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Current Law Students / Re: question about your experience
« on: May 15, 2007, 07:16:21 AM »
First year, especially first semester, is usually the toughest because you are learning how things are done, how to prepare for class, how to study, etc.  In addition, many of the 1L prof's make a point of making your life hard.  After the first year things tend to relax.  But, this is a total generality.

As far as what is 3L year like, that entirely depends.  It depends on what school you go to, how well you did the first two years, if you have a job already lined up or not, if your worried about passing the Bar exam or not.  It can be a blow off year, or it can be a really hard year.  It all depends.

Current Law Students / Re: Intense battle over the curve
« on: May 15, 2007, 07:11:19 AM »
Sorry, that should have said MAY adjust the grades to fit the curve if the prof doesn't.  I don't know what your particular school will do, especially if the curve is new.

I based my answer off of my school.  We just had an issue with that fall semester (except it was an established prof) and the prof had to apologize to the students that got screwed by the school because he was trying to buck the system.

Current Law Students / Re: Easiest legal fields to get into?
« on: May 14, 2007, 10:29:11 AM »
I actually agree with pappy13 with one exception.  Many, if not most, federal jobs are hard to get at first.  You have to hire in through the honors program (as it sounds you must graduate from your school with honors) or you have to have 3 years of work experience as an attorney.  Even then, they can be extremely competitive.  A friend of mine only got his position as a Federal Prosecutor after he put in 4 years as a county ADA AND go his LL M.  He speaks Spanish fluently, and was applying to District that is a predominately Spanish speaking area of Texas, so you would think he didn't need the LL M, but he didn't get the job until he graduated.

Current Law Students / Re: Intense battle over the curve
« on: May 14, 2007, 09:32:59 AM »
Your school will just adjust the grades to fit the curve if the professor won't.  So, I wouldn't get too excited until you find out if they will actually let his higher than curve grades stand.

Current Law Students / Re: Law Clerk Wanted, $10 hour?
« on: May 14, 2007, 09:30:23 AM »
So what the heck are these lawyers thinking offering jobs for $10 hour? I made more than that working as a receptionist for a hair salon over ten years ago. Today, you can make that spinning signs on a corner. Unless you are clerking at big corporation, is this the pay that you can expect to make while earning your experience???
As an older student who was making almost 60k before entering law school, I am totally disgusted. My receptionist used to make $14 an hour. What's the deal?

Where the hell do you live that a receptionist is getting paid that well?  As an older student it's tough to consider a job for less than what you made at your previous job, but if you want experience, you have to take the hit.  $10/hr seems to be pretty average for any paid positions outside of big law and even some big law, especially for 1L's because they know you won't be able to do a whole lot for them but runner/file jobs.  They might trust you to do some research for them depending on what courses you have taken at that point and how they relate to your job.  It's about what they pay their new legal assistants/runners, so the pay is commiserate to experience.

Current Law Students / Re: Psycho Professor
« on: May 07, 2007, 02:45:19 PM »
I had a professor exactly like that.  He also required that you open your drinks before class started.  The reason being that he is easily distracted.  If you distract the prof, then you lose time.  I appreciated it because there were few that showed up late and thus the annoyance of people coming in late was gone.  Noone got up to go to the restroom, which was a double annoyance gone.  I don't understand why you need to get up to use the restroom in the middle of a class that only lasts an hour and 15 minutes, or lasts two hours but you get a ten minute break in the middle.  WHY?  Go before class or freaking hold it so that you don't distract everyone else, especially the prof.  If your ill, that's one thing, but there are people that do it every freaking day.

Current Law Students / Re: "Right To Bear Arms"
« on: April 23, 2007, 03:05:51 PM »
Handguns are an important part of hunting.  They do have a purpose other than killing people and target practice.

Rubber bullets are not the answer because traditional bullets are easily made.  If you can't buy them, then you make your own.  Plus, they would still make traditional bullets for hunting purposes.

As far as the mental health issue goes.  Cho was ordered into a 72 hour evaluation.  An evaluation does not mean you are insane, incompetent, etc.  It means the Judge has reason to believe at the time that you need to be observed.  So even if you open up mental health records to searches a 72 hour evaluation is not likely to be an indicator unless the psychiatrist found a sustained mental illness during that eval.  And the problem is what mental illnesses are considered not gun worthy? 

Current Law Students / Re: "Right To Bear Arms"
« on: April 19, 2007, 08:40:19 AM »
Quote "This shooting shows that gun are the problem and Americans should not have the right to carry arms."


Just because one unstable boy choose guns as his method of showing the world some unknown wrong had to be corrected you think that noone should own a gun?

Some examples of how they would do the same thing without guns:
McVeigh used fertilizer and diesel fuel to blow up the Federal Building in OKC.
Some I found on Wikepedia:
In 1990, Julio González set fire to a New York City nightclub after having a fight there with his girlfriend. Eighty-seven people died in the blaze (Gonzalez's girlfriend survived).
One of the most bizarre cases was that of Sadamichi Hirasawa, who poisoned twelve bank workers by cyanide during a robbery.

If you make guns illegal, hunting will no longer be possible.  Making hunting impossibe you will be taking food out of the poor's mouths.  You will be causing wildlife populations to die of overpopulation thus of starvation and disease.

The majority of gun violence is done with guns purchased illegally.  You can make a gun with spare parts here and there if you know how.  Hell, you can make one using a potato.  Making them illegal will not solve the problem.

Current Law Students / Re: Academic Probation at your school?
« on: April 11, 2007, 12:29:43 PM »
If your grades drop below 2.0 you are dismissed from school for academic deficiencies.  You can petition to be placed on academic probation at that point.  If AP is granted it lasts for one semester.  If your grades rise above 2.0 you are released from AP after that semester, if they do no you can petition to remain on AP one more semester.  If after the 2nd semester you don't bring your grades up, you are dismissed permanently.

Current Law Students / Re: Oil and Gas?
« on: April 04, 2007, 02:20:50 PM »
Will this course confine my future practice area to oil and gas area, such as the central of the states?  Thanks!

Are you actually asking if taking a course will confine you to a specific area, or did you mean to ask if specializing in Oil & Gas will limit your job possibilities by location?

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