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Job Search / Choosing a practice area?
« on: October 21, 2008, 09:10:29 AM »
Hey, I just thought I'd see if anyone else was in the same boat and how you are addressing this:

I've got offers from two separate practice groups in the same firm: Corporate and Oil & Gas. I like the firm itself but I have no idea how to pick what may end up being my practice area for the next 30 years.    Oil and Gas seems like it's more of a specialty, which I like, and it might provide a good segue into other natural resources areas. On the other hand it seems that a corporate practice would be substantially easier to move to other cities/regions (outside of Texas) if I one day decide to do that. Then again, given the events of the last month I'm not sure how strong the job market is going to be for corporate lawyers for some time.

Anyway, there's remarkably little written on this for such an important decision, so if anyone's dealt with a similar situation let me know.


Current Law Students / Re: Going to class as a 1L.
« on: October 09, 2007, 05:30:32 PM »
Although it sounds like the OP may have resolved this, I just wanted to add 2 cents to Lascar's and Agrooth's reasoning for the benefit of any other 1Ls reading this: there is, on average, a direct correlation between class attendance and final grade. The reason for this is not in that you will miss material, because you can always make that up with enough studying. The problem is that on a law exam the knowledge base is a necessary, but not a sufficient, pre-condition for success. The exam is going to a series of hypos, and since law professors- bless their pointed heads- are not necessarily the most creative people in the world, these hypos are probably going to be cobbled together out of factual patterns that you probably read in your cases, and which were emphasized in lecture. Even assuming a fair bit of brilliance on your part, you simply aren't going to be able know what points are worth making in your limited exam-writing time unless you have been there to see what the professor likes to do with these patterns and how you should approach them.

Job Search / Secondary Job Market
« on: September 07, 2007, 07:41:22 AM »
So, here's the dilemma. Go to a decent (Top 50) school, Law Review, top 10%; however, OCI here is completely devoted to job markets that I don't really have any interest in. 90% of the firms here focus on the South, with a smattering of NY/DC/LA firms- not nearly enough to play the numbers game effectively. Most of my background and connections are in the upper midwest. While I can explain to interviewers why I REALLY want to live in Atlanta until I'm blue in the face, I'm going to have to rely on non-OCI methods for firms in my preferred area. Question: seeing as interview season is already well underway, is it too late for this? Any ideas on how to get in the door without access to screening interviews?

Current Law Students / Re: Office 2000 Premium or OpenOffice?
« on: July 06, 2007, 06:26:44 AM »
My computer came with the crappy MS Works software, so I started using OpenOffice last semester. I think its great, and even has a couple small interface advantages over Word. It's just important that whenever you are saving a file that someone else might have to open, just choose to save it as a Word or WordPerfect or what-have you file; it'll do the conversion for you.

Current Law Students / 11th% club
« on: June 06, 2007, 09:15:09 AM »
I'm thinking of starting a club for people in the 11th percent; missing law review by 2 people feels like about the most frustrating thing that's ever happened. Besides, 11 is a perfect number for drinking games.

Current Law Students / Re: Tips for how to not dwell
« on: May 11, 2007, 10:49:21 AM »
I agree. You need to purge the traumatized brain cells, and beer is the best way to do that.

Current Law Students / Re: Property Question
« on: April 30, 2007, 07:17:51 PM »
While you were worrying about notice, the easement also may have been implied by prescription or estoppel. Check the statutory period and the interest at stake.

Job Search / SO...judicial internship or firm job?
« on: January 23, 2007, 06:20:27 PM »
Lets say first that that making a living for the summer isn't a consideration, and second that grades are fine so either should be a possibility, location being flexible. Which one of these is really better for you in the long-term? Sarcasm acceptable but not encouraged.

Current Law Students / Re: Tulane past exams
« on: November 20, 2006, 11:00:59 PM »
Go to the intranet and check out exam database under resources on the left. And good luck getting them in some kind of useful format.

Current Law Students / Re: Legal Writing
« on: November 13, 2006, 06:41:58 PM »
I actually got a good grade on my first Legal Writing assignment, but I spent so much time on the goddam thing that I (a) got behind in preparing for class and (b) now have to catch up for all the time I should have spent outlining. I've decided that the primary reason that we have to take legal writing our first year is NOT to learn to write, but because first year is a massive exercise in time management and legal writing is so time consuming.  >:(

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