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Current Law Students / Go to Firm Reception or Not?
« on: January 07, 2009, 03:28:03 PM »
I dunno.  Free alcohol and food.  On the other hand, I doubt that any associate or partner in the history of the legal field has ever hired on the basis of a reception.  I doubt it's that useful for networking, either, because they meet you for one night.  Why should they want to hire you?

Any thoughts?  Any suggestions?  It's all the way downtown.  The firm itself is based in Portland or Seattle; I've never been to that part of the country, so I don't see much of a difference.

Current Law Students / Recommend Sum Calabresi/L and E Stuff, Pleez
« on: January 05, 2009, 12:06:31 AM »
I'm a little fuzzy on the difference between liability and property rules, but I feel like I'm starting to get into L&E and I want to learn more.  Are there good basic primers about these subjects?  Which books do you suggest?  Pleez keep the suggestions simple; I was an English major.

I would also like to find books that explore acquisition from an intellectual angle.  I loved the fair play/capture norms reading in Property.  Robert Ellikson's piece on Shasta County was very interesting.  Or any books that discuss wills, trust, and estates issues, because I'm curious about the four state exceptions to fee tail.

Just throwing this out there . . . there have to be some L and E people in da house.

Current Law Students / Can Anyone Explain These Torts Terms?
« on: January 01, 2009, 03:38:23 PM »
Recurring miss -- apparently, this is when the preponderance of evidence is less than 50%, so we impose liability?  I don't get it.  And I don't get how it works in the context of 532 Madison Avenue Gourmet Foods, when there's the wall and stuff.

Least cost avoider -- I kinda get this one.  It's the party who can avoid the costs of the tort with the least costs.  So like, in intentional torts, it's the party doing the tort.  You can avoid the costs of a battery when you're the guy punching the other.

POE -- this seems to be preponderance of evidence.  It deals with causal issues?  Because you can't prove with more than 50% likelihood that it's a cause in fact?

Rodi Yacht -- what's the point of this case?  I get that custom isn't used as a sword, but I dunno what else.

Current Law Students / Who's UR FAVORITE Jurist?
« on: December 29, 2008, 01:24:08 PM »
I'm partial to Posner's very economic opinions (see: Chicago Board of Realtors, Hospital Supply, and even Desnick), but i would have to say that, if I had to pick a favorite, I would go with Souter.  I liked the clear logic and prose of Twombly and Campbell v. Acuff Rose.

Incoming 1Ls / Serious Q: Did LS Ever "Click" For You? Is it Supposed to?
« on: December 25, 2008, 09:44:32 PM »
I still feel like I'm all too often on the cusp of getting what's going on.  It seems like most of our cases revolve around holdings and questions of law, but . . . I dunno.  No click yet.

Sorry for the melodramatic title.  I posted this in the other thread, but I think it requires repeating:

Here's the thing that nobody tells you about this process, and I wish someone would have told me: getting into schools and getting jobs once in law school are very different things.  Yes, when two candidates are stacked up in the admissions office, you'll get the same look based on GPA/LSAT.  However, once you're in the school, there are enormous and totally absurd disparities in where people can go for 1L jobs, 2L firm jobs, and even careers.

I have friends who worked at Big 4 Accounting firms, friends that sat for and passed the Patent Bar, and friends who went to Ivy UGs and then worked in management consulting for a year or two.  Are we all at the same school?  Yes.  But they're definitely not playing the same game as me.  I can't apply to McKinsey like some people and be taken seriously.  Or transactional work.  Or a White House internship.

Once in law school, your resume makes a huge difference.  So don't get discouraged if you don't get into the *best* schools, and don't assume that, because HYSCCN or whatever accepted you, you have it made.  Unfortunately, things are just beginning, and you'll see pronounced differences between candidates, even though one may have had the higher LSAT/GPA combo.   ::)

I think it's a thought that deserves a thread, because, frankly, I think it's totally silly of law schools and a byproduct of a risible system that places LSAT/GPA above everything. 

Current Law Students / Tell Me About Crim, Ks
« on: December 24, 2008, 11:41:17 PM »
Anything is appreciated.  I start Crim and Ks in a week and a half, and I would like to know everything I can about these subjects in advance.

What are your dislikes, likes?  What would you change?  What should I watch out for? 

I also have Torts and Property, but I'm well-acquainted with these two subjects.  Mwahahaha.

I just talked to a good friend of mine from college.  He's currently applying to MFA programs.  I was amazed by how little we had in common.  No jokes, no common interests.  He didn't even want to hear about my law school.  When I tried to talk about anything in the past, it felt terrible.  I ended up asking him a few awkward questions about his current life and hanging up.

Times like these make you doubt the very foundations of friendship. What do we really have in common with another human being? 

Does anyone ever have similar experiences?

Incoming 1Ls / 1Ls: What do You Plan to do Differently Next Semester?
« on: December 19, 2008, 10:27:39 PM »
I plan to bring a laptop to Levmore's Torts; study the BLL more thoroughly during the semester, rather than at the end of it; and try to enjoy and appreciate the non-exam schedule a lot more.

Otherwise, I don't know what I missed.  Hopefully, grades will help me make more sense of what just happened.

Current Law Students / Critique my CallBack Questions
« on: December 16, 2008, 05:58:48 PM »
1. How are SAs given feedback on their summer assignments?

2. Can you give me some examples of cases that SAs are currently working on?

3. Do SAs rotate through practice areas, or assigned to one department?

4.  How long have you been here?  Why'd you choose to work here?

5. What's a typical day like?

Any other suggestions?  I'm only a 1L, so I don't know what I'm doing.

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