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General Board / Re: Anyone still looking for summer jobs?
« on: January 08, 2006, 10:01:07 AM »
I don't know what you're trying to imply. I said I'm Ted's friend, but I don't have anything to do with his company. He lives in Virginia; I go to law school at FSU. I've been on this message board for a while now, so I'm not some fake person who is posting just to help him sell his software, if that's what you're implying. I figured it would be helpful to both people who are trying to figure out what law related thing to blow money on next and to Ted if I posted my experience with his software. I mean, I mentioned all the bugs and the benefits and I think I was pretty objective considering I'm friends with the author of the software. I don't know what else you want from me. I would rather read about people's experience with a product, any product, before I blow $30 on it. 

If you're going to imply something disingenuous, you should be more specific. I thought I was being helpful. 

1L job search / Re: All rejections created equal?
« on: January 08, 2006, 12:36:56 AM »
Thanks. :-) If they want transcripts, that's a good sign, right? Or rather, it's a better sign than a flat-out rejection?

General Board / Re: Resume Questions...and drama...
« on: January 08, 2006, 12:27:27 AM »
Wow, this is a tough situation. I agree with the poster who said you should go to career services, or perhaps an academic dean or professor who you are comfortable talking to. This is such a unique situation that it's important that you get professional guidance to avoid falling through the cracks during your job search. For the journal, I recommend trying write-on if that's an option just to get that back on your resume. You might be able to keep "X Journal Invitee" on your resume, and then explain why you couldn't become a member. Don't do that until you speak with career services, though!

Congratulations on getting back into law school! It sounds like you've had a hard time.

General Board / Update on Approach the Bench
« on: January 07, 2006, 11:50:39 AM »
Ted, who founded this company, is a friend of mine, so I want to get that out of the way so I don't sound disingenuous. I don't have anything to do with his company, though; I just wanted to try his software out because I hate doing mail merges. Anyway, I've been getting responses (rejections) to the resumes I sent out with Approach the Bench. That means that the software works and employers received what I sent out. A few of the emails bounced, but I sent the email addresses to Ted and he said he fixed it. It's a lot better, for me at least, to get the rejections via email because they come in so quickly. It's like ripping a bandaid off.

It's a new website, so there were some bugs, but it's working great now. I use Firefox, so there was a glitch with uploading my resume using that browser, but Ted fixed that. If you're using a browser other than Explorer or Firefox, I recommend IM'ing Ted about it first so you don't get frustrated in case there's a problem.

The only downside is that so far Ted's program is only for private firms, and I'm interested in public interest. It would pretty much kick ass if I could use it for public interest, but I guess most people want to get paid for the summer anyway.

Oh, and I did get an invitation to a reception at a law firm in response to a resume I sent out via Approach the Bench, so I guess that's better than a rejection.

I'm pretty fair-minded, so if I discover any horrible flaws, I'll post them here, too.

If you're at a T1/T2, your school probably doesn't want to flunk you out. As your grades come in, if they're still in the danger zone, talk to the applicable dean about turning things around next semester.

As for study tips, there are plenty on this message board and elsewhere.

General Board / Re: Anybody else really glad to get an "average" grade?
« on: January 06, 2006, 04:28:09 PM »
just got my grades. Here's a stupid question. How does one know where he stands in class for the first semester? I thought we can find that only after an year. Although I have a good feeling I am up there (3.8 GPA), it would be good to know. ALso how does one know what teh "average" grade is for a particular course?

At my school, they post everybody's grades on pdf's along with BAGS numbers. So, an enterprising person could input all the grades into an Excel spreadsheet, sort by GPA and figure out class rank that way.

1. Get your resume and cover letters ready for job hunting in September.
2. Get to know all of your professors. The better you know them, the more you'll know what's on the exam.

I used E&E for Torts just for the section on causation. I didn't find the rest of the book very helpful. I used Legalines to keep up with the reading towards the end of the semester and the quizzes in the big green BarBri book right before finals. Torts was my highest grade.

I didn't use anything for Property, my second-highest grade, but the professor was highly idiosyncratic. This semester I'm using Understanding Property.

For Contracts, I used Emanuels which was tied with Legal Writing for my lowest grade. I think I'll work with E&E a lot more this semester because the hypos really help come exam time. I don't find the commercial outlines very helpful, but that's just me. I tried Emanuel's for Civ Pro, too, (gift from my mother) and it didn't work for me.

General Board / Re: Anybody else really glad to get an "average" grade?
« on: January 06, 2006, 10:00:18 AM »
I would kill for average scores. I dont think I did terrible on the finals, but everyone feels the same so its all on comparison. Crim Law, Contracts, and Civ Pro are scaring the hell out of me. What really sucks is that we dont get our grades until the end of Feb!!!! >:( SMU wont release any scores even though I know Civ Pro and Legal Writing have already been graded.

Yours is one of my favorite "Cinderella" stories. I bet you'll surprise yourself again and do exceptionally well.


Did you have Main? If you didn't check out his grades. You can definately tell he taught at a school that is required to give out a lot of D's. I feel bad for other people in that class....oh well....

I wasn't in Main's class.

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