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« on: April 17, 2009, 08:33:32 PM »
I got married winter break of 3L year. I think this was the best time because school is not that big of a deal anymore, and you are not worried about studying for the bar. Also, if you are concerned about having your law license/ law degree in your married name, this gives you time to still get it done without being charged a fee. In my case, in Texas, all of the paperwork for this was due on February 1 (both for my school and for the State Bar). I got married at the beginning of January.
Congratulations and good luck deciding a time!
« on: June 25, 2008, 05:18:01 PM »
The university health insurance is normally fairly cheap--and you can have the money taken out of your student loan, normally, so you never even see the bill.
I say, instead of gambling on not having insurance, pack a brown bag lunch 3 days a week (treat yourself the other 2 days) and buy used books. You will be surprised at how much money this saves.
« on: June 25, 2008, 09:46:42 AM »
Don't discount your experience. Learn all you can about the software, and do a great job so that you have 2 great references while looking for permanent employment. I had a similar situation (except I was at a low T! school) and I only made $10.00 an hour. But I have three references for the rest of my legal career and an extended family with the lawyers that I worked with.
I attend a T4 and this summer I landed a job working for a solo as a legal clerk. The pay is $11 an hour which isnt much, but I actually feel lucky because alot of my friends with better grades had to take non-legal jobs paying less. The job is unlikely to lead to perm. employment as its a small office with 2 solos working there but I feel fortunate getting some form of income AND gaining legal experience.
Even though the work is not the most intellectually stimulating, I am learning how a law office operates and witnessing life as a lawyer first hand IE. the hours, the stress, and the rewards. I am also gaining experience with legal software which appears to be necessities for many legal jobs, IE. abacus, word perfect, legal solutions.
My question is will such work experience look good on my resume for OCI or even when I pursue 2L employment? I realize my options coming from a T4 are limited so I am not seeking a big law gig. Will this experience illustrate to potential employers that I have some legal experience and perhaps put me at some advantage compared to my peers?
Thanks in advance, hope everyone is having a good summer.
« on: June 25, 2008, 09:40:49 AM »
Take the bar in July. That is what you were prepared to do. Stay focused, and make the best of the time that you do have. Several of my classmates were pregnant--one of them even gave birth while studying for the bar (in early July), both still took the bar and passed. In life, there is always something going on--there's no getting around it. You just have to keep moving forward. Good luck!
I'm have a state court clerkship beginning in August, and I'm not required to be admitted to any state bar for the clerkship.
I've spent a lot of time in the last month trying to find housing in the state where the clerkship is and preparing for the next clerkship application season (e.g. researching judges, getting letters of recommendation lined up).
Suppose that, at the end of July, I don't feel completely ready to take the Bar. Bad idea to take the February Bar instead?
« on: May 15, 2008, 10:08:25 PM »
The main thing is making sure you get in enough practice and having a structured review over all of the topics. You don't want to do overkill on classes--you need time to digest outside of class, similar to what goes on in law school. An hour prepping outside of class is just as important as an hour spent in class. Also, the Conviser should be fine for most of your studies. Most of the rules you need to know will prob. be there.
Question for those of you who took BarBri: would you say knowing the outlines in the Conviser book (I think that's what it's called) cold is all that you need to know to pass, or is it a must to study cover to cover the in-depth outlines in the other books as well? I ask because someone - who passed the bar the first time - said that all he did was study the Conviser to get the substantive law down cold, and the rest of the time, he just did practice essays/MBE questions. I hope what he said is true, for it seems downright impossible to memorize all of the stuff in the 8 BarBri books. It would also help ease the pressure, for I have to go out of town 5 days before the bar exam, and won't return until the Sunday before the bar exam; I plan on studying by listening the audio lectures I have uploaded to my iPod, and I'm hoping that is enough.
The thicker outlines are just more narrative than Conviser, but it's all the same thing. You should memorize Conviser and only look to the thick outlines if you don't understand something or if you missed a lecture. Otherwise, Conviser plus MBE practice should be enough.
Which Bar are you taking?
I'm taking the Nevada bar. And thank you to those of you who responded to my question. I figured that the Conviser would be more than sufficient, considering that the Conviser is pretty thick itself. I'm going to try to not stress so much - this is why I dropped the Essay Advantage course (taking 3 courses is definitely overkill!). And I'm going to try to focus on writing practice essays (and practicing some MBE questions via my Study Smart software on my laptop) during my trip than on relying solely on my iPod lectures. Again, thank you to all of you for your insights; helps lessen my anxiety a bit.
« on: May 14, 2008, 09:03:47 PM »
I would emphasize making sure you get enough practice in your weak areas. And writing practice essays and doing practice questions is critical. After awhile, you will be able to know how to structure an essay in an organized fashion to get the max possible points. That in and of itself, will make you feel better on the essay parts of the exam.
« on: May 10, 2008, 07:16:27 PM »
Essentially, you have to remember what's important. Graduating from law school doesn't mean all that much until you pass the bar.
That was enough to keep me focused.
« on: May 02, 2008, 08:53:45 PM »
SMU likes soft factors.
I'm getting off work right now and expect my waitlist letter to be in the mailbox too. What the hell is SMU doing waitlisting me with a 166??? Just stupid- they aren't ranked that high!
« on: May 02, 2008, 08:15:16 PM »
This is so true.
That church announcements part is funny. Now imagine being the first lady of a church and passing the bar--they had a party for me and everything! However, it is a major accomplishment.
#29 Passing the BAR
April 18th, 2008 · 100 Comments
There appears to be several lawyers who read this blog, so I’m sure they’ll really appreciate this post. It is also a self-congratulatory message for myself. If some of you don’t like, I don’t care if you complain or allege the post is weak.
For those EBP who manage to survive law school, graduation comes with feelings of mixed emotions. Of course they are happy to be done with the 3 year ass whipping that is law school, but are also dreading the preparation to study for the Bar exam.
During the time when an EBP is studying for the Bar, they will not be visible to their social circle, unless it consists of other EBP studying for the Bar. Many of you may not even know your EBP friend is studying for the Bar. There is good reason for this. An EBP will not tell many people that he/she is studying for the Bar, because the next thing out of the other person’s mouth will be, “When are the results coming out?” I hated that question. It’s like saying, “Let me know, so I can talk about you behind your back if you fail.”
In contrast, once an EBP has passed the Bar, all hell breaks out. Everybody in the world will know. It will be in theie status on Facebook, AIM or whatever instant message program they use. If you know an EBP who took the Bar and passed, you will probably be part of a mass text message informing you of their passing. The pastor will announce it in church and their parents will call every relative they hate or never talked to, to rub it in their faces.
The pressure will now be on for the new attorney to wear business attire everyday and distribute business cards to every person they meet. Don’t talk about them though, they deserve to relish in the glory for a while. However, if they’re still doing a little too much after a month or so, tell them to give it a rest.
« on: April 23, 2008, 09:27:45 PM »
Ditto. Since you have a family to think about, and are a single mom, you want to live as close to law school as possible. The last thing that you want to worry about is whether or not you will get to class on time, on top of everything else. I commuted 27 miles each way during my last year of law school (I got married) and I easily lost at least an hour each way. That was during the last year, though, so I was better able to deal with it. You want to give yourself every advantage until you figure out how you fall in your class and how much work you have to put in for maximum benefit (in terms of grades and time management).
Wherever you go, get as close as you can. Especially for the first year.
Since I still have two cents (finals are coming up), I'll share them.
Though I am not involved in tons of extracurricular's, I can say that there is a definite advantage to living close to law school. I am 7 minutes away from mine. And it's great.
Forget a book? No problem. Need to do some research? No problem. Friend calls you up to study? Done. Not to mention, I can leave between classes and still make it back.
Ideally, living on campus of your law school, when possible, is the way to go. 60 miles will take an hour and a half each way out of your day. That's 3 hours a day that you can't study, relax, hang out with family and friends, review your notes, etc. It is not worth it. You will not have the chance to know people and will miss out on alot of the bonding that happens at law schools after classes.
There are students who live 20 miles or so from my law school and they have very little family time and virtually no social life with the other students, which is sort of sad....
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