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General Board / Law Firm Partner Salary/Pay
« on: May 13, 2007, 03:37:36 PM »
Ok, so I just finished my corporation/partnership tax class.  If you are a partner in a law firm, are you paid a salary which would be ordinary income, or would it be considered a capital gain, or a combination of the two?  Just a random question, but meaningful since that 20% tax difference would be nice...

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General Board / Classes with no final or paper...
« on: April 25, 2007, 04:16:50 PM »
anyone have classes that are graded strangley.  OBviously a test or paper isn't odd.  Im in a 3 credit class, that is curved, half the grade is participation and half is on a 7 minute argument.  I have a hard time believing that 7 minutes accounts for a credit and a half of a grade.  Not to mention there is a severe lack of grading criteria.  Next semester, I'm taking classes with finals, then I at least know what I have to do.

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General Board / SCOTUS book
« on: March 15, 2007, 04:04:32 PM »
anyone know/read/recommend any good books about the politicing of the supreme court, preferrably with an emphasis in the last 40 years opposed to new deal and before?

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General Board / cum laude and other honors
« on: February 22, 2007, 03:32:58 PM »
I heard that a Tier 4 school gives the distinction to graduates in the top 1/3, plus or minus a person, cum laude.  My school, T2, the cutoff is a GPA requirement which I hear translates into about the top 15% getting the honor.  What is the norm?  All I know is that now I don't think as highly as Cum Laude, well I might just be a little suspect.  Any truth to this?

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General Board / better grades in the middle of law school
« on: January 08, 2007, 06:27:35 PM »
so, im a 2L, first semester had 3.1, second 3.5, this semetsre 3.8.  Median is 3.1, all of the classes are still curved, didnt get a summer associate position, what are my options, i know firms sometimes will look at trends but how if the summer spots are filled and they only hire from there?  i know not all do, but the vast majority...  any similar stories or advice, (not sure on my current rank yet)

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General Board / concentration in law
« on: October 29, 2006, 07:26:15 PM »
what difference do the classes you take affect your job prospects, assuming you dont have a cushy big firm summer associate position lined up?

Obviously, its advisable to take the bar courses, but after that, are there specific classes or concentrations that improve your marketability?  Obviously, one should look to what he enjoys, but beyond that, as a potential tie breaker?  Like taking a entertainment law class seems interesting but I doubt it would be useful after graduation.  Any comments are aprreciated.

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General Board / bottom 25% at T14
« on: August 22, 2006, 10:36:56 PM »
So I was just curious.  What does the bottom of the class look like at northwestern, duke, and the like.  Do they not try?  Are they just the ones that barely made it in off the waitlist?  And furthermore, do they get good jobs as lawyers or nonlaw jobs? Also, same questions with say bottom 10%.  Just looking for rough guesses.

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General Board / call back interviews
« on: August 13, 2006, 06:36:27 PM »
anyone know a general rule of thumb, basically, do they call 2 people back for every one position, just want to know general chances and how many other people you must beat once you get to that point,

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General Board / big city v medium city
« on: August 04, 2006, 07:38:32 PM »
so does the 135 or 145 in a big city like chicago better than 110 in a medium city, st louis, milwaukee, etc...  obviously chicago has a higher cost of living, and im sure 100 goes a long way in a smaller city, actually able to buy something besides a condo, but like paying off loans, with either job your loans are the same amount.  in the end, how do they compare after accounting for cost of living?

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General Board / do profs ever know what students get
« on: June 10, 2006, 03:40:55 PM »
So, after the profs finish grading the finals anonymously and turn them into the registrar, do they get a list of what students got?  Or a list of which student had what number so they can see who wrote what? 

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