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I have the inside view from a T14. MOST of my fellow graduating 3Ls do not have job offers. ANY offers. This is not simply a lack of BigLaw jobs but a structural problem in the legal community in general. Don't be fooled into thinking, "Well, I never wanted to be making $160k working at a stifling corporate law firm anyway." The job market is pure crap across the board. There is stunningly high unemployment at these elite schools.

However, the school is rehiring many of us to work at the library or in part-time research assistant positions so that we do not drag down the employment rate.

You are a fool if you think law school is a decent place to "ride out the recession."

Even Harvard Law grads are having problems finding jobs. So if the T14 grads are in danger, then what about the rest of the schools (from first tier to TTT to fourth tier)?

I hope this post is not deleted. It could save people hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you got into a law school and paid a deposit, you must still think about what I am saying and make a wise decision.

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General Board / BarBri or Kaplan?
« on: October 12, 2009, 09:08:25 AM »
Which should I take and why?

I don't know what state I will practice in. Can I register anyway and change my state later?

I'm at a T14 school and thinking about practicing in California.

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Is it necessary to send hard copies of your resume/cover letter by mail? What if you just use email? Does the firm take you much more seriously if you use the post office instead?

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1L job search / Mail or Email
« on: November 28, 2007, 07:35:05 PM »
A lot of firms list their email under the Careers Section of their website. Also, quite a few jobs on my law school's employer database say we can email our resumes and cover letters. If I am presented with the option of emailing the cover letter and resume, do I place myself at a disadvantage if I do so?

How about for public sector or government?

I'd rather not waste my time printing and mailing if I have a less than 1 in 100 chance of getting the job (1L, no grades, T14).

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It seems that BigLaw generally take less than ten 1Ls per office (usually much less).

My adviser told me I should send letters to almost every firm if I want a chance (about 40-50 per city); but then I would just be sending out non-tailored cover letters that might make me look like I'm doing routine job apps.

My undergraduate GPA was magna cum in a business-related field, but I don't have extensive experience (I'm young compared to most).

What do I do? Do I focus only on non-paying internships, or do I apply to the BigLaw firms? And, if the latter, how exactly do I go about it? Tailor each letter very meticulously? Or send a hell of a lot to everyone?

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General Board / Test Scores on my Resume?
« on: November 03, 2007, 10:06:50 AM »
I'm a 1L soon I'll be look I'll be looking for a job. My career adviser critiqued my resume and says I should not put my test scores there. She says law firms don't want to see it. The problem is that I don't have a lot of experience (graduated from college within three years, and went straight to law school), and I think my test scores show that I'm pretty good at writing (800 on the SAT 2 writing and on the SAT verbal, [171 on the LSAT]).

Do I just omit the scores? It seems like a waste.


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I'm talking to a fellow soon-to-be 1L and he says that I am mistaken for believing I can get by without using large quantities of study aids.

He predicts that within two weeks of law school, I'll start using study aids.

Is this true? And if true, then what study aid do you recommend?

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I'm an entering 1L, and yesterday a fellow entering 1L was shocked because I didn't know how to write a brief. So now I feel quite far behind and a bit uneasy. What do I need to know before I start class? What will I be expected to do without it being taught?

Also, does anyone have a good website that explains a good format for writing case briefs?

I would really appreciate any advice on this. I feel far behind, considering that others have been reading law prep books this entire summer.

Thanks guys.

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General Board / Spiral Notebooks or Laptop Computers for note-taking?
« on: August 01, 2007, 12:05:04 PM »
I've noticed that there's a lot of talk around here about which computer to use during class. I haven't started law school yet, and I have not once ever brought a laptop to any of my classes. Is it extraordinarily difficult to write notes by hand, the old-fashioned way, in law school (T14)?

I'd appreciate any advice or information on this.


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