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Current Law Students / Re: Non traditional students.......
« on: June 22, 2007, 09:31:27 AM »
I'm a 1L this Fall and will turn 32 in Nov.  I wasn't the best student in the past when it came to homework, and studying.  I got good grades but I never needed the disciplne I suspect I will need for L.S..  So while I know my experience has prepared me mentally, and organizatin wise; I'm a little concerned about staying the course and hitting the books everyday.

I'm taking the advice of those who said treat it like a job.  So I planed a 10 - 13 hour work day which should make everything easier.  I've also calulated the cost at $69 per hour in class which I'm not interested in waisting F'ing around.

I don't fear the stress because I'm a war vet, and have experienced more stressful life and death type situations.  If I get a B- I'm not really going to sweat it much.  It will mean I have to change my after JD plans.  I'm finishing L.S. no matter what, and I could care less about the debt.  This is for me. Besides It's like buying a house that has the potential of over 100% return per year, can not be reposessed, and has small minimum payments ($50) for the note.

Current Law Students / Re: How important is case briefing?
« on: June 22, 2007, 09:05:33 AM »
You will never get the right answer on this board.  You will only get the better answer for you.  Sometimes you won't get a complete answer in one post from one LSDer.  I suggest you take what you got file it away untill the end of august and ask a different question.

I'm not in a top program so I don't think I qualify.

Essays tend to go like this: "Here is the worst thing that has ever happened to me in my entire life [ i.e. shot, stabbed, car wreck, cancer, disability, family problems, physical and sexual abuse, chronic illness, war veteran, poor family, etc.] and I have overcome that so I think I can handle law school."

Naw.  I wrote about my firt jump from an airplane at U.S. Army Airborne School, and what the jump represented in terms of my personal growth, and my approach to securing my future.  I wasn't a bad experience. In fact, I jumped 4 more times that week.

LOL! You ask law students for their opinions. ;D

Current Law Students / Re: Druggie at Law School.....Pissed!
« on: June 11, 2007, 12:44:10 PM »
Why do you even care?  What a waist of time and concern. 

It will cost you $1200 to print my masterpiece

Do you think you'll stick primarily to transactional work?  Sounds like you've got things pretty worked out with your real estate sales practice.  My impression has been that transactional work requires less training, and therefore is easier to get started if you go solo right away.
I'd like to get into the bigger deals,  perhaps development.  I'm also interested in establishing or participating in REITs and similar securities related projects. I'll do those projects or I'll represent others in structuring thier programs.  I'll need the networks to do it right.

I have a plan B and yes I can build a strong solo practice right away and make a decent living.  I'm not worried about my loans because of that. It will take a lot longer for me to break into 6 figures though, dealing with smaller clients.   

What types of law do you want to practice?
General practice (Trusts & Estates, and Small stuff needed in the community) with a specialty in Real Estate, Business and Securities, and Tax. I won't take criminal law work (with exceptions)

I already have a Real Estate Sales Practice. I also have committment from a R.E. Broker to send settlements and other issues my way.  That why I'm prepared to go it alone right out of L.S..  I have bigger goals, so I need additional training and support.  I also need to keep an eye open for associates.


I'm an 0L but I have the same interests.  I hoping for a clerkship first then 2-3 years at a firm. I'm prepared to do it righ out of L.S. but that is the harder route. 

Current Law Students / Re: Getting into Derivatives (CDO) law?
« on: June 07, 2007, 08:54:29 AM »
thanks a lot for the info, sounds like I'm screwed unless I can land a biglaw job out of law school though.  :-\
I think with most jobs like this one; people just happen upon.  It's so obscure.  You get promoted from within or someone knows you and redcommends you.  I wouldn't worry about it.  Let people know that this is what your're interested in and if it come up a friend will recommend you.

Key word: Networking

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