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Maybe I read ATL too frequently, but it's rumored that even Federal District/CoA clerks are having trouble finding firms jobs right now, and 3Ls are basically SOL.

Don't count on it, right?  What do my fellow 1Ls and higher-ups think?

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General Off-Topic Board / Is the Sky Really Blue?
« on: August 16, 2008, 12:39:38 AM »
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 ???  They look the same.

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Going to Philly for a day trip.  best to see some of the historical stuff now.  any ideas?

I got:

Elferth’s Alley –

Betsy Ross –

Valley Forge – it’s 18 miles northwest.  It’s where Washington camped.

Franklin Court – 316-322 Market Street

Am I missing anything?

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I thought that I could give them some little speech about how much I like low COL and good weather, but I'm wondering whether my apps will end up in the trash.

<-- currently compiling list of firms, soon to write cover letters.

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General Off-Topic Board / Are Elite Schools TOO Elite?
« on: July 25, 2008, 09:10:29 AM »
http://www.theamericanscholar.org/su08/elite-deresiewicz.html

I'll quote a few excerpts from this dashing article and let you discuss them.  Here's one with particular relevance to LSD:

"The second disadvantage, implicit in what I’ve been saying, is that an elite education inculcates a false sense of self-worth. Getting to an elite college, being at an elite college, and going on from an elite college—all involve numerical rankings: SAT, GPA, GRE. You learn to think of yourself in terms of those numbers. They come to signify not only your fate, but your identity; not only your identity, but your value. It’s been said that what those tests really measure is your ability to take tests, but even if they measure something real, it is only a small slice of the real. The problem begins when students are encouraged to forget this truth, when academic excellence becomes excellence in some absolute sense, when “better at X” becomes simply “better.”

Also another gem:

"At the same time, because these schools tend to cultivate liberal attitudes, they leave their students in the paradoxical position of wanting to advocate on behalf of the working class while being unable to hold a simple conversation with anyone in it. Witness the last two Democratic presidential nominees, Al Gore and John Kerry: one each from Harvard and Yale, both earnest, decent, intelligent men, both utterly incapable of communicating with the larger electorate."

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So I've been doing a little research about certain firms in secondary markets, and, once in a while, I'll come upon a firm that OCIs at a school yet rarely hires from it.

For instance, I found a secondary market firm that regularly goes to Michigan, but they have only two Michigan graduates, and both of them are senior partners.  One graduated in the late 1960s.

What's the point?  Do some of these places go for other reasons?  What might they be?  If a firm OCIs at a school yet never hires from it, is it a good sign for someone trying to drum up 1L employment?

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 ???

I was looking through a loaned family law casebook, and he answered most of the questions.  They're usually of the "why did Judge X decide this way?  what Texas rule is most relevant to blank?" variety.

More importantly, what did you usually take out of your cases?  I plan to take five or six sentences of notes for each, without briefing.

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 ???

I was looking through a loaned family law casebook, and he answered most of the questions.  They're usually of the "why did Judge X decide this way?  what Texas rule is most relevant to blank?" variety.

More importantly, what did you usually take out of your cases?  I plan to take five or six sentences of notes for each, without briefing.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Do I need to purchase a suit?
« on: June 16, 2008, 10:17:56 PM »
 ???

I'll be attending a T10, and I'm wondering whether a suit is necessary.  when might I need one?  I have decent dress pants, but that's it.

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