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Job Search / Trial level judicial clerkships
« on: February 19, 2008, 12:27:52 PM »
I'm interested in getting a trial court clerkship for a term after graduation.  I've contacted the courts I'm interested in and they say the process is very informal, and done on a judge by judge basis with no centralized application method.

My question is, does it look bad to just fire off letters and resumes to every judge on the Court?  Obviously, I will tailor the letters but it seems like a bad way to convey interest.

Any suggestions?

Current Law Students / Re: Completely Discouraged With My Job Search
« on: February 19, 2008, 05:44:56 AM »
Keep your chin up.  I'm 50% of class at a 40s T1.  Last year (2L) I got really discouraged about now and ended up with 5 or so interviews off of about 80 resumes sent.  I ended up with multiple offers including most of them paying $20/hr or more at govt and small firms. 

Its still a bit early.  I know its frustrating, but wait until late March, early April.

Job Search / Re: Salary Demands
« on: February 18, 2008, 06:40:08 PM »
I worked in government in Tallahassee, FL for $22; I'd say you should get $25-30/hr in LA small firm

Job Search / Re: How long should a writing sample be?
« on: February 13, 2008, 08:44:28 AM »
about 10 pages

Current Law Students / Re: Obtaining a job in DUI law?
« on: February 07, 2008, 07:39:14 AM »
you may want to consider prosecuting DUIs or defending them as a PD for a while and then move to a firm.

That can be a very lucrative type of practice from what I've seen.

Job Search / Bar membership and jobs
« on: February 06, 2008, 03:12:35 PM »
I'm a 3L graduating in May and I'm primarily looking for a job in the DA's office or Public Defender.

I'm finding it virtually impossible to get so much as an interview as almost everyone is saying they don't look at recent grads until they pass the bar.  I understand their concern, but I can't just not work from May to September.

Is anyone else encountering similar frustrations?

Current Law Students / Re: Spread The Word Before Tuesday
« on: February 05, 2008, 09:55:19 AM »
"No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States."

Art. II, Sec. 1, Paragraph 4, Qualifications for President.

Which qualification is he lacking?

Yes, there is a definite need for change in our system and who runs our country, both executive and legislative branches.  However, voting in a totally unqualified person just because he isn't the "typical politician" is just insane.

This is such a ridiculous argument that I keep hearing that he doesn't have enough experience.  There is no experience that will prepare a person for being President of the US.  The job is so difficult and so unique that it is impossible to be adequately prepared.

Look at the other candidates:  Romney was a Governor, Huckabee a Governor, McCain a Senator, Hillary Clinton a Senator, Obama a Senator.  Insanely, the same people who supported Giuliani, whose experience was being a mayor, argued that Obama lacked experience.

None of the candidates have ever been President (and no, being First Lady does not equate to being President). 

I think Hillary Clinton would be a good president and I think its high time that a woman is elected to lead our country, but Hillary getting the nomination is an assurance that the Republicans will be in office again in 2009.  She is too polarizing a figure and with the likely victory of McCain on the other side, her lack of moderate support will ensure the Democrats defeat in November. 

Exactly where in my post did I say he was inexperienced?????  I said unqualified.  There is a big difference between these two words and you should know that.

I'd be careful who I sent it to.  If you apply for a prosecution job with ACLU and Prisoners' Advocacy all over your resume, they may question your willingness to do the job.

Just create two resumes, one for places that like to see those things and another leaving those orgs off.

Transferring / Re: transfering
« on: February 04, 2008, 08:25:41 PM »
The vast majority of schools do not consider your UGPA or LSAT scores.  To most schools, only 1L grades matter.  However, there are a few notable exceptions including UNC, Harvard, and some more that I can't remember that require you to be on par with 1L entering class as far as LSAT and UGPA.

Current Law Students / Re: Spread The Word Before Tuesday
« on: February 04, 2008, 07:32:21 PM »
"Change" "Change" "Change" - all smoke and mirrors just like Bush's patriotic drivel that sucked in so many people but had no substance.  We simply do not know enough about Obama and how he would react in a crisis (or anything else).  Change is not enough - we need some plans and a platform that outlines his views.  We know that Hillary is someone that has been navigating the muddy political waters for a long time and is darn good at it. I will take my chances with her.  (As my Dad always says, "Better the devil you know".)

What evidence do you have to indicate how Clinton would react to a crisis?

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