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Current Law Students / The thank you letter.... is it a good idea?
« on: August 08, 2007, 08:50:35 PM »
i'm currently awaiting fall oci and had some thoughts on thank you letters, post interview. outside of the law i've heard it was a good idea but career services told me that it was just another chance to make a mistake. So... do you send 'em or not?

Current Law Students / Finding Midsized and Small Firms?!?
« on: August 03, 2007, 08:09:59 AM »
I'm currently a rising 2l attending an upper T2 in Philadelphia. While I dreamed of being in the top 10, 25, or 33%, it was not in the cards (right now I'm at the median). While NALP and OCI have tons of info on BIG LAW, I have found little to no resources on sending out mailings/applying to/ or obtaining Summer Associtaships with Midsized to Small Firms. I realize my grades will hurt me but I have plenty of WE. I'm not looking to make 6 figures, anything above $55,000 will be fine for my first few years. How do I find the firms to apply to (I'm thinking family law) and what can I do to standout? I love lawschool but would dread not working as a lawyer after my three year investment.

Current Law Students / Philadelphia Legal Market $$$
« on: June 20, 2007, 01:28:27 PM »
Here is the situation, I'm a rising 2L at temple. First semester was good (was in top 1/3) second semester was not so good (Below 50% mark). As it stands now I am just below what I expect to be the 50% mark.
I've resigned myself to the fact that Biglaw is not going to happen, but... If anyone with detailed knowledge can tell me about the current status of mid sized and small firms in the Philly market(including average starting salaries) it would be quite helpful. BTW I do want to stay in Philadelphia, though I would be willing to go to the surrounding counties (Del. Mont. or Bucks) if need be. Thanks for the help.

Incoming 1Ls / What are the best 1st year (1L) preparation books?
« on: April 24, 2007, 03:49:40 PM »
So, everyone in here supposedly has decided on what school they want to go to, so what to do now?  Well, before we actually get to law school and experience the torturous studying involved, what are some books to read tortuously until then?  For those who want to study on their own without taking (wasting their money on) a 1L preparation course, what are the best books available to get us ready for our first year?  Since I'm a firm believer in the power of the individual to study in the way that suits her best, such as with the LSAT, any mention of books or self-study materials is greatly appreciated, while any mention of rip-off courses is met with great disdain :(  Thanks for the help beforehand!     

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