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General Board / Civil Procedure Question
« on: July 15, 2011, 05:09:30 AM »
If a plaintiff sues in federal court solely on the basis of diversity jurisdiction, and the defendant impleads a party from the same state as plaintiff, will this destroy diversity and boot the whole lot out of federal court?

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General Board / Is law school a wise investment?
« on: June 23, 2010, 11:13:04 PM »
Sadly it's not. If you want to get the real scoop on whether law school is worth your blood, sweat, tears (and especially, money), please see the following:

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/law_firms_express_growing_enthusiasm_for_contract_lawyers/
http://www.altmanweil.com/index.cfm/fa/r.resource_detail/oid/6ddd4b8a-88a3-44ef-85a1-5a9a7ce501ac/resource/New_Law_Firm_Survey_A_Consensus_on_Change.cfm
http://www.jdunderground.com
http://thirdtierreality.blogspot.com/

This was also big news in the legal world about a week ago:

http://balkin.blogspot.com/2010/06/wake-up-fellow-law-professors-to.html
http://legalblogwatch.typepad.com/legal_blog_watch/2010/06/law-professor-supports-scambloggers-calls-for-his-colleagues-to-wake-up-to-reality-.html

Please take the time to inform yourselves. It's curious that posters on here don't talk about this issue (the most significant to hit the lawyer profession in 20 years) more often.

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This Wednesday (May 19th) NPR's news program "All Things Considered" will feature a discussion with graduating law students on the current (deplorable) state of employment prospects for graduating law students. I think its good that this issue is garnering attention outside of legal circles, the NY Times, and various law school blogs.

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General Board / Which supplement is better for Fed Tax?
« on: December 28, 2009, 07:35:41 PM »
Chirelstein's Federal Income Taxation or the E&E. If anyone has had an chance to use either or both of these I'd appreciate the feedback. Thanks.

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I wasn't aware of this case until I noticed a cite to it in my administrative law supplement, at 459 F.3d 705. I think I'm beginning to better understand the contempt that has been expressed for Cooley on this board, especially with language in the opinion like this: "Further, the sanction could not be described as arbitrary and unreasonable given the highly deferential standard of review and the evidence of the school's blatant and intentional noncompliance with ABA rules."

Crazy.

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General Board / What classes to take to prepare for Big Law?
« on: October 07, 2009, 02:04:36 AM »
Not that many recent graduates or soon-to-be graduates will be breaking into big law anyways, so I should probably rephrase the question: What type of classes should a student take throughout law school if they hope to specialize in a practice typically handled by 'big law' firms. My law school has so many electives that are likely relevant to some sort of corporate/business practice its hard to know which should definitely be on a student's transcript once graduation rolls around. So, beyond the generic "Business Organizations" and "Securities Regulation"...what else should be included?

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General Board / Why this board sucks
« on: September 19, 2009, 02:40:02 AM »
This board sucks. It's become practically useless as a means of discussing legal problems actually covered in class. A few years about people actually debated legal issues that were read in their casebooks on this board. Now, fifty percent of posters only want to whine about OCI and how they didn't get a selection, how they hope to one day practice in "big law", how they are already practicing in "big law" and are 'taking questions', or how they were recently laid off from 'big law' and making crap money doing doc review on a contract team. There were hundreds or responses to the one guy who got a job at a 'big law' firm and was fielding questions. It made me want to puke at all the people acting as if he was some God and he their sheep. Get a life.

Oh, and to any future posters that would speculate otherwise, I did get selections from OCI & I might try for a job at a big law firm. I'm keeping my options open.

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General Board / OCI Invitations
« on: August 14, 2009, 08:35:31 PM »
I received an invitation via OCI to interview with a "major-regional" health insurance company in my area of the country. A review of their website reveals absolutely nothing with regard to their legal department. I was hoping someone could tell me the type of legal work that a health insurer performs. At first I thought maybe they handle claims made against them (the insurer), but it's my understanding that most insurers farm out their claims to outside firms. If that's the case, is this a type of in-house gig? And if so, what type of law do they practice (health and insurance law I'm guessing?)

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General Board / Supplement Suggestions
« on: July 26, 2009, 06:17:28 PM »
I'm taking Crim Pro, Sales & Leases (UCC) and Administrative Law this semester (among others). Are any of these subjects ones that students typically use a supplement for in their studies? If so, any recommendations as to which ones?

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General Board / Health Law
« on: June 28, 2009, 07:50:31 PM »
My school has a nationally ranked Health Law program. A student can even have a "quasi" major in the subject, graduating with a certificate in health law if they meet certain criteria. In any event, does anyone have any experience in this area of the law? What are the job prospects like? Do most practitioners work with firms, or in a hospital systems legal departments? Any information would be helpful.

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