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Current Law Students / Re: International Practice
« on: June 03, 2010, 12:51:14 PM »
Worthless sacks of sh1t.  Same thing goes for career services.

Current Law Students / Re: International Practice
« on: June 02, 2010, 02:36:21 PM »
Contact the International Law Society at the college  you graduated from.

Anyone home?

I'm assuming that you're advising me to contact the society at my law school?  If so, that's not a viable option.

Current Law Students / Re: International Practice
« on: June 02, 2010, 10:51:01 AM »
Anyone home?

Current Law Students / International Practice
« on: May 31, 2010, 06:52:35 PM »
Has anyone here done this before?

I recently graduated from a US law school, am currently clerking, and am interested in practicing in the Czech Republic.  I don't speak Czech right now but am willing to learn.  I have no idea how a firm in Europe might value my clerkship experience.  Taking thoughts / comments / ridicule.

Transferring / Re: Very low T2 --> T14
« on: May 27, 2010, 06:21:40 AM »
Congratulations on your great grades!

Do you want to stay in or near the state in which your school is located?  Would you be content going to some of the largest law firms in that state? 
If so, then I wouldn't transfer. 
If not, then transfer away.

I'm not so sure why folks think that being at a T14 is better than being within the top 5 students at a T2.  It's not.  In fact, I would venture a guess that top 25% at a T14 is the equivalent of top 5 students at a T2 in an employer's eyes.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: opinion on Kansas Law?
« on: May 26, 2010, 02:14:20 PM »
I would go with Kansas - especially if you're in-state.

DO NOT take the money at Wayne without reading your scholarship closely or asking questions about it.  T3s and T4s are notorious for imposing ridiculous GPA stipulations on scholarships (Some require you to stay within the top 25% of your law school class to retain the scholarship). 

Because you will be going to a non-T14 school, you will have to rely on regional employers.  Given that Kansas Law (1893) has been around longer than Wayne State (1927) and that Kansas is the top ranked law school in its state, I would recommend Kansas over Wayne, even with the scholarship.

Just re-read your post and noted that your $25K scholarship at Wayne is non-renewable.  This makes your decision a no-brainer IMO.

Basic, but not contractions. I think comparing yourself to the president is a bit much unless you expand on it more. What is the point of bringing it up? It doesn't flow and it sounds a bit arrogant on its own..

My $0.02:   (Not trying to be a d1ck, just trying to save you from catastrophic failure)

^^  This guy hit the nail on the head.  After reading that first paragraph, I couldn't quite take the rest of your statement seriously.  It has no bearing on your aptitude or enthusiasm for the practice of law, nor does it explain why you would like to go to XXX law school - take it out.

"My clients"  -  LOL, what?!  You mean to tell me that you have directly solicited and are receiving business from these large corporations?

"I know I must kiss my students on the cheek" -  Irrelevant.  I know you're trying to put a diversity spin on your personal statement, but this is just ridiculous.

"This also led me to pursue Spanish and International Marketing during my summer abroad in Barcelona, Spain."  -  Your work experience communicating work orders to the Hispanic crew and them telling you about their culture led you to pursue this coursework?  Incredulous.  Make your personal statement as real as possible.

"many Americans are told that the world hates America because the world thinks it tries too hard to police everyone else" - Off putting for Americans to read (presumably the entire admissions committee), even if you say that the foregoing statement isn't necessarily the truth.  Steer clear of controversy in your personal statement.

"the campus is ideally located in XXXXX, near many of the states’ top law firms."  -- THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU SHOULD LEAD OFF WITH FOR YOUR REASONS TO CHOOSE XXXXX LAW SCHOOL!  You just talked about diversity and gave a sap story about your father's death... now you're going to tell the law school that the first and foremost reason you chose their school is for the cash?!  Also, if this is a must have statement for you, you better be damn sure that the school doesn't pride itself in being a major supplier to the public interest market.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Is it worth it to go to Whittier?
« on: May 21, 2010, 01:20:24 PM »
Do you work in a circuit court room? Public Defenders aren't paid as well as private institutional lawyers. Mostly state public defenders are the lack-luster types and I have yet to see a good federal PD.

I work at a District Court. 

Attorneys working at the DOJ aren't paid as well as private attorneys, yet the DOJ still gets the cream of the crop of law students through its honors program.  This should give you an indication that sometimes students value experience and high-profile cases over the instant gratification that may come from a Biglaw salary.  You can bet your ass that, for every student that chooses to go to the DOJ, there was/is a Biglaw firm willing to hire them.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Is it worth it to go to Whittier?
« on: May 21, 2010, 12:50:29 PM »
I've seen plenty of PD's in my life time to know they are just bottom-feeders of Law. The one PD you see does not constitute the majority of PD's.

I'm a federal judicial law clerk, I see public defenders every day.  Although not all of them are as talented as THE Federal Public Defender of my district, they all have impressive resumes.  The attorneys that they draw from (in my district) include an Ex-US Attorney, several Ex-Assistant US Attorneys, and many prominent partners of white collar crime firms.

As for a state public defender, I cannot comment, as I have limited knowledge on that particular area.  However, I can say with confidence that federal public defenders are not "bottom of the barrel" by any stretch of the imagination.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Is it worth it to go to Whittier?
« on: May 21, 2010, 12:05:22 PM »
Secondly, becoming a PD is not an honorable profession, but rather a profession that says, "he obviously didn't cut it." Why do you think when people hear public defender, they roll their eyes? Public defenders are just the bottom of the barrel. If people could afford a lawyer, they would not opt for some public defender. It is rather dishonorable. People who believe it is honorable see themselves as public defenders, or are already public defenders. Public defenders are the welfare checks of law.

ROFLMAO, you couldn't be more wrong.  I can guarantee you that the Federal Public Defender at my Court can open up a serious can of litigation whoop-ass on just about all of the Biglaw attorneys I have seen practice here.  These public defenders are often Ex-US Assistant Attorneys who litigate cases DAILY.  They do it because they love the work and appreciate the challenge.

Your quote reminds me of a layperson's (ignorant) perception of a Federal Judicial Law Clerk or an attorney for the Federal Government:

"Lawclerk... isn't that some kind of person that files documents for the court?"

"Attorney for the US... why would anyone want a government job?  Those guys don't even work and they get the 'bottom of the barrel' over there."

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