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2L job search / Re: cab fare? (NY)
« on: September 08, 2008, 05:59:39 PM »
$30 or so.

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2L job search / Re: GULC OCI
« on: September 02, 2008, 07:56:24 PM »
I interviewed with 6 Chicago firms (Skadden, Kirkland, Mayer, Winston and Baker & McKenzie). I've only heard from Baker so far. Absolutely nothing from the others.

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2L job search / Re: GULC OCI
« on: September 01, 2008, 12:31:50 PM »
Anyone heard anything (or know of anyone who has heard anything) from Kirkland or Skadden Chicago?

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General Board / Re: OCI Reception Questions
« on: August 15, 2008, 09:16:53 PM »
I'm planning to go to a couple. I feel like more face time and taking the time to attend shows your interest in the firm. I'm not going to take my wife.

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I just left John Marshall (transferred out), so I might be able to help.

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General Board / Re: Backpacks
« on: August 04, 2008, 11:55:28 PM »
I just got the Macroloader. You can check it out on eBags. It is truly large, and has a nifty side pocket for your laptop.

Also slightly pricy (80 bucks), but it seems worth it.


That one seems pretty nice, I might investigate it further. $80 is a steal; the Booq bag I'm looking at is ~$250 with the laptop sleeve.

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General Board / Backpacks
« on: August 04, 2008, 04:30:00 PM »
Any suggestions for a good backpack? I'm a soon-to-be 2L, and I'm still trying to find a good bag to carry my laptop and casebooks. I used a Targus backpack first semester 1L and a Booq Mamba Sling 2nd semester. Neither is very comfortable to carry when heavy. I want something that will protect my laptop, hold power cords and a few casebooks. I'm looking at the Booq Boa backpack with the Vyper sleeve for my Macbook Air, but I'm open to other suggestions. I want something that is at least semi-rigid with comfortable straps for the walk to school. Thanks!

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General Board / Re: New or Used books?
« on: July 04, 2008, 03:36:13 PM »
I bought lots of used books, but I do think it depends on the person. I bought some off of Amazon.com, where they seem to be way cheaper than the bookstore.

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General Board / Re: JMLS Academic dismissal: gripes and questions....
« on: July 04, 2008, 01:04:43 PM »

  It's the curve and the way they write/enforce it. 
I only learne about this after we took the K midterm, about a month or so before finals, when someone asked the prof how the curve works.  Grades for any given one L class of D or F are awarded to no fewer than 10% and no more than 20% of the class.  Meaning in a class of 80 students, anywhere from 8-16 students get D's or F's.  Academic dismissal is set at 1.75, meaning that if you get more than one D, you are basically screwed.

This is the only comment I've seen you make so far that I think is unwarranted. I am in the process of transferring out of JMLS, and the curve wasn't/shouldn't have been a surprise. If you did any research going into school, you should have known 1L is curved there. The curve is in the Student Handbook, and was discussed at Orientation. I don't think there is any excuse for not knowing what the grading policy is going in. That said, it sucks you were dismissed, and I can certainly understand your general frustration.

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General Board / Re: Some work with full-time law school?
« on: June 27, 2008, 11:08:46 PM »
IIRC, the ABA rule is 20hrs/week. Some schools might implement their own. I didn't work first semester and I was bored, but I did very well. I worked 13hrs or so a week 2nd semester and I slipped a little. I'm not sure if it's attributable to work, getting cocky, etc. That said, I'd be hesitant to take on a commitement before you even start school.

Out of curiosity, did you work for a firm?  If you did, what kind of work do they have 1L's do? 


I worked for a small firm. They actually let me do a good deal of substantive work. I did research, drafted some court docs, etc. Of course, there was plenty of deposition abstracting, but it wasn't all boring.

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