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Job Search / Re: 1L Job Options - Please Give Me Your Opinions
« on: April 14, 2006, 09:17:41 AM »
It could be anything. You might get US Attorney's Office, State Supreme, or local family court. Like I said, you don't get to choose.

Are the externships with state or federal court?

Job Search / 1L Job Options - Please Give Me Your Opinions
« on: April 11, 2006, 10:36:35 PM »
Need opinions on what to do this summer (T2 school, all local jobs).

Money isn't a concern, although it is obviously very nice. My main concern is what will look for OCI next Fall.

1. Judicial Externship - School says anyone who wants one can have one, but you don't get to pick which court. Unpaid, you pay regular tuition, and get credit.

2. Personal Injury Firm - Paid clerk at a very successful 10 lawyer firm.

3. General Counsel's Office - Unpaid clerk in the GC's office of a 10,000 employee, publicly traded company.

4. Construction Defect Firm [CD defense] - Paid clerk at a 3 lawyer branch of a 75 lawyer firm.

Current Law Students / Re: Tulane/Loyola Law Students
« on: August 31, 2005, 11:25:19 PM »
From a Southern Univ professor:

5,000 - 6,000 lawyers (1/3 of the lawyers in Louisiana) have lost their
 offices, their libraries, their computers with all information thereon,
 their client files - possibly their clients, as one attorney who e-mailed
 me noted. As I mentioned before, they are scattered from Florida to Arizona
 and have nothing to return to. Their children's schools are gone and,
 optimistically, the school systems in 8 parishes/counties won't be
 re-opened until after December. They must re-locate their lives.
 Our state supreme court is under some water - with all appellate files and
 evidence folders/boxes along with it. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
 building is under some water - with the same effect. Right now there may
 only be 3-4 feet of standing water but, if you think about it, most files
 are kept in the basements or lower floors of courthouses.
 What effect will that have on the lives of citizens and lawyers throughout
 this state and this area of the country? And on the law?
 The city and district courts in as many as 8 parishes/counties are under
 water, as well as 3 of our circuit courts - with evidence/files at each of
 them ruined. The law enforcement offices in those areas are under water -
 again, with evidence ruined. 6,000 prisoners in 2 prisons and one juvenile
 facility are having to be securely relocated. We already have over-crowding
 at most Louisiana prisons and juvenile facilities.
 What effect will this have? And what happens when the evidence in their
 cases has been destroyed? Will the guilty be released upon the communities?
 Will the innocent not be able to prove their innocence?
 Our state bar offices are under water. Our state disciplinary offices are
 under water - again with evidence ruined. Of particular interest to
 you...our state disciplinary offices are located on Veteran's Blvd. in
 Metairie. Those of you who have been watching the news, they continue to
 show Veteran's Blvd. It's the shot with the destroyed Target store and
 shopping center under water and that looks like a long canal. Our Committee
 on Bar Admissions is located there and would have been housing the bar
 exams which have been turned in from the recent July bar exam (this is one
 time I'll pray the examiners were late in turning them in - we were set to
 meet in 2 weeks to go over the results). Will all of those new graduates
 have to retake the bar exam?
 Two of the 4 law schools in Louisiana are located in New Orleans (Loyola
 and Tulane - the 2 private ones that students have already paid about
 $8,000+ for this semester to attend). Another 1,000+ lawyers-to-be whose
 lives have been detoured. I've contacted professors at both schools but
 they can't reach anyone at those schools and don't know the amount of
 damage they've taken. Certainly, at least, this semester is over. I'm
 trying to reach the Chancellor's at Southern and LSU here in Baton Rouge to
 see if there's anything we can do to take in the students and/or the
 professors. I think I mentioned before, students from out of state have
 beens stranded at at least 2 of the other universities in New Orleans -
 they're moving up floor after floor as the water rises. Our local news
 station received a call from some medical students at Tulane Medical Center
 who were now on the 5th floor of the dormitories as the water had risen.
 One of them had had a heart attack and they had no medical supplies and
 couldn't reach anyone - 911 was busy, local law enforcement couldn't be
 reached, they were going through the phone book and reached a news station
 90 miles away!! It took the station almost
 45 minutes to finally find someone with FEMA to try to get in to them!!
 And, then, there are the clients whose files are lost, whose cases are
 stymied. Their lives, too, are derailed. Of course, the vast majority live
 in the area and that's the least of their worries. But, the New Orleans
 firms also have a large national and international client base.
 For example, I received an e-mail from one attorney friend who I work with
 on some crucial domestic violence (spousal and child) cases around the
 nation - those clients could be seriously impacted by the loss, even
 temporarily, of their attorney - and he can't get to them and is having
 difficulty contacting the many courts around the nation where his cases are
 pending. Large corporate clients may have their files blowing in the wind
 where the high rise buildings had windows blown out.
 I woke up this morning to the picture of Veteran's Blvd which made me think
 of my students who just took the bar. My thoughts wandered from there to
 the effect on the Disciplinary Offices and I thought of you.
 Then my thoughts continued on. I'm sure I'm still missing a big part of the
 future picture. It's just devastating. Can you imagine something of this
 dimension in your state?
Professor Michelle Ghetti
Southern University Law Center

Current Law Students / 14" or 15" Laptop Monitor
« on: May 26, 2005, 03:17:45 PM »
I am getting conflicting information from people regarding what size monitor to get for my LS laptop (I will be a 1L in the fall).

Is the 15" monitor, and relief on your eyes, worth the extra ~1lb of weight?

I am buying a IBM T43 and I have seen both sizes side-by-side but that is different than having to look at the screen and lug the laptop around all day, every day.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Animal welfare law
« on: March 07, 2008, 02:51:44 PM »
Here's an article I read a few years ago about the subject:

Hastings if you'd prefer to work in the Bay Area, UIUC if you'd rather Chicago.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WUSTL or Tulane?
« on: February 27, 2008, 02:04:04 PM »
tulane was still ahead of georgetown, and unc chapel hill, william and mary, and bu, and most of the schools listed ahead of it are small liberal arts schools, that do not have law schools, so this list is not at all indicative of tulane being cash poor, good try though

I'm not trying to get into a huge argument here but within academia, Tulane has indeed has or at least, had, that reputation. I have friends who are on the faculty there who have stated this and those who turned down faculty appointments for this reason. Also witness Now, of course, to botbot's point the school has received lots of post-Katrina contributions and has totally restructured its organization so is probably more solvent then at least immediately post-Katrina.

I would also argue with your contention with your "most of the schools listed..." quote. Just within its [law school] competitive set, ND, Richmond, Emory, WashU, Vandy, W&L, and Wake contradict that statement with SMU and BC being on par.

I should also mention that I don't have anything against Tulane at all nor do I have a vested interest in seeing the OP go to WUSTL, just trying to share some info that might help in the decision making process.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WUSTL or Tulane?
« on: February 27, 2008, 01:19:50 PM »
I also don't think it is accurate to say that the school doesn't have any money. By most accounts, it has recovered quite well.

I'm not trying to jump on the bash Tulane bandwagon here but it has been known to be a cash-poor school (i.e., relying on a greater proportion of tuition money versus endowment proceeds for operating expenses than its peers) for some time.

This is what happens every Feb @ UVA:

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