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« on: February 08, 2009, 12:10:11 AM »
I agree that it's entirely relationship dependent, and you most likely will not know what the situation will bring until you're in it. You can't predict it, at least not with certainty.
My boyfriend and I were long distance for a few years, and lived together a year before law school. Before law school, I was extremely concerned that 1L would put a serious strain on our relationship. But it was actually a blessing. It was nice to have support at home. Sometimes it's difficult though, when I need to do work and he gives me an easy out/excuse not to work. However, it's also nice to have someone do virtually every household task/errand during the weeks before finals. It's push and pull.
« on: January 28, 2009, 07:16:24 PM »
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« on: January 21, 2009, 04:16:00 PM »
This summer I'm working for a NYC law firm. Many of the government jobs I'm interested in require experience before, and a lot of people get that at a law firm. Plus, I wasn't as fond of government work as I thought I would be, so I'm trying to get some new job experiences.
« on: January 21, 2009, 03:25:49 PM »
Why NYU, for you? What were your other top choices?
NYU really touts its public interest commitment -- do you have any experience with the school putting that into practice?
I thought I'd try to give the 2L perspective on the questions as well. And also, my answers are almost polar opposites to the original poster.
I chose NYU for the US News ranking and the challenging environment. For me, it was mainly between Columbia, NYU, and possibly Georgetown (interest in living in Washington D.C.). I decided on NYU because I grew up in a conservative, small town suburb and wanted a radically different social experience. I thought that NYU, moreso than Columbia, could provide me with that experience. I did not visit either school. I had only been to NYC once before my first day of classes. I'm not explaining this to encourage the same method of decision making, but I love where I chose, and sometimes you just have to jump in and then decide you'll enjoy where you picked.
I'm not sure what type of public interest you're thinking about, specifically. Last summer a large portion of our 1L class had public interest jobs. I worked in government in D.C. During the year, there are public interest related events. Usually, you meet with someone from the public interest career center who will look over your resume and advise you. For government, it appeared the office was less organized with available opportunities, but I was given a list of relevant alumni to contact. Through that, I received information on where to apply. But there is also a PILC fair that allows you to interview for multiple public interest groups. There's more info about these things here: http://www.law.nyu.edu/publicinterestlawcenter/pilcevents/index.htm
Generally, it was a very well organized process, and students did not have trouble getting their top choices in public interest areas. One of the outstanding virtues of NYU is its wide breadth of alumni willing to contact and help you with public interest jobs. Knowing and speaking with these people substantially aided my job search.
« on: January 20, 2009, 11:32:46 PM »
I know that you've probably all heard horror stories about cutthroat classmates, but I don't think at NYU it's so prevalent.
I just wanted to echo this. I've never had a problem asking people for their notes if I miss class, help on hypos, questions about specific material, etc. People aren't just civil, they're actively helpful. This may sound a little "We are the World" but I haven't met an exception to this statement. I'm sure they exist at NYU, I have no doubt, I just haven't met one.
« on: December 15, 2008, 03:38:15 PM »
I'm having trouble differentiating between substantive due process and equal protection issues. I was under the impression that if a right is taken from some people, it's an equal protection issue. If it's taken from all, it's a due process issue.
What if there's a hypothetical that homosexuals must go through rigorous regulations before marrying, that heterosexuals do not have to go through? First, you'd analyze the statute under Equal Protection arguments because there's a distinction made between heterosexuals and homosexuals (RB review). But would you also analyze it under substantive due process to argue that it burdens a fundamental right, marriage? I suppose I'm just confused about what kind of hypothetical could embody both equal protection and due process issues.
« on: December 13, 2008, 05:03:09 PM »
I'm having a little trouble understanding the enabling clause of the 14th amendment. I know the rules (congruence and proportionality, etc.). The problem is, I'm having trouble finding examples of what would be valid legislation. Does anyone have any study guide hypos or scenarios that would clarify what type of legislation would be authorized under sec. 5 of the 14th amendment?
The only example I can find from cases is Hibbs, and I was looking for more than that.
« on: August 27, 2008, 10:47:22 PM »
Some law schools try to develop a more "diverse" group of people in their law review staff. This includes taking race, sexual orientation, income, and other qualities into account. If I remember correctly, something like 5-10 of 40-45 spots are reserved for these purposes, but I cannot recall the exact numbers.
« on: August 27, 2008, 09:43:21 PM »
Grades and being a URM were two of the factors for our Law Review (one was discussed above, one you can't exactly change). Other than that, a lot of our points depended on how well you could Bluebook (legal citations). So with that in mind, pay attention to the exercises and general guiding tips given to you about citations throughout your first year. If you don't realize how important it is at the time, it's easy to dismiss these lessons.
But every school has different qualifications and will require different things for Law Review. For some schools, anyone can write on with an essay. For others, only a certain percentage of students can. I imagine that if you browse your law school website, you can find out what these qualifications are.
« on: July 27, 2008, 03:40:58 PM »
I believe the Senate is more selective than the House. The majority of counsels in the Senate have done something between law school and working in the Senate, but what they've done varies dramatically (non-profits, law firms, clerkships, etc). It's extremely rare to find someone straight out of law school and even more rare to find someone who did not come out of a top school. While it's rare for someone to come into a job there right out of law school, it's not unheard of. I'm afraid I cannot speak from personal experience for the House, but I believe that it is more likely than in the Senate for people to come right out of law school. The good news is, unlike with state/local politics, you aren't as confined with who you should apply for. With state politics, you're encouraged to apply to your representative, but with the federal government it's common for committee chairmen and Congressmen to hire people who aren't necessarily constituents.
As always, connections are important if you haven't established a reputation for yourself through work after law school. Also, consider local politics. It's a good stepping stone and sometimes senators/representatives will pull in people from their district offices.
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