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No offense to your journal, but seriously, any position on a school's law review is MUCH better than being EIC of a start-up journal. I seem to recall a discussion about this recently either here or on XO, and the general consensus was that being on the law review in any capacity is better than any position on a secondary journal.

Current Law Students / Re: Does the second semester suck any less?
« on: January 07, 2009, 02:15:10 PM »
IMHO, if you go the law review managing board and clerkship path...

Fall 3L >> Fall 2L >> Spring 1L > Fall 1L > Spring 2L >>>>>>>>>> Spring 3L

(from most busy/stressful to least)

I think it definitely gives you a boost, at least based on my personal experience. I know that in the past clerkship season, I got COA interviews over one or two of my peers, despite the fact that they had up to a .1 higher GPA than mine (that being said, I was still in approximately the top 5% of the class); the only major difference in resumes, to my knowledge was the fact that I was in law review leadership (non-EIC) and they were just basic members. Moreover, my work on the journal came up in a few of the interviews. This is coming from a T10 school, FWIW.

Current Law Students / Re: Law Review Grades
« on: January 07, 2009, 01:44:47 PM »
There's no way to answer this question without knowing the median at your school--it should be listed somewhere on the law school's website. I know that at my school, which is/was on a 3.3 scale, it took about a 3.7 to make the top 10%, although the exact number swung slightly in either direction depending upon the year.

I imagine that most of us went into law school with certain expectations of ourselves: they could include winning a particular writing competition, joining the law review, making the top X%, working for a certain caliber firm, getting a clerkship, leading a student organization, getting to know professors, or a slew of other things. But, as is frequently the case, many people fail to live up to those goals while others far surpass their expectations.

When you entered law school, how did you honestly think that you would do? And now that the dust has settled, how did things actually turn out?

Current Law Students / Best supplement book for Mergers and Acquisitions?
« on: October 30, 2008, 05:59:58 AM »
Howdy everyone...

Any recommendations as to the best supplement book for M&A? I normally enjoy the E&E books, but since they don't have one, I'm going to have to branch out... any suggestions?

Thanks everyone  :)

Current Law Students / Re: Clerkship applications are out...
« on: September 08, 2008, 10:28:58 AM »
dammit, its been an hour since opening bell and i havent gotten any calls yet!

whats WRONG with those people?   ;)

People seem to be having mixed experience. I have a friend who still hasn't heard anything as well... whereas I've gotten four COA calls so far (way more than I expected).

Don't get discouraged, the calls will come!!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Virginia Law Class of 2011
« on: June 13, 2008, 01:52:47 PM »
Howdy class of 2011 people!

I'm a rising 3L at UVA. You all are in for an awesome experience this fall.

I'm currently on the hunt for a housemate for the upcoming school year. I don't mean to derail the thread, but I found my previous roommate from posting on LSD. Let me tell you a little about the house and what I'm looking for.

The house I'm renting is a three story single family home approximately five minutes from the school (or less, depending upon how you hit the lights). I currently live in the single bedroom in the top floor, and am looking for someone to rent the entire first floor, which includes two bedrooms, full bath, and tons of closet space. The second floor is the main entry level and has a full kitchen (which I've already furnished) for our shared use. The place has a washer/dryer, wireless broadband internet connection, beautiful landscaped yard, and is on a peaceful cul-de-sac.

My main motiviation behind renting a house rather than one of the apartments within walking distance was simply that I wanted a reliably peaceful haven to come back to every day to do my studies. Indeed, I think much of my academic success first year came from having this little retreat. To that end, I'm searching for a relatively quiet and clean housemate (well, you only need to be clean on the central floor, not your personal floor) who intends to use the place as a private place to study, relax, and get away from some of the pressure that arises first year. Though such requests might make me seem like quite the stick in the mud, I'm actually an easy-going and relaxed person, and if you equally value having a quiet housemate who does their socializing outside of the home, you've found your match. And for a quick list of some of my hobbies: I'm a long-time pianist (and I actually teach, even in the school year, at a local art center), love literature, and have been a resident of the area for many years.

I'm asking for $800 a month (all utilities, trash, and broadband internet included) and have pics available upon request. I'm primarily looking for another guy to share the house with, although considering the living space is privately divided, I would at least consider a female housemate.

And as a final perk, you get to live with a 3L, which means you're instantly cooler than everyone else :)  In all serious, I'm happy to be a go-to source for any and all help you might need in school... I even netted my previous 1L housemate his summer job  ;)

Shoot me a PM if you're interested or know someone who might be--best wishes as you head towards your first year!!

Current Law Students / Re: How bad of grades to drop out of top ten
« on: February 06, 2008, 06:03:44 AM »
I'd also encourage you to try your best again this semester--go talk with EACH of your professors about your exams, do some exam writing courses, and try, try, try. Though it's not exactly the same situation, I just barely placed in the top twenty-five percent at my T10 first semester... I did exactly those things mentioned above and earned top three percent grades in the spring, placing me firmly into the top ten percent overall. You ~can~ improve your grades significantly if you really put the effort out. The only people who stay at the bottom of the class are the people who simply give up.

Job Search / Re: Which NYC firms use the best hotels?
« on: January 03, 2008, 04:40:38 PM »
Sorry, I forgot about this board!  This is probably of no use to you now, but for future generations:

The two best places were Gibson Dunn (Waldorf) and Boies (Hotel Benjamin--a swanky corner suite!).  SullCrom put people at the Tribeca Grand.  Wilkie used the Time, which was kind of lame... I know other firms have put people there too (Cravath, I think).  Latham used the east side W, which is convenient to their office but very small.

The best travel agency is Lawyer's Travel, which many of the firms used.  They're friendly and responsive.

I was personally placed at the Ritz for S&C.

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