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Job Search / Rejected?
« on: October 11, 2006, 03:59:45 PM »
I finally heard from the hiring partner at the firm I worked at this summer.  He said that they are unable to make an offer b/c they have no space in their transactional dept. (which is what I was interested in), and that they will make only 1 offer in their litigation dept.  (There were 5 summers including me).  He said that they had just hired 5-6 new people in the transactional dept. which they hadn't anticipated and didn't think there would be enough work to go around.  Then he offered to write recommendations or help me out in anyway, and said he'll keep in touch in case they anticipate a need.  He also asked me to not tell the other summers since he hadn't yet talked to them and wanted to break the news personally.

I responded that I am sorry that is the case since I really enjoyed working there - the people and the work I did - but I understood his situation.  I said that I would keep in touch as well and thanked him for calling.

Any thoughts?

Current Law Students / Frustrated - Law Firm Offers
« on: September 28, 2006, 06:33:22 AM »
I clerked at a law firm in Orlando, FL this summer.  It is a midsize firm (about 30 attorneys).  It went well and I was fairly sure that I would get an offer from the way that everyone was talking the last day when I went around the office to say thank-you.

One of the partners generally makes all phone calls and I was getting anxious when I got a call from his last Monday evening.  I wasn't there to answer my phone and he just left a message asking me to call him back.  I called back that very day - about less than an hour later - and left a message.  I called Tuesday and Wednesday but I wasn't able to reach him.  I called Thursday and left a message again.  I decided that e-mail might be a better way to reach him so I e-mailed him on Monday, just saying that I had tried calling him but couldn't get a hold of him and just told him generally when I am available.  He replied back to my e-mail saying that he will call me Tuesday evening.

It's now Thursday morning, and there is no word from him.  What is going on?

I know that the firm has not made any offers so far to any of the other summers.  Everyone that I have talked to seems to think that the way the partner has handled the situation is very unprofessional.

Any insight to what's going on or what I should do next?

Current Law Students / Waiting for an offer
« on: August 23, 2006, 04:57:31 PM »
I clerked at a mid-size law firm this summer and am waiting for an offer.  I know it may take a few more weeks or months, but is there anything else that I should be doing besides waiting and applying to other firms?

Current Law Students / Thank You letters - advice needed
« on: August 07, 2006, 04:51:30 PM »
I am planning on sending out thank you notes to some of the attorneys at the firm that I clerked at this summer.  Would it be alright to address them as "Dear Tom" or "Dear Jennifer" ?  Any other advice?

Job Search / Law firm clerkship question
« on: June 20, 2006, 12:59:03 PM »
I am clerking with a law firm this summer and was wondering whether it would appropriate to refer potential clients to the firm?

My mother works as a personal banker and one of her clients needs a living trust drawn up and asked my mom for a reference to an attorney since she's new in the area.  My mom asked me about it. I know we have attorneys who handle such cases where I work, but was not sure if it would be appropriate to refer the client to the firm or talk to an attorney in the firm about it?  What do you think?

Current Law Students / 1st A! :)
« on: August 13, 2005, 12:24:25 PM »
Just wanted to brag.  I got my 1st A in law school this summer (I am a rising 2L) in FL Civ Pro.  My toes won't be touching the ground anytime soon . . . :)

Current Law Students / Journals, Moot Court, Trial Team?
« on: March 31, 2005, 05:16:36 AM »
I am a 1L and I don't think that I'll be grading on any of the journals (I don't even want to write on it), and I know that I don't want to go to into litigation.  Is it really worth it do Moot Court or Trial Team?  A lot of firms seem to want top 1/3 of class w/ journal or moot court / trial team experience.  Do law firms who do little to no litigation even care if you are in these activities

I want to get into Real Estate / Estates and Trusts.  What other activities / organizations would you recommened?

Current Law Students / Pro Bono
« on: March 17, 2005, 09:45:46 AM »
I am getting many conflicting perspectives about pro bono in law school.  While career services and professors are going on and on about how great pro bono (community service activites) look on your resume, I am getting the opposite impression from law firms who are mainly focus on profitability and are more hardcore than "touchy feely."  Any thoughts on this?

Current Law Students / FL Bar Exam Application Hotline # ?
« on: February 09, 2005, 11:28:07 AM »
Does anyone here know if the FL Bar Exam application has a hotline # for applicants who need clarification on answering a particular question?

I recently went through some personal issues and am not sure if those apply to a question on the application.  I first contacted the office's main line (that's listed on the website), but it was a technical question and the lady on the other line some half asleep and totally disinterested.  Is there anywhere that I can anonymously discuss a personal issue and whether it applies to a question on the application?  Thanks.

Current Law Students / Keeping Spirts High . . .
« on: January 31, 2005, 11:43:47 AM »
. . . has got to be one of the most difficult things about law school.  I am trying and trying.  Eating crap, not getting enough sleep, getting fat, chronic exhausation, lack of time for those I care about . . in short, I am hitting depression.

It's so frustrating - I studied like hell last semester and ended up a 3.29 (T1 school where a 3.34 last yr was top 1/3), so I think it's safe to say I am somewhere around the top 1/2 of the class.  Not terrible for the 1st semester, but a far cry from doing 1/2 the amount of work in undergrad and ending up w/ 3.9s each semester.

I went to see one of my professors today to clarify some things that I was confused about.  She seemed to have this bias that students who use laptops to take notes in class do not quite grasp things as well.  (I have a laptop, but don't agree w/ her there.  I was there w/ another friend who doesn't take notes on a laptop and we were both confused on the same issues.)  When we asked her questions, she would start out w/ saying something like "that's what you have to ask yourself . . . " or "I have said this at least 5 times in class."  Ugghhh - then why the hell are we here asking questions?!

I got some of my questions answered, so that was good, but it's Monday and I already feel rotten.  I realize I am being a bit sensitive and shouldn't take things seriously, but come on . . . I have yet to meet a professor here who isn't at least 1/2 a male private part.  Any suggestions for a frustrated depressed 1L?

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