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Job Search / Re: Any Interviews Yet?
« on: December 08, 2006, 02:12:34 PM »
Cool it guys. Don't stress here about OCI and grades, things that we don't know anything about yet. There will be time for that next semester and next fall.

For BudLaw and anyone interested: I have an interview at one of the top 20 firms in the nation. I do not go to Yale, but I do go to a T25. I went Ivy for undergrad and have some wonderful experiences on my resume. I sent letters to 200 law firms last week, and have been lucky enough to get this reply.

I spoke with my career services dean today, and he said that top firms in major markets try to nail down the 1Ls who show the most promise given the predictors of success they've seen in their young associates. I guess my resume reflected one of those for them, and that's why they invited me in.

The firm I am interviewing with usually does OCI with our 1Ls in the spring, but I guess they're trying to get a jump on the students they think will be in high demand before the other firms get to them. They may wait 'til my grades come out, but at least I'm on their radar before the other folks.

I'm not a success story yet; all I have is an interview, but at least I'm getting responses. For those of you working on job stuff now, a few thoughts:

- The more places you apply, the better. I've gotten 4 rejections, 3 "wait 'til grades come out", and 1 interview so far. That's a nice rate of return for the first 8 responses.

- Most big firms won't fly 1Ls out for the interview. You'll have to go on your own dime.

That's all. Good luck everyone!

Job Search / Re: Any Interviews Yet?
« on: December 08, 2006, 09:36:06 AM »
I hear you. I did the big mail merge, and have an interview with a big firm (that I've heard amazing things about!) during finals. I'm really excited for the interview, if only for the practice.

Thanks for the tips.

Job Search / Any Interviews Yet?
« on: December 07, 2006, 06:36:37 PM »
Yeah, I know it's a long shot, but is anyone hearing good news from judges and firms yet?

Ah, I think I see where the problem is. That's not the way my Con Law professor words his exams; or, at least the majority of his questions. He asks things like "Name the 7 kinds of Constitutional Argument and give an example of each".

I can see that some questions do lend themselves to IRAC.

Has anyone else observed that IRAC works better for some classes and some exam questions than others? For example, I wouldn't even consider writing my Con Law exam in IRAC format. The course just doesn't lend itself well to that kind of organization.

Also, in my Torts class my prof seems way more interested in an elements-based analysis than a straightforward IRAC analysis.

I can't put my finger on how to explain this, but I don't really see how to use IRAC for the types of questions my professors ask. I just anwer the question... and it seems to be working out for me so far.

Maybe it's because I'm not taking Contracts and contracts seems to be the big IRAC class.

Thoughts? I'm at a T20... and no one really seems to be focusing on IRAC.

Current Law Students / Re: Relationships and law school
« on: October 07, 2006, 01:06:36 PM »
Even dating within the law school is tricky. As someone who is doing it but trying to keep a low profile in the gossip-laden hallways, I'd say the best thing to do is find another law student, but one who is in a different year or at least section then you.

It's worth it, but it's stressful.

Am I the only person who went to a University with a curve? It was brutal.

"Hail to thee my alma mater..."

This is a scary thread.

I hope I still want to be a lawyer after my upcoming 1L year.

Anyone have plans to pursue a new and exciting career?

If you're looking from transfer from a T14 or near-T14 school to a better T-14 (ex:HYSCCN), do you need to be top-10% in your class? I hear G-Town has a 50% tranfer rate, but if I'm going to even think about transferring away from UT (which I love), I want it to be to a top-5. I hear that you jsut have to show that you can compete, but not that you're at the very top. Is this a myth?

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