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General Board / Re: Tier 4 transfer to Cornell??
« on: June 25, 2007, 12:56:22 PM »
On LSAC.org you can view the numbers of transfers, both in and out. 

http://officialguide.lsac.org/SearchResults/ShowAllSchools.aspx

Simply click on the law schools, then ABA school data, and it is on the first page under transfers.

Cornell
Transfers in 18
Transfers out 12

Brooklyn
Transfers in 19
Transfers out 29

Fordham
Transfers in 38
Transfers out 15

Boston College
Transfers in 17
Transfers out 6

Boston University
Transfers in 6
Transfers out 13

Temple
Transfers in 16
Transfers out 5

Villanova
Transfers in 11
Transfers out 17

And here is the school you should definitely check out.  They are T25, and very transfer friendly.   

Washington University School of Law
Transfers in 51
Transfers out 7

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General Board / Re: Billable Hours to Weekly Work Hours
« on: June 13, 2007, 12:51:27 PM »
A lot of it just depends on how efficient you are. 

Typically, I'd say I bill between 7 to 8 hours in a 10 hour day.  If I want to take a vacation, I have to bank some hours by working later nights, or taking work with me.  One trick I found, is to get on a team that is going to trial.  During the trial prep period, you are working incredibly long hours.  There have been times I slept in the office.  The upside to this is, you can bill 16  hours in a day.  The trial can go on for a long time, and you will have the billable hours of a superstar.  Last trial, I was able to average about 12.5 hours a day for about 6 weeks.  A few weeks,  came out with over 90 billable hours.  In a matter of 6 weeks, I had about 525 billable hours under my belt.  This allowed me to take a few vacations and still be on pace to hit my quota.  There are periods where you are grinding it out, and you will have awesome time/service reports.  During the slower weeks, you have to make sure you are having projects fed to you so you don't fall behind.  Last year, I billed about 1800 hours, and managed to take two vacations of 9 days each.  Went home at 5:30 plenty of days, didn't go home at all on others...

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Law Firms / Re: Do You Enjoy Your Jobs?
« on: April 24, 2007, 08:19:26 PM »
Alcohol and drugs aren't ominous statistics, they're fun!

Haha! I might put that on my sig line...

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General Board / Re: 2L SA Advice?
« on: April 18, 2007, 03:07:47 PM »
1. Embezzle office supplies. Thriving market on ebay for them.
2. Correct your boss when s/he is wrong. They love to know you have the spine to be a lawyer. Also, make sure you do it in front of others- that's called 'networking'.
3. Make sure you put some humor in the briefs! A few cites to cases like Myass v. Yourlips or In re My Boss's STD is always good for laughs. Especially when you forget to remove them before they get sent to court.
4. Casual Friday = No Pants Friday.
5. Your most indispensible tool is not your briefcase, it's your flask.
6. Posting nekkind videos of yourself on the internet does wonders for 'getting your name out there'. Heck, until recently, I didn't even know Brooklyn had a law school!
7. If you're invited out after work, make sure you always drink n+1 drinks, where n=the number of drinks consumed by the next biggest drinker. Remember- this is a test. They want to see if you can pass it.
8. Acquire some idiosyncratic habit- bizarre twitches, Elaine (Seinfeld) dancing, uncontrollable swearing, or a mohawk. You need to make sure they remember YOU.

Follow those steps and you will be a SUCCESS.

Oh, and sleep around. That's privileged.

LOL Every Jones Day SA will receive a copy of this, I will make sure of that.

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Law School Applications / Re: Rejections from Law Schools
« on: April 18, 2007, 03:03:26 PM »
Are provisional schools any good?  Like University of LaVerne?

I know someone who got rejected there with a 2.4 and a 148... :-\

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General Board / Re: Marquette Prof. Offers Alternative Rankings
« on: April 10, 2007, 11:05:59 PM »
I would pay to be there when you ask the dean for a letter of good standing for your Harvard to Cooley transfer.

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General Board / Re: Marquette Prof. Offers Alternative Rankings
« on: April 10, 2007, 10:01:50 PM »
Haha!  Well, if you can't beat em, join em?  Transfer Loki!

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General Board / Re: Students Uniting for Big Law Firm Changes
« on: April 09, 2007, 03:56:50 PM »
I feel that for someone to claim they are entitled to all th advantages of BigLaw while working Mid- and Small- Law hours is an indictment of our current culture.

Do Mid/Small Law firm associates work/bill less hours?  I don't know if that is true.  I think they bill for much less, and therefore make much less, but tend to have the same workload as the Big Firm associates.   Also, I would argue that working for a Big Firm can actually be much easier than working for a small/mid size firm.  Big firms have more help staff around to lend you a hand on projects; word processing centers, copying vendors on site, tons of secretaries, paralegals, and project assistants to jump in and help out.

Also, it has been my experience that if my hours are written off, I am still credited with them on my monthly reports.  The client is always haggling with our partners (Jones Day).  Often the client will ask for a break on certain things and our partners are inclined to grant them concessions on the bill in order to keep them happy.  I still get my credits for the hours.
 

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General Board / Re: Marquette Prof. Offers Alternative Rankings
« on: April 09, 2007, 03:42:51 PM »
The sad part is that a young woman I work with asked me about Cooley the other day.  When she started discussing the rankings, I realized she was referring to the Cooley (self) rankings.  I guess some people really do buy into them.  Nothing ceases to amaze me anymore.

Here was my favorite on the Cooley rankings - "No doubt, our prejudices shaped the selection of factors and ranking order we use."  Uh, you think so?  I hear that next year they are going to include "website design and user-friendliness" in their rankings.  Lookout Stanford!

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General Board / Re: Marquette Prof. Offers Alternative Rankings
« on: April 05, 2007, 12:11:30 PM »
Check out their criteria for their ranking (Cooley's).  This will shed some light on how they pegged their school 16th...

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