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definitely an easy class (or so I've heard - I'm taking it next quarter). take it now and get it out of the way.

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Can you elaborate on the wierdo comment?

I plan to be myself.  But I mean the nicer myself, the person who carefully reads body language and says nothing but nice things.

Should I learn about how to do a 50 state survey or any of that?

Also, they offered 11 weeks, but the Chicago schedule cuts into it.  I thought they would be willing to extend it at the back end but they were evasive about it.  (Bad sign?)  Can I take exams early?  Every day on campus is literally taking hundreds of $ out of my pocket.


I did exactly what Reaching suggested last year AND actually skipped the last week of classes so that I could start 2 weeks before everyone else. I took 9 credits - spring break accounting (3), take-home exam class (3) and paper class (3) - and managed to get 11 weeks in when I otherwise would have only gotten 9.

Def don't worry about 50 state surveys or any of that stuff (I think you're kidding, right?) and as far as don't be a weirdo... I didn't think this comment was specific to you because they liked you enough to hire you so they must think you're okay, but I've seen a number of situations where people get TOO comfortable after being at a firm (or anything for this matter) after a month or two and they let their interview guard down and start getting too comfortable somewhere. So don't do that and you'll likely be fine.

If your firm is only going to offer 50% of people, there's not much you can do in the way of advance prep to be one of those 50%, it will likely come in the form of performance and interactions this summer in intangible ways that you probably can't even recognize.

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I'm also firm buddies with you two.  But in the general sense that I will be working at a firm.  ITE, I guess it's a good a fraternity as any.

Do 2Ls have any tips about getting offers?  I'm not that worried, but I would like to sharpen my Westlaw skills or something if it helps.

Just don't be a weirdo; even ITE it goes a long way.

Oh yeah, and learn how to bluebook. One of my fellow summers didn't know what bluebooking was (apparently at some schools they use something completely different) and the partner who gave her the first assignment was a little pissed with her citations.

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In Trusts and Estates, there are several people that have a 95% market share of all comments.  The percentage and number ratio is even worse in Tax, which seems to be dominated by three people.

The same people who dominated in my tax class last year also happen to dominate in our T&E class. Odd.

How is that possible? I'm not even in T&E.

You must have misread. I didn't say the same people who skipped 95% of the tax classes speak in T&E. Sorry for the confusion.

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In Trusts and Estates, there are several people that have a 95% market share of all comments.  The percentage and number ratio is even worse in Tax, which seems to be dominated by three people.

The same people who dominated in my tax class last year also happen to dominate in our T&E class. Odd.

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I say Buss for Evidence. I've never heard anything bad about Leiter, but I've heard lots of good about Buss.

Secured Transactions with Baird is a good class but will be packed with smarties - it will also likely have a bunch of B-School kids like his Bankruptcy class had last winter. Baird's reading is typically very light so I think it might be a good 4th class if you're interested.

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Seeing the gaggle of 1Ls today reminded me of what I once was. Innocence, youth, and paradise: all lost!

I sheepishly ate their leftover sandwiches today.

Bosco FTW, nice.

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It seems like everybody is taking longer to do everything this year - good luck, I imagine one of your several CBs will work out.

It really is brutal though. It still boggles the mind that this is our experience and we go to one the top 5 or so law schools in the country and there are 195 of them behind us. And every day thousands of kids apply to these schools blissfully unaware.

I had someone tell me over the weekend that a JD was a "license of print money" no matter what school you go to. Blissfully unaware.

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Transferring to Yale doesn't automatically guarantee you more success at OCI, despite what some people in this thread seem to believe.  We have an individual who transferred to Yale.  I recently spoke to him.  He didn't do very well at their OCI. 

He's a really nice kid, and I have absolutely nothing against him (I even went to his Regents farewell party), but I would wager that he overbid at OCI.  He probably wanted a few select DC firms that were hard to get no matter where you went to school.

(Although correct me if I'm wrong, and I agree with seatochitown that he'll probably get CoA clerkship before BigLaw, anyway.)

i have a feeling that, at bidding time, very few people understood what a shitstorm oci would be this year...

How's it shaping up? What % of people have offers at this point?

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I heard a rumor that Mortara sets the median at 174.  He aims to separate the future CoA clerks from the posers.  Many people earn 173-5s, and a few hit 185s.

Yeah, so thats not correct. None of those sentences are correct, actually. So... yeah.

What's your opinion about the Chemerinsky book? $50 is a lot of cash but I don't mind if it's helpful.


Yes, its pretty helpful. I never actually bought it (I just used the one in the library as a reference whenever it was necessary), but it wouldn't be a bad idea just to buy it. In hindsight, I probably would have done so.

2 for 2 = me buy it

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