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Job Search / Re: Top person in class/what to do
« on: March 15, 2009, 03:44:25 PM »
Even top student might get shutout.  Apply everywhere, see what options present themselves.


And if you really want the corporate experience, see if you can sign up for a corporate externship through your school.

Job Search / Re: No interviews?!
« on: March 15, 2009, 03:42:44 PM »
So I'm A 1L at a top 30 school. I still haven't gotten any interviews yet from any of the PI organizations I applied to so far and i'm getting really nervous. I think I have an ok resume, so im not sure what the problem is. Please help! Also as my grades were just ok, should i be sending them unless they're explicitely requested?

Hm. What type of networking are you doing?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: True Costs...
« on: March 15, 2009, 03:40:21 PM »
Wow, I hadn't thought about the lunch anyone here on a meal plan, or would you overall recommend just packing a lunch?

Thanks for the Westlaw/Lib tips about supplements; good to know  :)

And thanks everyone for responding, especially about unexpected budget busters.

I would caution you against free meeting-lunches after the first few weeks. Pizza gets boring AND you'll realize your lunch time is worth more than two slices of pizza (you could be reading!).

And yes, pack lunch! If you go home right after school then your lunch doesn't have to be anything elaborate. I roll up cheese and lunch meat into a heat flour tortillas. These burrito-esque sandwiches are space efficient and less messy than a regular sandwich.

I also use my study carrel as a pantry for non-perishable snacks. :)

If you're ever REALLY short on time then fork + can opener + canned vegs does the trick. Or, if you're hardcore: a fork and a can of spam.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Minnesota: Polar Law 2012!
« on: March 15, 2009, 03:32:34 PM »
I presented at last week's ASW! I was one bumbling guy talking about quality of life in the Twin Cities. :D

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hamline or St. Thomas (MN)?
« on: March 15, 2009, 01:11:28 PM »
I wouldn't go to either of them if I had to pay full tuition.
Second. But then again I think we are biased towards UMN. Viva la Mondale!


Do you currently attend UM? Anything about the school regarding education? The only places I've been in Florida is Key West, Orlando, and Daytona Beach.

I went to UM for undergrad, so I can answer most questions about life, campus, the city, just not much of the school itself. The main reason I don't want to go to UM law and practice in Miami is because I feel not speaking Spanish is a dissadvantage in the business world down here and will be even a bigger disadvantage in the future. Not saying that you won't get a job only speaking English, you may be just fine depending on what you want to do. I just don't want to deal a corrupt Spanish Bureaucracy in the future when I get into real estate development myself.

I also graduated from UMiami (for undergrad). Spanish is not a must for most practice areas. You just have to be comfortable with not understanding every conversation around you. (hint, gesturing and honking go a long way.)

Current Law Students / Re: Is it ever ok to renege?
« on: March 15, 2009, 01:05:47 PM »
I agree to check into splitting.  But even if B is your dream job, I really do think you need to stick with A if splitting is not a possibility.  If splitting isn't a possibility, I'd explain to B that you are really interested in the opportunity and would love to pursue it next year (if that's the truth) but unfortunately you've already committed to another employer for this summer.

And unpaid summer gigs can sometimes be stretched out to half-year jobs (depending on the type of work of course). Check with B. If anything, the interviewing is a good experience.

I'm only a 1L and already switching to cereal and tap water diet out of paranoia.  Am I ahead of the curve?

No, because this means you aren't taking advantage of the free lunches that you can find most days of the week somewhere on campus.  You need to join more groups/clubs.

You don't even have to join the club - that takes too much time. Just show up for the meetings and pretend to take a strategically timed bathroom break after you finished your food.

Current Law Students / Re: Is OneNote really necessary?
« on: March 15, 2009, 01:02:52 PM »
Youíre all dumb if you have to take notes in the first place. This stuff is not rocket science. Did Abraham Lincoln take notes on a laptop when he went to law school at Emory? No of course not, he was too busy fighting Attila the Hun at Waterloo during the revolutionary war and worrying about prohibition and that salve girl he had a kid with, Mary Hemmingway (Ernestís niece) to take notes. I learn this poo through osmosis. I was a history major and I never took notes in UG and I remember all this crap just fine.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Minnesota 2011 -- The real U of M...
« on: March 13, 2009, 12:32:04 PM »
Ah, thanks! UMN is great. I'm surprised that there isn't a Class of 2012 thread...

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