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Please cite iconic cultural examples (celebrities, etc.) where the person in question said: "i was having severe emotional problems, so I visited a therapist and worked through my problems both through the support of my therapist and family and friends". Such examples are few and far between. Examples of iconic celebrities saying: "I was severely depressed so i got medicated and everything is awesome now" seem much more prevalent.

The message? If you get on drugs to solve your problem, there was never really anything wrong with you mentally, you just had a "chemical imbalance" that needed correction. However, if you went to therapy that means there's nothing physically wrong with you, rather - you've got the horrible stigma of actually being mentally imbalanced. For shame!

So, yes, I will hold Brooke Shields and the chic Hollywood drug panacea/illusion accountable for this message they foist upon us, a message which shames anyone who actually has the guts to say: "there's nothing physically wrong with me, i'm just mentally messed up right now and need to work this out w/ a professional".

W/ regard to empathy, was in virtually similar situation to above poster in the high-school/college transition. Fortunately, Hollywood had not yet embarked on its "psycho-meds are cool!" campaign, and I felt no pressure whitewash my problems as a "chemical imbalance". So, through professional help, family & friends, and deep and independent self-introspection the obstacles were overcome. It's a shame that such a path is no longer even a conceivable option for many people. "It's not me, it's my chemical imbalance" has become the knee-jerk response expected of us.

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1L job search / Re: 1st Year Clerkships?
« on: January 08, 2006, 01:53:23 PM »
Looks like we had a similar strategy. I sent out a gazillion resumes, cover letters, and writing samples on the day we were first allowed to do so by my school (Dec. 1). That ended up with a ton of rejection letters, but a few interviews over the holidays as well. So far, one federal district court offer, one state supreme court offer (i cast a wide net), and waiting for the results of a couple of law firm interviews and fed dstrct crt judges.

Hope your fishing nets round up some fish!

BigTex- Did you get an offer? 

I spent most of the week interviewing with federal dist. ct judges.  They differed in what I would be doing.  The spectrum was from busy work as you described, to externs that actually get to write opinions that are often published.  No offers yet, but I should be hearing next week.  In the area I applied I was told by career services to be competitive you should apply Dec 1, which worked out b/c I had my interviews lined up while I was home for winter break.  Although I know the area where my law school is located judges don't accept applications until Feb 1.  My reasons for applying are a genuine interest in the federal court system after working in state court prior to law school.  Also I would like to be exposed to many areas of law and improve my research & writing skills.  I hope it will also make me more competitive for a post-grad clerkship.

Good luck.


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1L job search / Re: All rejections created equal?
« on: January 08, 2006, 01:46:36 PM »
Oh, you mean you got letters that say, basically: "we're not rejecting you for a 1L summer internship, but we want to see your grades first before we make a decision". If so, i've not received that kind of letter. I've either been invited to interview (still no law firm offers though) or been flatly rejected. The "let's-see-your-grades-first" sort of letter sounds a lot better than a rejection.

Thanks. :-) If they want transcripts, that's a good sign, right? Or rather, it's a better sign than a flat-out rejection?

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1L job search / Re: 1st Year Clerkships?
« on: January 07, 2006, 06:20:38 PM »
Are clerkships a blanket good thing to do? 

The impression i get is that a post-graduation clerkship with an appellate federal judge is prestigious (many firms give you a bonus for having performed such a clerkship). However, I don't think summer internships after 1L are nearly as prestigious. From my interviewing with various federal district court judges, you're mainly going to be dealing with hand written habeas corpus petitions from pro-se inmates. Not exactly the highest level of legal analysis. Apparently, judges get tons of these petitions and tend to dump them off on 1L summer interns. Contrast this with a post-grad clerkship where you're actually working on cases that matter (i.e. claimant is represented by an attorney so there might actually be a worthy legal argument to wrangle with). However, i've heard that some of these hand written habeas corpus petitions are amusing and can make for an entertaining summer internship.

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The E&E for K's is excellent.

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1L job search / Re: All rejections created equal?
« on: January 05, 2006, 05:24:52 PM »
That's the standard pleasantry that shows up in the rejection letters i've received as well.

I have a ton of rejections, but some have asked me to reapply for the summer of my 2L year. Does this really mean that they would like me to reapply, or is it a standard thing firms put in rejection letters?

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Transferring / Re: The raised bar
« on: January 05, 2006, 01:53:41 PM »
apparently, we won't find out grades until february.  >:(

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Transferring / Re: The raised bar
« on: January 04, 2006, 10:38:33 PM »
BigTex,
How did the PLS method work out for you?

I didn't know what courses i'd have until just a few days before the semester began. So, i had to guess, and i only guessed right on one course: K's. So, i did PLS prep for K's but not for my other 2 courses. I felt I had the strongest grasp of the material, and the best exam performance, in K's. However, we won't know till grades come out, so I can't really say yet whether or not PLS worked for me.

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Transferring / Re: The raised bar
« on: January 02, 2006, 05:45:33 PM »
I think law review competition involves three factors, weighted differently at various schools:

1) 1L grades
2) performance on editing assignment. basically, you're given an article w/ a lot of citation mistakes and you have to find and correct as many as you can
3) some kind of paper you write in a contained academic universe. i.e. you are given a bunch of articles that serve as your research sources and are told to write a paper on some specific topic related to the research sources.

I think most schools give you a week or so to do #2 and #3 immediately after finals.

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my tweak: no more outlining. Commercial outlines track the courses just fine. I'll use the extra time to work short answer and sample essays. I know the conventional wisdom is "outlining yourself helps you learn the material". Though true, i found working problems and sample exams much more helpful in that regard.

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