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Job Search / Kirkland & Ellis
« on: August 26, 2006, 02:42:29 PM »
Anyone out there work there as an actual associate? as a summer?

live up to the sweat shop reputation?

Current Law Students / to all 0Ls and 1Ls, do NOT buy a FUJITSU laptop
« on: August 15, 2006, 01:55:02 PM »
i've had mine for 15 months now, and everything that possibly could have gone wrong has. the gory details:

1) blown motherboard
2) rampant dead pixel formation on the screen
3) keyboard has come loose and now "floats"
4) LCD screen has gone out (800 dollar repair)
5) DVD drive that is completely dysfunctional (450 dollar repair)

i purchased the N series 3400 for 1700.00 dollars in may of last year. it limped through my first year of law school (motherboard blew out during the first month of 1L classes - i was sitting in civ pro and the screen just went black - oh sweet joy beyond joy) and is now completely inoperable. given the extraordinarily high price of repair for both the monitor and the DVD player, the computer is basically nothing more than a throw-away at this point. fujitsu tech support has been marginal ("hmm sounds tricky better take it to one of our service centers, for a marginal fee, of course"), and their customer service department has been downright horrendous. when i called to request help with this obviously inferior product, their response was: "mail us the laptop computer, shipping and handling paid, with a check for a 150 dollars and we will take a look at it. otherwise, there's nothing that we can do to help you."

mind numbingly bad service.

a POS comp built by a drunk blind man

of all the laptops functional parts, only the chipset and ram have yet to fail. i've had a horrible experience with fujitsu. i advise any 0Ls and 1Ls who are looking for laptops to steer clear of them.

Current Law Students / Question for summer associates:
« on: July 16, 2006, 11:01:49 PM »
were you able to take any time off during your stay with the firm?

i have a vacation scheduled for june of next year and am not sure if i will be able to make it given the summer time employment...

will they freak out if i ask for 2 weeks in june during the interview?

Current Law Students / i just wanted to let everyone know...
« on: July 15, 2006, 05:12:07 PM »
... that by some miracle i have made journal

that is all. ;)

Current Law Students / to 3L patent attorneys to be - A QUESTION!
« on: July 06, 2006, 11:30:08 PM »
heya 3Ls

i'm a bio guy by training and have just finished my first year at a T20 law school. i'm no longer top 1/3 but now 50%. i'm working 30-40 hours a week as a summer law clerk (have written various pieces of legal memorandum including an opinoin) and am studying for the USPTO patent bar examination which i plan on taking in august

i'm just now beginning my summer 2L summer associate job search

for those of you with similiar experiece (i.e. you're a patent dork like me) what was your 2L job search like? were you give the "velvet rope," so to speak, because of your ability to take the patent bar? did you encounter any difficulty landing one of these summer associate positions? how'd you describe the market for future patent attorneys looking for biglaw type positions?

any input will be appreciated

Current Law Students / and this my friends...
« on: June 23, 2006, 08:26:36 PM »
... is precisely why i'm attracted to the law... ;)

Current Law Students / Goddamn grades
« on: June 14, 2006, 11:15:02 AM »
1st sem grades were very good, 2nd sem grades not so good

i don't know what the hell - i worked even harder 2nd sem - walked out of all four of my finals thinking that i aced them

but alas, i did not

so much for getting a good job. i suppose i should just jump off bridge now? :)

empathize with me people ...

« on: May 04, 2006, 02:37:09 PM »
yes that is right mr. durden has successfully completed his first year of law school

let me say that i'm just a wee bit excited about it


Current Law Students / good news, bad news
« on: April 21, 2006, 12:04:30 PM »
good news: 1L is almost finished

bad news: finals are upon us

i'm torn

commence complaining:

« on: March 29, 2006, 11:03:29 AM »
i don't know about the rest of you 1L scallywags but i am inordinately happy that this first year of legal "learning" (i generally prefer to think of it as legal "bludgeoning") is almsot over

the weather is warming

the ground is beginning to thaw


(i apologize for the outburst, back to conflicts over transfers by one co-owner i go)

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