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I agree with Bored 3l.  Small to medium firms love to hire people with biglaw experience.  Look at the job lists and you will see biglaw experience preferred.  What the other poster misses is that biglaw offers training to their attorneys, most small firms simply can not afford that and through the attorneys into court without training.  Although in court experience is great, training is also very helpful, and well lawschools just do not provide it.  Biglaw is hard to get into, and quality of life can be horrible, but it will open the doors down the line.

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General Board / Re: 6 weeks in.
« on: October 02, 2006, 02:26:52 PM »
I did not mind law school but studying for the bar is horrible.  Luckily I passed the first time after doing barbri and pmbr.  I am glad to hear you guys are doing good in 1st year, that is by far the hardest until the bar.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Concord Law School
« on: September 27, 2006, 11:29:32 PM »
I am almost positive that the states that allow you to transfer in after 5 years only apply to ABA graduates and will never let a non-aba grad practice.

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General Board / Re: Student loan default rates
« on: May 20, 2006, 09:03:35 PM »
I would agree, also remember that gov't backed loans now have to be paid back no matter what, so even claiming bankrupcy will not erase them.  Also you can get bar exam loans which will most likely have a lower interest rate than your credit card.

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General Board / Re: Loans Available to Pay off Credit Cards?
« on: May 20, 2006, 09:01:01 PM »
if your credit is good try calling your cc company and ask for a lower interest rate. 

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Transferring / Re: Transferring from NYLS (3rd tier)
« on: May 19, 2006, 06:17:29 PM »
I am not familiar with the particular school, but most require top 15%.  I highly doubt you could go from top 30% at a t3 to a low t1.  Keep your ranking in top 15% range though and you should be fine transferring to a t2.  Honestly though most applications run about 50 bucks (plus lsac fees) so it is not that much money to apply. (They almost always if not always want a transcript saying you are in good standing and eligible to continue, but most schools have a box on the transcript request to ask for this). Check the websites first though, many of them have a link for transfer students and on what scores are competitive.

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General Board / Re: Can "nice" and "lawyer" coexist?
« on: May 19, 2006, 12:39:01 PM »
you dont have to be nasty but some times things can turn really ugly and only the tough survive.  Remember though that despite large cities the legal communities tend to remember eachother so being professional goes a long way in the future as most likely you will face lawyers more than once.  I have heard of firms timing court filings so the case gets filed at the last possible second before the xmas holiday, forcing the other attorney to work through xmas and new years.  There is also a famous deposition from a top lawyer in Texas I believe, and well it shows you how nasty things can turn.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e12sqYYLJxA&search=deposition

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General Board / Re: First Time offender act and Law School.
« on: May 16, 2006, 12:40:00 AM »
I agree, it all depends on the severity and the number of violations.  I have heard of a person with over 100 parking tickets, which were all paid, not being admitted to the bar.  The rationale was that he clearly did not respect the law.  Many people have had small violations, such as MIP (minor in possession) or even DUI's and still been admitted.  Those with drug or alcohol convictions stand a much greater chance of being admitted if they admit to there problems and seek professional help.  Some more violent crimes will be a complete road block to admission.  Most notably a convicted murderer was paroled, went to ASU Law, took and passed the Arizona bar, but failed the moral character fitness.  He admitted his crime and took his case all the way to the Arizona S.C. but still lost because his crime was so violent.  Time can certainly help but it really depends on the infraction, with lesser infractions they are willing to look past it, while more violent and serious infractions will most likely prevent admission. 

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San Diego / Re: is career services really as bad as i keep reading?
« on: May 02, 2006, 01:24:50 AM »
I do not have the letter but here is the most current email (cut down on size) they send alumni for jobs.  Great school but the career services is bad.                                       ALUMNI JOB NEWSLETTER

University of San Diego School of Law                             April 27, 2006                 

CAREER SERVICES HOURS: The Career Services Office is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:30 to 6:00 p.m.  

INTERCOLLEGIATE JOB BANK:  USD School of Law Career Services subscribes to the "Intercollegiate Job Bank" through Brigham Young University.  By accessing the Web site below and entering the user name and password provided, you have immediate, on-line access to attorney job bulletins from law schools across the country.  The Website is:  www.law2.byu.edu/Career_Services/alumni-job.htm.

#2894    (NEW)   Received: April 24, 2006   San Diego, CA  

Title of Position:      Associate      To Apply:   Send cover letter, resume & references to:
Employer Category:   Law Office            Email: jacksong@wilsonelser.com
Closing Date:      Until filled            
Experience Level:   2+ years               
Salary:         D.O.E.          
                     
RESPONSIBILITIES/QUALIFICATIONS:  Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP is hiring an associate with two plus years of experience.  Located within congenial yet professional work group, this third-year associate position is part of a team which includes one rainmaking partner, two senior associates, and four paralegals. The successful candidate has civil litigation experience, excellent oral and written communication skills, computer savvy, and an affable disposition. Trial experience is a plus; experience in personal injury, toxic tort, automotive law and/or construction defect a plus.  For more information visit the firmís website: www.wilsonelser.com.


#2893    (NEW)   Received: April 24, 2006   San Diego, CA  

Title of Position:      Associate      To Apply:   Send cover letter and resume to:
Employer Category:   Law Office            Erica Zastrow
Closing Date:      Until filled            Email: ejz@varnerbrandt.com
Experience Level:   2+ years               
Salary:         D.O.E.              
                     
RESPONSIBILITIES/QUALIFICATIONS:  Varner & Brandt LLP, a well established AV-rated 13+ attorney firm, seeks an associate with 2+ years civil litigation experience to work in a dynamic business, real estate and labor & employment department also sought. Strong academic and writing skills required.  For more information visit the firmís website at: www.varnerbrandt.com.


#2888    (NEW)   Received: April 20, 2006   San Diego, CA  

Title of Position:      Attorney         To Apply:   Send cover letter and resume to:
Employer Category:   Law Office            The Boss Law Firm, APLC
Closing Date:      Until filled            Fax: (858) 444-3817
Experience Level:   0+ years               Email: mallen@dbosslawfirm.com
Salary:         D.O.E.              
                     
RESPONSIBILITIES/QUALIFICATIONS:  A real estate firm near Mira Mesa has an immediate opening for a dynamic, hardworking, self-motivated CA bar licensed attorney to join its team.  Must be able to work independently & handle established case load. Good communication skills & strong work ethic required.


#2886       Received: April 19, 2006   San Diego, CA  

Title of Position:      Contract Attorney   To Apply:   Direct cover letter, hourly rate, and resume to:
Employer Category:   Law Office            Linda M. Cuny-Smith, Esq.
Closing Date:      Until filled            Law Office of Linda M. Cuny-Smith
Experience Level:   2-3 yrs               12625 High Bluff Drive, Suite 203
Salary:         Hourly rate D.O.E.         San Diego, CA 92130
                           Fax: (858) 777-3675                 
                     
RESPONSIBILITIES/QUALIFICATIONS:    The Law Office of Linda M. Cuny-Smith is looking for a contract attorney with 2-3 years of experience in corporate transactional law.


#2885                                              Received: April 19, 2006                                                      San Diego, CA

Title of Position:      Attorney         To Apply:    Submit cover letter & resume to:
Employer Category:   Private Business            Fax: (619) 294-6005
Closing Date:      Until Filled            Email: brian@firstcalco.com   
Experience Level:   0+ years            
Salary:         Free office space & secretarial assistance      

RESPONSIBILITIES/QUALIFICATIONS:  First California Funding Group, Inc., an established estate and financial planning firm, is looking for an attorney to associate with them on an informal basis.  They will provide free office space and legal secretarial assistance in return for consultations and advice you provide to their paralegals in the preparation of Living Trusts and other estate matters.  They may also have some real estate and corporate work available for which they would compensate you directly for.  More information about the company can be found on its website at: www.firstcalco.com.


#2884                                                  Received: April 19, 2006                                San Diego, CA

Title of Position:      Attorney         To Apply:    Submit cover letter & resume to:
Employer Category:   Private Business            Email: mark0902@gmail.com
Closing Date:      ASAP                
Experience Level:   Not Stated            
Salary:         $300 for the job         

RESPONSIBILITIES/QUALIFICATIONS:  A small San Diego Elderly Home Care agency is looking for an attorney to review its contracts and legal documents.  They are willing to pay $300 for the review of these documents.  For more information contact Lena Recht, President of Loving Home Care at (858) 733-3420.


#2882                                                  Received: April 19, 2006                                San Diego, CA

Title of Position:      Attorney         To Apply:    Submit cover letter, resume & writing sample to:
Employer Category:   Law Firm            Fax: 619-236-1949
Closing Date:      Until Filled             Email: page@tbmlawyers.com
Experience Level:   1-4 years            
Salary:         D.O.E.            

RESPONSIBILITIES/QUALIFICATIONS:  Thorsnes, Bartolotta, McGuire, which specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice, civil litigation, products liability, eminent domain, and construction defect, is hiring an attorney with one to four years experience in civil litigation.  An ideal candidate will have excellent oral advocacy, law and motion, discovery and research skills and the desire to go to trial.  More information about the firm can be found at: www.tbmlawyers.com.

#2881                                                 Received: April 19, 2006                                San Diego, CA

Title of Position:      Attorney         To Apply:    Submit cover letter, resume, transcript & references to:
Employer Category:   Law Firm            Email: jraskin@raskinandtee.com
Closing Date:      Until Filled             
Experience Level:   0+ years            
Salary:         D.O.E.            
 
RESPONSIBILITIES/QUALIFICATIONS:  The law firm of Raskin & Tee is hiring an associate.  The ideal candidate will have taken Community Property and have some practical experience (i.e. clinics in law school). Applicants must be motivated, self-starters. This is an outstanding opportunity to gain significant experience, Court appearances, and client interaction.  The firm will consider applicants who are still awaiting bar results.  More information about the firm can be found at: www.raskinandtee.com.
#2875                                                  Received: April 17, 2006                                San Diego, CA

Title of Position:      Attorney         To Apply:    Submit cover letter and resume to:
Employer Category:   Law Firm            Email: peter@peterchu.com
Closing Date:      Until Filled            
Experience Level:   0+ years            
Salary:         $12-15 per hour            
                  
RESPONSIBILITIES/QUALIFICATIONS:  Seeking 3L or recent graduate in top 50% of class. Applicants must have computer skills. Bilingual Spanish/English is helpful. Work will consist of filling out application forms for visas and preparing cases for filing.  More information about the firm can be found at: www.peterchu.com.


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General Board / Re: Question for any part-timers...is this crazy?
« on: April 30, 2006, 10:29:38 AM »
most schools allow pt to transfer to ft.  I am from So Cal so I know long commutes but that is one hell of a commute.  If you can use the time on the train though to study then it seems reasonable, but I think I would be inclined to not go to class with that type of a commute.  If you can get yourself to class and use the time on the train to study then I say go for it.  Plus if you get burned out after a year you can always move closer.

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