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Messages - Karl Pilkington

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Just ordered a Lenovo T60. A friend gave me his employee discount, so I managed to get a 14" upgraded screen, 1.83 Dual-core processor, 1GB ram, 80GB HD, DVD-RW drive, extra battery, and 3 years of onsite service for about $1400.

I think what most lawyers hate more than the number of hours is the unpredictability. Having a partner call at 7am on Sunday morning is not uncommon, and cancelling long-planned vacations at the last minute due to unexpected client requests is not unheard of. Working 60 hours per week on a regular schedule isn't bad, but working 35 one week and 85 the next can suck.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UMich ($$$) vs. Columbia
« on: April 19, 2006, 09:07:09 AM »
Having the Darrow on your resume is arguably more prestigious than Columbia. Assuming you don't end up in the bottom of the class at Michigan (which seems unlikely, given the Darrow), you will have roughly the same NYC biglaw options as you would coming out of Columbia. Unless you're 100% set on Wachtell or Cravath, there is no career advantage in going to Columbia. Even if you do want one of those, it's definitely doable from Michigan. I think it would be a big mistake to go to Columbia in your situation.

If you know you want to work in Southern California after school, go to USD. It will be a uphill struggle to go back to CA from George Mason.

Law School Admissions / Re: Yale Obsession
« on: April 17, 2006, 09:29:14 AM »
I've been complete for almost 5 months now, so I called Yale today to see if they had made a decision. They told me they're still reviewing my file, but that they hoped to have a decision by the end of the month.  :(

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Debt and Michigan
« on: April 14, 2006, 12:02:09 PM »
Since you're not sure what kind of law you want to practice or where you want to go, you should go to Michigan. It has great placement all over the country in all sorts of positions, from biglaw to public interest and everything in between. It is a lot of debt, but if you go into biglaw it won't be a huge problem, and if you want to do PI, Michigan does have a good LRAP. If you think you'll use the LRAP, however, you should check out all the fine print here:

If you've gotten into another T14 with a significant scholarship, you could consider that. Otherwise, I'd go to Michigan.

You might try working for a legal temp agency, since I don't think many firms would be interested in hiring someone just for the summer (especially if they don't have previous paralegal experience).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: CA Bar, is it that hard?
« on: April 14, 2006, 09:13:13 AM »
CA is by far the hardest Bar exam.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UCLA vs Mich vs Duke vs Georgetown
« on: April 14, 2006, 08:09:45 AM »
I'm facing a very similar decision (substitute UVa for Georgetown), and I'm leaning very strongly towards Michigan. The COL at Duke and Michigan is comparable, and both are much cheaper than GULC or UCLA. Michigan seemed to have nice people, a great reputation, and incredible placement everywhere in the country.

Choosing the Right Law School / Michigan$ vs Virginia $$
« on: April 13, 2006, 10:24:31 AM »
About my situation:

I'm almost certain that I want to work in Southern California after graduation.

Clerkships would be nice, but are not a make-or-break factor.

When everything is taken into account between my program and my SO's, Michigan would be about $10,000 more expensive (total) over 3 years.

California placement is better than Virginia's, and probably better than anywhere outside of HYS+Boalt.
I think I would fit in a little better with Michigan's student body than UVa's.
The interior of the law school is kinda run-down (the exterior is beautiful).
I hate the cold (hence the California placement)
More inconvenient to move to.

Amazing law building.
Easier to move to.
Marginally cheaper
Warmer weather
California placement not as good.
Don't feel like I would fit in quite as well with the student body.

At this point, I'm leaning towards Michigan, and feel like the $10k isn't that big of a difference. I'd like to hear if people think there are factors about either school that I haven't considered. Thanks!

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