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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: June 18, 2008, 10:59:40 AM »
Now THAT story is just priceless!!!!  Classic even.  So Sands, tell me how exactly does pro bono work? Are you assigned? Do  you get to choose? How difficult is it balancing pro bono with your regular workload?

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I believe Will Bradford was the only student there from Southern lol.  Represented his school well and is a great guy and will be a great source of information.  He is a 3L now.  I can get his email from him and see if it would be cool if you want to pick his brain.

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So that this thread doesn't sound like a broken record, I am going to co-sign everything that Sands just wrote.  I definitely did not do well my 1L year like I wanted to, but through perseverance and tenacity I got a very good firm clerkship after my 1L year.  So it is definitely possible, but your powers of persuasion have to be on point.

2L year is most definitely important because before you begin, you should re-evaluate EVERYTHING.  I mean study habits, course selection, how to write an exam, etc.  I did very well my 2L year fall semester and jumped 62 people in my class.  So buckle down and be on the law like nobody's business.  I am still not at the very top of my class but I managed to get another clerkship working with a General Counsel so you can still find employment.  OCI is NOT the beginning and end to a job search since everyone at any law school cannot possibly be in the top of their class.

Keep pushing forward, but remember to re-evaluate the things that you did or thought you did right your 1L year.

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I went last year and I can honestly say I had a good experience at the fair.  I am registered to attend this year as well.  The only thing that is somewhat weird is that you will be interviewing in hotel room suites.  Typically you will interview at a table in the "living room" section of the employers' hotel room.  If you can get past that, you should be good.  Overall, I definitely say sign up and attend.  Last year I had an interview that I didn't even sign up for so those opportunities exist as well.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: May 16, 2008, 01:03:18 PM »
Wow, I had to read that twice!  "Pipe game" is about to have me fired during my first week on the job!

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Not as funny as stuffwhitepeoplelike:

http://stuffeducatedblackpeoplelike.wordpress.com/


I was laughing very loudly in the library because that describes 95% of the Educated Black People I know (including myself).  It's always good to take a look and laugh at yourself.

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It depends on what you ultimately see yourself doing with a legal degree. If you're aiming for government work or biglaw, it might be worth reevaluating your desire to go to law school. If you want to open your own practice, it might be worth it to go tier 4. A job is never guarenteed (outside of T14), so it's good that you're asking these questions now before you've spent three years of your life and $150,000. I'm sure others will have better insight into this decision-making process, but that's my $.02. Good luck.

Probably one of the most untrue statements I've read on here.  "A job is never guaranteed (outside of T14)".  Not true and just not realistic.  I attend a Tier 4 law school and the job offers and interviews are very much present.  However, you do have to make the grades and it is ultimately about who you know.  I know people at the very top of my class who are jobless because they lack character and personality.  I also know people at the damn near bottom of my class who are at the "so-called" coveted BIGLAW firms.  Who you know almost always trumps grades as far as what I have seen.

In the end, it is up to you.  Everyone is not going to get in and attend a top law school and that's why there are freakin' 200 of them or whatever.  Do what's best for you and do not let anyone put you in a box based on where you go to law school.  I am not saying be unrealistic (based on your overall applicant profile), but I am saying do not base your worth on the ranking of law school you attend.  I know people who attend schools in the top 5 law schools and are working for the government (or not at all) and I know several at the lowest ranked who are in BIGLAW.

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I ALWAYS seem to come back when there is something going on....good grief.  ;)

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: September 13, 2007, 01:57:22 PM »



i have to agree with this. i guess i'm coming from a different mind set i feel that by the time you get to law school you're an adult. you're paying money you want to graduate do what is necessary if that means meeting with profs briefing cases and do remedial stuff that others call "a waste of time" do it. i mean i guess i'm saying grow up. i don't see why any serious student who was good enough to get into law school whatever tier can't graduate. if you need to adjust from UG adjust i mean wtf is so damn difficult about that? worrying about what everybody else is doing, what everybody else thinks, that somebody is gonna think your dumb is just juvenile and childish. what the next man eats doesn't make you ish....your 20 something years old time to put down childish things.

Well said, as usual.

If you are applying to law school and you get IN over the 1000's of other applicants who wanted your seat...why on earth would you NOT do everything in your power to succeed? 

This is not the time for the foolishness.

Speak on it brother!!! Play time ended once you sat in orientation.  This is not a game and no matter what school you go to, you have to play by the "local rules" of the court.  So I would ask anyone who got curved out to reflect back on their previous year and examine EVERYTHING from the way you studied, your visits to profs, tutorials, MISUSE of supplements, etc.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: September 13, 2007, 12:56:09 PM »
Galt...your issue statements are tight!!!  My con law professor would love you lol

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