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Job Search / What Are 1L Jobs That PAY? (Besides Firms.)
« on: August 08, 2008, 05:17:56 AM »
Certain DC Organizations?  PI?  Judicial externships?  What are some jobs that will help pay the bills, since the last thing I'll need will be more loans. 

Also, do I have to apply at Dec. 1st for these places?  What are the least and most competitive 1L jobs?

I'll be attending a "good" law school, if that matters to the naming.


Current Law Students / What Are 1L Jobs That Pay? (Besides Firms.)
« on: August 07, 2008, 08:50:10 PM »
Certain DC Organizations?  PI?  Judicial externships?  What are some jobs that will help pay the bills, since the last thing I'll need will be more loans. 

Also, do I have to apply at Dec. 1st for these places?  What are the least and most competitive 1L jobs?

I'll be attending a "good" law school, if that matters to the naming.

Current Law Students / Writing Cover Letters is HARD!
« on: August 03, 2008, 08:47:18 AM »
I don't have many reasons beyond "I'm from the area" and "I like your firm's small size, but really I'm desperate!" and all of these firms start to sound the same after a while.  Researching them as a pre-law, needless to say, is tough; it's not as if I can relate to their recent cases.

I'm not complaining; I realize that I'm lucky to be going to a school where 1L firm employment is possible, but is anyone in the same boat?  Am I missing something?  Did anyone enjoy compiling a list of 50-100 firms and targeting letters?  Can I write general letters?  I can't stop procrastinating with this project.

ETA: Damn you, Facebook!  Ever since the newsfeed feature, I can't stop posting news articles and arguing with people over them. 

Incoming 1Ls / Can I Wear Jeans in LS?
« on: July 19, 2008, 07:05:41 PM »

It's becoming increasingly tough to look through FB pictures and see all of my friends in Europe and Asia, but I don't have money and I have to make financial ends meet in order to avoid loanpwnage.

So I have no vacation or break plans.  How deeply will I regret this itinerary, if at all?  I'm more curious than querulous.

Incoming 1Ls / Is Anyone Else REALLY Bored Before School Starts?
« on: July 01, 2008, 08:58:56 PM »
When I get to work, I look at the calendar and count the days until school starts -- or, more accurately, until I move to New York's little brother.

At home, I spend most of my time reading books about esoteric subjects -- random wars like the Sinai Campaign, Lorrie Moore's Self-Help, Salt, Elizabeth Warren's polemics about the middle-class.  Once in a while, I watch an obscure foreign movie, or find something from early American cinema like Lost Weekend.  Youtube music videos and LS daydreaming and errands fill up the rest of my time.

It would be nice to know that I'm not the only one.

ETA: There's a squirrel outside.  This could get interesting.

Incoming 1Ls / Cover Letter/Resume Thread!
« on: June 27, 2008, 08:12:12 AM »
I thought that this could be a good thread in which prospective 1Ls who want firm jobs talk about cover letters and resume, researching firms, and other related topics.

Are these form cover letters any good?  I'm preparing my resume and some firm cover letters right now.

Would it to be too much to say that I want to be a litigator in a cover letter for 1L employment?

General Off-Topic Board / -
« on: June 20, 2008, 10:19:53 AM »

I'm bored, and I feel like throwing some random advice out there, so I'm going to go for it.  Although unsolicited advice has earned a bad rap around here, the extent of my boredom probably justifies this thread.

1.  Take a long bath during the night before the test.  You'll feel very relaxed when you fall asleep.

2.  Teach the LSAT.  I can't bold this point more heavily.  I would probably be in your shoes if I hadn't spent hours on this forum explaining problems and realizing my mistakes along the way.  It doesn't matter who you teach, but do teach, because you'll see things that you didn't see when you didn't have to articulate your mistakes so clearly.

3.  Don't expect to see a certain section first, or, if you do, let it be the one you least like.  There's nothing worse than expecting LR and seeing RC, which may be the bane of your existence.

4.  Find a test center with a comfortable table.  This may not seem like a big deal, and visiting test centers shouldn't be like visiting schools, but you don't want to be uncomfortable during the most important three hours of your apps cycle.  At my alma mater, they put students in a large hall where the desks were too small for both the answer sheet and booklet.  That's a big deal.

5.  Turn the world around you into the LSAT.  If your girlfriend argues with you, think of her arguments in terms of conclusion/premises, conditionals, weaken/strengthen, paradox, and even "argument presumes without justification."  Yes, your friends and family will hate your sudden argumentative nature and damn good logic, as I can vouch, but it doesn't matter because the law is your family now.  Do you have six tickets to a ball game?  It could be a fun time.

6.  Never settle for guessing.  If you picked B over C for no explicit reason and got lucky on a practice test, you should count it wrong.  That'll give you a much better idea of your aptitude.

7.  Everyone handles the LSAT differently (just like law school).  Because your drinking buddy tells you that his cousin took the test on a whim and scored big bucks because of a "high" score -- whatever speculative nonsense that is -- that doesn't mean that you'll do the same.  You may have a friend that studies only an hour a week and he's still nailing games like a savant each time he does a PrepTest.  That may be true for him, but it's not true for you.  Put in the maximum effort, since naturals rarely live up to their abilities at the kitchen table come test day.

8.  There are plenty of horror stories out there.  Save them for after the test.  You're you and you're on LSD, so you'll probably do very well.  Just because someone threw up all over her test booklet and scantron, it doesn't mean you need to hear it.  I can't stress this point enough.  Never ever listen to a horror story before the LSAT; you don't need suggestions.  Three days before my test, I read a story about a Tier-II graduate who jumped off of the Empire State Building after being suffocated by student loans, and, unfortuantely, I've never fully stopped shaking because of it.  I'm going to a top school next year and I still don't take anything for granted.

In fact, don't go over to any of the other forums before the test.  Period.  You don't need to know about how "the horrors of the non-T14 JD market."   :-\  You don't need to decide between Harvard and Columbia with the Hamilton . . . yet.   :P

9.  Finally, don't ever forget that, no matter what happens, you can always re-take (unless you've already taken the test twice).  Don't think of this test as a one-shot deal, but, rather, as a learning experience.  There's always another cycle; there's always another LSAT administration in three months.  Take a deep breath, focus, and good luck.

Law School Admissions / -
« on: May 25, 2008, 07:56:30 PM »

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