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General Board / Re: Becoming an Assistant/Deputy District Attorney
« on: January 18, 2006, 11:12:09 AM »
Any experience is better than no experience.  I don't think you are asking me this, but if you are asking if it's better for the sole purpose of getting into the firms you are interning at, of course. 

If you are asking if it will help with the DA's office, I'd say sure.  But I think it would be better to intern/extern at the DA's office than the private firm if the DA's office is ultimately where you want to end up. 

That's just my opinion. 

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General Board / Re: LSD Reputation points?
« on: January 18, 2006, 10:52:20 AM »
If you post 6 more times, I'll give you the power.  But not until then.  ;D

I don't see "commend" or "defame" anywhere, including in profiles.

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General Board / Re: Becoming an Assistant/Deputy District Attorney
« on: January 18, 2006, 10:51:24 AM »
I currently intern at the DA's office.  The steps you need to take at our office are unpaid/volunteer student clerk (where I am at currently), paid clerk, and then after you pass the bar, hopefully you are hired as an ADA.  They have a point system that can up your chances of getting hired.  For example, you get points for the total hours you intern there, some points if you have other legal experience, if you were in the armed forces, if you were employed in corporate america. The higher the # of points, the greater the possibility of being hired after you pass the bar. 

I think it comes down to like any other job.  For example, you put in the time at a firm and they like you. If you have more experience than the next guy, when you pass the bar, they hire you and not him.

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General Board / Re: LSD Reputation points?
« on: January 18, 2006, 01:50:39 AM »
Nate, you are right.  I think it was minnesota.  Anyways, good to see that there's still some of us around and still active. 

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General Board / Re: LSD Reputation points?
« on: January 18, 2006, 12:44:46 AM »
It's been a while and I'm not 100% sure when people started dropping off.  If I'd have to guess, I'd say once school started for everyone at that time, Fall 2004, people started dropping off either that semester or the next, Spring 2005. I'm guessing the reason is either school got in the way or after a while, message boards get kind of old. 

If you look at Downy's profile, he logged in last on September 14, 2005, Fall 2005, so I guess he's still around.  But i'd have to say it was way earlier than that, when the bulk of the cat fighting came to quick death. 

I noticed you are at Michigan?  If I remember correctly, I thought that is where Downy is?

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General Board / Re: LSD Reputation points?
« on: January 18, 2006, 12:18:38 AM »
A long time ago, in what I will refer to the "Downy" period, there were rival groups and/or people which went crazy like hell trying to defame one another. That's why you see some people with -23. After a while, that got really old and several veteran members dropped off or just stopped defaming people for no real reason. 

But really, it's no big deal. It's an experiment by Andrew to see if it's worth implementing on the pre-law side.

And what Nate said above, you got 29 more posts to go and you'll figure it out. 

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General Board / Re: too much worrying?
« on: January 16, 2006, 02:36:12 PM »
More or less, this is a correct assumption.  But of course, they could do well in one class or even several, but so bad in the others, that the ones he/she did bad in pulls the overall GPA below the requirement.  So, it's not necessarily that they had to do poorly in every class.



If the mandatory curve exists for each class, in order for someone to be below the required OVERALL GPA, that person would have to be at the bottom of the curve for almost every class, correct?

Just trying to understand it all.

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General Board / Re: too much worrying?
« on: January 16, 2006, 02:34:07 PM »
unlvcrjchick, I don't understand how you find it hard that a person can fail at something. You must be young with hardly any life experiences or just a d**mn idiot.  Even if a person tries at something as hard as they can, there's always a possibility that they will not succeed. 
 
 If a person trains hard for a marathon, there's still a chance he may not finish.  If a person tries hard to complete a work project, he may not complete it. As goes with law school or any other school.
 
 Hard work doesn't necessarily equal success.
 
 

Cheap shot, cheap shot.  Seems to me that you're the idiot for resorting to such ad-hominem tactics. And, isn't resorting to such ridiculous tactics the sign of one who lacks life experience?

Yes, I am young (I'll be 25 this month)...so does that automatically make me (and most of the people on this board, for that matter, since most law students are not old and decrepit) an idiot? I'll tell you, I may be young, but I've been through enough BS in my life to be able to write an anthology on how to survive normal, everyday life.  And I happen to go to law school, work a full-time stressful job, AND take care of a sick relative.  So, you're the idiot for judging someone you've never even met.  Also, I'm betting that you're the one who lowered my reputation score (ooh, how awful, this is a blow from which I may never recover).  If it took you this long (I'm assuming longer than 25 years) to develop such reasoning skills and maturity, then you're way behind me in this regard.

Yes, I find it absolutely mind-boggling that someone who tries his or her d**mndest can fail while someone like myself, who hardly did *&^%, can succeed.  One would think that if one has passion for something, that person should at LEAST obtain a D grade!

I would be the first to agree with you on the obvious truism you condescendingly articulated (namely that"hard work doesn't necessarily equal success").  However, would you mind telling me how someone can make the Dean's List without even trying?  That was all I asked earlier, and you automatically resorted to name-calling. 

Furthermore, how do you define success in the first place?  Is success making the top 1/3rd of your class, or does it equate to just passing by the skin of your teeth?  I was talking about FAILING out of law school, namely how is it possible for one to put in innumerable study hours only to get kicked out of law school?  Correct me if I'm wrong, but most law schools will NOT kick you out unless you score under a 2.5 or 2.0 GPA.  True, there are some Tier 1 schools that will kick a certain percentage of the class out, but those schools are the vast minority (I attend a Tier 1 school, and one will not be kicked out unless that person scores under a 2.0 GPA for 2 consecutive semesters) If you can't earn this bare-minimum GPA, then chances are that you don't BELONG in law school and I sure as hell wouldn't want to see you representing real-life people with real-life significant problems.

In conclusion, I certainly hope you don't become a lawyer, for it is obvious to me that you would rely upon personal attacks ("ooh, my opposing counsel is a jerk, therefore I should win") as opposed to sound legal arguments. 




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General Board / Re: too much worrying?
« on: January 15, 2006, 10:31:11 PM »
unlvcrjchick, I don't understand how you find it hard that a person can fail at something. You must be young with hardly any life experiences or just a damn idiot.  Even if a person tries at something as hard as they can, there's always a possibility that they will not succeed. 

If a person trains hard for a marathon, there's still a chance he may not finish.  If a person tries hard to complete a work project, he may not complete it. As goes with law school or any other school.

Hard work doesn't necessarily equal success.

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General Board / Re: Financial Aid/Law School Admissions Chances
« on: January 13, 2006, 04:20:31 AM »
I think the only way it may help is if you attach your tuition check to the application. 

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