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General Board / DE Bar Exam Courses?
« on: January 23, 2010, 12:52:59 PM »
Is there a viable alternative to the BarBri course for the DE Bar? The $2,400 price tag seems a tad Fing excessive to me. And it's apparently only offered at one location, which is rather out of the way.  What a bother. Barbri is running a total Fing racket. :(

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General Board / nice of the economy to collapse at this time
« on: September 19, 2009, 10:43:50 AM »
Venting . . .

I had an interview with a prestigious judge for a clerkship. He told me I was a great candidate, and I could tell he really liked me.  Then he told me that this is not a normal year.  Laid-off BigLaw associates with years of experience are vying for the same clerkship. I gave a good answer, which he seemed to think clever. It was not clever enough.

That laid-off Biglaw guy is probably going to starve on the puny clerkship salary, and I'll have to flee to Namibia to avoid creditors. But it sure is a dream market for employers. How nice for them.

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General Board / 3rd year of LS = unnecessary?
« on: July 28, 2009, 12:33:34 PM »
I know this is an old debate, but it's rather pertinent to us rising 3Ls. 

Why do American lawyers need a doctoral level degree?  Wouldn't a 2 year Master's be enough?  I have a summer clerkship, and I have found I can already do anything the lawyers do. The only difference is that they have more practical experience. Is the 50-60 thousand dollar cost + another year without income really necessary?  The 3rd year of law school seems to be a waste.

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3L job search / I abhor cover letters
« on: July 28, 2009, 11:24:53 AM »
I am going to vent.

I absolutely hate writing cover letters.  We must apply for so many jobs, and every time we are expected to write an individualized letter explaining just how much we love the position.  The thing is, I really don't care.  I just need a job.  Okay?  I just need 1/500 to hit.  Does anyone have time to research each firm?  Not really.  We just bull and they know it.  Oh sometimes we really want a job.  But you can't just apply for those jobs or you could end up living with your parents.  I'd just like to write:

To Whom It May Concern,

I'm applying because you posted a law job. I will need one of those after graduation.  I haven't had time to thoroughly review the job posting, but I promise to read it if you give me an interview. At this point, I'm willing to entertain whatever sort of legal work. I'm sure I'd be great. Yes, of course, I have excellent grades and a pretty resume.  It's all attached.

Sincerely,

Rising 3L     

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General Board / dumped b/c of law school?
« on: June 28, 2009, 05:07:54 PM »
So, I was dumped expressly because I'm in LS (thus busy and w/o present income).  Apparently, I'm in a relationship with LS and should have dropped out if . . .. Meh.  This must be fairly common -- maybe even a right of passage for law students. It stings though. Have any of you ever been similarly dis'd on account of LS? Commiseration would be welcomed.

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General Board / Clerkship letters of recommendation?
« on: June 15, 2009, 08:15:52 AM »
I'm looking to apply for clerkship, and now I'm supposed to get three letters.  The problem is that I haven't had any one professor more than once.  For example, can I really go back and ask my 1L Torts professor for a recommendation based on the A I received in his class?  Or should I only ask professors I had 2nd year who will be more likely to remember me?  I could get good letters from my various internship supervisors (who, of course, remember me), but the judges seem to want academic recommendations. This is annoying. 

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General Board / Ranking law schools on a standard distribution?
« on: June 13, 2009, 01:44:46 PM »
Wouldn't it make sense to grade law schools the way they grade law students?  The current manner of ranking law schools seems to be pretty inaccurate after the top 20 schools or so.  For example, American is rated much higher than CUA, but has only a slightly better Biglaw placement.

Something like:

A+ current T3
A  current t14
A- current T25
B+ Mason and similar schools
B  AMU and similar schools
B- CUA and similar schools
C+ Howard and similar schools
C  Widener and similar schools that place okay in some niche
C- Low cost current 4th tier schools like UDC (regardless of placement)
D  Cooley etc. (higher priced T4s or those that do not require a B.A. etc.)
F - Unaccredited schools

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General Board / College Cost Reduction Act of 2007
« on: June 10, 2009, 08:00:56 AM »
The best deal ever?

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General Board / Bar/doctrinal classes?
« on: May 27, 2009, 12:48:55 PM »
There seems to be some general internet consensus that it is a waste of time to take "bar classes" like Crim Pro, Evidence, Com Trans, etc.  Are the people who say such things smoking a crack pipe?  How could Bar Review possibly teach Article 9, the hearsay exceptions, and 4th Amendment law in a month?  Seriously? I mean its one thing to "review" all that stuff.  It's quite another to be learning it for the first time!

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General Board / Admin Law and Agency?
« on: May 21, 2009, 09:11:53 AM »
I'm a rising 3L, and I haven't taken these courses yet.  Should I bother?  Admin law looks especially god-awful. Also, I realize agency is covered in Corporations (which I'm taking this year). I've generally kept to the "bar courses" model in law school, but I'm considering skipping agency and admin so I can take something fun and impractical. Also, I'm probably taking the Delaware Bar, which does specifically test agency law. Any advice?

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