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Transferring / Re: 4.16 at a T25
« on: January 27, 2008, 01:33:20 PM »
A few random thoughts while I wait for the UVA game to tip off (not sure why I put myself through watching them anymore):

1) Pretty much everyone at a top law school is pretty intelligent, but I think there are degrees of separation.  One of my professors the other day was talking about sitting in class with Posner, and how pretty much everyone knew he was the smartest dude there, and would end up #1 in his class (he did).  It's never a level playing field.  The correlation between intelligence and grades, however, or even intelligence + hours worked and grades, is pretty mysterious.  Without getting into a philosophical debate over the meaning of intelligence (which I am ill-equipped to weigh in on), I think the ability to game the law school system, which involves isolating and applying the black letter law and occasionally some policy arguments, is one form of intelligence.

2) On a very different note, I would not transfer from a T25 to GULC, especially if your grades are anywhere near as good 2nd semester as first.  You'll be at least as well off at the top of your class on law review at a T25 as you would be as a transfer to a lower T14.  Transferring to a T6 may be a different scenario; a degree from Chicago might set you up better for an academic career, if that's what you're interested in.  And HYS would definitely be worth it in terms of opportunities.  Still, it's a very personal decision, and you likely wouldn't lose much from staying put if your grades hold up.   

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There is no way you are going to "snag" a coveted federal district courtship with no relevant legal experience, no journal, and a Tier 2 school. 

Indeed, such courtship is out of the question.  No self-respecting district court's father would permit her to consort with someone of such dubious legal pedigree, no matter how dashing and debonair the aspiring esquire may be . . .

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I think 3 is a good number.  Any more than that gets to be a logistical nightmare.  If you can, choose firms more selectively than you might if you were applying to 1 or 2 markets.  Make sure you can clearly articulate your reasons for wanting to work in multiple cities.  I've moved around a good bit during my life, and I got questions in every callback interview about what other cities I was looking in and why I liked city X.  Good luck, with your stats/school, if you're a decent interviewer you should get a good number of offers; even if you're a bad interviewer you're likely to get a few, although you should never take any interview for granted.  Good luck, and keep your grades up this semester. 

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Current Law Students / Re: Hottest area of Law
« on: March 16, 2008, 06:48:04 PM »
In terms of large firm work, bankruptcy and litigation are purportedly hot, although not hot enough to make up for the losses on the corporate side.

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Job Search / Re: what do i need to do for a SCOTUS clerkship?
« on: February 19, 2008, 09:57:01 AM »
Scalia wouldn't hire a leftist to landscape his lawn, much less help him write his opinions.

If you had amazing connections w/Ginsburg or Stevens . . . I'd still say you didn't have a shot.  I'm not normally one to scoff at dreams, but history is not on your side here.

You know, I recently read something that said that Scalia has a history of regularly hiring a liberal to be one of his clerks so that he can see both sides of an argument when writing/developing his opinion. Of course I dont know where I read this, so I tried to do a google search on it.  All I got was a bunch of random blogs contemplating the idea. It may be a myth, who knows.

Also, I think the OP is a flame.  The tiniest bit of research will reveal that SCOTUS clerks have amazing qualification and are not by any standards average.



Now that I think about it, I wouldn't be surprised if you're right.  I could see Scalia getting a big kick out of having a liberal punching bag.

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Current Law Students / Re: Intramural team names
« on: February 18, 2008, 10:07:32 AM »
The Oliver Wendell Holmeboys

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Job Search / Re: what do i need to do for a SCOTUS clerkship?
« on: February 18, 2008, 10:06:41 AM »
Scalia wouldn't hire a leftist to landscape his lawn, much less help him write his opinions.

If you had amazing connections w/Ginsburg or Stevens . . . I'd still say you didn't have a shot.  I'm not normally one to scoff at dreams, but history is not on your side here.

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Less time studying trying to memorize the material, more practice exams.  And more of a life--8 hours a day including weekends is ridiculous.  I also recommend avoiding the library if possible during study time--the stress is contagious like a bad influenza.

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Job Search / Re: How long should a writing sample be?
« on: February 13, 2008, 02:11:08 PM »
Wow ... 5-10 pages just seems really long ... are they really going to read all that?

Guess I'm just surprised!

Yeah, given the length of time it takes a 1L to write a memo, it is surprising from that perspective, but an experienced attorney can probably scan it and get a good idea of the quality of your writing in a minute or two.  Make sure you have the bluebooking down perfectly, and make it as concise and well-organized as possible.  Good luck.

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Transferring / Re: top 5% at UT to where???
« on: February 12, 2008, 11:29:34 AM »
yeah but wouldn't UT + Law review be "better" than Michigan without?

I'd take UT/Magna/law review over avg. Michigan student, although this is debatable, largely because Michigan law has major name recognition from when they used to be a top 3 school, and wouldn't apply to the rest of the lower T14 (except maybe Berkeley, which also gets major respect).  I can't think of any opportunities open to you as an average Michigan student that you wouldn't have from the top of the class at UT, particularly if you get on law review and get published.

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