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General Board / Re: LSD Reputation points?
« on: January 18, 2006, 07:57:20 AM »
jd2b06  and Plumbert, See this?


Reputation:
commend + - defame
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See "commend + - defame"?
Clicking on either one would add or subtract reputation points, although the words appear only some of the time.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Someone must mention the idea
« on: January 16, 2006, 06:19:57 AM »
why not just attend a real law school?

Hey, great idea. I might use that in my personal statement.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Someone must mention the idea
« on: January 10, 2006, 05:21:33 PM »
DL law students forming their own law firms?


Benefits:

Avoid the hassle of firms who don't accept DL law degrees
Feel accepted and understood by peers.
Share knowledge, areas of specialty, experience with co-lawyers.
Share expenses--rent, utilities, electronic services, etc
Lower rates for group insurance, retirement plans, etc.


Other things to consider:

entrepreneural ability?
accounting and bookkeeping ability?
office management?
marketing--advertising and publicity
liability--cost of malpractice insurance

any other good ideas?


 


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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Concord Graduate Job Prospects
« on: January 10, 2006, 05:07:10 PM »
I suppose there is the possibility of groups of DL law graduates forming their own law firms. Each of the lawyers would benefit from the shared knowledge, specializations and experience of the others.

Gosh, why didn't I think of that before?!?

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General Board / Re: What's good about being an attorney?
« on: January 09, 2006, 03:08:47 PM »

Law and Chess are very similar.

Why lawyers arenít normal
http://www.legalweekstudent.net/ViewItem.asp?id=19311

I haven't checked out the link yet, but I think that the most common characteristic found among law students is that we are all over achievers. We'll do whatever it takes, w/in the bounds of ethics, to win or make the deal go through. We're politely aggressive.

I would not use the term "over achievers," which means that a person is performing at a level beyond their tested capabilities. For example, I suppose most law students have rather high IQ's, therefore it is normal for them to have the mental capability of studying, understanding and practicing law.

I have noticed many arguments against online law schools. I suppose I should remind some of the posters that there are many who have the mental capabilities of studying law, but perhaps not other qualifications such as the ability to relocate or commute, the lack of other commitment which would allow them to put full effort into law school, or the physical stamina which would assist them in acquiring the regular three year degree, or a four year degree (part time). And then, there are some who want to study law simply because they enjoy learning.

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General Board / Re: What's good about being an attorney?
« on: January 04, 2006, 07:46:06 PM »
It seems a lot of people complain that law school and life as an attorney involves a lot stress, long hours, and depression.  I got a decent LSAT score but I've lately been thinking I would rather be a paralegal because I can still work in law but I would also have time to do other stuff like play with my future kids, sit on the couch and drink beer, and read mystery novels, etc.

So, I'm wondering what the draw is for you current students.  Besides high salaries, what about working as a lawyer attracts you to the career despite the negatives?  A ton of people go to law school, so there must be some good things I haven't thought of yet.

Law and Chess are very similar.

Why lawyers arenít normal
http://www.legalweekstudent.net/ViewItem.asp?id=19311

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General Board / Re: Billable hours question
« on: January 01, 2006, 05:56:22 AM »
ah, that's okay. Would you click the commendation button?

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General Board / Re: Billable hours question
« on: December 31, 2005, 04:11:04 PM »
Here is an interesting link, written by the experts, which better describes a lawyer's "hours at work" and "billable hours". It further includes such considerations as lunch and coffee breaks, commuting, reading legal updates, meetings, conferences, etc.

http://www.law.yale.edu/outside/html/Career_Development/cdo-billable.htm

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General Board / Re: Billable hours question
« on: December 31, 2005, 03:36:08 PM »
Hello, new poster here.  I have a question about lawyer's hours.  If the average firm requires 2,000 billable hours then over 50 weeks that amounts to 40 hours per week.  So why does everybody say that lawyers work such long hours?  Do they all bill 3,000 hours or what?

Two weeks vacation allows 50 weeks for working. Then subtract the yearly required pro bono hours (unless receiving court ordered attorney fees), holidays, weekends, sick days, personal days, time for required continuing education, seminars, etc.

Then consider the billable services:

   Interviews, consultations and counseling, email, video conferencing, faxes, letters, phone calls, negotiation, ADR, research, discovery, filing forms, drafting documents, visiting incarcerated or invalid clients, bail time, travel, business meals, trials (including counterclaims, appeals, etc) etc, etc

and think about it some more.
   

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General Board / Worst case of 2005...
« on: December 22, 2005, 05:48:05 PM »
Former prosecutor convicted of attempted murder of rival lawyer.


http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/12/21/lawyer.shot.ap/index.html

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