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Current Law Students / Re: Follow a new Solo
« on: September 23, 2009, 01:49:50 PM »
I am on the adult misdemeanor list for Bexar County and I have yet to be assigned anything.  If I don't get anything soon, I'm going to start breaking down the door to the courthouse.  If you speak Spanish, you'll have an advantage as many of the indigent defendants, especially here in San Antonio, only speak Spanish.

Everyone's budget will be different, but I'll likely incur about $7,000 in debt for startup costs (equipment) and close to $8,000 for monthly expenses.  I've got a schedule that has me paying off the loan in about 9 months.  This is either optimistic or very conservative.  Only time will tell.

Current Law Students / Re: Follow a new Solo
« on: September 22, 2009, 06:31:30 AM »
Are there any law students here thinking that they would like to go solo?

When I was applying to law schools, I thought that I had two options.  Go solo or go with a large law firm.  Is this mindset common among students and applicants now?  Has the job market changed so drastically from 4 years ago that people are looking more to state work or small law firms?

Job Search / Can't find a job? What about going solo?
« on: September 15, 2009, 04:42:07 AM »
Follow me as I make the transition from BigLaw to solo.  Feel free to comment away, I will answer you.

Hopefully, the blog will ease some of the fears that many have about going solo.  Join me.

Current Law Students / Re: Barbri vs. Kaplan for bar prep?
« on: September 14, 2009, 04:08:43 PM »
Took BarBri.  Passed.

I think it matters less what course you take and more how you study.  My strategy was to get together a group of 2 other guys and study every weekday as a group.  We were diligent.  On the weekends, we spent at least 3 hours a day doing individual study.  We all passed.  Do that; you'll pass whether you go Kaplan or BarBri.

Current Law Students / Re: NOT going to class
« on: September 14, 2009, 03:03:48 PM »
Not attending class may have worked for you guys.  But I'm sticking with my original advice.  Participate in class and you'll be better off than you will be if you don't.  I really don't see how this is at all controversial.

Current Law Students / Re: NOT going to class
« on: September 14, 2009, 01:53:22 PM »
You base this on what?  I got good grades all through law school and missed plenty of classes.  What you say is flat out wrong.  Class attendance, while helpful, is not necessary to succeed in law school. 

I base this on the fact that after 3 years of law school, I noticed trends.  People who seldom read or attended class tended to make lower grades than their more studious counterparts.  You're argument is sort of like the one you hear smokers make, "I know 3 people who smoked all their lives and never got cancer."  Are you seriously advising a 1L to not attend class?

Current Law Students / Re: NOT going to class
« on: September 14, 2009, 12:40:23 PM »
Not attending class as a 1L will get you into trouble sooner or later.  You won't know what topics your professor finds important and it will put you in bad habits for later.  Attend, Read, Participate, Study, Repeat.

You may pass your classes; you may even make an A once in a while depending on how steep your school's curve is.  But when you eventually find yourself with a D or an F, you'll be hard pressed to justify the behavior you described.  And what will that do to your confidence when the Bar Exam rolls around?  Nothing good.  I promise.

Current Law Students / Follow a new Solo
« on: September 14, 2009, 09:59:42 AM »
Hello all.

My name is Michael McLees, and I am a recent graduate of St. Mary's Law School in San Antonio.  After graduation and bar exam, I found a job at a large local personal injury firm.  The catch?  I would be supervising the intake department, not actually performing attorney work... for a while.  How long would I be answering phones instead of settling cases?  No one knows.

Months went by and I have since resigned, deciding instead to go solo.

Follow me as I work through the issues anyone who is going to hang a shingle will face.

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