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Current Law Students / Re: Clerkship Salaries
« on: April 04, 2007, 05:08:10 AM »
You also may be eligible to defer your payments for a year, or for a short while change your payment plan to a graduated plan or one tied to your current income level.  You will still be accruing interest, but depending on the clerkship opportunity you land, it could be worth it.  I haven't talked to my own loan company about this, but some of the 3Ls I'm friends with have looked into while applying for clerkships themselves.

I didn't know this was possible- thanks for the advice! I will definitely look into it if I have the opportunity to do a clerkship.

Current Law Students / Re: Clerkship Salaries
« on: April 04, 2007, 03:54:47 AM »
One thing to think about is that you probably won't have to make that much in payments your first year depending on how your loans work. I know I have 6 months before I have to start paying my Stafford loans and 9 months before I have to start paying my private loans, so doing a clerkship isn't out of the question. It's just a matter of putting some money aside the first few months to pay for the later months.

I think a 25% tax estimate is a bit high as well. The federal tax rate on $45,000 is around 17.5%. It's definitely doable for a one-year clerkship, but probably harder for a two-year clerkship.

Current Law Students / Re: Clerkship Salaries
« on: April 03, 2007, 07:59:36 PM »
I don't know of many, if any clerkships that qualify for LRAP since they're typically intended to be 1-2-year stints and LRAPs tend to involve a commitment of 5+ years.

« on: April 01, 2007, 10:22:03 AM »
Both Gilbert's and Emanuel have MBE-style questions as well as short answer.

I think that plenty of schools already have some sort of Women's organization to deal with these issues. I know mine does and brings in speakers from different fields to talk about the realities of life in government, big firms, etc.

Job Search / Re: 1L job at consulate
« on: March 31, 2007, 02:01:45 PM »
I am not sure it's offered. The state department has an internship program for 2Ls and everything else I've seen in terms of working for a consulate implies that you have to take the foreign service exam and then go through the interview process, even for less interesting consular work.

Quality of life depends on what you're looking for. My school is billed as one with a high QOL generally, but everything is based around the school itself. People who are looking for something more don't enjoy it as much as people who are into the school-based environment. There are certain things that will probably be necessary for a high QOL regardless- a non-competitive school, accessible faculty, etc., but there's no catchall for a good school. You want to pick a place where you can enjoy yourself outside of class because as much as you think you're going to study the first year, you need to relax from time to time.

What percentage of your total 1L credits do you have now? I know some schools that give out only two grades after first semester, so I'd imagine there is a lot of movement in and out of the top 10% there because you may just have gotten lucky with your first two exams. If you have half, then it's definitely still possible but going to be much more difficult. It also depends on your curve (if you have one) and how high it is. If you're in a lower curve, it's going to be much harder to pull yourself up since the middle 60-70% usually have very similar grades while the top 10% tends to be much higher.

Current Law Students / Re: Attendance- How strict are your professors?
« on: February 19, 2007, 05:17:49 PM »
In general, I think that the better professors are the ones with greater class discipline in that regard.  I was a teacher for a few years before law school and in my opinion, classroom discipline is as much of a problem in law school as it was when I taught seven and eigth graders. 

I generally don't care whether students return to class after a break.  I do care, however, when students come to class late by walking through the front doors, or when students leave and then return through the front doors.  Besides being disrespectful to the professor, it is a huge distraction.  And it only happens in classes taught by professors who let it happen.  I have generally enjoyed and have better paid attention to professors who prohibit students from entering the front doors of the classroom after class starts and who prohibit students from entering and leaving.  Emergencies exist, but somehow they happen with greater frequency in classes taught by teachers with little to no discipline.   

I don't think it works that way in law school. I've been a teacher as well and I think at the law school level it's more about gaining the respect from your students than treating them like they are not adults. None of my profs had an attendance policy last year and because they were all well-liked, engaging, and exerted enough authority that students came on time, didn't leave class in the middle, and rarely skipped even when the prof was teaching material that wasn't going to be tested. The professors who have a more juvenile style of discipline tend to need it more because the classes aren't engaging enough to get people to come in voluntarily or on time. However, discipline at my school is nowhere near the problem it is in middle school.

Job Search / Re: first biglaw rejection
« on: February 13, 2007, 03:27:23 PM »
Your qualifications really don't matter if firms simply do not have any spots left. I applied to about 45 firms on December 1 and have gotten rejection letters from most of them already because they have already filled up the few summer spots they have. I think you underestimate how competitive the market is. Most firms have only 1-2 spots total, which they can usually fill with students from the top schools.

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