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Current Law Students / Re: Do you hate law?
« on: July 11, 2005, 07:56:38 AM »
LOL.  I'm laughing with you.

I'm interning with In-House Counsel this summer at a financial firm, and these are the happiest lawyers you will ever meet.  This firm requires 4 years of law firm experience before it will hire you, so all of them have come from the big NYC law firms.  You can tell they enjoy this lifestyle better than the firm lifestyle. 

I've talked with a few of them about the law firm days, and they all say the same things that we've heard already...come in at 7am, leave at midnight every night, bill 2400 hrs and still get passed over for partner after 8 years as an associate, etc.  This guy said he woke up one morning and realized that his newborns had become teenagers.

I haven't met very few law students who are on that law firm partner mission.  I think most law students I've talked to, if they want to work for a law firm AT ALL, want to work there for a few years while we pay off our loans and gain experience in the practice before we break off and do our own thing. I think most of us have our eyes wide open when it comes to this firm lifestyle and what it entails.  There are far easier ways to make a 6 figure salary. 

And even if you do make $150,000 at a firm, you've just made the firm $1,500,000.

When I came to my first official law school event hosted by the faculty, and I saw alcohol openly available in the law school...I knew it was gonna be a long year.

Current Law Students / Re: RW law students should stop posting
« on: July 11, 2005, 07:23:31 AM »


Current Law Students / Re: What was the hardest thing about your 1L?
« on: June 05, 2005, 08:10:41 PM »
The hardest thing for me to get used to was to acknowledge the fact that I couldn't predict jack sh!t.  Classes that I understood the best & knew I did the best on the final - turned out to be my worst grade.  And vice versa.

Current Law Students / Re: Active, engaged learner or gunner?
« on: June 03, 2005, 10:46:53 AM »

You Might be a Gunner

If you were first on line to pick up the writing competition...and you camped out for it like it was tickets to star wars - you might be a gunner.

If you bring up your work or life experience in class ("Well, when I worked at the State Department....") - you might be a gunner.

If your comments in class often being "Well, this doesn't answer your question, but" or "I know this is off-topic but I just wanted to mention...." - you might be a gunner.

If your professor has ever stated he will not call on you for the rest of the day - you might be a gunner.

If you sit in the same seat in every class, especially if it's front row center - you might be a gunner.

If when you talk, you use the biggest words you can think of, and talk slowly so it seems like you're continually thinking really hard, and you make sure to reapply concepts previously taught by the professor - you might be a gunner.

These ones especially!!!  I've seen these ones over and over and over again from our gunners.

Current Law Students / Re: WTF? Credit score of 550
« on: June 03, 2005, 10:19:28 AM »
SleepyGuy is speakin the truth on this one.

Make life as easy as possible. Unfortunately the only way to revive credit is to make steady payments for a year.  You have to consolidate first, and then ask your consolidator how long and how much the payments should be to raise the score.

I know that when I first consolidated they told me that if I maintained payments of X amount for 12 months straight then my score would increase by Y amount.

It's all bull. HTH

Current Law Students / Re: The Grade Wait
« on: June 03, 2005, 10:12:28 AM »
Oh man don't even get me started!!!!!!

It took my school 3 full months to give me my fall semester grades...

SUPPOSEDLY, this semester's grade come back fast because of the law review decisions that have to be made in July....

let's just say I won't be holding my breath

Current Law Students / Re: Playing up the minority card
« on: June 03, 2005, 10:01:26 AM »
Certainly there are minorities who can make claim to a life without any kind of disadvantage. However, the question should be specific to you. If you want to go on credentials alone, the you certainly should.

If you HONESTLY believe that you have overcome some substantial disadvantage as a result of your minority status, and you are proud of this accomplishment, you should address it. Prove it to the admissions committee.

I disagree that minority status should be "played up" as a "playing card." Everyone considering this option should conduct an honest reflection of their achievements and opportunities.

I co-sign to what he said 100%

Current Law Students / Re: working during law school?
« on: June 03, 2005, 09:58:54 AM »
Working during 1st year, highly unrecommended.

I've seen a few classmates take some part time jobs but their grades did suffer.  Since first year is so important you don't wanna chance too much by working.  Time is essential.

Look at to see which firms recruit from which schools to give you an idea.

Current Law Students / Re: Social life in law school
« on: April 26, 2005, 02:23:06 PM »
Awww, thanks, Kelly.

Sands - there's too much bull and drama there for me.  Please tell your boy HBCU to keep me out of y'all's *&^% over there.

it ain't him as much as its those other wack cats on there. there are a lot who are still positive but I think you let some of the negative cats get to you, namely the females.  I need another voice of reason

A voice of reason cannot exist without credibility.  There, I seem to have none.

You should come hang here with me more often. ;)

What credibility problem?  You got credibility woman what are you talkin about.  Afterall, you are the one who exposed the fraudulent cutting and pasting of legal jargon into an argument.  That takes a legal eye.

I come over here every now and again but its too slow usually.  Plus everybody's over there anyway.

But I can't be mad atcha completely.

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