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General Board / Woul I need to retake the Bar?
« on: April 15, 2005, 07:44:31 AM »
I have not been able to find an answer to this, and since most people here are law students, I thought you might know.  If a lawer wants to go live and practice in a new state, does he/she need to retake the bar exam in that state?  After all, I thought, the law does differ from state to state.  On the other hand, it might not differ by that much and retaking the Bar seems like a lot of work.  Does anyone have the answer? ???

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General Board / Social life in law school
« on: April 01, 2005, 11:35:35 AM »
Hi, everyone!  I am an udergraduate planning to apply to law schools soon, and I wanted to ask the opinions of some seasoned veterans about what social life is like in law school (if there is any?).  Is it hard to make friends?  Does the competitiveness of law school make people not very friendly?  Do law students usually hang out only with other law students - have their own parties, events - or is there intermingling with other graduates and/or undergraduates at the school?  Is there a lot of gossip, cliques?  What do law students do for fun/rest, if they are not studying?  Feel free to share anything you think might be interesting: anecdotes, comments, comparisons with undergraduate life - I am very interested.

I realize that experiences of people will vary greatly from one law school to another, but it's still interesting to hear what people's experiences out there are.  It would be interesting to know, what school you're attending, but you don't have to say, if you don't want to.  But do mention if you're at a big, medium or small class-size/school.

Thanks a lot to everyone, who replies!

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Columbia U / What is it like at Columbia?
« on: April 01, 2005, 05:28:12 AM »
Hello, everyone!  Right now I feel that I really want to work and live in New York, after I finish law school.  So I am seriously considering Columbia as the school to go to (if I am accepted, of course).  Could anyone share some insight on what Columbia is like?  What are the students like? Competition?  Is it hard to find friends?  How are the options of landing a job after graduation?  Basically, any info or experience will be greatly appreciated by me and other aspiring Columbia students who might read this board.

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I am currently an undergrad scheduled to graduate very soon, in June. I will be applying to law schools this autumn for the following year, so I will have about a year from the time I graduate before I actually start law school. I would really like to find a job in a law related area in the meantime. Any job would work for me: secretary, receptionish, legal assistant, etc. I just want to work somewhere where I will be around lawyers to get a feel for the atmosphere. And also I really do need it to be PAID job because I desperately need some income. I know that people find jobs like this all the time, but how do you do it? I don't really have any stellar legal connections to just land me a job like that. If you held this kind of job prior to attending law school, maybe you could share your story or just some ideas suggestions about how to find something like this. How did you do it?

I don't have any paralegal training and it doesn't seem to make sense for me to spend more money on courses for a paralegal degree, when I'll be most likely in law school in a year. However, I do have two years experience working as an office assistant for Primate Information Center at my university. Also, I speak fluent Russian and I am very good at translating and interpreting between Russian and English (though I don't have any official degree for that either). I think I might make a valueable assistant to an emigration lawyer with my language skills, but how do I seek out possible employers?

Any suggestions would be really appreciated! Right now I'm very stressed out about graduating and having to look for a job without much job hunting skills or real work-world experience.  ???

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / the book Double Billing
« on: May 15, 2006, 06:49:50 AM »
I have just finished reading the book "Double Billing" by Cameron Stracher and I definitely recommend all fellow aspiring lawyers to read it. Whether you're thinking about going to work in BIG LAW upon graduation or not, you might some day find yourself at a point where you have that as an option in front of you. I think it's good to know the inside perspectives before getting into it, and I thought that the book did that pretty well. It seemes quite reasonable to me that, as Cameron Stracher wrote, during a summer internship at a top law firm no one will tell you straight up all the bad sides of working there because they are trying to recruit you. But it's important to know what you're getting into before you do it, right?

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Everyone, I know there was a similar topic posted already, but I wanted to take a different line on this.  Who's actually used paid services, on-line or through companies like Princeton, Kaplan, etc., to improve your PS?  What did you think of the results?  Is it worth it?  Are those people actually "personal statement professionals" or can your English professor do just as good a job? 

Also, are there any books out there on writing personal statements that you've found particularly useful?

Maybe I am overreacting, but I am seriously considering getting one of those $500 full-personal-statement-aid packages from Kaplan or similar company, where a (supposedly) personal statement specialist reads through several drafts of your personal statement and then has multiple discussions with you after reading your drafts.  It's a lot of money for me.  And the thing is, I am a very good writer: I've been writing essays all through college and never gotten anything below a 3.7 on an essay.  But I also want to have the best chances possible to get into some of those top-notch schools, like Columbia, Stanford, and the competition is so fierce that if there's a chance to slightly improve any aspect of my application I am thinking that maybe I should not spare money to do it.  Also, the really prestigious schools are looking for individuals, who are "outstanding" in ways other than GPA and LSAT, and I am just not sure how well I'll be able to convey my "outstandingness" without outside professional help.

Sorry, but I am very nervous about this whole personal statement writing thing.  :-\ 

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