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Job Search / Re: Federal Government Honors Programs
« on: December 19, 2008, 12:05:16 PM »
i was contacted by NLRB GC's office in late november/early december about an interview, and by the board earlier this week.

good post, gilles. i just think it should be known that there is a pitfall with OPT, which is that there is a finite supply of OPT time - twelve months - which you can use while you're studying or after you graduate. so by opting for OPT during summer internships, you're reducing the amount of OPT time available after the end of your studies. this may not be a big problem for lawyers, given that it's not too hard to get work authorization through the HB or TN visa process, but it's an issue to be aware of. it might be useful if you can't land a regular job right after you get your degree, and you need to do temporary/contract work with employers who don't want the hassle of sponsoring a visa.

the alternative to OPT during law school summers is CPT (curricular practical training), which means your summer internship is part of your curriculum, like an internship. this involves a certain amount of paperwork, and in my case it involved paying for 1 summertime credit. some other schools make it a 0-credit internship, meaning no charge, and that's fine from the federal government's perspective. my international student office recommended CPT, even with the charge, over OPT.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Visiting Case
« on: July 05, 2008, 07:56:48 PM »
re: housing. i live in little italy and recommend it. that's the area around right around murray hill and random road.
it's walking distance from the law school and cheap - i pay $350 to share a 2-bedroom. the downside is the heating bills are high in the winter cause the houses are on the old side.

i can't believe people take obama and hillary seriously when they make empty promises on corporate rights issues. neither of these candidates will defy the masters unless a dramatic political change takes place. NAFTA passed despite incredibly strong popular opposition - why would it be scaled back now?

Canadian Law Students / Re: American universities inflated GPA's
« on: July 05, 2008, 07:01:28 PM »
seriously? i went to york and graduated with a 6.something GPA.

even adjusting to the 4-point system, we had A+s that translate into 4.33.

NLG has had three members go on to become SCOTUS justices: robert jackson, thurgood marshall, abe fortas.

ACS: none as far as i know.

Current Law Students / Re: Best Supplement for Con Law
« on: April 15, 2008, 07:15:12 PM »
the constitution is a *terrible* guide to con law. it doesn't even mention key concepts like level of scrutiny. you're better off reading the canadian constitution.

Job Search / Re: what do i need to do for a SCOTUS clerkship?
« on: February 29, 2008, 10:00:26 PM »
just a few corrections.

- i could get into a good law school. i chose my current school (which is a good law school) for a large scholarship.
- i'm doing very well at my current school.
- i've not failed at everything legal. i've succeeded at almost everything legal that i've tried.
- it's "advice." that's the noun form. "advise" is a verb.

Anyone can play the flugelhorn if they just believe in themselves enough.  Why are you such a downer to people trying to achieve their dreams?

who is that directed to?

If its to me, i dont have a problem with people pursuing their dreams, but he clearly pursued them and failed (both when he couldnt get into a good law school and when he couldnt even manage to do well in a mediocre law school).  Then, he comes on here asking for advise and showing once again why he failed at everything legal he has done. 

Obviously the most prestigious clerkships wont go to mediocre candidates.  If he can prove me wrong, more power to him, but im still convinced he is just a flame.

Job Search / Re: what do i need to do for a SCOTUS clerkship?
« on: February 29, 2008, 09:55:33 PM »
Is this Aleksey Vayner?

no. but i like the sound of that name.

Job Search / Re: what do i need to do for a SCOTUS clerkship?
« on: February 27, 2008, 03:49:29 AM »
thanks for the detailed procedural information. as for my chances: i remember when all the doctors said i would never play the flugelhorn again after my accident, so i don't pay attention to people who tell me my goals are impossible.

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