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Current Law Students / Re: Law Schools To Avoid At All Costs!
« on: November 06, 2006, 10:49:46 AM »

I've heard that homosexuality is a gateway lifestyle. Therefore, the legalization of gay marriage might lead to the eventual legalization of bestiality or cannibalism.


In Africa cannibalism is random. Six men in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, were arrested for cannibalism; the men dug up graves, ate human flesh, and made shoes out of human skin. A Nigerian man confessed to chopping up his boss after a payment dispute and making her into pepper soup. A German cannibal named Armin Meiwes said he was sorry for killing and eating another man, who supposedly agreed to be eaten and shared a meal of his own penis with his killer. Prosecutors charged Meiwes with "murder for sexual satisfaction," because cannibalism is not a crime in Germany.

Speaking of gay marriage as a gateway lifestyle, if any of you guys are on Facebook. Join the group "Gay Marriage Killed the Dinosaurs," it has a list on it that is hilarious.

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Job Search / Re: How important is the name really?
« on: November 06, 2006, 10:47:16 AM »
i'm soooo sick of this elitism bull.  i'm so tired of hearing such inside the box thinking.  to the OP: don't let these guys get you down! everyone has their reasons why they  chose a lower ranked school over t20.  a full ride is great, and maybe its close to home.  whatever the reasons, you felt you made the right choice.  if you feel that the right choice for you now is to transfer up, then great...do it.  by graduating from a t3/4 you might not get a strong offer your first year, but that in no way means you won't be successful in the future.  my advice - work as hard as you can and learn as much as you can now.  just because these people go to better schools, does not mean they're smarter than you...believe me.  and plus, it sounds as if you enjoy going to your school.

my brother graduated berkeley law 6 years ago, and now he's not even in the field! (he's in investment banking earning a shitload of money) he told me that a name doesn't matter, it helps but it can only take you so far.  he's met many people from prestigious schools that couldn't cut it in the work force because they don't have what it takes.  if you're clueless then there's always a glass ceiling.  if you're driven, then no matter where you go you'll succeed. 

i apologize for going off but i'm just sick of hearing people say that a NAME will make or break you.   

No, the name won't always make or break you if you have the drive (unless you think you're going to end up at Cravath or Skadden), BUT chances are that out of a t3/4 (assuming you're not at the top of the class) you'll end up spending five or more years in the workforce to get where you would have been in a couple years coming out of a T14. The name isn't necessarily everything, but it means A LOT. In my opinion, the speculated lifetime earnings coming out of a T14 more than makes up for any full scholarship that a T3/4 could ever offer me. Of course, none of this matters if you don't want to work in a big/mid-sized firm, but it sounds like the OP does.

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Job Search / Re: How important is the name really?
« on: November 02, 2006, 08:24:45 PM »
The name is VERY important. Hofstra is a decent school, don't get me wrong, but go with the highest ranked school you get into. Play it safe now, you can't predict where you're going to place in your law school class.

The name is VERY important. Hofstra is a decent school, don't get me wrong, but go with the highest ranked school you get into. Play it safe now, you can't predict where you're going to place in your law school class.

I think its too late for the OP.  She already chose Hofstra over a top 5 school according to her post.

Oh yeah, I was in class at the time and OP's post is pretty long.

In that case, ouch, I hate to say you made a mistake, but . . . well, unless you do very very well, you probably did.

Good luck.

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Job Search / Re: How important is the name really?
« on: November 02, 2006, 04:59:37 PM »
The name is VERY important. Hofstra is a decent school, don't get me wrong, but go with the highest ranked school you get into. Play it safe now, you can't predict where you're going to place in your law school class.

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Current Law Students / Re: Which is better JD/MBA or LLM
« on: October 25, 2006, 03:46:42 PM »
Though I don't know what your particular school offers.

I'll tell you what's really hot right now, JD/MA in Communications of some sort. Legal Times did a two or three page spread in their last issue about the demand right now for people with a JD and Communications degrees or experience.

Also, as always, a JD/Master in Public Health or anything health care-related for that matter is going to give you a healthy choice of employment options. A masters having to do with a highly regulated industry is always a good idea.

BUT if you only have the MBA and LLM to choose from, I'd guess it would depend if law was what you definitely wanted to do. Having an MBA might give you an outlet if for some reason you got tired of working in a firm, but if you're dead set on being at a firm for the rest of your productive life, go with the LLM.

HTH.

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If you're sending out unsolicited resumes, you have to think on a larger scale. 25 won't turn up much. 3L search should be just about the same as 2L with some added desperation.

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Current Law Students / Re: Best Outlining & Note-Taking Software?
« on: October 23, 2006, 08:30:44 PM »
I like OneNote's super easy auto backup. I set it to backup all my notes to my flash drive every few minutes. Keeps my mind at ease.

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It's all about the networking.

I go to a t20, have and will have pretty poor grades, but have never gone without having a paid summer associate position, even during the Christmas break of 1L. Every single job has come from attorneys I've met through school functions, friends of the family, and even out at bars. I barely even know where our career development office is located. Put yourself out there in the legal community as much as you can, go to every legal function you hear about and talk to everybody there who has a job that appeals to you, and you have nothing to worry about.   

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Current Law Students / Re: IS BUSH AN "IDIOT"?
« on: October 10, 2006, 09:57:31 AM »
Did ya hear the top dog of the Bush family defending poor boy George? He was like, the media is calling him a moron, but were he a moron for real, he would have graduated from yale and harvard ... bull!

What? I'm guessing your point is buried somewhere within the ellipse, or did you mean to say "wouldn't"?

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Your teacher is right. It's a really bad habit to use the passive voice at any time that it's not absolutely necessary or not being used for some type of intended stylistic effect.

You don't want to get caught saying something like the old political trick, ("Mistakes were made."), where, in using the passive voice, you seem to glaze over something very important within your facts section.

If you need to talk about something in the past, then use "past tense." That's what it's there for. E.g. "I said it, he slapped her ass, a donkey ate a waffle, etc."

Hope this helps. 

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