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General Off-Topic Board / Interview Questions
« on: September 09, 2010, 11:02:18 AM »
Just seeking some advice on how to answer some typical interview questions. One question that I frequently get is, "where do you see yourself in 5 years?" Well, I just graduated law school and I am waiting for my bar results. The truth is that I don't know where I see myself in 5 years. If I get a good job now, I will stay there. If I get a crappy job, I will look for another or go solo. I basically just want to get my career started. But, that is obviously not something I would say in an interview.

Any advice on this question or does anyone have any other questions they hear frequently?

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Law Firms / Interview Questions
« on: September 09, 2010, 11:01:30 AM »
Just seeking some advice on how to answer some typical interview questions. One question that I frequently get is, "where do you see yourself in 5 years?" Well, I just graduated law school and I am waiting for my bar results. The truth is that I don't know where I see myself in 5 years. If I get a good job now, I will stay there. If I get a crappy job, I will look for another or go solo. I basically just want to get my career started. But, that is obviously not something I would say in an interview.

Any advice on this question or does anyone have any other questions they hear frequently?

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A rule is the black letter rule for a given topic. The standard refers to the burden of proof each party must show to prove a particular legal point: beyond a reasonable doubt, a scintilla of evidence, reasonable suspicion, preponderance of evidence, etc...


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General Board / Re: How to write an excellent issue statement
« on: January 19, 2010, 01:50:47 PM »
An approach that has been successful for me is to argue the issues back and forth, like you might do in class.

Example:

Plaintiff would argue that the Texas court has jurisdiction because that he where plaintiff lives and where the child in question lives + any other relevant facts.

Defendant would argue that California should have jurisdiction because the child has not yet established the requisite residency requirement in Texas.

Plaintiff would then argue that even if the court decides that the child has not met the requirements, the parent has and thus jurisdiction is satisfied.

Defendant would argue whatever.

I like to go back and forth like that because it helps me sort out the issues and think of logical arguments for both sides.

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General Board / Re: Need HELP from you future Lawyers!
« on: December 20, 2008, 02:15:28 AM »
Its probably not a good idea to ask law students for legal advice anyways. What we learn in law school are basic principles and basic rules, but more theory and issue spotting than anything else. I have already been asked for legal advice at least a dozen times and I am only a 2L. My legal advice to them was to ask a lawyer.

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General Board / Re: Evidence
« on: December 20, 2008, 02:09:21 AM »
I like the Crunchtime supplements. They saved me in Civ Pro and Evidence.

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For exam purposes if contributory negligence is an option, it would bar recovery completely. However, in practice, most states have abolished this and have adopted a form of comparative negligence, which could reduce the damages or bar recovery completely, depending on the state. But, i agree that if contributory negligence exists in that state, then it would be a defense to negligence per se.

For negligence per se you must establish: 1) Violation of a statute: 2) plaintiff was in the category of persons protected by the statute; 2) the harm was the kind of harm the statute was meant to protect against. Remember you need each of these elements and not simply a violation of a statute.

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General Board / Re: Can Torts be Summarized in 10 Minutes?
« on: December 20, 2008, 02:00:05 AM »
Why would you put strict liability under duty? That makes no sense because strict liability is by definition "strict." It is a completely separate cause of action from negligence. I would say Duty, Breach, Causation, Damages, Intentional Torts, Products Liability (strict liability) and Defenses.

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Transferring / IP Electives or Bar related courses?
« on: August 10, 2008, 01:41:23 AM »
I am a 2l and my school does not require several courses that are tested on the Texas Bar, such as Evidence, Wills and Trust, etc... I am interested in IP and Real Property law. Should i just take all property related courses or should i take more Bar related courses? Could I just rely on the Bar prep course after graduation to learn what I need for the Bar? I am worried that if i take all property classes that I might not be prepared for the Bar. Any suggestions?

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Transferring / Re: Is it possible to get a "no", then get a "yes"
« on: August 09, 2008, 08:41:18 PM »
It is almost impossible. However, I am a success story. I was top 5% at a T4 and was initially rejected as a transfer app at a T1 school. I basically harassed them until they admitted me. I really wanted to go there and emailed and called everyone that could make a decision, including the Dean of Admissions, Dean of Student Affair, and the Dean of the law school. They told me that rejections are almost always final; however, my application was competitive and i think i made a good case for reconsideration. I was actually very surprised when they called me and admitted me. I expected to get the run around. But if you are persistent, it can pay off. It really can't hurt can it? All they can do is keep saying no.

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