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Good luck....I go to Fordham and have had a great experience with the school, overall. I didn't have the awesome offers you did, though. BTW, I pay 1300 (albeit rent-stabilized) for a nice 1 bedroom on a great quiet street near Columbia (morningside heights/upper upper west side). Average 20 minutes door to door.

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General Board / Re: Question to law students
« on: June 18, 2008, 07:48:51 AM »
If you like to read for pleasure, then do a lot of it. I found after starting law school, at the end of the week I could barely pick up the newspaper let alone a real book. It will keep your mind in intellectual mode (well, depending on what you're reading), which can't hurt, and you won't be stressing out about law school during what is likely your last "real" summer break.

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General Board / Re: "addendum"?
« on: June 18, 2008, 07:43:38 AM »
True, true. Thanks jacy.

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General Board / Re: Forget MAC or PC, what laptop is the best?
« on: June 18, 2008, 04:04:14 AM »
I have a MacBook Air. I love it. When you are schlepping casebooks all day, it really helps to have a very light computer. The screen is great, I really like the keyboard. I get about 5-6 hours out of the battery.

That said, I can imagine that it's not perfect for a lot of people. I don't do much more than Office applications, itunes and the internet. If you are playing a lot of games or something, you probably would need more. Other issue: no internal cd drive, which hasn't been a big deal for me. It also has only one usb port-again, not an issue for me but I could see how it might be for others. All in all I think it's a great computer, particularly for school and travel.

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General Board / Re: "addendum"?
« on: June 18, 2008, 03:56:06 AM »
Thanks for your reply--it was a shot in the dark, I know. I'll have to address the situation with the career office. It's sort of discouraging because my school is extremely biglaw oriented and they aren't the most sympathetic people you'd ever meet, but I'm sure they have some ideas. Or another office there. Thank you again.

-Toby

PS: I did cut down on my summer responsibilities and the four horsemen of the apocalypse didn't show up at my door, so that's all good.

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General Board / Re: "addendum"?
« on: June 18, 2008, 01:07:53 AM »
I won't bump this again--I know it's poor form. But just in case someone sees this for the first time and has some advice to give....

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2L job search / Re: PT to FT at Fordham - OCI?
« on: June 15, 2008, 04:30:50 AM »
Everyone has to take either Con Law or Civ Pro after 1L. (then you take the other that fall) That summer you need at least two more credits--most people take an externship, usually in crim justice, other gov or public interest, or with a judge, which you get two credits for doing (technically there is also a "class" that goes along with it but it meets a handful of times over the summer and doesn't require actual work). The summer grade seems to not always come up during EIW because it takes professors FOREVER to get grades in--it will probably show up on your transcript by the time fall OCI rolls around, though. But assuming you don't totally screw up the summer course, and there really isn't any reason why you would assuming you did well the first year, switching from PT to FT will, based on the experiences of my classmates anyway, have zero impact on your prospects. My 1L year I went on eleven interviews and no one even asked about it.


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General Board / "addendum"?
« on: June 15, 2008, 03:53:23 AM »
Hey folks,

Here's the situation:

I go to a good but not a T20 school. 1L I finished in the top 20% percent. 2L summer I worked at a DA office--this is the kind of work I'm most interested in, and in my locality it's very competitive.

Anyway, last summer I started to develop a movement disorder (neurological).I had to drop a summer class and received a W. Unfortunately my situation got worse--my mobility was extremely restricted, I had only limited use of my hands, and the medications were very fogging cognitively. I had to go on medical leave half way through fall 2007. I returned for spring 2008 but was only taking two classes and I didn't that well in them. On top of this, I got pretty depressed due to the situation.

Right now I'm back in a class,  and I'm working for a professor, for a legal organization, and for a judge (all part time). I think I overcompensated this summer and I'm trying not to let it affect my work or my physical condition (which has largely improved after lengthy experimental treatment). I feel like I should get out of the research asst job w/the prof that I signed up for but I made a commitment to the professor and I would feel beyond lousy backing out. At the same time, I'm afraid the exertion I'm subjecting myself to on the heels of my recovery is stifling my continued recovery. Just tough it out and let the cards fall where they may?

Two: Because of my medical leave, I'm going to graduate a year later, unfortunately. Although I did well my first year, my record since then, as evidenced above, is spotty to say the least. Is this something I should address in my applications/interviews? How? I don't want to seem flaky, or seem like someone who would be unreliable, or just revealing too much personal info. Yet, I don't want to seem like I'm hiding a heroin addiction or something, either. What to do, what to do.

Needless to say, this entire experience has been extremely deflating, but I'm trying not to convey that feeling to my supervisors, etc. I feel like I've just screwed up all my career prospects.

Sorry for the long post, I'm really just hoping for some advice.




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General Board / Re: Salaries by professional niche
« on: March 15, 2007, 08:40:44 PM »
I know most people here are interested in firm work, but DA salaries in NYC start around 50k.

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General Board / Re: Business Cards?
« on: February 13, 2007, 11:45:18 PM »
Maybe they just aren't popular at my school, but I have never even heard of this.

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