.  The feeling I got after talking to the dean telling me their hands were tied.

For the record, the fish weren't biting at most of the schools I contacted.  Kent Law says they offer some merit scholarships ranging from a few thousand to half tuition to transfer students.  Loyola doesn't offer scholarships to transfers, ditto for Boalt and UoC.

Second semesters classes are fabulous, and thankfully I don't have to make formal plans until around grade time at the end of the semester.  That should give me some time to mull this over.  If I have anything else that might be helpful I'll let you all know.

Current Law Students / Re: Anon LS Dean here taking questions...
« on: January 21, 2006, 09:16:28 AM »
Hear, hear.  The only people who don't like the socratic method are those who either don't prepare for class or can't think on their feet.  Neither of those classes of people will make wildly successful lawyers in my humble estimation.

Wah.  Law school is hard.  You have lots of reading to do and the teachers don't put up with bull like they did in undergrad.  YOu don't like it, get another BA, not a JD.

Current Law Students / Re: Top 5% at DePaul...
« on: January 20, 2006, 08:38:46 AM »
I apologize to the board for this post.  The thing is DePaul is a very liberal school and they love giving opportunities to "special needs" students, which inexplicably includes un-medicated schizophrenics as per their tolerence policy.  So they let this guy in and he just keeps making trouble. 

You can always pick him out in class.  He's the one in nothing but his boxer shorts and a flowered hat and everytime the teachers calls on him he just screams "this court is out of order!"  And then on every third tuesday he'll run through the law school in his snow suit shouting about how much fun streaking is. 

Suffice to say, once I reach criminal law today I'll give him a thorough thrashing around the head and shoulders.  You best holster them peashooters, Brewha...

And as a quick update, I got an A in civ pro which bumps me to 3.875.

I agree.  That reps from DePaul talked to us the first month and said if there was anything in our records we hadn't disclosed we should inform them immediately.  They suggested that they were considerably more forgiving than the Bar folks would be, and said that they background check the Bar conducts is among the most thorough of any profession that doesn't involve a security clearance.  Especially if he's doing well now, he'll likely find things will go considerably smoother if he comes clean.

Here's to hoping they don't conduct extensive interviews with your ex-girlfriends or high school and college buddies, or I could be in trouble. 

Current Law Students / Re: Notable alumni of lower-tier law schools?
« on: January 19, 2006, 12:33:08 PM »
DePaul Law graduated both of the Mayor Daleys.

Current Law Students / Re: Top 5% at DePaul...
« on: January 19, 2006, 09:15:30 AM »
I don't know that I assume I wouldn't be at the top of my class at a T14.  I'm just trying to be realistic.  I know that the competition is much more fierce at a T14, so I'm not assuming I'll repeat my performance.  That said I think I'd probably do better than just top 50%, but it's best to scrap optimism when you're making long term plans like this.

For the record, I want to say that my experience at DePaul has been fabulous.  Some top-notch faculty.  The facilities leave something to be desired, but all my first year professors were great except one we had visiting from Cornell.  If they'd throw some cash my way I'd probably be inclined to stay.  At this point my main concern is that I'm going to graduate with so much debt that I'll have no choice but to work a job I hate for a decade.  If I'm going to mortgage myself, I'd better get the best value for my buck, and UoC and NW are both better "buys."  If I could swing a much bigger scholarship (I'm getting 8K a year now) I'd probably stay, because DePaul for next to nothing is a better buy than UoC for 36k plus living expenses.

Any thoughts on wringing more financial aid from my school?  If I go to them with acceptance letters and ask them to help me stay will they laugh in my face?  How motivated will the school be to keep a student at the top of the class?

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