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L.L.M. Board / Re: BigLaw and LLM in Tax?
« on: February 09, 2009, 10:14:56 AM »
It depends on a lot of stuff.

It's very difficult to get right into a tax group at a big law firm. Having an LLM will definitely help a career in that area of law. If you are dying to focus on tax and have a knack for it, then a part-time program could be a good idea.

If you have the job, speak with a few partners at the office and get their take. Maybe they will even be willing to pay for it.

However, if you have a Biglaw job, the worst decision one could ever make in the current economic climate is to leave and do an LLM full-time. I know you didn't ask about this, but I actually had a friend who was considering it. She even got into NYU and I still told her absolutely not.

I know a few people who went part-time and their lives were miserable. People underestimate the commitment an LLM involves. I found it much more difficult than law school. These people were working 8-4, then going to class from 4-8, and then going back to work until at least 11. Granted it was only 2 days a week, but that would be your life for 8 months out of the year for 3 years.

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L.L.M. Board / Re: Tax LLM Reputations
« on: February 09, 2009, 09:47:52 AM »
Right now, the market is completely dead. It all depends what kind of tax you eventually want to practice, but as far as transactional, corporate, and the M&A stuff, thing are flat. You have time though to hope/wait for a rebound. The only "awesome national reputation" belongs to NYU. Remember that. Even schools "better" than Du like BU, Florida, Miami, NW, and even Georgetown are graduating students without employment right now. I would never advise anyone to go out of their way to attend DU's LLM program, but if you are already there, it makes things immensely more sensible. I'm at one of the non-NYU schools mentioned and I have found out three things about tax LLMs in this market. They are NYU, NYU, NYU haha. Good Luck.

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Yea but it isn't a probation violation. Her original sentence was 365 days and then a year of probation with community service and restitution.

If you serve the year and are complying with your probation but CANT pay restitution because you CANT work, I don't see how you can be re sentenced for such a longer time.

Yea who knows, I hate hearing about this crap. I know very little crim law and I don't intend on knowing much.

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General Board / Interesting question about Cruel and Unusual Punishment
« on: January 22, 2008, 06:43:12 PM »
I heard on the radio about a lady who was ordered by a federal immigration judge not to work because she was convicted of a felony which she served a full term for. She wasnt a US citizen, but was from a country we don't physically deport to. Therefore, after she was released she went about her business, completing community service and the other terms of her sentence. Since the crime was larceny and the stolen item was never recovered, she was ordered to pay restitution to the victim. Unable to pay the restitution, her probation department recommended 1-3 years in prison. She apparently was sent back to prison by the state court.

First this sounds like debtors prison.

Second, how in the hell are you gonna pay restitution when you have a federal court ordering you not to work? If you violate that order, there's probably strict penalties.

Is it just me or is there something CLEARLY wrong here?

My law school did not teach that C & U punishment in con law 1 or 2. I didn't take sentencing or adjudication, so if it pops up there, I havent been exposed.

To me it just seems like it obviously is wrong and somebody badly screwed up. 

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General Board / Funny story. The epitome of my law school experience...
« on: December 30, 2007, 05:07:21 AM »
Im a third year at a T2 school. So far I have matched As with Cs and B+s with C+s to have just over a 3 point. This semester, I decided to really get after it and challenge myself. I took 16 very challenging credits, with 5 in class and curved exams. I also worked 2 jobs throughout the semester. As the semester neared finals, I knew I was really going to have to kick it into high gear. That's what I did. I stayed pretty calm and executed meticulously. Everything seemingly went amazing. I felt so good that I have just put in so many 16 hour days and every exam was possibly A work. It was the hardest I have worked in law school, and the first time Ive finished finals with a positive feeling of how I did.

First Grade IN: Estate and Gift Tax - C+ 2.5 - This exam was very difficult. Possibly the hardest exam I have taken in law school and it was only 50 MC. It took my a full 3 hours to take it. He then fead it trough the machine and gave me the disappointing grade I deserved.

Next Grade IN: Business Enterprise Tax - A 4.0 - This exam was a total beast. I spent days going through the code sections and,annotating them. The test itself was 45 MC (the 6or 7 answer kind) and then 4 30-50min essays. It was so hard, but that A means a lot to me. Many say it is the hardest class at law school so it was a minor triumph.

Next Grade IN: International Law - C 2.0 - This one almost gave me a f-ing heart attack. It was supposed to be my easiest class "oh he doesnt give Cs in there" I did the reading, participated, studied a lot, and then took his super subjective 3 essay final exam. Spent 3 hours writing about traty obligations, torture, the environment, and left knowing I had just ripped an A or maybe a B+. No idea whats going on with this one. Im gonna have to dispute it.

Ethics IN: C+ 2.5 - Another god old C+. I thought I dominated this exam also. Another purely inexplainable grade.

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So I get a terrible schedule of 5 exams in 7 gays. I make the best out of it, study my ass off, go into every test feeling good, leave feeling good. Then I get kicked in the crotch from the grades. 4 pointing hard hard classes and 2 pointing easy ones.

Law school is so lame. I want to do an LLM really badly in tax or corporate and I keep running through these dumb classes that I should be smoking and leave with mediocre grades. Now I hope to God this last semester didnt pull the ru under from my llm plans.

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General Board / Re: how much drinking?
« on: June 20, 2006, 02:47:09 AM »
I drink as much now as I did in undergrad. We go out to bars 2 or 3 nights a week. We all did reasonably well too. Nobody is making law review, but Im over a 3 point so I can't say it hurt me too much.

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U of Toledo / Re: attn: all toledo 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls!
« on: June 20, 2006, 02:45:15 AM »
Im taking class full time (Torts and Property II). Both are going well and Im not working so this summer has been awesome. I'm definitely taking the easy way out, but I needed to have an easy summer because I didnt graduate from undergrad until August last year and then jumped right into law school. I really liked my year in Toledo. You figure out where you are living yet? Hopefully you got some hot girls in your class...

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General Board / Re: Lexis and Westlaw Points
« on: April 18, 2006, 10:39:04 AM »
What is everyone up to?

10,700 Westlaw & 6700 Lexis. Not a bad deal, by graduation I should be able to get a couple ipods or something.

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U of Toledo / Re: Proper attire for the Ginsburg Q&A?
« on: March 23, 2006, 02:56:20 AM »
I wore jeans and a tee shirt.

More importantly, the quality of the student questions was very high and I left feeling that we were represented intellectualy very well. (which is vastly more important than asthetically).

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