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Job Search / Re: Michael Best
« on: October 02, 2008, 09:38:24 PM »
MBF is a great firm. They're very strong in IP and litigation. All the major firms in Milwaukee (Reinhart, Quarles, Godfrey, MBF) except for Foley are very good regional lawfirms. Foley is the only truly national firm in Milwaukee. If you want to work 2200 hours and do Fortune 500 work on a consistent basis, go work at Foley. If you want high level, quality work where you're not spending every living moment at the office, any of the other firms are great.

If you have more questions about, feel free to PM me.

Current Law Students / Re: LEEWES System?
« on: May 01, 2008, 10:17:41 PM »
I think it was worth it. Similar to an above poster, I don't stick to it very closely, but the ideas that he pounds into you are worthwhile and will make a better exam-taker.

Current Law Students / Re: 60 mile commute to LS. Am I nuts?
« on: April 25, 2008, 11:07:38 AM »
I thought I'd put my two cents in. I'm a 2L at a top 35 public school. I live about 30 miles from school (takes about a 45 minutes door to door). I'm married, but don't have kids. I realize we're not in the same boat. But I wanted to let you know that my situation is totally doable. I'm on Law Review and Moot Court. I'm in the top 12% of my class and have a great firm job lined up this summer. Is the one and a half hours I spend in the car fun everyday? Nope (especially not in the winter when the snow causes the commute to be significantly longer). Has it stopped me from doing well? Nope. In fact, I kind of like being able to just relax in the car, not think about schoolwork and when I get home eat and then do work.

Current Law Students / Re: Done finals, freaking out
« on: December 13, 2007, 05:40:58 PM »
Don't drop out if you're not in the top 20% of your class. You'd be an idiot if you did. My first exam last year (my 1L year) is the worst grade I've gotten so far... a B-. It was the first grade I got back. I did well enough on the rest of my exams that semester and was sitting at around the top 20-25% mark. Then second semester, I did really well and jumped to the top 12%. So just because you have a bad exam or two first semester doesn't mean you can't make it up.

Good grades are important if you want to work in Biglaw, but don't drop out just because of a bad grade or two.

I agree... outline anyways. The process of outlining is where the learning goes on. Simply using a 2L's outline has minimal value. Sure it provides you with the blackletter law, but creating an outline (even if you use the structure of other outlines) and putting it in your own words is what cements the material in your head.

I also agree that understanding the law is not necessarily the difficult part. It's the ability to coherently lay out your analysis of the issues that will get you the good grades. If there are two answers that have the same material, but one of them is not as organized, and the other one has clear thesis sentences, etc, the latter one will get a better grade. There is usually not that much separating a B+ from an A-.

Current Law Students / Re: Thoughts on UW-Madison and/or Miami
« on: February 16, 2007, 04:14:37 PM »
Don't know much about Miami, but I'm a 1L at UW-Madison. I love it. Great school. UW, just like all the other Big-10 lawschools (except for Michigan) is regional in nature. Alumni tend to stick around the Midwest. The biggest markets for UW lawschool alumni are Chicago, Milwaukee and the twin cities. If you have any more questions about the school let me know.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Which Laptop would you buy?
« on: July 27, 2006, 07:16:26 PM »
Coming from someone who ownes a Dell 710m, I would opt for the Dell. I work in the IT department at a large law firm and we give our attorney's D620's. Great laptops. I would highly recommend them.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laptop Battery Q
« on: June 28, 2006, 10:22:37 AM »
I bought a Dell 710m a couple of months ago and I ended up buying the 9 cell battery. Tons of battery life. If you're already going to buy the 9 cell I wouldn't buy the 6 cell as a backup.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How much use will my laptop get?
« on: June 19, 2006, 08:56:46 AM »
It has to be a specific DS compatible with your laptop.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: ***OFFICIAL WORLD CUP THREAD***
« on: May 24, 2006, 12:44:07 PM »
i always watch the world cup on univision, even though my knowledge of spanish isn't too great.  those guys are so excited about the game it doesn't matter what language they're speaking.  meanwhile the guys on espn have no enthusiasm.
i remember in the 1994 world cup- belgium v holland- al trautwig (a baseball announcer) was announcing the game on abc, and he spent the whole first half confusing the belgian and dutch players.  he must have just had the rosters in front of him- like if the belgian #5 touched the ball he would call him the dutch #5's name.  that's one of my favorite "being a soccer fan in america" stories.

That was a great game. I lived in belgium at the time and watched it. I took our dog for a walk at halftime and the streets were empty... empty as in tumbleweed blowing down the sidewalk. Europe knows soccer... that's for sure.

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