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Job Search / Re: any hope for a firm???
« on: August 28, 2005, 08:20:06 PM »
Just be honest.  You don't really want to work for a big firm, you just want big firm dollars.  The chances of that happening without being at least top quarter and/or law reivew are not very good.  But as top third, you should be able to get a decent mid-size firm job and after working up a reputation there for 2-3 years, you may be able to crack BigLaw.

Villanova / Re: Apartment hunt?
« on: July 18, 2005, 11:15:48 PM »
Wayne, Ardmore, and Havertown definitely are part of the Main Line.  The apartments there may be slightly cheaper, but not by a whole lot, and all of the other cost of living expenses are gonna be just the same as if you lived in Bryn Mawr.  Check out Manayunk if you're willing to live with roomies.  You can also go cheaper around Villanova if you're willing to sacrifice space and get a studio at Bryn Mawr Gables or Mermont or one of those places.  You may also consider looking around in Broomall or Conshohocken (I'm not sure if there are any apts there; there may not be) if you're not opposed to commuting.

Villanova / Re: Apartment hunt?
« on: May 26, 2005, 05:04:01 PM »
Basically anywhere on the Main Line you're gonna pay through your nose.  I live in Radwyn Apartments, and aside from the rent cost (which I'd complain about anywhere), I can't complain too much.  But I'm also a sucker for wall-to-wall carpeting, which Radwyn has.  A lot of people live here, at Radcliffe House, Radnor House Condos, and at Home Properties of Bryn Mawr.

Villanova / Re: Apartment hunt?
« on: May 20, 2005, 09:45:49 AM »
That all depends on how you do work.  I almost never did work in my apartment even though I lived alone.  I just couldn't focus there, so I always stayed in the library when I had to get work done.  That being said, as I think I mentioned, I liked living alone because it was a nice, quiet space where I could not think about law school while I was there.  There's definitely something to be said for not working all the time.  Your sanity will thank you.

Villanova / Re: Apartment hunt?
« on: May 17, 2005, 01:37:24 PM »
I'm living in a 1BR by myself, and I honestly wouldn't have it any other way.  Pick something that suits your personality.  If you get irritated easily and value your space, spend the extra money and live by yourself, at least first year.  I'm staying put for the rest of law school.  When I get home from school, I don't want to deal with anything that might set me off, and that includes a roommate.  Some people also opt to live alone first year and then move in with roommates second year, cause by that point it's not as big a deal and you're not quite so stressed out cause you've figured out the game.

And I would say don't worry about the people who say you won't be employed at graduation.  There's no guarantee, but honestly, it's completely within your control based on how hard you work and (perhaps more importantly) how you network. 

Job Search / Re: summer before law school
« on: May 02, 2005, 05:18:40 PM »
Don't worry about doing anything law-related before you get to law school.  Next summer you'll have a law related job, probably for free or credit.  Don't be too anxious to jump into a legally related job now.  Even from Penn, most firms don't even look at 1L's.  The few that do are probably going to hire someone who's been out in the workforce for a few years and have gone back to school.  Your first summer you'll probably be working for a judge, as a research assistant for a prof, a DA or public defender's office, public interest group, or for a small private practice if you already have contacts.  Taking one of these your 1L summer will definitely impact what firms will look at you for your 2L summer, but the big firms really won't consider anyone until that second year.  So this summer, get a job that will allow you to make a few bucks and have fun.

Villanova / Re: I'm goin' to Villanova
« on: May 02, 2005, 05:11:06 PM »
Well, as it's the middle of finals right now, I'd only have bad things to say, but that would be the case no matter I was at school.  In all seriousness, anyone who wants info on 'nova should feel free to drop me a line.

As for the dreaded yuppiness factor, you do see a few daddy-purchased Mercedes in the parking lot.  But that's by far the minority, as just about all of us took out major loanage to come here.

Maryland / Re: Anyone going to Maryland in the Fall?!?!
« on: June 23, 2004, 10:00:04 AM »
Well, chalk up another person who's in off UM's waitlist.  Of course, now I have a dilemma...I'm not sure if I actually want to go there now.   :-\  I figured I'd be ecstatic, but when I actually got the phone call, I really wasn't excited.

Villanova / Anyone headin' to 'nova?
« on: April 29, 2004, 11:10:23 AM »
Barring a miracle delivering me from University of Maryland's wait list, I'll be heading back home to the Philadelphia area to Villanova.

Any other future Wildcat law students out there?

Maryland / Re: Anyone going to Maryland in the Fall?!?!
« on: April 28, 2004, 10:32:28 AM »
I'll be going to Maryland if my campaign to get off their waitlist is successful, but that's a pretty big if.  I'm jealous--another Penn Stater going to Maryland.   :(


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