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General Board / Re: Which is better JD/MBA or LLM
« on: October 25, 2006, 05:46:42 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.


General Board / Re: Top 5%, Frustrated Job Search...anyone got advice?
« on: October 24, 2006, 12:15:42 AM »
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.

Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Best Outlining & Note-Taking Software?
« on: October 23, 2006, 10:30:44 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.

General Board / Re: At the end of the day its all about securing a job
« on: October 22, 2006, 01:24:23 PM »
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.   

General Board / Re: IS BUSH AN "IDIOT"?
« on: October 10, 2006, 11:57:31 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"?

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. 

General Board / Re: IS BUSH AN "IDIOT"?
« on: October 03, 2006, 11:50:48 PM »
Does a bear *&^% in the woods?

I mean really, listen to him talk when it's not scripted. Hell, listen to him read. I wouldn't go so far as to call the guy an idiot, but he definitely would have never gone Ivy League if his dad wasn't who he was.

General Board / Re: What happens to graduates from 4th tier schools?
« on: September 28, 2006, 08:47:48 PM »
And all schools "teach to the bar" you kidding yourself if you think differently. 

That's absolutely ridiculous. By "teaching to the bar," I mean that a large percentage of courses involve subject areas tested on the bar and many classes focus on the law in the particular jurisdiction where their students take the bar. For instance, compare the course catalog of my school, GW, with most Tier 4 schools and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Studying and Exam Taking / Re: 1Ls, how much time do you spend studying?
« on: September 25, 2006, 12:57:23 AM »
You're doing way too much, but this is probably just a flame anyway.

General Board / Re: Atlanta Legal Market v. Dallas Legal Market
« on: September 24, 2006, 09:00:09 PM »
FYI: A lot of attorneys aren't listed in the Martindale system for one reason or another.

I am sure tons of small law firms are not listed on Martindale, but the ones (small law firms) that do, are not necessarily only the top small law firms that only hires top law schools graduates or top law students.  In other words, they should be reasonably representative of an average or maybe a slight average small law firm. 

By the way, do you know how many percent of law firms are not listed on   

Do I know "how many percent"? Did you mean to say "what percentage"?

Anyway, I would estimate the percentage fairly high. Maybe a third aren't listed, based on my personal research experience in DC and the Southeast. Also, amongst the firms that are listed, a number of attorneys within those firms aren't accurately listed, e.g. no mention of honors they received during school, or not listed at all.

If you're at a lower tier 2 or 3 law school, your best shot is to check with your career development office for a list of alumni in those markets. In most cases, I would trust your school's list before Martindale's. There's a good bit of outdated information on Martindale's as well. Good luck breaking into either market.

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