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General Board / Re: amazon kindle
« on: October 31, 2008, 11:25:58 AM »
From what I can tell, there are no legal textbooks available for the Kindle. I would buy one in a heartbeat, and probably pay more for the books if I could get them electronically like that. The only "paperless" option I've been able to come up with involves buying a Kindle or Sony eBook that supports PDFs, cutting the textbooks and scanning them to PDF. But from what I've seen, PDF's aren't completely clear on any of the eBooks, and the process of scanning 4 1000 page books would be pretty brutal. You'd either have to have access to a high speed, duplex scanner or pay Kinkos to do it, which I'm certain would cost a small fortune. I'm sure it'll be a few years before the textbook publishers finally realize there is a market for this kind of stuff, or figure out how to profit from it.

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2L job search / Re: Rescinding Offers
« on: October 23, 2008, 10:29:27 PM »
Call the hiring partner that made you the offer, call recruiting and email recruiting a follow-up.

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2L job search / Re: Summer Housing
« on: October 21, 2008, 08:42:32 PM »
You'll find DC isn't exactly pet friendly. I imagine the furnished, short term places are even less pet friendly. My wife and I had a hard time finding a decent place in a good neighborhood that was affordable that allowed pets. Might have some luck looking for sublets from GULC/GW students going to NYC for the summer.

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General Board / Re: What is your typical weekly schedule?
« on: October 20, 2008, 11:01:04 AM »
Monday : 9-11, reading for 11am class. Class from 1-3. 3-5, reading for Tuesday class
Tuesday : 9-11, class. After 11, go home. Do reading for Wed. 1pm class.
Wednesday: 9-11, reading for 11am class. Class 1-3. 3-5, reading for Thursday AM class
Thursday: 9-11, class. 11-5, reading for 5pm class, work on some outlines, reading for Monday 1pm class
Friday: nothing
Saturday: nothing
Sunday: one to three hours of outlining

Generally I don't do any work after about 5pm. Some nights I will read a little bit, but that's not terribly common. My outlining schedule will pickup as finals get closer, but not substantially.

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I crunched the numbers, using IRS tax tables and state information, for NYC, DC, and IL and I came up with the following average tax rates:

NYC -     41%
Chicago - 35%
DC -      39% (37% if you live in VA)

This is based on a joint income of ~$210k, married filing jointly
 

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General Board / Re: Westlaw
« on: October 06, 2008, 07:50:23 PM »
I worked for a solo practitioner for a few months and she had a Lexis rep come in an pitch her to get her to leave Westlaw. A subscription with unlimited access to cases in the state she practiced in and unlimited Federal was just under $500/month. That also included unlimited access to law journals, but no other secondary sources (treatises, etc.). Her Westlaw subscription was close to $600/month. The price is heavily dependent on the number of users, too. The guy had a grid with him that showed the unlimited prices for varying numbers of attorneys in the office. It would have been about 80% more for a second attorney.

Supposedly they renegotiate rates every year, and they use the usage from the prior year to determine the new rate.

I could totally buy that. However, I know we used it heavily at her office, so I still imagine that West or Lexis for a Solo is at least reasonable.

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General Board / Re: Westlaw
« on: October 04, 2008, 08:28:31 PM »
I worked for a solo practitioner for a few months and she had a Lexis rep come in an pitch her to get her to leave Westlaw. A subscription with unlimited access to cases in the state she practiced in and unlimited Federal was just under $500/month. That also included unlimited access to law journals, but no other secondary sources (treatises, etc.). Her Westlaw subscription was close to $600/month. The price is heavily dependent on the number of users, too. The guy had a grid with him that showed the unlimited prices for varying numbers of attorneys in the office. It would have been about 80% more for a second attorney.

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2L job search / Re: Chicago Firm Choice
« on: October 02, 2008, 10:00:37 PM »
Winston in the highest ranked firm of the bunch, but I'm sure you already knew that. I think that's worth at least taking into account. But that aside, i think there is something to be said for going with your gut. You're going to be spending a lot of time there and that gut feeling isn't something that should be ignored. And even so, Reed Smith isn't exactly small potatoes.

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I just sent a collective note to the recruiter for both of the callbacks I've done so far. While I did click pretty well with a couple of the interviewers, I determined that coming up with something sufficiently personal without sounding cheesy, etc. was too difficult. I actually wrote out a couple of "personal" ones, didn't like the way they read, and reverted to a collective note. One has already resulted in a positive outcome.

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2L job search / Re: Take-home pay after SA
« on: September 09, 2008, 08:43:08 PM »
Depends entirely on the market. In NYC, the average tax rate is about 40%, in Dc it's 37ish, and Chicago is about 33%. Hope this helps.

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