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Job Search / Re: Callback Questions--any info/advice welcome
« on: July 22, 2008, 07:18:56 AM »
Also thought I would add this: while this may not be true of all firms, in my experience those that don't invite you to lunch as part of your callback are not seriously considering you as a candidate. This was also the case for some of my friends whose callbacks did not include lunch. Just something to be aware of.

Yeah, I don't think this is true for all firms as I got an offer from a V50 firm but wasn't taken to lunch.

Transferring / Re: A diff. reason to transfer,
« on: July 18, 2008, 04:28:21 PM »
I don't understand why people always talk about you lose your GPA.  NO you don't.  Your GPA isn't calculated in with your new school but for most big law jobs they recruit beginning of Fall 2L year.  They still see your GPA at your old school just as you were at your new school.  It only matters when you graduate and who really cares what their GPA is when they graduate.  If you haven't found a job by then employers are still going to want to see your first year GPA. 

Transferring / Re: Great Site About Transferring from T4 Schools
« on: July 18, 2008, 08:07:28 AM »
Well, half of the information in there isn't very accurate but oh well.

Job Search / Re: "knowing someone"
« on: July 16, 2008, 10:34:20 AM »
Well, I don't know how much "knowing someone" does for you unless you have good grades.  For example, I started out at a T2 school and had excellent grades after my first semester and first year.  However, the firm where I knew several partners (or my dad knew several partners at as I had never met them in my life) at never has hired anybody from my school.  But through my connections the partner vouched for me and I got brought in for an interview.  This lead me to get a SA gig at a V50 firm not for this summer but for next.

However, even with this connection if I didn't have really good grades they wouldn't help me out.  At large law firms it usually is just the way that it works.  Anyways, that my two cents.

Transferring / Re: Mich v. Duke v. GULC
« on: July 16, 2008, 07:52:20 AM »
Hmmm, well I personally would go to Michigan.  My reasons though are I don't like Duke and I feel Michigan is a better school than Georgetown. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How many miles for your big move?
« on: July 15, 2008, 02:56:15 PM »
You mind if I ask how much you got your uhaul trailer for.  I am doing the same from Pittsburgh to Berkeley but the trailer was outrageous 1000 bucks for the 6 by 12.

I think you are on the right track by getting started now when you have the time.  I talked to several different large firms last year about when they would like you to send in your resume and all of them said Dec. 1st (or whateverr time is stated on the NALP form) even without grades.  This is especially true for you coming from a Top 10 school.  Your grades aren't gooing to be AS important to them.

If you can just target the firms you want to work for prepare cover letters and try to tailor them to the firm a little bit and then do your resume you are good to go.  I think doing it by mail on good paper and what not is preferrable if you have the time.  However, if it comes January or so and you find a firm that you haven't applied to and you would like to I would do it by email just for time's sake.  

Anyways, good luck to you.

Current Law Students / Re: Law Review Write on at Boalt
« on: July 13, 2008, 08:14:49 PM »
I haven't participated in the transfer write-on comp for CLR nor know the answers to the questions you ask, but from what I understand the packet is smaller and not meant to take as much time to complete as the one handed out at the end of the 1L year.

If the transfer write-on comp has the same three components (case note, bluebooking, diversity statement), nothing is preventing you from doing the diversity statement now.  The CLR staff actually suggests this to the 1Ls during the orientation meeting.  Your transfer PS will probably be a good start.

Also, if you have interest in any of the secondary journals, then keep those in mind as well.  They're always welcoming of new members. Occasionally there's a chance to be an editor depending on how the journal is staffed or if someone drops a commitment to another journal after they find out that they wrote onto CLR.

Thanks for the advice.  glad to hear that it isn't quite as time intensive as the normal write on.  When you say diversity statement do you mean sort of a general personal statement as to why you want to be on clr or you only write it if you add a diversity element.  Kind of like those asked on some law school applications.  I am not very diverse so I wouldn't have much to write about if that is what they are asking for.

Also, the way I understand is there isn't a competition to be on something like the Business Law Review.  Anybody can join.  Is that correct?

Thanks for the help.

Current Law Students / Law Review Write on at Boalt
« on: July 13, 2008, 04:48:35 PM »
has anybody participated in the transfer write on competition for the
California Law Review in the past and have any knowledge about the
process. I am interested in about how many transfer students they
take. The competition is at the worst possible time.

Black Law Students / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: July 12, 2008, 09:16:55 PM »
me four, please

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