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i've heard some people use e-Legalines

Yes, some unfortunate souls do (Legalines are terrible for almost any subject!), but even they do not use them in lieu of the casebook.   Legalines and High Court Summaries (my personal favorite) are casebriefs, which means that they give quick case summaries of the most important cases.  You should not rely on these so much that you neglect to do your reading.  They are meant to be used as more of a supplement, to organize your thoughts before class.  Can you pass a class by using only casebriefs?  Sure, at some schools you can.  But I am almost willing to bet that very few people ace a class by reading case briefs alone.

General Board / Re: copyright law as career choice
« on: June 10, 2005, 08:52:30 PM »
I disagree with some of the above posters.  You can get a job that would be mostly copyright oriented, especially if you became in-house counsel to a record label or publishing house.  Basically, you can avoid patents all together if you become a transactional attorney in the entertainment industry.

General Board / Re: 1L Summer Clerkship
« on: June 10, 2005, 08:46:59 PM »
Just finished week three.  Feeling much more confident and still loving it!

Many law students choose to have their books "debound."  You can take the book to a local copy store, where they will strip off the binding and rebind the sections of your book according to your specifications.  This method allows you to decrease the weight of your backpack and avoid any potential copyright issues.

I can understand where you are coming from, but eventually, the resume and cover letters will need to be sent out, regardless of when that may be.  How could it not be beneficial to get a list (that can always be added to and altered as interests become clearer), so that there is that much less that you have to do when the time comes to start the job search? It's something you can do at home while watching tv or at work when you're board, but will save you lots of time in the end.

In response to Bluff, I kinda started this already in an excel spreadsheet, and I also included a column for firms that have current Alumni from my schools (undergrad and law school) and the areas of practice.  This way when the time comes, I can have cover letters that can make a connection with a memeber of the firm, and if I decide after taking a certain class that the area that a firm specializes in is not for me, I can simply erase all firms that specialize in that area.

Excellent points.  Lists can always be modified and modifications will certainly take less time than starting from zero two weeks before December 1. 

Grades do play a role, but not as much as people think. Obviously, firms are not willing to hire people who barely pass, but if your grades are reasonably good you are not out of the running.  For 1L positions, firms look for experience in other fields - perhaps technical fields that relate to their practice areas - because after the first year students simply don't have enough knowledge to be very valuable in terms of purely legal tasks.  I have seen a classmate of mine with a patent/biochem background get a 1L job at a top Bay Area firm having made all Passes during the first semester.  The quality of the school will also play a role.  All Passes from Yale may trump all B's from East Podunk School of Law.

It is absolutely NOT anal -- it's smart.  You are right, as first year students, we have very little time to prepare our application materials during the semester, so it makes sense to get a head start.  At the very least, research some firms and/or organizations you are interested in and write individualized cover letters to the organizations that interest you most.  Then write a general (non-org specific) letter and save that so you can add mail merge info to it later in the semester.  Essentially, you will have about 15-20 letters that are individualized and then you will spam every other organization with the general letter in your mail merge.

Dec. 1 is not a school-specific date.  It comes from one of the regulatory bodies, but I am not sure which one.  (ABA, maybe?)  At most schools, applying before that date is an honor code violation, so don't take your chances.  The rationale for this date is to give the 2 and 3L's ultimate priority in the job application process. 

General Board / Re: Are most exams open book?
« on: May 04, 2005, 03:08:17 PM »
All of my in-class and take homes so far have been open book.  My professors are basically of the opinion that in real life, you always have access to resources to help you solve a problem and you should learn how to use them.  My only closed-book exam is this semester's Property exam, which is only partially closed-book.  There's basically a multiple choice and short answer section that's closed book and the essay portion of the exam is open book.

General Board / Re: Ruskiegirl is HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: May 03, 2005, 06:35:03 PM »
In Russia she would be considered jewish not russian.

I identified myself as Jewish, but since the Jewish ethnicity is passed through the mother, I was identified as Russian by everyone else.  It says "Russian" on my birth certificate.

General Board / Re: Ruskiegirl is HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: May 02, 2005, 09:50:16 PM »

Are you 100% Russian?

Consider marrying a southern guy?!

I've never considered marrying anyone else! ;) :D :-*
Well, that depends on how you look at it.  My parents are both Russian-speaking and Russian-born, however, my maternal grandma is Mongolian, my maternal grandpa is German, my paternal grandma is Belorussian-Jewish and my paternal grandpa is Russian.

General Board / Re: Ruskiegirl is HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: May 02, 2005, 08:39:41 PM »
Consider marrying a southern guy?!

I've never considered marrying anyone else! ;) :D :-*

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