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General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: January 29, 2008, 12:56:59 PM »
hey man, I'm a 3L and had a horrid gpa the first semester. Stick it out, work hard and you'll get that GPA up.  If it's something you want to do stick it out or you'll regret it. Remember, being a good law student =/= being a good lawyer and vice versa.  Don't give up on your dream just because you hit a speed bump.  Get up, dust yourself of, learn from your mistakes and go on and be stronger for it.  You can do it.

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General Board / Re: Best Professor Lines This Year
« on: January 24, 2008, 03:39:50 PM »
maybe she was tired.  slangin crack is a tiring profession, maybe she just needed to stretch her legs.

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General Board / Re: Best Professor Lines This Year
« on: January 22, 2008, 09:40:09 PM »
yeah I bumped this thread. What of it.

"there's nothing wrong with a little sodomy"

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General Board / Re: jobless 3L crew sign in
« on: January 22, 2008, 04:21:12 PM »
well...it could be worse I guess...but really, the thought of "biglaw" truly makes my skin crawl.  I can't imagine doing that for a single second of my life.

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General Board / Re: jobless 3L crew sign in
« on: January 22, 2008, 04:02:43 PM »
Im going to go to the Denver area.  I'll really do anything.  Im prolly going to apply to several county DA offices.  I'd like to be a DA for a few years then maybe go out on my own.

I'm a 3L in Denver ( PT so still a year to go), and do some pretty heavy networking, PM me you get closer to moving and I'll see what i can do to introduce you to some people/groups when you get here if you don't already have something. I have found the Denver law community to be very tight nit, alot want some connection to Denver, but they are also very nice, so long as your not a total tool. You going to take the bar here I guess, July?

honestly Id love to just be a snowboard/ski bum my whole life...If I could earn some sort of living without having to actually work I would love it lol.

Yea, best not put that part in your cover letter :) Although I do know a classmate who got an offer at a frim that just does ski litigation, kinda cool. I'm a slumlord, work about 30 hours a month, probably make more than I will as a lawyer, but after not having worked for someone else since 1999, I guess I'm ready to get back into it, at least I keep telling myself that.
  that's too funny.  At this point I'm really willing to do anything that pays the bills.  I'm generally into litigation, done all the trial comps and stuff and am on the traveling trial team here at the U of A.  I worked for the Dallas DA for the past two summers also.  I was planning on interning at the Denver DA last summer but something came up and it just didnt work out.

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General Board / Re: jobless 3L crew sign in
« on: January 22, 2008, 03:55:43 PM »
Im going to go to the Denver area.  I'll really do anything.  Im prolly going to apply to several county DA offices.  I'd like to be a DA for a few years then maybe go out on my own.

I'm a 3L in Denver ( PT so still a year to go), and do some pretty heavy networking, PM me you get closer to moving and I'll see what i can do to introduce you to some people/groups when you get here if you don't already have something. I have found the Denver law community to be very tight nit, alot want some connection to Denver, but they are also very nice, so long as your not a total tool. You going to take the bar here I guess, July?

honestly Id love to just be a snowboard/ski bum my whole life...If I could earn some sort of living without having to actually work I would love it lol.

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General Board / Re: jobless 3L crew sign in
« on: January 22, 2008, 03:50:21 PM »
Im going to go to the Denver area.  I'll really do anything.  Im prolly going to apply to several county DA offices.  I'd like to be a DA for a few years then maybe go out on my own.

I'm a 3L in Denver ( PT so still a year to go), and do some pretty heavy networking, PM me you get closer to moving and I'll see what i can do to introduce you to some people/groups when you get here if you don't already have something. I have found the Denver law community to be very tight nit, alot want some connection to Denver, but they are also very nice, so long as your not a total tool. You going to take the bar here I guess, July?

Awesome man, I'll definitely take you up on that.  I am taking the bar in july.  I'm pretty sure Im gonna take barbri in boulder. 

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General Board / Re: Any waiting on Air Force JAG October 2007 results???
« on: January 22, 2008, 03:47:55 PM »
Ok so I have pretty mediocre grades, around 50th percentile, maybe a little lower, had a 161 on my lsat and a pretty horrid undergrad GPA. I was prior enlisted for six years, but in those six years, I had a semi rough period and had a 3 EPR once. Having said all of this, is there any chance in Hades of me getting in or should I not even bother? I'd appreciate any and all honest opinions. Thanks a lot.

I am not a Prior so I will not comment on that element.

The previous advice regarding the importance of the interview with the SJA cannot be overstated. A glowing recommendation from the SJA seems to have a disproportionate impact with the review board, irrespective of your transcripts/resume. This obviously can cut the other way and sink your application in the same fashion.

It became clear to me over the summer (I did a summer clerkship at Wright-Patt as a civilian) that the current boards are looking for future litigators. Both the SJA at Base Legal and the Brig Gen SJA of AFMC emphasized the litigation element to me conversationally. My interview reflected this, in which the Colonel was very excited about my A in evidence and torts, but did not mention the A in contracts. Excited about me being on the moot court team, but did not even mention being an executive editor on a secondary journal.

Not saying all of that to toot my own horn but rather, if you have a strong litigation track record through law school, that may be a big help in overcoming the "mediocre" GPA. I don't recall anything about my LSAT (which was awful) or undergrad GPA even being mentioned in my interview.

This is totally anecdotal but I do recall a Prior interviewing during my summer and it was relayed to me that he actually lost a lot of points for not being "military" enough with the Col. I guess his hair was too long, dressed sloppy, etc. All things that may be forgivable for a civilian but not prior enlisted. So, just a FYI if you do go for an interview.

My advice is to apply b/c what is there to lose? Be prepared and knock your interview out of the park.


Best of luck,
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Thanks man, i appreciate the words.  Ok so prolly inanely stupid question but did you just wear a suit to the interview?  Seems like that would be a no-brainer...

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General Board / Re: jobless 3L crew sign in
« on: January 21, 2008, 07:19:00 PM »
Im going to go to the Denver area.  I'll really do anything.  Im prolly going to apply to several county DA offices.  I'd like to be a DA for a few years then maybe go out on my own.

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General Board / Re: jobless 3L crew sign in
« on: January 21, 2008, 05:08:39 PM »
yeah, I am...seeing as I'm moving from Arkansas to Colorado for shits and giggles I'll probably be unemployed for a while...at least till after bar results.

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