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OUCH!!!! Even though my school made us submit our resumes in advance (so they could approve them, and make sure there were no typos - they actually said that), I just looked on Symplicity today at the resume that I submitted on Friday (to several prospective employers) for the first round of bids... and I made a nice typo on my most recent employer's name... ouch.

I should have looked at it one last time before I submitted it... but alas, I was not that smart.

So far I have been "pre-selected" for one interview. Do I bring a fresh copy of my resume to that interview and hope they disregard the old one, or am I already SOL?

I am such an idiot.

So the write-on competition is about to start at my school (apparently only 3-5 students each year grade-on... and I won't be one of them).

I'm also starting my summer (paid) public-interest clerkship during this time.

I know that I either want to work as a public defender or in the public interest arena (preferrably in the disability/mental health law field).

EVERYONE says to try for law review. Even the public interest place where I will be working this summer. About 300 students are trying to write on this year (hello TTT law school competition). There are 45 spots.

How applicable is law review to a public defender or public interest career? Wouldn't volunteering in one of these areas be a better use of my time? Would law review be a make or break thing for my career?

We are considering refinancing our mortgage, but my S.O.'s salary probably won't be enough to qualify us. We will probably need to use my "income" too.

My "income" = Stafford loans and money from a paid public-interest clerkship over the summer (slightly higher than a Wal-Mart cashier's wage).

Has anyone refinanced using student loans as income?

Current Law Students / What does the SBA do at your school?
« on: March 20, 2007, 06:56:38 AM »
I cannot figure out what the SBA has actually accomplished at my school this year. The SBA elections are coming up, and I don't understand why our school needs 10 SBA reps for 2L and 3L students.

They put on our Fall and Spring "law prom", and they also sent out emails complaining about grading curves, cost of tuition, class schedule, etc. Then they met with school admin regarding these issues, and nothing changed.

Does the SBA have an actual impact at anyone's school? Or is it more "lip service" than anything else? I'm trying to decide if I should even bother voting in the upcoming SBA election. 

Current Law Students / Feeling like quitting
« on: November 01, 2006, 09:35:33 AM »
It's 1st semester of my 1L year. I am at a T4 on scholarship (covers everything but cost of living). I have good days and bad days, but I feel like I spend the majority of my time asking myself why in the hell I wanted to go to law school.

The idea of working in a large firm sounds like a nightmare, small firms sound like a good way to be as poor as I was before law school, and jobs working for the state don't pay well and are competitive. Whine whine whine, I know.

My dream life is living abroad (preferably in Latin America or elsewhere in the developing world) OR working for a nonprofit. I thought law would be a nice stable way to at least work for a nonprofit. Now I am realizing, though, that the loans I am taking out for living expenses are real AND that my state's LRAP program is not so great. I am afraid of being bogged down in debt.

I could also see myself teaching high school social studies. I know that getting a teaching job is very competitive though, and requires an advanced degree (in my state). 

I have no idea what my class ranking will be, and if I will keep the GPA required for my full ride (2.5 GPA). Somedays I enjoy class and can imagine working as a lawyer, but other days I feel like law school is the WRONG choice.

Just wondering if anyone else feels the same way and how they are coping? Or if I should just get out now while I am still (somewhat) ahead? [By "ahead" I mean under $10 K in cost of living loans, and an undamaged GPA].

Current Law Students / Supplement Advice
« on: October 25, 2006, 03:10:14 PM »
I have cracked! I thought I was going to go at this whole law school thing supplement free, but panic has set in. I have already determined what will work best for Property (Gilberts) & Torts (no supplement).

I am unsure about CivPro & Contracts. I have the oldest Contracts prof at my school, and he prides himself on failing students (I go to a T4). He also says that we should not by any means ever use commercial outlines or study aids. I already have the Chirtelstein book. Our text is Crandall & Whaley. Does anyone have study aid advice for Contracts? (Which one to use?) I would ask one of my fellow students, but they're in the same position as me - having no idea what works for Contracts.

As for CivPro, I've heard that Glannon is God. Any nay-sayers out there?

Thanks in advance for your advice :)

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