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General Board / Re: Advice on how to be a good S.O. to a law student!
« on: February 26, 2008, 08:11:55 PM »
I agree with some of the advice here, particularly TheReasonableMan's, and particularly TheReasonableMan's point 3.

But just to school just shouldn't be taking up all of his time. There is no need to become your SO's maid, and in fact you should encourage him to keep taking care of himself the same as he did before law school began.

3L job search / Re: 2L with question about 3L Fall Recruitment
« on: February 14, 2008, 06:41:32 PM »
I would do it unless you actually don't want any of the jobs offered. If you do want the jobs then I would go for it.

1L job search / Re: Small firm advice requested
« on: February 12, 2008, 01:26:18 AM »
@thorc: I don't want to get much into here, since it's not the point of the thread, but the system is stacked heavily in favor of the state. People, innocent or otherwise, are constantly getting wronged by the system, and it's not going to

1L job search / Re: Small firm advice requested
« on: February 11, 2008, 08:58:10 PM »
@John Galt: Yeah I agree with you on the value of networking but unfortunately the hiring organizations that contact my school to schmooze are generally not the right size (small), the right field (criminal defense) or from the right geographic location.

General Board / Re: strange world of public interest careers
« on: February 10, 2008, 11:30:36 PM »
If by disability advocacy you are including the possibility of litigating for individual disabled plaintiffs, then remember that you can always just set up shop yourself and do it that way. Certainly your disabled clients will not generally care if you are a vegan and a hippie and in fact they will probably be happy to just have a regular, down-to-earth person going to bat for them.

1L job search / Re: Small firm advice requested
« on: February 10, 2008, 10:48:48 PM »
I have strongly considered the judicial internship idea, but I just can't get excited about it. I don't think the courts where I want to work have a "criminal" branch so I could end up spending an entire summer doing civil work. It wouldn't be totally wasted but it's not really what I want. Plus there's no money, and if I'm not doing exactly what I want then I want to get paid for it.

I think the prosecutor advice is sound in theory, but I could never work for the prosecution. I respect what they do, but the same drive that pushes me toward defense keeps me away from the state.

The yellow pages advice is excellent -- it's almost too simple :)

I figure if everything completely falls through, then I can just spend some time sitting in on trials as an observer, working on my Spanish, and otherwise just keeping busy but not too busy.

Thanks for all the advice so far (and more is welcome).

General Board / Re: GPA Dip During Comment Semester
« on: February 10, 2008, 10:21:05 PM »
If it were me, I would not highlight the fact that you think your lower grades are because of the comment. You don't want to send the message that you either are unable to multi-task, or that you are prone to taking on more work than you can handle, or both. Plus if your grades last semester are dramatically lower than your other grades (which I think must be the case if one semester of grades lowered your overall class standing so drastically), then that excuse would probably not be believable.

So my recommendation is to just not draw attention to it and let your record speak for itself. A published comment and top 40% at a decent school is a pretty good place to be.

1L job search / Small firm advice requested
« on: February 10, 2008, 08:58:41 PM »
I'm a 1L at a good school with good grades. I'm hoping to make a career in criminal defense, preferably as a PD but if not then in small private practice. I'm thinking about summer employment. If my application to the local PD office doesn't work out, then my intention is to find a small/solo firm to work for during the summer. My plan is to mass mail my resume and related documents to all likely firms I find through Martindale, probably sometime in March, with the intention of starting in May.

Does this sound reasonable or am I making a miscalculation somewhere? Is a two month lead time from mailing to hopeful hiring too much, too little or just right? Is there a better way to find reputable small firms other than a Martindale search?

If this class action forced Sallie Mae to charge interest rates to McIntosh students where Sallie Mae couldn't cover its losses (given the high default rate), then yeah, definitely Sallie Mae might just stop making those loans.

Brief internet research indicates that McIntosh is basically a for-profit, overpriced community college. While I'm suspicious of these schools as businesses (kind of like I'm suspicious of expensive T4s), I've no reason to think it gives a poor education and so I'm not sure on what grounds its accreditation could be pulled. I'm also not happy with the idea of the state swarming in and simply dissolving schools because they seem overpriced for their value.

If people want to overspend on an associate's degree then I suppose they should have the right to do so. But similarly Sallie Mae should have the right to refuse to subsidize this sort of wastefulness.

Ditto Balsenschaft.

Or to put it another way, Sallie Mae is doing exactly what lenders usually do: they charge more interest to people who are at higher risk of defaulting. If McIntosh College is the sort of institution that places its graduates into cashier positions at Rite Aid, then I too would be nervous about lending $20,000 to a McIntosh student.

The lawsuit is just about some lawyers trying to cash in. As a mechanism for social change this is completely inefficient. What would happen is:

1) Class action plaintiffs win.
2) Sallie Mae lowers its interest rate to the high risk group.
3) Sallie Mae (to keep making money) increases its interest rate to the low risk group.

Effectively you end up with the low risk group subsidizing the high risk group's student loans. Even assuming this is a desirable end goal, it would be vastly more efficient and fair to try to effect this change through the political process.

Class action suits have their place as an enforcement mechanism. They are a good way of, for example, forcing car companies and drug manufacturers to keep standards high. But they are not the appropriate mechanism for changing educational policy.

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