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1L job search / Small firm advice requested
« on: February 10, 2008, 08:58:41 PM »
I'm a 1L at a good school with good grades. I'm hoping to make a career in criminal defense, preferably as a PD but if not then in small private practice. I'm thinking about summer employment. If my application to the local PD office doesn't work out, then my intention is to find a small/solo firm to work for during the summer. My plan is to mass mail my resume and related documents to all likely firms I find through Martindale, probably sometime in March, with the intention of starting in May.

Does this sound reasonable or am I making a miscalculation somewhere? Is a two month lead time from mailing to hopeful hiring too much, too little or just right? Is there a better way to find reputable small firms other than a Martindale search?


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General Board / Hours per week as a public defender
« on: November 13, 2007, 05:07:48 PM »
For those of you who have worked in public defenders' offices or are friends with someone who has, do you think that a regular 40 hour work week can be compatible with work as a PD? Since I'm sure the answer will vary a bit depending on location, please mention what city or state office you are referring to.

I am much more interested in information from people with recent and direct (or at least only one step removed) experience at a PD's office. I am not quite as interested in really general information, but if you think it would be useful then by all means please share.

Thanks!   

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Studying and Exam Taking / RomLaw and e-Legalines
« on: September 08, 2007, 10:27:52 PM »
Has anyone looked at both RomLaw and e-Legalines and gone with e-Legalines over RomLaw? I bought RomLaw and I'm satisfied with it, but e-Legalines seems to be everywhere online and RomLaw, not so much. I never really looked at e-Legalines. I'm guessing the larger presence of e-Legalines is mainly because of the Gilbert's/BarBri/West name and advertising budget, but maybe I'm wrong.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Panasonic Toughbooks
« on: May 08, 2007, 07:51:11 PM »
Anyone else considering the business-rugged models under the Panasonic Toughbook brand of laptop? I hear they are very well-built, but the price is high too. I really just want something that will last for three years with no problems, and as far as I can tell, Toughbooks are what you get when you need that kind of reliability.

Also, if anyone has personal experiences with these laptops, or with Panasonic Toughbook customer service, please share :)

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For those of you planning to attend any of the DC schools and considering expenses...

Housing anywhere near the DC beltway is insanely expensive. However, at least in the Maryland direction, the farther you get away from DC, the cheaper the housing gets. Additionally, all three of the lines for the major rail transit system for Maryland, MARC, meet in Union Station in DC. Union Station is itself close to GULC, and the DC system (WMATA) goes through Union Station.

What does this mean for you? It means that you might want to seriously look into housing away from DC but near one of the MARC stops. This can drop your rent expenses considerably -- I think a decent one bedroom in Baltimore will run maybe 700-800 a month. Longer commute time? Sure. So you sit for an hour on the train each way going over class materials. Not exactly wasted time.

I'm posting this to point out some options to those souls coming in from across the country who are glumly budgeting for an efficiency for $1200 or whatever. :)

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Virginia said in their acceptance letter to me that they'd let people know if they were accepted for their Dean's Scholarship by early March. I haven't received anything from them yet, and judging by lawschoolnumbers and by some recent posts on this forum, I'm guessing almost no one else has received scholarship notice from them yet, either.

Just checking though. Anyone got anything yet?

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Law School Applications / GW delay
« on: November 27, 2006, 09:32:05 PM »
Just a heads up to GW applicants...

I applied to GW on 10/25 through LSAC but didn't hear anything since then, and I noticed they had not requested my LSDAS report or LORs. I called them earlier today, and they told me they are using some kind of new computer system and I guess that means certain applications are just getting lost. They said they fixed the problem so I'm okay.

If anyone else is noticing some mysterious delay with GW, you should probably give them a call to check.

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Where should I go next fall? / Six enough?
« on: October 23, 2006, 10:37:00 PM »
Just curious on people's thoughts on my list.

App info: 3.93/171, math major, no ECs, solid WE, graduate degree.

Harvard
Stanford
Chicago
Berkeley
Georgetown
GW

I'm a little nervous because the list is so small. I had a larger list but I removed some because I felt like I was "padding" for no reason. Safety-wise, according to LSN I look like a lock at GW/GTown and a pretty-certain at Berkeley and maybe Chicago.

I could randomly throw some more T14s in there but I'm not really "in" to any of the others and so it seems like a waste of time and money. I could also throw a few ultra-safeties in there but, again, it looks like GW (at least) is a lock and I would be thrilled and proud to go to GW.

What do you folks think? Thank you!

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Recommendations / More not necessarily better?
« on: September 05, 2006, 08:05:26 PM »
I'm looking for some comments on this strategy...

I have three recommenders lined up. I waived my right to read any of their letters. All three of them are probably solid, however two of them I am sure really like me and I am sure they wrote very strong letters. The third one however I am just slightly nervous about. I had to remind him to write the letter whereas the first two folks had it done very quickly -- I interpret this as enthusiasm -- plus I had less academic exposure to this third guy.

So my plan is to only submit the first two letters, from the two super solid recommenders, with my initial application. If I get WLed at every school I apply to, I'll send the third letter in along with additional essays or whatever.

I have a high GPA and anticipate having a strong LSAT, so I'm not depending on these letters.

Comments? Anyone consider something similar?

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Law School Applications / Leaving off EC/personal section from resume?
« on: August 27, 2006, 10:29:49 PM »
Anyone else planning to entirely leave off the EC and/or personal sections from their resume? These areas are so weak for me -- seriously -- that I'm just going to use the extra space in the resume to talk up my strong WE and educational sections. I'll focus on making the personal statement show the fuzzy side. :D

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