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General Off-Topic Board / Quitting my law clerk position
« on: February 01, 2011, 11:13:12 PM »
I'm working as a law clerk at a personal injury firm that's fairly involved in the bar association. It's only a few weeks into the semester and I'm already pretty burned out between doing 15 hours at school, working 20 and doing law review (where I've already been told if I get a low-pass this semester I'm out).

I'm worried about not doing a great job at work (no complaints over anything major yet, so maybe I'm just needlessly anxious) and ultimately leaving a bad impression if I stick it through the semester... would it be okay to be straightforward, tell them I'm over-extended and give them two weeks notice, or is that career suicide on account of the firm's involvement in the legal community?

How common is it for law clerks to quit during a regular semester, and is it generally considered understandable by the firm? I've got an interview with a firm I'm hoping will hire me for this summer when I would have a lot less stress, and it's very tempting that if I get that job (which is one I think I'd be much more suited for, I took this one because I need the money) to quit this one and hope I can make a good impression this summer... so ideally I'd like to leave here amicably before I piss anyone off.

Choosing the Right Law School / Best regional schools based on job market?
« on: December 10, 2008, 09:05:52 PM »
Looking for a little advice on which schools to apply to, with an eye for which markets would be good to enter...

LSAT 159

I calculated my GPA at 3.08.

LSAC hasn't received my transcripts yet so I don't know if they calculate it a little differently. I am planning on adding an addendum noting that I failed a computer science course my sophomore year (taught myself to program in middle school, but the algorithms were out of my league) and received a D in an astronomy course the next semester, but showed an upward grade trend with a 4.0 my final semester. I also will have four years work experience by the time I start school and I'm hoping that is viewed favorably.

Planning on applying to:
University of Houston, South Texas College of Law, University of Texas (very longshot,I figure) Texas Tech, Rutgers-Newark and maybe University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (probably a longshot?)

What I'm wondering is what are some schools that may not be highly regarded on a national level, but that are highly regarded within regions that have a decent market for attorneys right now that I should also consider.

Any advice is highly appreciated,

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