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Pursuing an LLM / Re: Tax LLM
« on: January 29, 2008, 08:47:50 PM »
What about switching from corporate to a law firm?  Is that also generally a viable option?  Were you working at a law firm during or before you started NYU Taxation?  If so, was it a big firm or were you working as a tax attorney already?  Thanks.

Pursuing an LLM / Re: Tax LLM
« on: January 29, 2008, 05:46:19 PM »
I went to Brooklyn Law and did well and graduated from NYU with an LL.M in tax. It took me four years at night and I only got one A (advanced corporate tax problems)during the entire program.

I barely made it through the program at the end as I found it to be that draining. I had class two nights a week, worked 50 hours and then spent weekends studying.

I think I was right about the middle of the class. The students are bright overachievers. A buddy of mine who graduated ahead of me at Brooklyn had to get a C+ in his last class to graduate. Today, he doing great and is a top flight tax lawyer.

The NYU degree is invaluable for someone like me. As good as Brooklyn may be, the value of the NYU pedigree in my instance is almost incalculable. I added a CPA certificate to the mix and I have managed to do really well by middle class standards($5 million in past 6 years; $300k average the prior 5 years). To be completely honest, I do believe that if I didn't have the LL.M., I would not made 1/3rd of what I've made.

If I had gone to NYU or the like for a JD and done well, I think the differnce would have been small to nil.

Hope that helps.

Agent, thank you for sharing your story.  So are you working at a law firm or as an in-house?  Do you know anyone who is not doing as well after NYU Tax LLM but with lower ranked JD?  I heard that a lot of people at NYU LLM did well in their law school or went to a top school that they already had an option of working at biglaw before the LLM.  These people probably have no problems in their career.  What about people with a lower ranked JD or didn't do well enough for biglaw (especially 1st yr) but still somehow managed to get into NYU or GUCL for Tax LLM?  I wonder how they do after LLM.

Pursuing an LLM / Re: Tax LLM
« on: January 19, 2008, 12:16:02 PM »
I am also interested in applying tax LLM after I finish my JD.  I am also thinking about applying to UW, GULC, NYU(far reach), and UF.  My first year grade from JD was not very good.  I was in bottom 50%.  I have several questions about the admission and the program at each school.

1.  If I want to get into the tax LLM right after finishing JD, how competitive is it to get into one of those schools mentioned above?  If I take a lot of tax courses at my current school, how important are the grades from those classes?

2.  I know the admission for tax ata NYU, GULC, and FC are pretty competitive since they're the top 3, but how competitive is the UW tax LLM? 

3.  Do you know if most or all graduates do well after finishing at one of those tax programs above?  Or is it like the law school scheme all over again where big firms hire only top 10% and so on.

Job Search / Re: International students and job employment
« on: November 29, 2007, 11:11:15 AM »
I think if you do internet search, you might be able to find a list of employers who sponsor H1B or green card.  Usually bigger firms have the resource to sponsor people if they believe you are an asset to the firm.  Smaller the firm gets, and more competitive the job is, it will become more difficult in general.  You'd have an extra job to persuade the employer not only why to hire you but to provide the service to sponsor your visa (it costs them $$).  Nothing is impossible.  If you haven't started school already, I wouldn't worry about this unless this is a material condition that affects your willingness to even start law school in US.  Get ready for school instead.

Current Law Students / Re: Hot Law School Chicks
« on: November 20, 2007, 04:34:47 PM »
There are two smoking hot chicks in my class but they don't sound good at all when they are called on.  It seems to me that these girls spend too much time doing lunges and crunches instead of reading their cases.  By the way, I have no problem with that.

I personally have a hard time familiarizing other people's outlines.  Also I noticed their outline doesn't always have what I'm looking for.  When I made my own outline, I'm very comfortable with what I wrote there and by looking at certain parts for a second, I automatically remember what they were about.  For other people's, I feel I have to study their outlines again.  Plus mine is better for my class and my purposes.  Only problem is that mine is pretty long.

Current Law Students / Re: Predicting exam topics?
« on: October 02, 2007, 07:20:58 PM »
Here are my guesses.
Civil Pro:  International Shoe, Burger King, Erie.. for sure.
Torts:  Intentional torts, negligence, proximate cause... pretty much from every topic.
Contracts:  Mailbox rules, offer, acceptance, counter offer, detrimental reliance, etc.
Crim law:  MPC and common law approach on murder, manslaughter, etc.

Current Law Students / Re: Headaches....literally.
« on: September 23, 2007, 03:30:09 PM »
I'm sometimes having a headache problem too after reading for a long time.  It feels like someone is hammering me in the head.  I tried taking advils and it didn't really work.  The only solution is like other posters said, to take a break and relax.  Do something fun and mindless.

Current Law Students / Re: Converting LEEWS to mp3..........
« on: September 14, 2007, 12:35:49 AM »
I used Ituner on Mac to rip 6 CDs out of 8.  It automatically ripped them for me.  For two CDs, there was some license issue.  Luckily I have Soundforge (a sound recording device) so I recorded it while playing it on my computer (after setting my sound card to "What you hear" mode) and simply converted them to mp3 format.  Now I listen to them on my ipod whenever I walk around and do grocery shopping.

Current Law Students / Civil Pro Sample Question - Personal Jurisdiction
« on: September 01, 2007, 10:10:55 AM »
Does anyone want to try this question below?

Kelly and Michael Williams, passengers in a car driven by Patrick Kelsey, sustained serious injuries when returning from a trip to Lakeview’s Gold Strike Inn and Casino in Nevada (“the Casino”).  Mr. Kelsey was also returning from gambling at the Casino when the accident occurred.  The Williams are Arizona residents and the accident occurred in Mohave County, Arizona.

The Casino is located just a few miles from the Arizona/Nevada border.  The Casino derives business advantage from its location as the first Casino Arizonans encounter when they cross the border, and considers its location a valuable business asset.  Indeed, the Casino regularly advertises in Arizona, both for individual customers and for tour operators to bus tourist groups to the Casino.  That advertising has proved successful. Each day, ten to fifteen tour buses stop at the Casino, bringing approximately 300 potential customers.  Four to six buses each week come from Arizona, and tour bus trade is an important part of the Casino’s business.

The Casino regularly runs a full-page advertisement in the Cerbat Gem, a newspaper that serves northwestern Mohave County, including the area in which plaintiffs reside.  The Casino acknowledges that each advertisement solicits the patronage of its “Arizona neighbors” and that it appreciates the business of its Arizona customers.  It also relies on Arizona to help supply its work force; seventeen of the Casino’s employees reside in Arizona.

The Casino does not regularly conduct business in Arizona, nor does it have any agents, offices, property, or other physical presence within Arizona.  Further, its partners are all residents of Nevada, and it owns no real or personal property in Arizona.

Arizona’s long-arm statute is very broad and is intended to allow Arizona courts to exert personal jurisdiction over a non-resident litigant to the maximum extent permitted by the Due Process Clause of the Constitution of the United States.  Plaintiffs Kelly and Michael Williams filed suit against the Casino in Arizona federal district court, and allege that the accident occurred because the Casino employees “overserved” alcoholic beverages to Mr. Kelsey.  Defendant Casino moved to dismiss, claiming that Arizona courts lack personal jurisdiction over it  because the alleged “overserving” occurred in Nevada and the plaintiffs’ injuries do not relate to the Casino’s solicitations for business in Arizona.

    Advise the court on whether to grant or deny the Defendants’ motion.   Do not discuss venue.

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