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General Board / Admission to SCOTUS??
« on: August 17, 2009, 10:10:10 PM »

If an attorney has been admitted to SCOTUS (per his online bio), does that mean he has actually argued or been associated with a case in the high court or can any lawyer just apply for admission to look cool?

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resume or just bring several copies of the updated resume with me? I accepted a judicial externship last week and haven't spoken with the firm since the week before.

I was thinking that in doing so I could inquire as to who I will be interviewing with because they never told me previously. Although I expect that I will probably be meeting with a lot of their attys...

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2L job search / Call back distinction...?
« on: August 14, 2009, 07:23:50 PM »
When a firm (out of state) calls you and invites you to come interview at their office based on a mail/online app as opposed to a screening interview at OCI, is that still considered a "call back" so as to put you in the same candidate pool as those who were literally called "back" from OCI?

I am heading out to one of these next week and wonder if I will come in on an even playing field with those who were called back from OCI...

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Top 10%, Law Review, split 1L summer with 2 firms (one defense and one primarily plaintiff's) and am targeting Dallas after graduation (where I grew up). I'll do my best to answer any questions you have about 1L or what I know about the Dallas market.

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General Board / Profit Per Partner?
« on: June 28, 2009, 07:09:14 PM »
Does this stat mean the amount of firm profit attributable to each partner on average or what each partner takes home at the end of the year on average?

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General Board / Writing Sample Question...
« on: June 28, 2009, 01:28:30 PM »
I've been told by a couple profs that roughly 5-10 pages is what employers are looking for. My question is, has anyone sent two shorter samples that collectively fall within that page limit range?

I have some Motions for Summary Judgment from my first job this summer that I would like to use, but the argument portions of them are no more than 4 pages. I'd like to use one of them and then 4-5 pages of a predictive memo I wrote in LRW. I thought this might be good because it will provide a bit of a contrast (1 from work, 1 from school and one persuasive, one predictive) while still not being more than one would be willing to glance at.

Is this practice frowned upon? 

Thanks for any feedback.

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2L job search / Writing Sample Question...
« on: June 28, 2009, 12:09:52 PM »
I've been told by a couple profs that roughly 5-10 pages is what employers are looking for. My question is, has anyone sent two shorter samples that collectively fall within that page limit range?

I have some Motions for Summary Judgment from my first job this summer that I would like to use, but the argument portions of them are no more than 4 pages. I'd like to use one of them and then 4-5 pages of a predictive memo I wrote in LRW. I thought this might be good because it will provide a bit of a contrast (1 from work, 1 from school and one persuasive, one predictive) while still not being more than one would be willing to glance at.

Is this practice frowned upon?   :(

Thanks for any feedback.

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I finally understand what everyone told me about coming into my 1L year about, "the worse you feel about the exam the better you probably did."

I would have bet my student loans that i did no better than ride the curve (on the sunny side of things) in Torts this last semester. It was the most ridiculous, convoluted fact pattern I could have ever expected and the multiple choice literally made me question my career prospects. I log-on this afternoon and somehow he gave me a High A. I have absolutely no idea how it happened...all I can do is be thankful.

Anyone else?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / New US News Rankings...
« on: March 27, 2009, 06:51:31 PM »

Don't they normally start to leak around this time of year?

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General Board / Billing rate to salary ratio??
« on: February 18, 2009, 06:34:17 PM »

Is there anyway to get a bead on what an associate at a firm makes based on what they bill per hour? Is there like a standard percentage of the rate that they get?

I am trying to figure out what starting associates make at a firm that has offered me for this summer...they are not on NALP or anything...

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