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General Off-Topic Board / Re: MAS: Welcomes Our New Socialist Overlord
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:03:55 PM »
Wally here.

I thought that it would be nice to check in as a 3L.  Not knowing what else to say, I thought I would share two observations:

1) As utterly ridiculous as my neuroticism was (and I am embarrassed by it, in retrospect), it may have been warranted.  How ironic: every last anxiety-ridden bit of it has become something of conventional wisdom.  T6 still not a good idea at sticker?  Check.  Studying for daylight?  Check.  Not counting on any BigLaw position?  Ditto.

2) Ideally, life is long and full of surprises.  As cliche as it sounds, I hope that the last two years have made all of us more open-minded about what qualifies as our future.  When I was a few years younger, I was always stressed because I tried to will certain predetermined outcomes.  I would map out my future and then panic if anything went awry.  These days, I just focus on living.  Eating.  Enjoying whatever it is I do.  Miss one job, I hope I find another.  Not this girl, I hit on another.  "One doctor, one ecstasy, one illness, one woman, one man / May hide another.  Pause to let the first one pass . . . It can be important / To have waited at least a moment to see what was already there."

That's good for me, because I'm a spineless "yes" man with a prestige complex. 

Job Search / Re: Completely disheartened by OCI
« on: September 12, 2008, 03:36:53 PM »
Where do you guys go to school?  Damn.   :-[

Current Law Students / Re: The whole "forest for the trees" thing...
« on: September 12, 2008, 03:34:32 PM »
Eh.  Your professors say that supplements are a waste of time because students often tackle the entirety of Torts rather than tackling the issues you cover in the class, which will be on the exam.

I think that law school tests for original analytical thinking.  So many people are going to argue the same old s*** on the exams with the same old issues.  It's the rare person who manages to come up with a few "neat" insights here and there that shows that he's capable of being a good lawyer.  You don't hire an attorney to think inside the box; you hire an attorney because your problem lies out of it.

I think.  I'm a lowly 1L, so feel free to correct my ideas.  This was just an idea I had on the freeway while looking at a particularly puffy cloud.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Chicago Class of 2011
« on: September 12, 2008, 03:30:25 PM »
I might do that.  Worse comes to worse, I heard that Lexis or Westlaw have the cases on them.  We'll see.  I'll talk to a few of the 2Ls.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Chicago Class of 2011
« on: September 12, 2008, 11:09:45 AM »
Eh.  Couldn't you buy the old one and settle for the oldie but goodie cases?

Job Search / Re: below-curve hls 2L re: oci prospects
« on: September 11, 2008, 09:32:07 PM »
Agreed.  It seems like Skadden and Weil are easier than some lower-ranked firms, especially lower ranked ones in DC.

The point is that there are a handful of very selective firms and a large number of less selective ones that are happy to have HYSCCN associates.

I think.   Feel free to correct any misconception.

Law School Admissions / Re: What does this mean (Duke)?
« on: September 11, 2008, 09:30:28 PM »
I would at least add Chicago, but whatever.  Good luck.

Current Law Students / Re: The whole "forest for the trees" thing...
« on: September 11, 2008, 09:06:14 PM »
There are two issues here:

1.  If the material is easy and lucid to you, it's probably easy and lucid to everyone else, raising the curve for everyone.  People are often shocked when they don't do as well on "easy" tests because they forget that the test was as easy for everyone else.

2.  Policy is important, but most important when dealing with SCOTUS and issues that could go for either party.  That's when policy arguments are most relevant.  Your goal is to be able to take general concepts and understand them in an exam sense.  I would start taking exams now.

Job Search / Re: below-curve hls 2L re: oci prospects
« on: September 11, 2008, 08:52:40 PM »
I'm a lowly 1L, but it seems like there are two types of BigLaw firms:

V20 + boutiques + a few that Vault badly misranks, like Irell and MTO.

Everyone else.

If you want the latter, then HYSCCN seems to cut the mustard fairly well, but you also need good grades for the former.  (And you need a decent geographic and practice explanation for both.)

Am I right?

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