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I just randomly decided to check out this board again, and I was looking back fondly over all my posts from way back in 2006 when I was freaking out over applying to law school.  Now I'm almost a year out, and feeling nostalgic about the "good old days" of both undergrad and law school.  I was wondering if any of the old posters who started and finished law school when I did (2007-2010 or whenever really) were still lurking about??

What are you guys doing now?  I'm finishing up a Fellowship with the General Counsel Section at my city, working part time as a managing attorney in my state for a national firm, and starting my own solo practice in the 'burbs (with the help of some attorneys who posted an ad on craigslist for the office space - they are allowing me some time to get established before I start paying a reduced rent, and then eventually an equal share of the rent).

Do you miss law school?  Do you regret going or are you glad you went?  I miss law school!  I miss the academic and fraternal environment.  I'll admit I'm a school nerd, so that's probably why!  I don't regret going, but I never expected to be doing what I'm doing now!  I wish I'd done some things differently in law school to prepare me for solo practice, but as it is, I'm just figuring it out as I go along!

Current Law Students / Studying for the bar?
« on: June 24, 2008, 08:36:10 AM »
How does this actually work?  I just finished my first year of LS, and I'm curious for scheduling of life purposes!

It seems that most people don't study until about a week after spring exams of their 3rd year - they graduate, and then start barbri and study until the bar (which is mid-july, yes?)  So mid may - mid july is bar time?  It's stressful and hard, but it's short and then over, right?

I've also heard of ppl taking it more than once - do they have to wait a year to take it again each time?

I'm talking Ohio here, if that helps!


Hey, everyone - it's been awhile since I posted here!

This week I have 3 "interviews" lined up -

1. Clerk position for federal judge

2. Clerk position for large company w/ legal department (part-time)

3. Clerk position for a firm

Numbers 2 and 3 are a drive from my apartment (ouch gas prices!) whereas federal clerkship will be a short bus ride.  Plus, everyone has told me that THAT is the position I want the most.

SO - basically, I have the federal clerkship interview first (but they have told me that I pretty much have the position), so is the polite/correct thing to do to call the other two places after accepting a position and cancel the interviews? (That's what I was planning to do - say that I've accepted another offer).

And - am I making the best decision?  I've heard lots of good things about clerking for a federal district judge from lots of people!  It is unpaid, but I can get a stipend from my school.

I also have been talking to a couple of firms about part-time work during the upcoming school year ... so perhaps I can get my firm fix then?

Thanks for any and all opinions!

***EDIT: Now the one interview (big company) is TOMORROW, so I guess I'll just go - I doubt they'll offer anything on the spot, but if they do - should I just say that I have 2 more interviews this week and have yet to decide, but I will contact them as soon as I do?

Job Search / How long should a writing sample be?
« on: February 13, 2008, 07:01:52 AM »
Also a question that will be going to the CPD office, but would like a "second" opinion -

How long of a writing sample should be included when it is requested?

A paragraph?

A page?

A whole memo? (Hah, I would think not)


Job Search / Confused ...
« on: February 08, 2008, 03:12:22 PM »
So ... the OCI bidding closed awhile ago, but there still firms that I can find through eattorney under OCI that are "resume collect" ... can I still apply/bid for those?

Also ... do I just send my resume and cover letter to random firms or wait and see if firms are actually hiring?

I'm talking to the CPD ppl this week, but I just wondered if I could get any info now.


Has anyone heard of those who after 1L have a low or non-paying job that doesn't take lots of hours (what I'm looking at might only be 30-35 hours a week), and then supplementing the low pay with another job (i.e. waitressing or something on Saturdays)?

Current Law Students / Who Loves LexisNexis?
« on: January 15, 2008, 09:30:51 PM »
Am I the only one who really loves the lexis points system?  I mean, you can actually order stuff that you want (off of Amazon or Barnes and Noble, for instance).  I have a DVD box set thing coming from the points I racked up last semester :)  Reward to me for getting through!

It seems like none of my classmates do the points thing, or maybe we just don't talk about it.

I think it's awesome - stuff for free!  Beats the crap out of whatever Westlaw has ... maybe I just don't like westlaw as much :P

Current Law Students / More curve explanations?
« on: January 14, 2008, 04:14:21 PM »
I understand the concept of a curve, and all that, but I was just wondering how to interpret our grades before our official transcripts arrive.

First years at my school are on a B curve in each class, but how might that average out for GPA?

I suppose since we have a B curve, it's a 3.0 curve (since a B = 3.0), and I have a 3.35 ... I just can't fathom where that might put me ... and I know it probably depends, but am I possibly just looking at top half or am I totally off?  Math and such was never my strongest suit :)

Job Search / Is OCI absolutely necessary?
« on: January 10, 2008, 09:08:52 AM »
Is it absolutely necessary to do the whole eattorney/OCI thing right now to get jobs for the summer?  I feel like it MIGHT be a waste of my time since I don't know what my grades are, but I doubt I'll fall into the top 10/15% ... I only have 1 grade (a B+ in Contracts - above the curve), so yeah.  I'm not interested in working outside of the greater Cincinnati area (where I go to school), and I'm mostly interested in working as a clerk or in a smaller firm ... and I keep hearing at my school how firms/places hire through May (and even later).  If I don't do it this year can I still do it next year?

Current Law Students / Post Your Grades as you get them!
« on: January 08, 2008, 09:03:09 PM »
I'm not trying to be weird by doing this, but I know lots of ppl (like me) who want to rant/vent/brag/etc. about various grades, but I don't want to talk about them with actual for real classmates (b/c that's tacky and a bad idea!)  So here is the place ... post them all together or as they come and express your surprise/relief/disappointment.  Doesn't matter how good or bad or average they are.  Nobody should be judging.  Ready go ....

I passed intro to law - woot (haha, not a huge accomplishment)

Contracts - B+!!!!  Woot!  (We're on a B curve) ... I am actually SO relieved, considering it was my last exam and I was so burned out that I probably spent a total of 3 hours actually studying for it and only had a 1 page outline.  I was afraid I would do much worse!

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