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Messages - petermharrington

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Obviously you haven't graduated from law school yet. But I can assure you that there is an endless number of recent graduates out there that wished they would have devoted more time to working as opposed to devoting all their time to academics.

You're the one that sounds pretty f*cking clueless

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i would err on the side of caution.

what's so hard about wearing a dress shirt and some slacks? throw on a tie for good measure?

i really don't know about some of you folks

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How do I become an LSAT prep instructor?
« on: April 02, 2010, 01:25:59 AM »

This reminds me of Justice Scalia commenting that he only considers Yale or Harvard graduates for his clerkships. I guess everyone else is just destined for destitution.

I think the 99th percentile requirement is pretty elitist. I think that 170+ would be a little more reasonable.

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How is the ABA going to know that you are working full-time as a 1L? 

They have neither the time nor the resources to keep tabs on all first-year legal students. It's outrageously cost prohibitive as well as impractical.

And as a college researcher, couldn't you make the argument that your "work hours" are discretionary?  Not all working professionals work the traditional 9-5.

I'm not sure why the ABA mandates how many work hours can be spent outside of the classroom.  I really feel that they should leave that for their students to manage for themselves. As aspiring legal practitioners, they should be able to have some discretion in deciding how best to manage their work-school-leisure balance.

And don't BIGLAW firms demand outrageous work hours from their first-year associates.  The ABA might as well permit 1Ls to get a taste of what the economy has in store for them.  The work experience and networking might actually pay off in the long-run.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Wake Forest, Elon, or UNC?
« on: March 22, 2010, 08:02:30 AM »

If you go to Elon over WF and UNC, you're going to regret it for the rest of your life.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Wake Forest, Elon, or UNC?
« on: March 18, 2010, 07:38:01 AM »

You would be crazy not to go to Wake Forest or UNC.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UIUC vs. Rutgers-Newark
« on: March 12, 2010, 01:17:32 AM »

You should be forewarned that Newark can be a pretty dirty, depressing place to live. Even despite everything that Cory Booker is doing to revitalize the city.

Sure you're only a 20 minute PATH ride from the City. But you're still going to be spending the majority of your time in Newark in all likelihood.

Law school can be pretty depressing at times in and of itself. Studies show that the profession has high rates of depression, suicide, and substance abuse.

I think that a lot of people get so caught up in the USNWR rankings that they overlook quality of life considerations.

I just really hope that you take a tour of the city of Newark before making your decision. 

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3L job search / Re: Army JAG
« on: March 11, 2010, 11:11:24 PM »

Staff Officer POTGs have no need to go to Ranger School for their career ascension. Unlike the Marines JAG corp, you're not going to be potentially leading Soldiers into combat.

I don't think it's fair but that's the reality. I feel that everyone should be able to go to Ranger School if they meet the PT requirements and their chain of command recommends them. But the training is intended for those who are actually going to utilize it in close combat conditions.

I've witnessed what JAGs do directly on the Division level. They rarely are placed in harms way. I'm not trying to diminish what they do but they're not going to be putting their life on the line very often if at all. And there's really no need for them to do so.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Wisconsin v. John Marshall
« on: March 10, 2010, 09:46:58 PM »

Don't forget about University of Illinois grads...

I know a guy who took a full ride at Roger Williams instead of going to an elite school. You know what he's doing now?  He's unemployed wishing that he had went to a better school despite incurring a higher debt load.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 158LSAT/2.51GPA?
« on: March 09, 2010, 12:26:18 PM »

I'm kind of curious where you went for undergrad and what you majored in. You're obviously intelligent judging by your LSAT score. 

I don't mean to be insensitive but my mom died during college and it didn't affect my grades at all. A lot of people out there have also suffered some pretty serious *&^%. I don't know if that makes me cold-hearted but I've seen some pretty f'd up stuff happen in the military.

Best of luck though.

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