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2L job search / Time line for fall internship?
« on: May 24, 2009, 03:55:24 PM »
It's not too late right?

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General Board / writing competition dilemmaDilemma please help
« on: May 13, 2009, 02:47:29 AM »
I'm really confused about what to do. At my school, if you're selected for this human rights fellowship you have the option of doing separate bluebooing competition where you are basically guranteed a spot on a secondary journal, but then you can't compete in the unified writing competition for law review. I've been trying to finish the unified writing competition, but i'm nowhere near done. I need to finish a 10 page note by Thursday as well as 17 page blue booking excercise. I started the bluebooking excercise and gave up out of frustration and now i'm trying to write the note and have about 2 pages so far without the citations. It's so easy to throw in the towel, and just quit right now and do the other competition. I keep thinking even if I somehow complete this note, there is no telling what my grades will be this term, and if I'll even qualify for law review (you need to be in the top 1/3 to even compete, i'm currently in it but likely won't be once con law goes up) Thoughts? throw in the towel?

Here is the email I got from the editor:

"you will be given preferential treatment (ie - better odds) if you decide
to participate in the blank  writing competition. However, by
competing in this process, you forfeit the right to participate in the
Unified Writing Competition (UWC). Therefore, if you would also like to be
considered for another journal such as Law Review you should participate in
the UWC.

In all honesty, we set this policy to attract blanks with a strong
desire to be on the journal (as opposed to simply handing positions out).
So, if you make a good faith effort, chances are you will make the cut.

Thoughts?

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1L job search / confused about 1L job
« on: March 17, 2009, 11:55:59 AM »
hey guys, i currently have an offer from PI organization that I really like doing immigration and asylum work. i have request from an state judge to come in for interview and i'm hesitant to go. my school has a rule that if you get an offer from a judge you must accept.

my concern is what would look better for OCI this fall or will it even matter? Thoughts?

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1L job search / No interviews?!
« on: January 26, 2009, 11:41:17 PM »
So I'm A 1L at a top 30 school. I still haven't gotten any interviews yet from any of the PI organizations I applied to so far and i'm getting really nervous. I think I have an ok resume, so im not sure what the problem is. Please help! Also as my grades were just ok, should i be sending them unless they're explicitely requested?

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Studying and Exam Taking / freaking out about grades
« on: December 29, 2008, 10:27:31 PM »
So I truly think I bombed this semester. So badly, that I'm now actually fearing academic probation. I ran out of time on all of my exams except civ pro. I decided to write my exams instead of typing since i'm not a fast a typist. I felt so rushed, especially on my torts exam, where we only had an hour and half to answer 2 fact patterns and a policy question, since the first 30 minutes you could only read and plan. I defintely did not write as much as some people, at most 1000 words, I think.

I don't even know what to do differently for next semester.

I can't even concentrate on summer job hunt because i'm so upset.

Law school has been my goal for years, that even if i dropped out, I have no idea what I would do.


Please any advice would be appreciated.

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1L job search / Worried about job search
« on: December 27, 2008, 12:05:51 AM »
Ok, so reading all these threads about sending out 80-100 applications is making me really nervous. Is this for people trying to secure firm work? I'm looking public interest work, preferably something immigration or human rights related. How many applications should I be aiming to send out? I'm at a top 30 school, straight out of undergrand, but with a couple of internships. Also, would any one be willing to look at my resume, the career center is closed for break and i really want to send this out soon.

Also should I even bother trying to apply to firms this late in the game as I'm not at T14?

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2L job search / so will fall OCI in 2009 be worse than this year?
« on: November 19, 2008, 08:26:12 PM »
Thoughts? Links? Just a speculation thread.

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Studying and Exam Taking / gilberts vs e and e for torts
« on: October 19, 2008, 01:43:19 PM »
I'm trying to decide between the two, I already have the dressler book which is assigned by the professor. She recommends glannon,  but gilberts is written by the same author as the text book, so i'm confused. The professor already gave us a ton of practice essay exams, so i'm looking for some multiple choice practice ques for that part of the final. I hear she likes to test on retestement for the multiple choice.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Legal memo question
« on: October 19, 2008, 01:39:14 PM »
Following the Irac method, if you have an issue heading do you just begin with the rule of law and apply it to the case?

I'm working on the re write and I had a lot of trouble with organization on the first draft. This is wahat my professor told me to address: "seperate ideas into distinct concepts. Keep related ideas together. Begin with the controlling standard and apply it to the case at hand."

The way I've organized it is that I have two issues divided by sub headings. I begin with the rule of law and then apply it to the facts of the hypo, what each paragraph discussing an argument that I could make for the client, followed by a paragraph on the counter argument and how it is distinguishable.  Please any advice would be appreciated on memo structure. Thanks. 

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http://www.usnews.com/blogs/college-rankings-blog/2008/6/26/changing-the-law-school-ranking-formula.html

I really hope they don't implement it or else i'm really going to regret turning down Vandy for Fordham =/

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