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Current Law Students / Re: Law School Debt
« on: August 01, 2007, 05:39:49 PM »
It seems that many of the people who post here get disheartened with law school due to the debt they accummulate.  This is particularly true with the T14 schools.  If you had the choice to study at a B school with a full-ride or at least a significant amount of aid, would you opt for that? 

that's what i chose, and i'm glad i did. it takes a lot of pressure off and has made law school a fun experience for me so far. i have no interest in EVILLAW, so i don't feel like i'm foregoing any options, besides which i did well enough in 1L to have been competitive for EVILLAW jobs had i been interested.

the main downside is the limited reach of the degree. it's going to be a struggle to get a job on the east coast if my personal connections don't net me one.

Current Law Students / Re: LEEWS
« on: August 01, 2007, 05:29:59 PM »
i recommend the LEEWS kit. i believe it helped me during 1L.

don't get nervous about your lack of prep so far based on what you observe here. most of your classmates don't hang out on these message boards, are not as serious about preparing as you are, and have probably never heard of LEEWS. relax, order the program and complete it before law school starts and you'll be ahead of 90-95% of your classmates, if you're into that sort of thing.

Current Law Students / Re: How Realistic is the book One L?
« on: August 01, 2007, 05:17:56 PM »
I didn't find it too similar to my experience, although some elements were there in a much more muted fashion.  There is pressure, much of it is self-induced, and there is competition, but not so much in a man to man (or woman) way.  What I mean by that is that you do care where your class rank is, but it's more like you against the "class rank" list than it is against anyone in particular.  Still, there are plenty of not so nice persons in law school, and you don't have to look particularly hard to find them. 

There was a great quote in a book I read before law school (don't remember which one, sorry) about being the idiot who always raises his hand in class to talk.  It was from some graffiti found in the mens room in one of the classroom buildings, and it went like this, "If you don't know who the class not so nice person is by week 4; it's you!"

*&^%, it must be me, then. i *do* raise my hand in class a lot.

Current Law Students / Re: How Realistic is the book One L?
« on: July 30, 2007, 09:24:17 PM »
my experience was vary dissimilar to 1-L.

cultures vary from school to school, but i doubt any law school today is like the book.

this is not to say that individual students do not make law school very stressful for themselves. some do. most don't.

National Lawyers Guild or American Constitution Society...which has more street cred?

NLG, but possibly because it has much older pedigree. the NLG is 70 years old. it helped integrate the legal profession while the ABA was segregated, flipped off mccarthy, and litigated historic cases like goldberg v. kelly. the ACS has only been around about 5 years.

also, the NLG is more militant, therefore more credible.

Current Law Students / Re: Funny Law School Crap
« on: July 25, 2007, 07:05:15 PM »
pretty bad.

my school does fill vacancies.

My school did not fill my vacancy.

Job Search / Re: law job guides
« on: July 15, 2007, 12:07:04 PM »
yeah, she has lots of recommendations for doing things other than improving your grades. it looks to me like it's a good book for someone who isn't near the top of the class and doesn't have good prospects of graduating near the top. at that point, it becomes useful, i suppose, to distinguish yourself from the other people not near the top, and that's where all the recommended activities come in handy.

i like it because it described a lot of the job search process.

Job Search / Re: law job guides
« on: July 13, 2007, 03:53:44 PM »
not sure if anyone cares... but i've been reading kimm walton's guerrilla guide to getting the legal job of your dreams. it looks pretty good.

Current Law Students / Re: practicing law as a non-U.S. citizen
« on: July 09, 2007, 04:50:21 PM »

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