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« on: April 12, 2006, 11:58:27 AM »
I completely disagree that working for a public interest firm or non-profit (as long as you're doing REAL legal work) is not prestigious if you're at a high-ranked school. If you're at a good school, no one cares what you do your 1L summer as long as it's legal related and interesting. No one cares if you get a firm job, in fact, they ENCOURAGE us strongly to take PI jobs.
« on: March 19, 2006, 11:05:40 AM »
When firms look for someone on moot court, it's the real moot court team that they're referring to. If you placed 3rd or were awarded "best brief" in your school's intra-school competition, then sure put it under "awards." Otherwise, don't list it as an activity. They know that you are forced to write your district court/appellate brief for your legal writing course. Moreover, you're pressured (or sometimes forced) to enter the competition. You don't spend a lot of time preparing for it. It's really much different to the real moot court because most of the work was done in the name of a grade, regardless of whether or not you were forced to participate your school's competition.
Whereas, the real moot court team is an extracurricular activity that instills skills needed in a lawyer. They aren't forced or pressured to become a member of moot court (in theory). For example, moot court teams spend tons of time writing their briefs, hoping for it to win an award. Then they travel to somewhere where they are out of their element to argue their brief. The judges are probably a lot tougher than in an intra-school competition. They even have to argue off-brief. Bottom line: the real moot court team spends probably 5-10 hours per week doing EC work. The intra-school competition maybe required 3 hours out of your life that you didn't already have to give up in the name of a grade.
I guess it depends where you go. At our school, the 2L upper-level Ames is a huge deal and a big honor if you make it to the finals. It takes tons of work. But, if at a different school it's more of a joke, then it wouldn't be to your advantage to list that.
« on: March 18, 2006, 08:35:17 PM »
no, u are wrong. If you participate in any moot court competition, either in school, or between schools, no matter how u placed, you put it on. Period.
Not if it's mandatory, you don't. At our school, all 1Ls have to do the moot court competition, where we compete against other sections. Putting that on your resume is the equivalent of saying "I went to class." We have an upper level moot court competition (still all intra-school) for 2Ls, and that's completely voluntary. If you do well on that, I'd say put it on your resume. If you didn't do so well, don't put it on, just for the reason that you don't want them to ask "Oh, how'd you do?" and you have to answer, "not well."
« on: February 11, 2006, 04:06:00 PM »
Ebay deprives their customers of any due process. you are convicted without a reasonable investigation. i hope rot in hell!!
I sympathize, bc I hate ebay for other reasons, but the CivPro-freak in me has to say that due process arguments won't work because Ebay is not a state actor.
Sorry - I'll go hang my nerdy head in shame now.
« on: February 11, 2006, 04:03:04 PM »
In any case, www.rent.net
and apartments.com are good resources in Chicago. You can find all the information for most of the high-rises on these web sites. Then, on Admitted Students weekend, you can go visit them (but make appts beforehand). That part of town is awesome and the buildings are gorgeous, so I'm jealous that you'd be able to afford it!
« on: February 11, 2006, 11:17:58 AM »
As someone who used to live in Chicago, I think you're expectations are VERY high (although you did not mention what your budget was for rent). It is virtually impossible to find a reasonably-priced place (i.e., something that even my husband, who works, and I could live in and pay for) with a w/d in-unit. If you have one in the building, that's pretty good. That might be one thing you'll have to give up for location. Northwestern Law could not be in a more awesome part of Chicago, so you're going to end up paying a lot more if you want to live within walking distance.
« on: February 10, 2006, 02:07:22 PM »
I just went online to Ebay's site and there's a thing called Live Help that is some sort of chat with Ebay. I have never used it, and don't know if this will help you at all, but perhaps it's worth a try.