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General Board / Re: I'm just here for the Westlaw & Lexis points.
« on: March 11, 2007, 12:33:08 PM »
LOL on the Harrier comment!

General Board / Re: Government salaries even lower than I thought!
« on: March 11, 2007, 12:27:14 PM »
Yeah that isn't very good money - especially for D.C.

Keep in mind, though, that benefits for federal employees are excellent.  Plus, you might not have all of the pressures of a firm job (with billable hours and such) - this is NOT to say that such a job would be easy, it's just not going to be the same as a firm job.

I think the federal government also helps you out a lot with your school loans, so I wouldn't immediately trash this potential job just because the bottom dollar isn't as enticing as firm employment would be.  Maybe gather some more information from your connection and go from there.

How does the gov't help you with your loans?  Link please!  I have never ever heard of this. 

If your school has an LRAP, it might cover government work, but I have never heard of a government program that will.

General Board / Re: How can I improve 1L spring grades?
« on: March 11, 2007, 12:25:41 PM »
Kill self.  Alternatively, pose this quandary to one of your classmates and have him/her do the job for you.

This is the correct response. 

General Board / Re: sheep, all of us sheep
« on: March 11, 2007, 12:23:12 PM »

General Board / Re: Druggie at Law School.....Pissed!
« on: March 11, 2007, 12:22:29 PM »
There are a lot of people at my school who I know smoke weed, and some of them seem to do really well.  Rather than be bitter, I am impressed.  They are obviously smarter than I am if they have the ability to do that and get good grades!    :D

General Board / Re: I'm just here for the Westlaw & Lexis points.
« on: March 08, 2007, 11:13:48 AM »
I have 8,000 Lexis points.  I am working on getting a car.

Lawlady, your friend's case is the exception and not the rule, likely motivated by extenuating factors most law students won't have. It's just as anecdotal as the now-trite "Well, I know someone who went to a T4 and now they're managing partner at Cravath and making millions yearly." Sure, it can happen, but it's not as likely as most would like to think.

Many people at hte top will fight tooth-and-nail to keep that position, so it will be hard (but not impossible) to move up significantly.

I didn't say it wasn't exceptional, but as inspiration not to give up.  If the bottom half of the class believed they couldn't move up, 1/4 of them would drop out. (Therefore making me in the bottom half, which would be tragic!)

General Board / Re: Any Tulane law students here?
« on: March 07, 2007, 11:43:01 PM »
Most of us don't disclose our school here. 

Advice: go on Facebook and make "friends" with some Tulane students.  You can also go on the school's website and purge a couple emails from the pages there to contact people.  Also, look on Martindale Hubble for recent grads.  Most people welcome inquiries about their schools.

If you want to avoid research, work in a "mill".  Those are places that do a lot of the same basic stuff, over and over.  Divorce and bankruptcy are two easy examples.  The BK firm I worked at only needed 2 Lexis logins for a staff of 15 (including supportstaff) because so little research was required.  The bankruptcy involved a TON of client counseling, but research wasn't required unless litigation within the BK court happened.

General Board / Re: Westlaw Policy
« on: March 07, 2007, 11:36:53 PM »
For a little perspective, all searches in "ALLCASES" are $130 each, every time you print a document it's $7.  I can't remember how expensive it is by the minute if you do hourly billing, but I think it's like $17. 

I am sure that they are that expensive if you pay "ala carte" but the firm I worked for had a special small firm package deal that included SCOTUS, 7th Circuit, BK and Wisconsin decisions for only about $500 a month (2 users)

Sharing access sucked, but they couldn't afford all those logins.

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