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General Board / Re: Etiquette of Declining an Offer
« on: September 22, 2008, 02:15:05 PM »
I think the usual thing to do is to spend something like two or four weeks at your 1L firm before or after spending a full summer at the other firm, just so as not to burn bridges.

Actually, I was them in my 2L summer and the offer is for after graduation.  Thanks.

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General Board / Etiquette of Declining an Offer
« on: September 22, 2008, 12:42:41 AM »
Hi all,
I have to decline an offer from the firm that I summered with, but I want to do it in the most tactful way possible so as not to burn my bridges or hurt the chances of future applicants from my school.  So, how should I go about it?  Phone, email,  or both?  Should I talk to the recruiter, the partner I worked with the most, or the partner who gave me the offer, or all three?  Any advice would be appreciated.

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General Board / Re: INSTITUTIONAL DENIAL ABOUT THE DARK SIDE OF LAW SCHOOL
« on: December 26, 2005, 02:54:59 AM »
I haven't been to law school yet, but allow me to venture this question. Could the stress of law school, particuarly 1L, have less to do with the volume or rigour of the material and more to do with the lack of feedback through homework assignments, quizes, and midterms that students are used to from their undergraduate days, and that helped them adapt and modify their study habits and techniques? I imagine having to suddenly plunge into a totally new field with tons of reading material and without knowing much about how well you're doing until the final would be incredibly stressful even on people who aren't "whiny", "lazy", or "cowardly", as well as on people who do not need to be "spoon-fed" the material during lecture by their professors. I don't know if 1L really is like that, but that's what I've gathered from reading these boards so far.

I also want to add something to the debate over whether these statistics are due to law school itself or due to the type of students who are attracted to law school. The study posted by the OP says law students come into law school happier and healthier psychologically than other students entering other graduate or professional schools, and concludes from that the subsequent decline in happiness and well-being is due to the law school experience. I think, though, that the "above-average happiness" they experience prior to entering law school is possibly due to the excitement and boost in their self-esteem that they get from being accepted at highly selective institutions after a terribly competitive application process. These students may still very well be more prone to panic, competitiveness, and depression than the average.

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General Board / Re: Engineers in Law School
« on: December 22, 2005, 10:42:31 AM »
Thanks Coog. That's what I'm guessing, too. I do believe that law students coming from backgrounds in business, history, pol sci, and the like may not be used to the kind of hours that engineering and science students had to put in. (Just in case someone misunderstands and decides to hammer me on this, let me say that I hope no one understands from this that I think they're any less capable or intelligent. I mean they do make up the majority of law grads afterall, and look at some of their LSAT scores!) Anyway, since I haven't actually been to law school yet, I thought it might be a good idea to ask.

IP is definitely an option, but I plan to work in Saudi Arabia and I'm not sure how much of a market for IP we have here. I'm totally open about specialties, anyway. As for schools, well here's my LSN page http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com/display.php?user=pleaseacceptme24

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General Board / Engineers in Law School
« on: December 22, 2005, 09:20:37 AM »
I was hoping to get some thoughts and reflections on the law school experience from people who did their undergrad in an engineering major.

Everyone on this board and elsewhere talks about how insanely difficult law school is, how it's nothing like anything you could experience in undergrad in terms of intensity, and how there is really no time to do anything else so you might as well forget about having a social life, a hobby, or even a relationship. Well as someone who worked my ass off in undergrad as an Electrical Engineering major at a decent school, I like to think that I'm used to the intense and rigourous academic requirements that would be expected of me in law school. I can say I'm used to spending a lot of 12 hour days at school working on homework assignments, projects, labs; pulling all-nighters during finals and living on little more than mountain dew and taco bell for weeks. I've been through periods where it felt like the only thing I did was study or work on lab projects. As for reading dense abstract texts, I can't imagine anything worse than reading about discrete-time signal processing, mixed signal electronics, or semiconductor physics. Am I right to think that? I mean, is the intensity of the work you have to do in law school comparable to what you had to do to get high grades in a competitive undergrad engineering program? Or am I just being tragically naive and have no idea what I'm getting myself into?

That's what's mostly on my mind, but I'd love to hear any other thoughts about the law school experience from the perspective of former engineering majors.

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Why do feel it is neccesary to send another letter?  I am sure they get the point.  If you don't have anything new to say then I would avoid it.  Remember: you don't want to make them mad.

I agree with you. It's just that everybody here seems to say you should be shooting them a letter or email every once in a while so I was curious what they put in that kind of letter. Thanks for your reply (I do hope she gets into Haaavid btw)  .

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*bump*

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Ok. So I told them I'm still interested, and that they're my first choice school, and updated them on my recent "activities" and updated my resume. A month later I want to follow up on that letter. What do I write? Surely not simply a rephrasing the previous letter? Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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520 (240 M/ 280 V), 174.

Wow! For real?

Took the SAT twice: junior year 1390 (730 V, 660 M), senior year 1400 (690 V, 710 M)
GRE 780 Verbal
LSAT only 162

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: UC DAVIS HERE I COME!
« on: May 07, 2006, 12:01:56 AM »
Damn you're all renting places there already? I live on the other side of the globe and won't be able to come to Davis before August! Looks like I'm going to be living on the street for 1L :-\

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