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Where should I go next fall? / J. Reuben Clark (BYU) 2L Taking Questions
« on: October 23, 2008, 03:10:43 AM »
Been here for over a year. Doing the law review thing, employed as a TA, will be working as a summer associate with a V20 firm next year. I know the school pretty well - shoot away.

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Transferring / Should I transfer?
« on: April 25, 2008, 12:55:36 AM »
I am interested in academia and a federal appellate clerkship. With that in mind, I am thinking about transferring from a good 25-30 range law school to Michigan (shoe-in), Virginia (shoe-in), Chicago (maybe), or Harvard (big maybe) to improve my marketability.

But I see transferring as a huge gamble. Right now I am in the top 2% of my class, I can land a job with virtually any BIGLAW firm I want (e.g., Cravath, Latham, Covington), I am on law-review, I have good TA and RA positions with great professors, and I my grades are high enough that I won't have to worry about slipping in future semesters.

If I go to, say, Chicago, I might end up only in the 60th percentile and I'd be totally screwed, at least in terms of landing a good clerkship, a teaching postion, or a great job with a firm of my choosing.

However, the appellate clerk placement at my current school is only around 2-4% per year, and we have very few alumni working as professors. The top 5-10% can clerk or work basically anywhere they want, but teaching positions are hard to come by because schools are so damn elitist.

Is it worth the risk?

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1L job search / bad ECONOMY = bad FALL 2008 OCIs?
« on: March 10, 2008, 06:26:40 PM »
Heads are rolling in BIGLAW (see below). Hundreds of partners are being cut from equity tiers or outright fired to makeup for the sluggish economy. What does this means for Fall OCIs?

Either BIGLAW will continue to hire at current numbers because (a) their pyramid scheme-esque profit structures depend upon large numbers of youthful (read: expendable) associates,(b) there's no way to predict Fall 2001 market conditions--more than two years away-- and (c) a traditional 10 year business cycle slump usually lasts less than 18 months, OR...

They'll *&^% their pants and cut expenses by trimming down the summer associate programs.

Thoughts?


*&^%'S HITTING THE FAN:

Jenner & Block de-equitized 10 partners:
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2008/03/06/jenner-block-ousts-10-equity-partners/

Mayer Brown de-equitized/fired 45 partners:
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2007/03/02/mayer-brown-purging-45-partners/

Cadwalader canned another 35:
http://www.abovethelaw.com/2008/01/breaking_cadwalader_announces.php#more

Clifford Chance lays off 6 in structured finance:
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1194257039275&rss=newswire

Kirkland & Ellis engaging in conspicuously more stringent reviews:
http://www.abovethelaw.com/2007/10/nationwide_layoff_watch_are_th.php#more

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2L job search / bad ECONOMY = bad FALL 2008 OCIs?
« on: March 10, 2008, 06:11:18 PM »
Heads are rolling in BIGLAW (see below). Hundreds of partners are being cut from equity tiers or outright fired to makeup for the sluggish economy. What does this means for Fall OCIs?

Either BIGLAW will continue to hire at current numbers because (a) their pyramid scheme-esque profit structures depend upon large numbers of youthful (read: expendable) associates,(b) there's no way to predict Fall 2001 market conditions--more than two years away-- and (c) a traditional 10 year business cycle slump usually lasts less than 18 months, OR...

They'll *&^% their pants and cut expenses by trimming down the summer associate programs.

Thoughts?


*&^%'S HITTING THE FAN:

Jenner & Block de-equitized 10 partners:
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2008/03/06/jenner-block-ousts-10-equity-partners/

Mayer Brown de-equitized/fired 45 partners:
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2007/03/02/mayer-brown-purging-45-partners/

Cadwalader canNed another 35:
http://www.abovethelaw.com/2008/01/breaking_cadwalader_announces.php#more

Clifford Chance lays off 6 in structured finance:
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1194257039275&rss=newswire

Kirkland & Ellis engaging in conspicuously more stringent reviews:
http://www.abovethelaw.com/2007/10/nationwide_layoff_watch_are_th.php#more


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I think most rankings are biased toward East-coast schools (to the disadvantage of West-coast schools), but the shaft extends to graduate placement with the Supreme Court. Only 3 of the top 16 schools (with respect to SC clerkships) are located west of the Mississippi:

(Rankings relative to study body size)

              Placements  Class   Index Score
1. Yale             70   200   .3500
2. Chicago          45   200   .2250
3. Harvard          95   550   .1727
4. Stanford         26   175   .1485
5. Columbia         27   375   .0720
6. Virginia         16   375   .0426
7. Michigan         14   375   .0373
8. NYU              16   450    0355
9. Berkeley         10   275   .0363
10. Notre Dame      6   175   .0342
11. Northwestern    8   250   .0320
12. Duke            4   200   .0200
12. Brigham Young   3   150   .0200
13. U. Illinois     2   200   .0100
14. Vanderbilt      2   200   .0100
15. Georgetown      5   575   .0087

http://www.leiterrankings.com/jobs/1996_06_scotus_clerks.shtml

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During the sophomore year, I was nailed to the wall for using part of a previously written essay [authored by myself] in another essay on a similar topic. I attached my explanatory addendum below. I'm applying to a dozen T15-T30 schools, how will this affect my chances of admission?

Addendum:

"During the spring semester of 2005, I was charged with “academic dishonesty” for
submitting an essay that shared material with another essay I had written during the same
semester for academic credit.
The course in which this occurred was a Political Science 398 Internship with the [XXX]
State Legislature. The course required an essay covering a salient issue related to the internship experience. I chose to write about an interesting piece of legislation—House Joint Memorial [xxx]—calling upon Congress to compensate [xxx] “down-winders” exposed to radioactive fallout from nuclear tests conducted in the Nevada desert under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.
The plight of [xxx] down-winders was also a topic of study in my History 343 “[xxx]
and the Pacific Northwest” course. I conducted a large amount of research for a major essay about nuclear tests and their consequences for downwind civilians, particularly those in [xxx].
I wrote the two essays simultaneously as they were both due about the same time during
the last weeks of the semester. Exercising poor judgment, and acting without knowledge of any rules prohibiting shared material authored by myself, I used several paragraphs from the history essay to lay a foundation for the political science essay, and several paragraphs from the political science essay to supplement the history paper with updated information. The material shared between the two essays was several pages in length. This was significant for the political science essay because it was only seven pages in length, while the history essay was more than thirteen pages of length.
According to university academic code, I should have requested permission to use my
own research and writing in two different essays. My professor consequently sanctioned me with a failing grade for the course. Although I didn’t realize my conduct was in violation of academic code, I conceded the violation and appealed the sanction. My appeal was denied on a split vote by the university appeal board.
I have taken this experience as an opportunity to closely scrutinize the integrity of my
academic work and have since taken great pains to provide extensive citation of all my sources.
This is the only grade that is not an A on my transcript from [xxx] University.
For copies of the essays and related documents, please contact the University
Student Conduct Office at (555) 555-5555."

How does that sound?

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