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Current Law Students / Re: Job Search
« on: February 17, 2006, 04:12:02 PM »
If you applied to all the firms in NALP, I'd say that's pretty exhaustive.  You can try your school career center and lawmatch, i've seen some internships out on monster.

You can always turn to gov or public interest and get some experience there.  I got sucky grades and go to a third tier toilet and still got hired as a law clerk in a gov department.   

Current Law Students / Re: LLM and letters of reference
« on: January 29, 2006, 12:55:41 AM »
Do you need a special kind of reference because you must know someone that can give you a reference?  I mean, not one person? Not a LS prof, an UG prof, an employer (paid or volunteer), not one person?  I've asked a LS prof for a letter of rec and I never even spoke to him. They just wrote one off of the performance I did in the class.   

Don't know anything about SD legal market but I believe there are 3 ABA accredited law schools down there with USD being the top.  I'd imagine the market would be very competitive there as in many other large cities in CA like LA and SF.

I personally have not lived there but I have relatives there I visit often.  It's a pretty nice city, but very expensive as most cities in So Cal (especially in this recent market).  Very nice weather, beautiful beaches. 

Volunteer at the DA or PD's office. 

Current Law Students / Re: how would you handle this situation?
« on: January 26, 2006, 12:28:53 AM »
Dye your hair????

But seriously, suck it up and after this semester, don't take any more classes with him.

Current Law Students / Re: Serious Responses Only Please
« on: January 26, 2006, 12:17:58 AM »
I don't think transferring will solve your problem but here's my take on what I would suggest you do.  Finish out this semester and apply to transfer.  Don't take any summer courses.

(Now school is much different than work.  I'm one that hates school and never did well in it, but excel in a working environment. Maybe that's how you are regarding law school).

Now, over the summer, volunteer at a law firm or public interest or whatever specialization within law you are interested in or think you are interested in.  I suggest volunteering so you can get a feel of several different places, so for example, maybe volunteer at the DA's office for 2 days, 1 day at the PD's office, and maybe 2 days at a private firm.  Or split up in another way, 1 month at the DA's office, 1 month at the PD's office, and maybe one month at a private firm. 

If now you decide you don't like the working environment, that's a different story.  I think you need to do some soul searching and figure out what you want to do in life.

I would then take a leave of absence from school.  Not quit, but take a personal leave so you can come back in a year if you decide you made a mistake in quitting school.

During that year, I would do some research, whether that's to pursue a masters in something you like, business school, medical school, whatever. 

Whatever you decide, remember it's not really about the $.  Do what you want to do, and the money will follow.  If you do something just for the dollars and you are unhappy, it's just not worth it in my opinion.

That's my 2 cents. 

Good luck in whatever path you take.

Current Law Students / Re: Getting More Money...
« on: January 23, 2006, 10:29:52 PM »
If you keep doing what you are doing, you will get a full ride for sure as long as I'm assuming you will be ranked close to the top of your class. But I can't see you getting it before the end of the Spring semester especially if your school is like my TTT where the first semester grades were soft. 

In the middle of the spring semester, you could probably apply for various merit scholarships.

Of course the only way to know for sure is to talk to your dean. Don't hold back and seek what you deserve. Just don't be rude about it with threatening of transfer or things like that. 

some people have too much time on their hands.

Current Law Students / Re: 2nd Semester - Still Lost?
« on: January 21, 2006, 04:34:20 PM »
I'm in my 2nd year and still lost.  I'm hoping I can climb out of this TTT before I get flushed down it. 

Current Law Students / Re: Anon LS Dean here taking questions...
« on: January 19, 2006, 09:16:14 AM »
Why be anonymous?  If you really are a dean, you lose credibility when you do this and say you are one.  It's like saying you are a professional runner or famous coach on a running forum without listing any credentials to verify.

Current Law Students / Re: Becoming an Assistant/Deputy District Attorney
« on: January 18, 2006, 05:53:00 PM »
I would suggest to then volunteer for 8-16 hours (or even less) a week during the fall or spring quarter.  Not for credit, so you can be flexible with school, but on a volunteer basis. You probably won't get big memos or anything due to your hours but you will get a feel for what the DA's office is all about.  Right now is a good time to do it in the Spring quarter. 

In the meantime, apply for your summer positions at your law firms and corp positions.  In the summer, go ahead and quit the DA's office (but not saying you are going to another job but like you have school stuff to take care of) and then do your summer job.  After summer, you would have been exposed to a little of everything and can make a better decision on your future. 

If you decide you like the DA's office, since you left on a good note, just call up your supervisor or mentor and ask to volunteer again or even do it for credit (60 hours=1 unit in one semester).     

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