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Current Law Students / Re: lexis/westlaw - who pays for it?
« on: August 29, 2005, 04:01:28 PM »
The AF uses Lexis for legal research, and we've (paralegals) been told to use it sparingly, like they'd KNOW if we were abusing it.  OK, big brother!

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Current Law Students / Re: Army JAG
« on: August 29, 2005, 11:25:33 AM »
Another key point to consider is how well you treat the support staff at the base where you will be interviewing.  If BataviaSam thinks he's going to go into the SJA's office and berate the secretary (or even give off an air of superiority), he can kiss JAG goodbye.  The military is all about team players and accepting help from any source, not jumping down their throats because you consider their help to be unnecessary.  Be humble.  Be thankful.  Show that you are willing to learn and be taught.

I screened all of the Direct Appointee applications for the JAG office at a base where I worked a few years ago.  I may have been the lowly secretary (paralegal actually, but the applicants don't know the difference), but my opinion of the candidates held considerable weight, since they weren't on their best behavior for me, like they were for my boss.  Everyone who was in contact with any given applicant was questioned for their opinion of him or her, and it swayed the SJA considerably.  I've been a JAG paralegal for 9 years and know what I'm talking about, trust me.

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Current Law Students / Re: Army JAG
« on: August 29, 2005, 06:12:49 AM »
Don't be a condescending jackass, Kayak. I already found those links for myself and have printed materials from the Army JAG Corps. However, none of the materials discuss G.P.A. So, I thought someone on this board might have some insight into that aspect.

Wow, I was this close to answering your question before I saw this response to a very helpful post by Kayak.  Just don't join the Air Force, please.

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Current Law Students / Re: question for the female law students
« on: August 10, 2005, 12:43:39 PM »
Hi there,

This is a question for the female law students. I'm wondering if any of you has thought of whether or not you plan to have a family (i.e., kids) at some point early on in your law career and if so, do you plan to continue working full-time once you've had a baby, or do you intend to quit, or work part-time, or what?

I want to attend law school and become a lawyer, but I also want to have children sometime in my late 20s and I want to be there for them (i.e., not hand them off to a nanny to raise), so I'm not sure how to reconcile this...

Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!

Luckily, I had my kids when I was in my early 20s.  Now I'm 35 with two pre-teens and no desire for more kids.  I have attorney friends who had to put their careers on hold, or jump off the partner track onto the 'mommy track' when they had kids.  None of them regretted it, though.  Kids rock!

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Current Law Students / Re: Help:Bar retaken 5 times
« on: August 09, 2005, 07:35:23 AM »
I guess thinkerbox was trying to sell me something?
Well, I appreciate your comments rapunzel.  They were very thoughtful.  I will try Massachusettes, I guess.  If I could sue Roger Williams to get my money back, believe me I would!

You should post on the Roger Williams thread, as well.  There are a lot of rumors about RW being a sham.

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Current Law Students / Re: Read "Getting to Maybe"?
« on: August 06, 2005, 01:05:48 PM »
Has anyone read "Getting to Maybe" before taking exams? How did you feel it effected your results? I'd like to buy the book, but I don't want to have my time wasted.

It's not a waste of time.  Read it.

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Current Law Students / Re: Ladies- where are you suit shopping?
« on: August 01, 2005, 07:54:40 PM »
I also think one basic black suit is enough.  You can pair it with different blouses/jewelry for different looks.

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Current Law Students / Re: Ladies- where are you suit shopping?
« on: July 31, 2005, 07:37:10 PM »
I think you should wear what makes you feel comfortable.  As long as you follow the military rule of 'clean, dry, and serviceable', you should be fine.  Don't wear dirty jeans with holes in them, or plastic flip-flops with nasty toenails.  Remember, being neat and clean is a sign of respect (according to my mom). 

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Job Search / Re: summer before law school
« on: July 31, 2005, 07:21:45 PM »
Uh oh... I guess all the lounging around I've been doing this summer isn't helping me at all.  I do feel rested and ready, though.

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Current Law Students / Re: Ladies- where are you suit shopping?
« on: July 31, 2005, 06:39:50 PM »
The suit is strictly for job interviews.  That's all.  I'm a jeans and sweats kind of gal.

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