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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Speaking Spanish in Texas
« on: March 21, 2009, 12:55:11 PM »
If speaking Spanish is a qualification for a job, it's a qualification for a job. For example, you want jobs where a qualification is a JD. You decided to go to law school. Ta da! For jobs where Spanish is a qualification, either learn the language, or look for a different job...where is the difficulty here?

I think he's just asking if a large proportion of the jobs in a Texas will require from him a qualification (speaking Spanish) that he lacks and probably will not be able to attain.  He didn't phrase it the way I would have, but it's not completely unreasonable.  :)

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Are Law Schools Committing "Fraud"
« on: March 21, 2009, 11:16:25 AM »
No.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Speaking Spanish in Texas
« on: March 21, 2009, 11:08:24 AM »
You may not be racist, but you certainly come across as culturally incompetent. The girls you have dated have all been from Spain? Interesting. Do those who refuse to speak English even know how to speak English? They may be offended more at your disapproval that they don't speak English. If the money and power in those areas are heavily Spanish speaking, why should they learn English? Plus Mexican only has one "a".

Why don't you just learn Spanish? It makes you more marketable - everywhere, and in most government jobs gives you an automatic pay increase. If you aren't looking at government, which it sounds like you aren't, then it could give you an edge over someone with similar skills in every other area. It also couldn't hurt your personal life, given your stated dating history. Sounds like you have friends who can even help you. Good luck.



To be fair, just learning a new language isn't always easy to do, especially while dealing with law school at the same time. 

That said, the OP's "every girl I've dated..." line sounds a lot like the whole "I have black/hispanic/gay/liberal friends" bit.  :D

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Scrubbers.  For smokestacks.

Ukraine?  ???

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Speaking Spanish in Texas
« on: March 20, 2009, 07:26:49 PM »
The “new world” aka North America was discovered by Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce de León, both of whom were and spoke, Spanish. Florida and Texas, again discovered by the Spanish, became Spanish colonies. In Florida Spanish was official language when it was a territory of “New Spain” from 1513-1821 when the US took over by treaty.

Texas was discovered by the Spanish explorer Alonso Álvarez de Pineda in 1519, became an official Spanish colony around 1690. Texas later became part of Mexico, then the Republic of Texas, until it was finally annexed by the US in 1845.

So in Florida Spanish was the dominate spoken language for 308 years, while English has only been the defacto native language there for  188 years. In Texas Spanish was the dominate language spoken there for 326 years, and English only for 164 years. Of course Spanish was the dominate language for longer than that for both state since the populations were primarily Spanish settlers when they became part of the United States. Texas, at 29%, has the largest population of any state that speak Spanish at home.

Lastly the US has never established an official language, English or otherwise. If you don’t like people speaking Spanish around you maybe you should move to a state other than the two you have chosen that do not not have a longer history of Spanish speaking, Spanish colonization and Spanish domination then they do US/English -like Montana. 


Christopher Columbus was Spanish?  I thought he was Italian.  ???

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General Board / Re: How to prep for a non biglaw interview?
« on: March 20, 2009, 04:48:29 PM »
I have had a few interviews so far, but all of them have been biglaw interviews.  I have an interview tomorrow with a real estate firm, specifically for the foreclosure practice.  I am used to prepping for corporate law firms and gearing my end of interview questions towards that, and I am not really sure how to handle a "normal" law interview that isn't OCI or at a biglaw firm.  Right now I was planning to ask them "What qualities do the most successful law clerks at your firm usually have?  Other than asking them about how the economy has affected their practice (for the better or for the worst), I am not sure what else to do to prepare.

I checked out their website already and it is minimal, just very basic superficial information stating that they are a full service real estate firm that focuses on the commercial end, but doesn't get anymore specific then that.  Thanks!

Are you going to be forclosing on homes? If so, how do you plan to live with yourself?

Dear god, you must be one of those neo-lib NYU nutjobs. Did you ever hear of the law of CONTRACT? As in . . .  if you fail to repay a bank loan secured by your home, the bank may foreclose on that home pursuant to the CONTRACT you supposedly READ AND SIGNED.

What exactly is a neo-lib?  ???

In terms of preparation, I would have more questions ready.  Maybe ask for examples of work that junior law clerks have done recently.

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"I feel like I should be able to rearrange all those letters into something clever, but it's just not happening."

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Climate change.


I don't think fictional international issues count.  Otherwise, I'd suggest the threat of the lockness monster.





(kidding, folks)

I really think that the Loch Ness Monster is more of a Scottish issue than an international one.  :P

...for now!  (duh DUH duuuhhhhhh.....)


I agree, when a gigantic monster is proven to exist, this will require the int'l community to carpet bomb Scotland - hence, the international issue.


non parata est, why don't you ever hang out in Exile?

I see no need to carpet bomb a perfectly good tourist attraction.  Assuming, of course, that the Scots aren't trying to weaponize the thing.  ;)

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Climate change.

I don't think fictional international issues count.  Otherwise, I'd suggest the threat of the lockness monster.





(kidding, folks)

I really think that the Loch Ness Monster is more of a Scottish issue than an international one.  :P

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Climate change.

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