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General Board / Re: Completely Discouraged With My Job Search
« on: February 21, 2008, 08:49:19 PM »
60 firms is nothing - I have a great class standing, and I sent out nearly 250 resumes (not including OCI). I sent out resumes to the American Law Top 200 firms and a ton of small/medium size firms, as well as sole practitioners. You have to cast your net MUCH wider, and consider relocating, too.

I actually have a classmate who is at the bottom of my class, and just started personally calling graduates of our school who work at smaller firms. Somehow, the girl got five offers. Sometimes, you have to just pound the pavement and get aggressive.

How can you afford the postage for that?

That's only like $100

General Board / Re: SA in Dade County
« on: February 21, 2008, 09:40:03 AM »
Are you sure its only $40k.  I researched South Florida a while back and I thought it was higher than that, though I can't remember the exact number.

And, no, you cannot live in Miami on $40.  You will have to commute in.

Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Exam taking improvement
« on: February 19, 2008, 05:01:39 PM »

Most likely your problem is with exam taking/writing technique rather than substantive preparation.

3L job search / Trial level judicial clerkships
« on: February 19, 2008, 02:27:52 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?

General Board / Re: Completely Discouraged With My Job Search
« on: February 19, 2008, 07:44:56 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.

2L job search / Re: Salary Demands
« on: February 18, 2008, 08:40:08 PM »
I worked in government in Tallahassee, FL for $22; I'd say you should get $25-30/hr in LA small firm

1L job search / Re: How long should a writing sample be?
« on: February 13, 2008, 10:44:28 AM »
about 10 pages

General Board / Re: Obtaining a job in DUI law?
« on: February 07, 2008, 09:39:14 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.

3L job search / Bar membership and jobs
« on: February 06, 2008, 05:12:35 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?

General Board / Re: Spread The Word Before Tuesday
« on: February 05, 2008, 11:55:19 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.

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