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3L job search / Re: Over 30 yrs old recent grads question
« on: April 17, 2008, 09:57:12 PM »
Im Jolie:

In that one post, you told us you were a 2L at Michigan, 31 years old, working at a firm, and going to quit shortly after.  I would suggest removing your post as there are probably very few 31 year old 2Ls at michigan and you never know who will read these things.

You'd be surprised.  But thank you for looking out for me.  As it turns out, I didn't say anything I'd be ashamed or fearful of anyone linking to me (including the comment about my likely length of tenure). 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Employment possible?
« on: April 17, 2008, 09:45:50 PM »
I don't mind throwing myself under the bus.  I was under median during OCI - I don't know where, exactly, because Michigan doesn't rank.  But I feel confident that I was comfortably under.  I had a really bad 1st semester and a so-so second semester. 

OCI was fine for me.  There were some ego blows, sure: several firms with robust practices in my area of expertise* gave me the cold shoulder.  But I got great interview experience, not to mention a bunch of callbacks.  I ended up going with the firm that was my first choice going into OCI.  It's a quirky process, but don't go in thinking that your grades are going to sink you. 

* I don't mean to sound like a dbag when I use the term 'expertise'.  All I mean is that I have a graduate degree and a bunch of years of work experience in a particular field (and several firms that do a ton of work in that field dinged me). 

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3L job search / Re: Over 30 yrs old recent grads question
« on: April 17, 2008, 09:35:56 PM »
I'm a 31 year-old 2L who plans to do a (very short) stint in biglaw, and I did feel that my age and background may have played a role in my not getting callbacks at some places (to be fair, this is entirely based on gut and wishy-washy feelings.  I may just be an ass in interviews - but my fellow Old Folks reported similar experiences.) 

That said, I got the job that I wanted - the firm I'll be summering with was my first choice going in and seems to be a great fit for me.  They seem to be excited about my experience and non-law credentials. 

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Albany Union / Re: Albany 2011
« on: April 16, 2008, 04:52:51 PM »

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Albany Union / Re: Albany 2011
« on: April 16, 2008, 04:22:48 PM »
I always had a car in Albany, but it's not totally necessary.  It's a very bikeable city (apart from the snow, anyway) and there's a  good bus system.  Several of my college friends lived off-campus without cars, and several friends who still live there commute to work downtown by bus. 

That said, it's not the best public transportation in the world - certainly not by D.C. standards. 

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Albany Union / Re: Albany 2011
« on: April 16, 2008, 03:15:03 PM »
That's the thing - it's not the area around campus to avoid.  That area's fine, if a little boring and suburban for my taste.  There are neighborhoods downtown where the students tend to live that are just plain gross, but it's tough to describe them to someone not familiar with the area. 

Me personally, I would def. live in downtown Albany rather than in the surrounding 'burbs.  It's much closer to school and Albany is an amazing little city.  But I'm not really a 'burbs kind of gal.  Cohoes is crazy far, particularly with so much good real estate closer to campus.  Colonie isn't bad - that's where the main SUNY campus is technically located.  The closest suburb besides Colonie is probably Delmar, which is also not bad.  Or Rensselaer.  But again, I'd stay within the city limits. 

Parking in Albany is pretty easy - near the capitol and in the business district it's all metered, but most of the rest of the city has free street parking.  Just pay attention to the signage (occasional trick alternate-side stuff) and you'll be fine.  Plus many places have off-street parking. 

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Albany Union / Re: Albany 2011
« on: April 16, 2008, 08:46:14 AM »
I lived in Albany for 8 years (college and then some).  Anything near Washington Park or Lark Street/Center Square is going to be close to the law school and close to the downtown action.  When I was there, Albany was really affordable, so those areas weren't bad even though they tend to be the trendier parts of town.  I moved 8 years ago, tho (eek!) so can't say whether that's still the case. 

I would visit if at all possible, because it's very hard to get a sense for Albany's different neighborhoods from afar.  You want to steer clear of the SUNY student ghettos (they're awful; I wouldn't even live there as an undergrad) but it'll be tough to figure that out with out some sense for the city. 


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General Board / Re: Favorite class so far in law school?
« on: March 24, 2008, 09:54:43 PM »
Con Law

It makes me happy to see you say that.  :D

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General Board / Re: Mac Outlining Software
« on: March 14, 2008, 01:19:25 PM »
I use a bunch of the Omni Group's products, including OmniOutliner Pro for all of my class notes.  I love it.  I've never really played with NoteBook because it came to my attention after I was already using OOP, and if it ain't broke...

Have you ever tried using Word at all?  I really like OOP, but  I am just wondering if its functions are $40 better than Word.

After trying Word though, I realize that it is basically the same as NoteBook, so I probably won't be getting that one just because there is no reason to get it when I could use Word for free.

I don't particularly like Word and haven't found their outline format as functional or easy to deal with as OOP.  But ymmv I can't necessarily articulate what I don't like about Word.  Certainly use it if it ends up working for you.  But if you do go with OOP, make sure you go to their Ed Store.  The link is on the main site, and you end up getting a significant discount on most of their products, particularly if you're upgrading.

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General Board / Re: Mac Outlining Software
« on: March 14, 2008, 09:11:46 AM »
I use a bunch of the Omni Group's products, including OmniOutliner Pro for all of my class notes.  I love it.  I've never really played with NoteBook because it came to my attention after I was already using OOP, and if it ain't broke...

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