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I imagine that most of us went into law school with certain expectations of ourselves: they could include winning a particular writing competition, joining the law review, making the top X%, working for a certain caliber firm, getting a clerkship, leading a student organization, getting to know professors, or a slew of other things. But, as is frequently the case, many people fail to live up to those goals while others far surpass their expectations.

When you entered law school, how did you honestly think that you would do? And now that the dust has settled, how did things actually turn out?

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Howdy everyone...

Any recommendations as to the best supplement book for M&A? I normally enjoy the E&E books, but since they don't have one, I'm going to have to branch out... any suggestions?

Thanks everyone  :)

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2L job search / So I had ten OCI interviews...
« on: August 26, 2007, 05:46:35 PM »
Over the course of Wed, Thur, & Fri I had ten OCI interviews... I received one callback phone call late Friday, but nothing from the other nine. Is this normal??? Or did I manage to bat a measely 10% thus far in OCI? Or, is it simply too soon to have expected to hear back from most firms?

To give a little more background (and don't bother reading if you're one to bash people for giving specifics), I'm on LR and in the top 10% at a T10; the firms are exclusively in the V25.

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2L job search / Is facial hair really a taboo for OCI?
« on: August 11, 2007, 12:54:32 PM »
I have a very small amount of facial hair, but am very fond of it--it genuinely makes me look a few years older, which is a good thing considering I'm an under age law student.

Thoughts?

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General Board / Firms and Offices
« on: June 22, 2007, 10:29:45 AM »
I'm sitting here getting ready to start submitting my OCI interview requests for the fall, and I've hit a major road block. At my school, and I'm sure it's a widespread trend, you interview for specific offices, rather than just a general interview with the firm. Are you somehow limited if you choose to work at an office that is NOT the headquarters for the firm as a whole? Take Sullivan & Cromwell for example: they're HQ'd in New York City, but have offices throughout the world... if I apply to work at their LA office, have I unintentially handicapped my potential growth at the firm?

This is a serious question, and as such I'd appreciate people refraining from the normal sarcastic badgering. I'm just clueless about this matter...

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Transferring / UVA to....?
« on: June 11, 2007, 11:01:04 AM »
Well, after a delightful first year, with many ups and downs, it looks like I'm going to wind up just inside the top 10% at UVA (assuming a final grade is not a disaster). Hence my question: would it be at all worthwhile to try to move into one of the top 5 schools? And for that matter, is it even possible? The yahoo group doesn't have much info for my situation.

I have a strong interest in teaching one day... and since UVA only takes the top 8% or so onto law review, and the write-on is no guarentee, I feel like I might have a better shot at one of those schools.

Thoughts?

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Studying and Exam Taking / Modern Commerce Clause question
« on: April 23, 2007, 01:49:03 PM »
Under Lopez, one of the three main categories of commerce that Congress can regulate is "persons, things, and instrumentalities" of interstate commerce... what exactly does that phrase include? If I walk across state lines, do I become a person of interstate commerce? Or would I have to work in interstate commerce?

Any examples would be great... Though it's perhaps a simple question, it's one of the only things still confusing me here at the end of con law :(

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General Board / Two journals.... worthwhile or crazy?
« on: March 27, 2007, 02:40:38 PM »
Journal results are out (though not law review) and I've gotten onto both the journals I applied to... I'm hoping for a law review offer in the summer--aren't we all?--but am wondering how I should hedge my bets now. Would double decking on two journals be more impressive to employers? What about if you're hoping to teach: does working on two journals in any way compensate for not having made law review?

Any musings are appreciated...

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General Board / "Our firm pays $xxx,xxx and a 'bonus'...."
« on: February 21, 2007, 08:24:19 AM »
I'm (hopefully) headed into academia, but I've always wondered: just how sizeable are the firm bonuses? Do they vary by the firm's ranking, meaning that V10 firms offer larger ones than V100 firms?   Are the bonuses of individual firms listed on some website that I'm just clueless about? I have to know how under-paid legal professors are... ;)

Thanks  :)

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