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General Board / Re: Law Clerk Wanted, $10 hour?
« on: May 14, 2007, 07:58:29 PM »
Okay, that definitely met my criteria! You are right, I seem to think I have so much to offer but the bottom line is I am just a student now.  I started school part-time Spring of 06, and was invited to join law review at the beginnig of this semester, after 27 credits (including summer school) was completed.  I just finished my student note and thought, hey, its time to start thinking about real legal experience. So I got on Craigslist and E-Attorney (I'm in California, by the way)and saw all these ads and freaked out. That's when I got on here to hear other's thoughts. I can see that unless I decide to apply somewhere big this August, I will just have to turn my life around to the point where I can work for free or volunteer at least.  I was invited to the Sierra Club for a summer internship, but found out at the orientation that "though you may not get legal experience, per se, ...." Well, I definitely don't have time to work for free and not get legal experience. On the whole, was just starting to get paranoid.  Anyhow, KUDOS to those of you handling even more than I am...and thanks so much for your ideas.  Well taken.

Brewha, lots and lots of love and good wishes, from me, to you. 

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General Board / Re: Law Clerk Wanted, $10 hour?
« on: May 13, 2007, 08:03:43 PM »
Olive, thank you for your very thoughtful responses.  I would like to say, I'm not sure why people assumed I'm not performing well. I am actually in the top 15% of my class and on law review. People have been predictably presumptious as to my ability and as to my personality. I was a spring entering student, working full time at a "regular" job. I have neither applied nor been rejected for any legal positions yet. I am trying to plan ahead.
I simply started looking into alternatives to big law since I have no desire to do big law, and I noticed they all paid $10 an hour. This was dismaying to me, because, like I said, I can't afford to make that income. I did not mean to insult those who were able to make it on the $10 hour salary, I can see that is how it was perceived. And saying, go back to making 60k is, well, pointless, if you have any understanding of the effort and sacrifices a person has put into following their dream to attend law school.   Some very mean and nasty and unfounded comments were made, but it doesn't really matter, since, being false, they do not hurt my feelings.  I was reaching out to OLDER people, like myself, I indicated that in my first post.  I figured they could share their similar experiences and give pointers on what to do.

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General Board / Re: Law Clerk Wanted, $10 hour?
« on: May 12, 2007, 11:06:56 PM »
Once the dumb emoticons start coming out, its time to end the thread. Thanks for those of you with a decent response.
Goodbye.

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General Board / Re: Law Clerk Wanted, $10 hour?
« on: May 12, 2007, 10:54:38 PM »
Thanks Cesco, that explains Jilliibean's lack of empathy. I'm a part-time student, and did research for a professor last semester, it was paid under "work study" for $15 an hour, which was okay.  He approached me, though.  I'm not sure how to find out about other potential research positions, I forgot all about it to tell you the truth. I'll start with career services. Thanks for reminding me.

tortfeasor111 - Is someone paying your way? If so, you are not understanding my position, and so have nothing useful to contribute. If I could afford to work for free, I'd be ecstatic. 

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General Board / Re: Law Clerk Wanted, $10 hour?
« on: May 12, 2007, 10:24:28 PM »
I shouldn't have used the 'b' word, oh well.  That's what I get for posting in the middle of studying for exams.
Jillibean, cute name. Very mature. Thanks again for your worthless input.

Thanks for your advice, plex.  I'm going to stay where I am until a more lucrative opportunity presents itself.

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General Board / Re: Law Clerk Wanted, $10 hour?
« on: May 12, 2007, 07:36:00 PM »
 I need to get experience AND pay my rent and bills. I was looking for intelligent input as to other possibilities, and others' experiences.  Are you this bitchy in all of your responses?

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General Board / Law Clerk Wanted, $10 hour?
« on: May 12, 2007, 07:14:34 PM »
So what the heck are these lawyers thinking offering jobs for $10 hour? I made more than that working as a receptionist for a hair salon over ten years ago. Today, you can make that spinning signs on a corner. Unless you are clerking at big corporation, is this the pay that you can expect to make while earning your experience???
As an older student who was making almost 60k before entering law school, I am totally disgusted. My receptionist used to make $14 an hour. What's the deal?

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General Board / Re: Footnote 4
« on: May 03, 2007, 07:25:21 PM »
My school teaches ALWD (Association of Legal Writing Directors) Citation Manual for TWO semesters of Legal Writing and Research. At the very end of semester two, the professor advised, "but NEVER use it" in real life, or they will laugh at you. Uh, WHAT?  To make matters worse, I got on law review and so have to learn BlueBook as well, on the side. Its finals review week and I'm spending valuable hours learning proper blue book citation for the first draft due on Monday, when I should be studying for other classes.
Urgh.
Thanks for listening.

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I would call a few schools and ask them. Most don't like to give any info that could be construed as promises, but some might. Good luck.

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General Board / Re: Smoking Ban
« on: December 29, 2006, 04:00:44 PM »
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The bottom line is they wouldn't have to make any laws restricting smoking if smokers weren't such dumb a**es. .

Somewhere on this site is a picture of the pot calling the kettle black. Read it. Study it. Own it.
We wouldn't have to make any laws banning illegal immigration, banning people of color, banning certain people from voting, etc... etc... "if they weren't such dumba**es, too, right? I have stopped myself from cussing you out for all your stupid misleading posts trying to get people to buy your *&^%, but this just was too stupid to pass up.

DumbA**!!

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