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« on: August 01, 2008, 03:33:35 PM »
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General Board / Boston Firms?
« on: July 10, 2008, 02:31:48 PM »
I am currently in the process of applying for next summer. I know my options are pretty limited, but if at all possible, I would prefer to stay away from the government because of this awful summer (fed. agency treating me like crap among other things). I am mostly looking in Worcester, Middlesex (Framingham) and Suffolk (Boston) counties.

I am in top 1/4 of my 1L class and in undergrad was summa and phi beta kappa from a large research university.

I know my options are limited both because I wasn't top 10% or graded onto law review, and because my shcool is third tier and in a different state, but any recommendations of places where I would have a shot at? either specific firms or general ideas of how to find firms that would take me, preferably places that practice something business-related

My school does have OCI but most of the firms are in state and the ones that do have Boston offices usually look top 15% or higher.

I do plan on trying to write onto law review... how much would that help my chances if I somehow get on?

Thanks

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2L job search / nevermind
« on: July 07, 2008, 10:24:17 AM »
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General Board / good GPA on a 2.45ish curve?
« on: June 06, 2008, 11:10:54 PM »
My school has a B-/C+ curve  for 1L that the teachers at least supposedly follow and the school's guideines at least assume they will follow them... any idea what a "good" GPA would be on that scale? I have looked at general class rankings idea and just trying to detertime where I would be on there.... the site I looked at seemed to say that I ranked into the top 20% or so

However, the numbers are based on GPAs at graduation and while it is a B-/C+ curve for 1L,for 2L, the curve is bumped up to a 3.0 and for 3L/4L the professors largely are given discretion as to how to grade. If given the discretion,do professors tend to grade more generously for 3Ls? Any idea what Top 15% would be (needed to walk onto one of the lesser journals)? Do GPAs tend to bump up a lot after the 2nd year? I know the curve moves up so there will be some adjustment but is 2L really easier than 1L? Tax etc. look harder but then again I did better second semester than first

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General Board / Advanced Contracts / Multi-Party Contracts Study Aid?
« on: June 05, 2008, 07:52:00 AM »
Hi I am absolutely in love with the E&Es and had them for almost all my classes last year. For this coming fall I picked up the Fed Income Tax one and will probably pick up the trusts and estates one. This fall I am also taking Advanced Contracts which does not even have a set casebook but will rely on case printouts from Lexis/Westlaw and on selected chapters photocopied from an out of print text.

Here is the description: This course is a sequel to the first-year course in Contracts. Whereas a first-year Contracts course
typically is concerned with “two-party” transactions, this course covers “multiparty” transactions.
The course offers a detailed study of the concepts of third party beneficiaries, assignment and
delegation, with emphasis on the historical development of these concepts. The work of the two
Restatements will be critically examined. The course also explores concepts important to business
and financial transactions, such as suretyship, negotiability, ius tertii, fraudulent transfer, voidable
preference, security interests, bona fide purchaser, subordination agreement, pure and “pledgeable”
intangibles, and letters of credit.


any idea if there are any studyaids I could/should check out that would help me with the class? I know there is no E&E for it and the Contracts E&E only briefly covers 3rd party beneficiaries etc., but does it seem like one in Commercial Law, Insurance Law, or Real Estate Transactions etc. would help me?

Thanks

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General Board / Entertainment Law? Tax?
« on: May 28, 2008, 08:46:12 AM »
Just finished my 1L and somehow survived and with not so awful grades yet (still crossing fingers on two yet undisclosed grades) and am planning for next semester and on. I am a musician at heart and at one point considered being a music major. I have played various instruments over the past 13 years (my primary one being saxophone)and have been in various bands including the UMASS Marching Band which is a pretty esteemed program.

So I come with an interest in entertainment already, especially music. I am starting to consider entertainment law. Is there much of a field in it, especially in a market like Boston? Is it mostly copyright issues or is there a lot of contractual issues? If mostly copyright/IP etc., how much does not having a technical degree, if at all, hold me back?

My school does not have a concentration in entertainment law, but has one in IP. I have no technical or engineering experience. Would it matter if instead of going for the IP concentration I instead just took a basic IP class, an entertainment law class, a communications law class, an advanced contracts class, and a copyright class in addition to a bunch of business and tax classes? or would an employer greatly favor an IP certificate?

Also, I go to a third tier lawschool but it is close to second tier... does it make entertainment law less likely than other fields? I know you have less career options generally for lower ranked schools but does it completely remove the possibility of entertainment law?

also I am going for a JD-MBA and have been accepted to the MBA program. I noticed that I could easily get a tax law certificate and kill off my writing requirements in the process. I have looked up firms that do entertainment law and they often do tax and corporate.... if I do decide to entertainment law, would the MBA or a tax concentration help me at all, or do the firms usually do those as well only because a lot of the areas overlap?   


Basically, I am torn between tax law, corporate law and am considering entertainment law but don't know enough about it

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General Board / Is something wrong?
« on: September 14, 2007, 12:43:00 PM »
I am a 1L at Quinnipiac and have all the basic 1L courses: torts, contracts, legal skills (reasearch and writing), criminal, and civil procedure. So far I ahve been working a lot but it doesn't really feel like a lot.... I mean I do the work and it takes a huge amount of time every day (usually all i can do other than the work is sleep, eat etc.) but it doesn't seem all that difficult... sometimes Ill be confused then ill go to a legal dictionary or what have you and it makes it seem pretty straight forward. I volunteer an answer for almost every class and am almost always right. The most demanding of the courses, due to the professor, has been criminal law. I was called on in there socratically and did fine. Although there is a substantial amount of work (particularly now that Legal Skills is kicking in) but it does not seem all that difficult... I read all my cases three/four times, simply reading the first, summarizing notes of each paragraph on the second, highlighting out a brief on the third, then look through the highlights (if i cant alrewady do it by memory) and write out a brief on the computer. I have been doing better on papers than my fellow students in Legal Skills papers so far. But, I am not really stressed at all... maybe its because all I do is school now but I am actually (for the most part) less stressed than undergrad. I do all the work and understand almost everything in class. In the rare ocassion something in class is confusing, the professor will later say something to put it all into context and make it all click. I thought law school was supposed to be a lot more stressful than it has actually been. Also, I am not saying there is not a lot of work because there is but I was expecting it to be a lot worse than it actually is..... am I just doing really well or am I completely missing something? I contribute to almost every class, brief and read everything i need to, and understand the key concepts.... whats missing?

I did take a bunch of undergrad classes in constitutional and comparative law using a casebook and a professor who had graduated with an LLM from Yale... could those have helped?

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