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2L job search / what do i need to do for a SCOTUS clerkship?
« on: February 17, 2008, 10:13:11 PM »
hi there.

i'm looking for advice. i recently got it in my head that i'd like to get a clerkship on the U.S. supreme court, preferably with justice scalia. i'm a 2L at a high t2, and have a good GPA (3.60). i'm not especially interested in constitutional law, but i'd be willing to take some more courses in it if it helps. i'm not on any journal, but i'm a good writer, and used to be editor of my school newspaper.

i'm not U.S. citizen, but i could probably stay in country if i wanted to. i'm also a leftist. i worked for legal aid last summer and will work for a union this summer.

i realize there may be some obstacles, and that other people may be better qualified than me on paper. but i get girls who are way out of my league, so why not jobs? so i need advice - what can i do to persuade justice sclia (or whomever?) that i should get the clerkship?

Law Firms / Re: International students...what are your plans this summer?
« on: January 28, 2008, 08:40:29 AM »
there's CPT - curricular practical training. unlike OPT, it's not finite, but it requires you to get a school-approved internship for your summer work. i had no problem getting my law school to set up my summer job as an internship - i just had to write a report at the end of the summer about what i learned, and i had to pay $1300 to get a summer credit.

General Board / Re: need help/advice
« on: January 28, 2008, 07:53:06 AM »
send your grades. they won't think you're a moron. if you don't send your grades, they'll think you're unprofessional. if it makes you feel better, you can add a note explaining that you're disappointed with the grades, but you intend to do whatever it takes to do better in the future.

definitely get both LEEWS and the guerilla guide. be prepared to not earn income this summer, but make the most of the opportunity to gain legal experience. if you got good grades in undergrad, you must have what it takes to bounce back.

Roger Williams / Re: Roger Williams Scam law school
« on: August 19, 2007, 09:51:35 PM »
LOL. what theory would you sue under?

That is what I am asking you or anyone.

i don't think you've got anything. did they make any promises they didn't keep?

Roger Williams / Re: Roger Williams Scam law school
« on: August 17, 2007, 05:56:57 PM »
LOL. what theory would you sue under?

Studying and Exam Taking / Re: LEEWS
« on: August 02, 2007, 07:22:54 PM »
i agree, but would say wait longer than 6 weeks. i went through LEEWS twice - once in the summer, once in november. the summer helped me assimilate the class material. the november review was useful because i understood it better.

you can't really separate the two. radical islam was caused by global warming.

think about it:

beginning of islam to ca. 1000: global temperatures rise; muslims on a conquest binge.

1000 - 1850: global temperature cools; muslim golden age of philosophy, math, science, arts, etc. little warfare.

1850 - present: global temperatures rise again; muslims become violent again.

General Board / Re: Law School Debt
« on: August 01, 2007, 08:39:49 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.

Studying and Exam Taking / Re: LEEWS
« on: August 01, 2007, 08:29:59 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.

General Board / Re: How Realistic is the book One L?
« on: August 01, 2007, 08:17:56 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.

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