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1L job search / study abroad- european union??
« on: February 28, 2006, 12:40:21 AM »
i was wondering if anyone knows of any study abroad programs- at your school or any other you may know of- that focus on comparative european law and/or european union law. my own school has an exchange program in this area but it only takes 4 people, drawn in a random lottery.

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General Board / study abroad with internship?
« on: January 21, 2006, 05:15:17 PM »
does anyone know of study abroad programs that also have an internship component?

i was recently told by a career counselor that study abroad by itself is not necessarily the best 1L summer option unless you do also do an internship, in which case it's great.

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General Board / do lawyers get secretaries...
« on: January 19, 2006, 01:28:09 AM »
in "biglaw" and "midlaw"? honestly, i'm not too concerned about this kind of "prestige" thing (if you can even call concern over having a secretary that), but my friend today was telling me that lawyers in most firms get them.

maybe it's a stupid question, but is this true? if so, i suppose i've just never thought about it. and also if so, at a firm with 50-100 lawyers, why is it necessary?

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General Board / in choosing courses...
« on: January 17, 2006, 01:33:40 AM »
is it a bad idea to pick classes/subjects in which you have an academic interest as opposed to those that might help you get a job?

unlike MANY other people at my school, i have no interest in "international law" as some vague career opportunity, but i do have a genuine interest in comparative law, especially that of the european union. would it be a mistake to take a larger load in such comparative law courses as opposed to, say, "corporate lawyering"?

if it helps, i plan to both practice (probably corporate) and eventually return to the more academic side of things to study comparative law (LLM/Phd).

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Studying and Exam Taking / 2 & 3Ls...ever bomb 1st semester...
« on: December 15, 2005, 12:35:45 PM »
...and then do really well during spring semester?

If so, how did you change things?

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Studying and Exam Taking / issue spotting on exam
« on: December 09, 2005, 06:41:18 PM »
Let's say the professor puts about 10-12 major issues in a contracts exam. He's said that the person who finds all 12 gets an A+, which has only ever happened once in his teaching career. About where might one expect the median to be in terms of issue spotting?

(I realize it all depends on the class, the professor and the school's grading system...but I'm just curious to hear some random thoughts from those who've taken exams).

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Studying and Exam Taking / tell me about exam taking
« on: October 27, 2005, 05:53:04 PM »
if you never skip class, read everything assigned, brief every case, partake in a study group (which you believe does more good than harm), and read supplements...what are the chances that you'll end up at the bottom of your class? is the bottom reserved for those who don't work hard, or are law school exams a total crapshoot, where those who know the material AND take exams well are the ones who end up on top? i guess what i really want to know is, is there any way you can know you won't end up at the bottom?

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General Board / reasearch and writing grade...
« on: October 25, 2005, 12:11:27 AM »
so i got my first legal research and writing memo back. 12 people in the class, given one of three grades (A-, B+, B) and i was in the bottom group of 4 people. the class isn't graded, and i can think of more important things to worry about in law school, but i still feel like i messed up big. should i not care and move on? or should i take this as some sign of how i'm going to do in law school? annyone have any advice or similar experience?

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Transferring / top 25- transferring up?
« on: October 13, 2005, 12:51:29 PM »
anybody at a top 25 school looking to transfer in to the top 14?

any chance that the standards are easier than, say, transferring from a lower tier school?

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General Board / practicing law abroad...possible??
« on: October 06, 2005, 11:50:47 PM »
i've asked this elsewhere, but thought i might see what people here say...

is practicing law abroad with a US JD possible? actually, i'm sure it's possible...but is it likely? i see that there are a lot of "gloabal law firms", which i had heard offered opportunities to work abroad for those that really wanted them, and earned them. but recently i emailed one and they basically said that this was impossible. are there any realistic ways of getting a job abroad with a JD (ex. not working for the UN, which about 2 people get to do every year)? i don't have my heart set on some vague idea of "practicing international law" or anything, but given that i've focused so much time and energy on studying europe before law school, and that i would later like to focus my grad studies on the same area, i would like to think that it's at least possible. any ideas?

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