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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Why Big Law?
« on: November 24, 2007, 09:57:18 AM »
I think that the major reason people want to work biglaw is that there is no middle alternative.  There are firms paying $120k or 160 (depending on the market), and then there are lots of firms paying like 45 (or whatever it is that small firms pay).  Intermediate firms, where the hours and the pay are somewhere in between (say, 75-80) are really pretty rare. 

I wouldn't say it's rare.  Is it less common?  Yes.  Do they hire straight out of law school?  Not as much.  But the market exists.  You just have to work hard to crack it coming out of law school.



http://www.elsblog.org/the_empirical_legal_studi/2007/09/distribution-of.html

Look at that.  Of course "the market exists," but it's bloody rare.

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Here are Princeton Review's top ten law schools for the best career prospects:

1. Northwestern
2. Michigan
3. Chicago
4. Harvard
5. Boston College
6. Boston University
7. Vanderbilt
8. Penn
9. Virginia
10. Notre Dame

Is this list true, and how come it doesn't correspond with the usnews rankings? Also, if this list is not true, then which schools are the best for career prospects and how can you tell?

The question of whether this list is "true" doesn't make any sense.  I'd therefore speculate that you don't have a shot at any of those schools, with the possible exception of Notre Dame.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: vault membership worth it?
« on: November 24, 2007, 07:54:09 AM »
will getting a vault gold membership help me get into a top law school?

about 40% of the people i know here at stanford had (or continue to have) vault gold memberships, fwiw.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Why Big Law?
« on: November 24, 2007, 07:49:45 AM »
I think that the major reason people want to work biglaw is that there is no middle alternative.  There are firms paying $120k or 160 (depending on the market), and then there are lots of firms paying like 45 (or whatever it is that small firms pay).  Intermediate firms, where the hours and the pay are somewhere in between (say, 75-80) are really pretty rare. 

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Other people's cultures
« on: November 24, 2007, 07:41:46 AM »
There's a huge difference between going in and forcing people to change the way they act and providing asylum and refuge to people who have managed to escape it all on their own. There is not a movement for America to go in there and pluck up all the women we think may potentially be subject to genital mutilation. It is simply a question of whether we will open our doors to them if they manage to escape from it all on their own.

I think it's really worth examining why someone being persecuted for straightforward political protest is more worthy of a safe harbor then someone trying to escape horrific mutilation inflicted on them because of who they are. Why are people persecuted on the basis of being women less worthy of protection than people persecuted on the basis of their political group, or tribe, or religion?

But should there be a movement for America to go in there and pluck up all the women who are going to be subject to genital mutilation?  Why confine it to asylum?

And with asylum, how do we decide who to let in?  There are a lot of people living crappy lives in the world, and yeah the historical basis for the asylum convention is screwed up because the West created it on the basis of WWII, but still, presumably we can't take everybody.  So is it more worthy of protection to be a woman in one of these crap-ass cultures than, say, anybody living in Sudan?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: When does adulthood start?
« on: November 20, 2007, 02:31:04 PM »
Haha.  Nope, it's because of the legal duties assumed by entering into a marriage contract and the moral obligation to take care of one's spouse.  The PK t-shirt just happens to be one of the best fitting and highest quality t-shirts I've ever owned.

I don't know much about contract law (yet), but I've done some thinking about how a marriage contract is similar to a regular contract between two citizens and how it is different.  One obvious difference is the involvement of a person in whom the state's power is vested.  Another is the signature of a witness.  I think this might be because a marriage isn't just a contract between two people, but between two people and the state.  I'm not certain of this analysis, but it seems plausible to me.  Does that make Nevada a permanent part of my union? 

No.

First, it doesn't make Nevada a part of your contract any more than it does with any other kind of contract.  Second, if you move to Vermont, Vermont has a supposed interest in your marriage, and Nevada no longer gives a flying @#!*.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: name posters you think are "marriagable"
« on: November 20, 2007, 02:24:55 PM »
Cal!

so cute.

seriously.  she's got it bad.  fawning over someone who's been gone from this board for months.  who does that?

in goalie's defense, she's just excited for his fiance. 

and anyway, who wouldn't want to marry cal?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: George Mason rising reputation
« on: August 21, 2007, 08:30:04 PM »
GMU is even more of a hack school than Pepperdine

Wait, seriously?

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yes.

and conversate isn't a word.

 ;)

i think this is really the point that more people should be making.

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I don't buy the parts about law not being interesting, nor that most people in law firms hate their jobs. Rest of it seems pretty kosher to me.

It's not interesting, and most people who start at large law firms DO hate their jobs.  But hey, you'll see for yourself.

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