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Current Law Students / Re: Interviews--need resume tips for law firms
« on: June 29, 2009, 05:26:48 PM »
I'm about to try to get a job through OCI. Presently, my resume is four pages long. For sections, I have objective, work experience, education, community service, languages, and hobbies. It runs about 1.5 pages. Must I limit it to one page? Also, if my law school GPA is significantly stronger than my undergrad GPA, is it OK to leave undergrad GPA off? Finally, what things generally are good to include in a resume for a law firm? Thanks for the tips.

Flame?  Unless you're a doctor, rocket scientist, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and the curer of both cancer and AIDS, there is absolutely no reason for your resume to be 4 pages long.  It's supposed to be 1 page, 2 pages at a MAXIMUM.

Current Law Students / Re: Academic Dismissal/Readmittance
« on: June 22, 2009, 05:06:58 AM »
rofl, you thought a JD would help in this job market, that's a good one.

as to your boss, just make some *&^% up.  why couldn't you think of that on your own?  ???

Current Law Students / Re: Academic Dismissal/Readmittance
« on: June 21, 2009, 03:15:24 PM »
I need some help/advice....

I am 27 and just finished 1L.  I was not on academic probation after first semester (although law school kind of kicked my ass and knocked me off my elitist educational pedestal a little bit- 2.2).  Second semester grades started rolling in and things were looking about the same... pretty average.  And then I got a D in class. My overall cumulative was now a 1.97.  I need a 2.0 for good academic standing. 

I already wrote my petition for readmission and the dean asked me to identify why my performance was so poor. And I honestly couldn't answered because all I do is study.  I seriously have no life. 

And the kicker is that since I was on good academic standing for the first semester, I was allowed to enroll in summer classes (which I am currently taking) and even if my grades in those courses pull me above a 2.0, I still might not get readmitted.  Anyone have any stats on how readmission panels usually rule and also has anyone ever contested a grade.  I want to contest the grade; however, I am worried about jeopardizing the relationship with that professor if I am readmitted and have to take future classes with him.

Law school is a female dog.... I have two Masters Degrees (with honors) and now I just feel like an idiot.  It's weird to experience school from the bottom of the class.

Anyways, any help/advice/consolation will be appreciated.
And for those of you haters with negative comments, please keep them to yourselves.  I am already suicidal and you might push me over the edge and then you would have my blood on your hands.


i sit on the academic standards/honor committee at my school as a student member.  i would say that the answer to your question may depend upon the tier of your school.  if your grades make you a liability to the school, or if they indicate that you will not be able to pass the bar, the chances are much higher that your petition will not be well-received.  these committees can be very unforgiving -- before i was offered a seat on the one at my school, i knew of a kid who was denied readmission for a 1.99/2.00.  if you don't have a good excuse for the grades, then it probably isn't going to go well for you unless you can provide some sort of evidence that your performance this year was a fluke (for example, show them your grades from your other degree programs).  most of these procedures and exact instructions can probably be found in your school's student handbook.

if you're really suicidal: 1-800-784-2433.  call immediately.

Current Law Students / Re: St Thomas University Miami
« on: May 26, 2009, 12:09:34 PM »
the fact that you can't differentiate between accepted/excepted certainly dashes your hopes, doesn't it?

Job Search / Re: Job offer but pay is low...should I counter?
« on: March 05, 2008, 04:29:34 PM »
I understand your issue with taking a low paying job. I had this concern as well in my search for a summer job. Do not listen to the debbie downers who tell you that as a T4 you cannot get a well-paying job. I am ranked similarly in my class at a T4 and I got a summer internship paying $30 an hour at a local IP firm.

I do agree with one poster, though, that the substantive experience you will gain this summer is far more important than the money. If my employer had offered me this particular job without pay, I still would have taken it because it is my dream job. The high salary is just an added perk. :)

Job Search / Re: anyone else still jobless?
« on: February 27, 2008, 09:31:22 AM »
I am in a very similar situation. I sent out about 75-80 applications around 12/20 and have heard back from roughly half. I've had 5 interviews, 1 offer, and 3 "call us in March and we'll talk again", and 1 semi-offer which I am holding out for because I want that job.

I was just wondering what people's thoughts were as to the 35-40 places which I have not heard back from yet. Is it equally as rude of me to call after 2 months to wonder why they've been so rude not to reply? Any advice on that would be great. :)

Current Law Students / Re: question re: writing sample
« on: January 19, 2008, 01:21:07 PM »
You only have to write in courier new because it's a uniform font.  It makes sure everyone is constrained by the same page/line limits.

You have no such requirement for firms.  Put it in whatever font you like, although TNR is probably best.

thank you for the response!

Current Law Students / Re: question re: writing sample
« on: January 19, 2008, 12:52:49 PM »
I'm not sure why you are "leaving" it in courier new ... I always use times new roman - I think it's the best looking font.

well, we are required to write it in courier new for LRW, thus i would be leaving it in that font.

any other opinions?

Current Law Students / Re: question re: writing sample
« on: January 18, 2008, 02:37:12 PM »
someone has got to know the answer to this :(

Current Law Students / question re: writing sample
« on: January 18, 2008, 11:55:25 AM »
Do you think it is better to leave the writing sample in courier new or to change it to times new roman for ease of reading?

Just curious!

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