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Job Search / Re: Job Search--What Type of Resume Paper to Use
« on: June 30, 2008, 12:58:07 PM »
Also, what type for materials that aren't your resume or cover letter (e.g. writing samples)?

A friend of mine said to use 24 lb. regular (non-resume) paper for these materials.

Job Search / Job Search--What Type of Resume Paper to Use
« on: June 30, 2008, 12:55:07 PM »
There's so many types. 20, 24, 28, and 32 lb?

25% cotton, 100% cotton, linen?

Southworth? White?

Which is best?

Job Search / Re: District Court Clerkship
« on: June 26, 2008, 10:26:44 AM »
Jacy: Are you clerking in the fall?


my barbri classes are at a law school near where i live, not at my law school, so i dont see my former classmates much.

i have talked to a few of them though. some people say they are studying 12 hours a day. a few say they arent studying at all. i dont know who to believe...

life will be a lot less hectic if i have a federal clerkship lined up for the next year. my job search will end, and i know my career will be set in place so i wont have to waste time with career *&^% 24 hours a day.

at judge's chambers that i interned for in the spring right now mail-merging 120 letters of recommendation, printing them, and having judge sign them. im so exhausted...

i have had like no time to study. ive been going to all the classes, but ive literally been studying maybe an average of 2-3 hours a day outside of class.

So have you not been talking to anyone in the classes?  Do you sit alone and study completely alone?  Because this is pretty much my schedule (class from 9-12:30; 1/2 hour for lunch, then study from usually 1 to 3 or 4 pm, once or twice until 5).  I'm not alone in keep this schedule.  Yes, other people are doing more, and other people are doing less.

No one knows everything at this point, and for me, I know very little about some subjects (and a lot of that is what I happen to remember from class).  I'll learn it all in July, like everyone else.

Life won't get any less hectic in the winter; just buckle down and start putting more time in soon, and you'll be fine.

i have had like no time to study. ive been going to all the classes, but ive literally been studying maybe an average of 2-3 hours a day outside of class.

tomorrow is our practice essay testing day, and im not going to have anything to write for some subjects (e.g. wills, since i never took it in law school, for some stupid reason).

yeah, but my job is 8-5. i would start studying in december or january. i have a good memory, so i wont forget much in a couple of months.

im mostly concerned about what firms might think if they see "state x bar admission, 2009" (rather than 2008) on my resume. i dont want them to think that i failed the bar. i suppose i might not need to include the bar admission year on my resume though.

taking the february bar would take a lot of pressure off me. and the conditions for the february are exam are much better. (like thousands of people take the july bar in my state and the conditions are dungeon-like.)

I'm have a state court clerkship beginning in August, and I'm not required to be admitted to any state bar for the clerkship.

I've spent a lot of time in the last month trying to find housing in the state where the clerkship is and preparing for the next clerkship application season (e.g. researching judges, getting letters of recommendation lined up).

Suppose that, at the end of July, I don't feel completely ready to take the Bar. Bad idea to take the February Bar instead?

I'm primarily interested in civil litigation. (In particular, I like appellate work, though that may be difficult to come by.) However, my dad is a CPA who refers a lot of legal work out, so I'll get some work that way, and I'll take whatever I can get when I start out (real estate, tax work, etc.).

Current Law Students / Large Firm Good Training for Solo Practice?
« on: June 08, 2007, 05:24:15 PM »
I'm interested in practicing in a medium/large firm early in my career and possibly going out on my own several years later. I know that at the big firms, while the money is great, the experience is not that great in the first few years. I've heard that young associates are often stuck doing stuff like "document review."

In contrast, at a smaller firm, I would be more likely to get better experience, so that I might be more likely to succeed when I go out on my own.

I'm going into my third year of law school. I'm not a top school, but I'm on Law Review and my class rank is pretty good. I missed out on BIGLAW this year, but I might have a shot at it in the future (e.g. after working at a midsized firm for a couple years or after doing a clerkship). I also just completed an internship at my state's appellate court, and I will be interning in my state's federal district court this fall, so I might have a decent chance at getting a good clerkship.

I've been working really hard trying to get into a large/medium firm. I'm wondering if it's even worth it to put in that same effort this coming fall, seeing as going into a smaller (e.g. 40-attorney) firm might be a better option for someone interesting in a solo practice.

Anyone have any advice on this?

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