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Would have gunned harder for a Law Review board position (although I would probably have regretted it).

Why?


Why would I have regretted it?  Because LR board would have overwhelmed my entire 3L year, prevented me from reaching my other goals, and made me hate my life in general.  It probably would not have helped with getting a clerkship, since LR seemed to be enough for most judges.

Why do you regret not having gunned for a board spot, then?

Because it would have been nice for my resume, and a high position would have opened up a lot of doors.

What doors do you think are now closed?  Sorry for all the questions. 

It's not that they're closed--it's that in some instances it would have helped to open them.  Now I have to try to do other things to push those doors open!  Most important would be a CoA clerkship.  I'm a good candidate, but not great, so I think it could have bumped me up a bit.  Secondly, there is a small boutique firm I am interested in that appears to value a board membership (almost every attorney on their website has one).  Lastly would be academia, which I suspect is not for me anyway. 

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Would have gunned harder for a Law Review board position (although I would probably have regretted it).

Why?


Why would I have regretted it?  Because LR board would have overwhelmed my entire 3L year, prevented me from reaching my other goals, and made me hate my life in general.  It probably would not have helped with getting a clerkship, since LR seemed to be enough for most judges.

Why do you regret not having gunned for a board spot, then?

Because it would have been nice for my resume, and a high position would have opened up a lot of doors.

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General Board / Re: Go to Firm Reception or Not?
« on: January 08, 2009, 05:29:14 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.

Davis Wright Tremaine?  If so, go.

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Would have gunned harder for a Law Review board position (although I would probably have regretted it).

Why?


Why would I have regretted it?  Because LR board would have overwhelmed my entire 3L year, prevented me from reaching my other goals, and made me hate my life in general.  It probably would not have helped with getting a clerkship, since LR seemed to be enough for most judges.

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Would have gunned harder for a Law Review board position (although I would probably have regretted it).

Would have / will work harder to get at least one of my many articles published... and to finish my two unfinished pieces.

Will not be taking any classes with a timed final exam next semester. 

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General Board / Re: US Attorney's Interview
« on: December 29, 2008, 08:15:11 AM »
Also, depending on the office, be sure you know whether you want civil or criminal and why.

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On multiple occasions during law school, the Dean provided exam taking arrangements for me
when I had extentuating circumstances.   This was within her professional role.

I am graduating now - is thanking her inappropriate? 


You can write a quick (vague) thank you letter for all of her help during your law school career, sure. 







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General Board / Re: Thanking a Professor - Appropriate v. Inappropriate
« on: December 29, 2008, 08:10:19 AM »
Agreed that none of these are appropriate.  You can absolutely speak with the professor in her office and tell her how much you enjoyed the class, even if it wasn't reflected in your exam performance. 

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: How do you let it go?
« on: December 11, 2008, 11:22:10 PM »
ok this is not the typical response but... you leave the exam room asap, do NOT talk to any law students, and get your a** to a bar.  drink about three beers over the course of the afternoon.  go out to eat with a non-law student friend.  if you like, sober up and study that night--but i liked to declare test day a no-study zone.  (during my first semester, i learned that even if i tried to study on a test day, i really got nothing done.)  i prefer to watch a movie.  if you must hang out with a law student, make a pact to NOT discuss exams.

basically, this helps in three ways:

1.  you don't burn out over the course of the exam period.
2.  you don't worry about things you can't change.
3.  you have something to look forward to.  instead of your inner dialogue saying, "damn, after this torts exam then there's civ pro..." you say "after this torts exam i'm having margaritas and watching Hoosiers [NOTE:  movies about overcoming adversity are always good for this time!]."

good luck, especially for the 1Ls.  remember, once you're an upperclassman you can arrange your course load so that you never have an exam period like this again.   :)

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Law School Applications / Re: Quit paralegal job (55k) to retake LSAT?
« on: December 08, 2008, 01:29:37 PM »
if you want biglaw, you absolutely should re-take and apply again next year.

you don't need to quit your job to study; i spent nights and lunch breaks reading the books and doing practice tests and did well.  just devote the time, and make it a priority. 

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