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Job Search / Writing Sample length
« on: March 18, 2008, 06:24:52 PM »
I know the conventional wisdom is to use an approximately ten page writing sample.  I'm looking at a position in which I have a writing sample that is directly on point but is 17 pages double-spaced.  There is not really a sensible way to cut out any of the piece.

Should I (1) cut out some of the sample in a way that may not be desirable (2) convert it to single-spaced or (3) send it at 17 pages and they will just stop reading when they are finished?

Is this ten page rule a hard and fast one?

Current Law Students / Re: GSU v. Emory
« on: March 18, 2008, 11:19:32 AM »
I'd say more like $60k, but you make a good point that it should be considered.  However, when comparing GSU and Emory the cost of living will be the same; the schools are less than 10 miles apart.

Current Law Students / Re: GSU v. Emory
« on: March 18, 2008, 11:06:23 AM »
Your calculation is right, but cost of living shouldn't be considered when comparing two schools in the same city.  Whichever the OP chooses, his cost of living will be the same.

GSU with $0 debt or Emory w/ $120k debt?

Interested in BigLaw in Atlanta.

Is it really 0 debt at GSU and $120K debt at Emory? When you guys talk abou "debt," do you only mean "tuition debt" or the general meaning of "debt." 

At GSU, even if you got full scholarship that will cover your three years worth of tuition, you still need to eat, have a roof over you head, etc, don't you? Let's calculate:

Rent:  3 years X 12 months X $650 per month = $23,400.
Food:  3 years X 12 months X 30 days a month X 15 dollars a day ($6 lunch, $7 dinner, $3 break fast) = $16,200Books: 6 semesters X $600 = 3,600.
Tansportation: This depends if you own your car or still making payments, but it will be inlcuded in your total debt, just like food and rent, doesn't it?   Let's say, 3 years X 12 months X $350 payment (let's be conservative and let the $300 include gas and insurance, etc.) = $12,600

The above total figure, WITHOUT paying a dime in tuition come to a total of $52,200 and keep in mind that it DOES NOT include entertainment (bars, movies, going out, etc.), clothing (don't we all need new suits, new pairs of shoes, jeans, etc. in those three years, Barbri course that costs thousands, health insurance, etc. all add up to maybe another $20,000 - $30,000). 

So, in other words, you will have $70K to 80K debt even if you don't have to pay a dime in tuition.  Is my calculation totally off? 

Current Law Students / Re: GSU v. Emory
« on: March 18, 2008, 10:05:04 AM »
I agree.  If you are positive you want BIGLAW, go to Emory.  Otherwise, GSU has a great rep in Atlanta and costs very little compared to Emory.  Trust me, looking at my loan payments as a 3L, I strongly recommend saving some money whenever it is possible.

Good luck to you.

Current Law Students / Re: Property Help-Estate
« on: March 17, 2008, 12:53:50 PM »
It is not Fee Simple Determinable because the property does not vest in B and his heirs until the contingency occurs.  If would be a defeasible estate if it said "To B and his heirs so long as..."

You see the difference?  In a defeasible estate, B gets the property but it can be taken if the condition is not met.  In your example it is the reverse.  B is not vested until the condition occurs.

Forgive me if I used the wrong buzz words, its been a while since property.

Current Law Students / Re: FSU or Miami... Please weigh in
« on: March 17, 2008, 12:40:01 PM »
FSU is ranked higher than Miami, but I don't think its more than 20 or so spots on USNWR

Current Law Students / Re: FSU or Miami... Please weigh in
« on: March 17, 2008, 12:16:25 PM »
If you want to practice in Miami, definitely Miami.  Anywhere else in Florida, go to FSU.

Bar Exam Preparation / Working during Bar Study
« on: March 13, 2008, 06:51:56 PM »
What's the typical way to do this?  Is it a bad idea to work during bar study?  What do most people do?

Job Search / Re: Value of a Clinical Externship
« on: March 12, 2008, 04:57:49 PM »
If I were a 1L again I'd kill to do a clinic.  I've found many employers ask if I've done a clinic.

Current Law Students / Re: # of OCI interviews and employers
« on: March 12, 2008, 04:56:16 PM »
My 1L school (a T4) had 3 OCI employers.  I have since transferred to a school with 300-400.  It makes a big difference!

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