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Job Search / Re: Completely disheartened by OCI
« on: September 14, 2008, 05:48:20 PM »
Quick question for all of you: are big law firms the only jobs you are considering? 

I ask because there are GREAT jobs out there working for gov't agencies that you might be missing if you concentrate on OCI.  There are also many 20 lawyer firms that don't have the resources/time to participate in OCI that are great places to work.

Relying on OCI to get a job is like relying on the pull out method for birth control.  I have seen it work, but it isn't reliable.

Current Law Students / Re: Law Review Topics
« on: September 14, 2008, 05:36:53 PM »
Search on Lexis or Westlaw for "circuit split"

Those always make good topics. 

Current Law Students / Re: In the current downturn in the legal market
« on: September 14, 2008, 05:36:12 PM »
I agree with YBR....the class of 2009 (or at least those going to firms) got hosed.  Lots of firms no-offered about 10% of their summer associates.  That's crazy!

On the other hand, it's probably the 10% who just got lucky with grades, but didn't have the legal reasoning ability or writing ability to do all those damn memos who didn't get offers. :)

Current Law Students / Re: Law review is taking up too much time!
« on: April 03, 2008, 03:45:45 PM »
Update: So, I survived.  Actually, my GPA was slightly worse last semester.  However, I got a lot of interviews that I doubt I would have had otherwise just by putting law review on my resume.  I am glad I did it. Now...if I can only survive the ridiculous elections for senior board this weekend.   :P

Current Law Students / Re: 2L activities
« on: April 03, 2008, 03:37:13 PM »
I was offered a firm job recently and the hiring attorney told me that everyone they hire is on law review, but they wanted me because I worked as a Westlaw representative.  (Apparently they wanted someone to teach the older lawyers in the office how to use Westlaw more - needless to say, I didn't take the job)

It was nice for me to earn $1,000 a semester working for West, and I am the fastest legal researcher ever having had the experience of teaching others. 

Law review is still way more important for most purposes though.  The clinic I am in is also pretty helpful as it has given me a lot of good practical experience.  I am doing a judicial externship in fall.

Current Law Students / Re: Bar Requirements
« on: December 30, 2007, 11:02:10 AM » MPRE for Wisconsin.  There are very specific requirements for the so-called "Diploma Privilege" though, including lots of required courses and of course Character & Fitness.

Did you learn the material?  I think that sometimes it is easy to forget that at the end of our law school days, having gained the tools to be good lawyers is what is probably the most important thing you can do.  Don't forget that in 20 years you will be more proud of yourself if you worked hard and learned the stuff and just didn't write good exams, than if LS came easy for you and you were a crappy lawyer b/c you  were only good at writing exams, not practicing.

Just trying to insert a little pollyanna into a bad situation. 

Current Law Students / Re: Worst 3L GPA dropoff you've ever heard of?
« on: December 27, 2007, 02:31:29 PM »
That is amazing!  We have a less strict curve for classes with less than 25, but there is still a curve for everything.

Current Law Students / Re: Law review is taking up too much time!
« on: November 04, 2007, 07:36:31 AM »
OK, thanks for the advice.  I will suck it up, but I think that I will continue to complain about it.   :D

Current Law Students / Law review is taking up too much time!
« on: November 03, 2007, 12:16:03 PM »
I am worried that my grades will suffer b/c I am spending so much time working on law review.  This week has been filled with writing an intro and outline for my note and cite checking, as will next week. 

I haven't even started outlining yet.  Is it worth it to be on law review if my grades take a nose dive?

Here's another question: Can I quit law review, or is like being in a gang? 

Semi-seriously yours,


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