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Current Law Students / Re: So who's attending Boalt this fall?
« on: April 21, 2005, 02:16:28 PM »
I'm probably going to move early August.  I have to drive my car across the country... ugh!  Not sure yet where I'm going to be living... probably search for an off-campus 1-bedroom or efficiency.

I would NOT wait until August to look for a place to live.  If you do, expect to pay a ton of money for a place that is barely above the minimum standard of habitability.  Examples of my friends who waited until late summer to look for housing: one lives in a dining room (no kidding!) of a 2 bd apt. and pays 700 dollars; another buddy pays 1200 for a 300 sq. foot mother-in-law.  It would be well worth your while to take a trip to Berkeley in June or July to look at housing options and sign a lease to begin in August.  Before you go out, search the listings on www.craigslist.org to have some idea of typical accomodations, prices, etc.  Unless you are coming from NYC you will probably be shocked by the prices.  Berkeley is known for slumlording and sub-standard housing.  When I moved last year, a Berkeley native suggested that I out on "Berkeley goggles" when I look for a place to stay -- if it looks decent to a reasonable person, it is probably a phenomenal find for Berkeley.


I'm a bit nervous about the clique-ish-ness and gossip that everyone talks about.  But Berkeley sounds like it (hopfully) attracts a more diverse, unique type of student.  So hopefully it'll be a blast.  Personally, I'm ignoring these messageboards and am assuming that my fellow classmates are going to be fun, friendly, and cool :)

You are right on target with this one.  There are cliques everywhere, but I think they are probably less prevalent in a student body that is generally friendly, cooperative and laid-back.

Congrats on your acceptance!

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Job Search / Re: Where do you stand with your job search?
« on: April 18, 2005, 05:58:18 PM »
Just got hired as a research assistant.


I'm pretty happy, I must say.

What does that pay these days?

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Online Law Schools / Re: Concord Law School
« on: April 16, 2005, 01:53:52 AM »
If you graduate from a non aba jd i think you can still be admitted to st thomas, miami's llm program, the tax llm is online, this will let you into some states the best way to go is to go the the rules of the state you want to practice in, many for example once admitted then you can go to and take their bar exam



7. Requirements for admission -- Applicants admitted to the practice of law in another jurisdiction of the United States

Yes, but will it teach you to use proper punctuation in your sentences?

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Job Search / Re: Where do you stand with your job search?
« on: April 13, 2005, 06:54:09 PM »
I will be doing a judicial externship at municipal court this summer.

Yay! Congrats! ;D

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Job Search / Re: Where do you stand with your job search?
« on: April 03, 2005, 08:55:58 PM »
I applied for 2 firm jobs through OCI (there were only a few firms willing to hire 1Ls).  I had an interview last week for one, which was mid-sized.  I think things went well, but If I don't get that job then I am going to sign up at my school for an externship.  Hopefully I'll be able to get a judicial one if I don't get this job.

Obviously, this no longer applies to SLJ, but for the pre 1L's out there, I would recommend applying to a lot more than 2 firms to have a real shot at a summer associate position.  Basically, you have to keep in mind that it is very difficult to get these positions, mainly because, as SLJ pointed out, very few firms hire 1L's.  I go to a T14 and less than 10% of our students get summer associate positions during the first summer. 

Ideally, if you want to work at a firm, you should apply to no less than 50 firms.  Most of my classmates who were looking for SA positions applied to at least 100.  You can get mail-merge files from the NALP directory, while filtering your employer search to include only firms that hire 1L's.  Think about being mobile -- it will give you more options.  Do you have a grandma in NYC or an auntie in LA?  Call and ask if you could stay with them in the event you get a summer position there.  Also, consider areas where you may not know anyone, because your 2500/week paycheck will be more than enough to cover a short-term sublet.

The more proactive you are, the more likely you are to get a position.

LOLLOLOLOLOL - i love how u incorporated the fact that u go to a T14 into your response.

Obviously, you had some trouble with "role of argument" questions on the LR section.  The only reason I mentioned the T14 is to demonstrate that even students who go to top schools aren't guaranteed a 1L firm job.  Get a life, lipper. ::)

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Job Search / Re: Where do you stand with your job search?
« on: April 03, 2005, 02:55:17 PM »
I applied for 2 firm jobs through OCI (there were only a few firms willing to hire 1Ls).  I had an interview last week for one, which was mid-sized.  I think things went well, but If I don't get that job then I am going to sign up at my school for an externship.  Hopefully I'll be able to get a judicial one if I don't get this job.

Obviously, this no longer applies to SLJ, but for the pre 1L's out there, I would recommend applying to a lot more than 2 firms to have a real shot at a summer associate position.  Basically, you have to keep in mind that it is very difficult to get these positions, mainly because, as SLJ pointed out, very few firms hire 1L's.  I go to a T14 and less than 10% of our students get summer associate positions during the first summer. 

Ideally, if you want to work at a firm, you should apply to no less than 50 firms.  Most of my classmates who were looking for SA positions applied to at least 100.  You can get mail-merge files from the NALP directory, while filtering your employer search to include only firms that hire 1L's.  Think about being mobile -- it will give you more options.  Do you have a grandma in NYC or an auntie in LA?  Call and ask if you could stay with them in the event you get a summer position there.  Also, consider areas where you may not know anyone, because your 2500/week paycheck will be more than enough to cover a short-term sublet.

The more proactive you are, the more likely you are to get a position.

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Current Law Students / Re: HELP ME WITH PROPERTY *&^%
« on: March 07, 2005, 05:44:34 PM »
hey...i'm pretty lost right now in Property concerning future interests, RAP, alienation, etc....All the O and A and this and that crap is driving me nuts....Can anyone explain this *&^%?

Are you using any supplements?  Property books are known for being notoriously confusing, so do not despair if you do not feel like you are picking up every ounce of doctrine. 

All the terminology is confusing and you need to really master if before you can solve problems effectively.  The only way to do that is practice.  Examples and Explanations is a good supplement for Property because it serves both purposes.  It explains the doctrine in a digestable way and provides practice problems testing each element of the doctrine you learn.  If you do not feel like that is enough practice, consider getting Seigel's for Property, which will have additional practice problems. 

It's perfectly normal to feel confused.  I know people who AmJured classes last semester who feel completely lost in Property. 

You are only half-way done with the semester; there is plenty of time to recover before finals.

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Glad to see you're still posting ruskiegirl.  You and LawGirl are the 2 best posters on this board! ;)


Gilbert's is always a good bet.  The Gilbert's for K's is written by my casebook author so our prof recommended sticking with that.  I heard someone on this board mention that Cruchtime was good for K's as well.  I don't have it and can't attest to the validity of that advise.  High Court Case Summaries is the way to go for case briefs for pretty much any course.  Legalines is not as thorough and doesn't have chapter outlines. 


Awww, thanks!  I have been so busy with job searches and interviews that I haven't had time to post much. 

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Gilbert's is always a good bet.  The Gilbert's for K's is written by my casebook author so our prof recommended sticking with that.  I heard someone on this board mention that Cruchtime was good for K's as well.  I don't have it and can't attest to the validity of that advice.  High Court Case Summaries is the way to go for case briefs for pretty much any course.  Legalines is not as thorough and doesn't have chapter outlines. 

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Job Search / Where do you stand with your job search?
« on: March 01, 2005, 05:12:33 PM »
Where's everyone going to be working this summer?  Are you satisfied with your placement or was it a last-resort option?

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