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Current Law Students / Re: Can you transfer if you are a part time student?
« on: November 10, 2007, 04:13:48 PM »
The top tier schools, you are going to have a very hard time transferring because you won't have the credits necessary at the end of the year, and by the time you are done with them over the Summer, they'll have most of their spots filled.

Part-time to part-time is doable, and some schools accept part-timers even after the first semester, I think. 

Definitely put a call in to the admissions offices of the places you are interested in. And check out the transferapps group on yahoo...

Good luck!

Job Search / Re: how to lose a job offer after SA
« on: October 31, 2007, 07:57:29 PM »
Slightly off-topic, but from what I understand, grades do matter if you intend to apply for a clerkship. (and yes, I understand that's a big if for lots of people, but it seems like the folks in this thread might be the clerkship=applying type)

So although your job won't care too much about your transcript after the first year, it might not be time to completely blow off exams...although goodness knows I'd love to forget about them!

Job Search / Re: Accepting an Offer
« on: October 10, 2007, 05:55:29 AM »
I did have to BS my way through my contracts exam. :)

Job Search / Re: Accepting an Offer
« on: October 08, 2007, 05:33:11 PM »
Just give 'em a call. This is the easiest part of the process.

I called recruiting to accept, had a brief chat with the person who picked up the phone, and 15 minutes later I had an email from the head of recruiting to confirm that I was all set and they would send me more info later.

Easy as that.

"Can someone tell me why clerkships are so great?"

If you ever want to get into academia, doing a clerkship can go a long way. From what I have heard, schools definitely look for this experience when considering professorial applicants.

Current Law Students / Re: Study groups?
« on: September 21, 2007, 07:50:50 PM »
This has been hashed to death in other threads, so definitely take a look.

Still, here's my $.02: it's different for everyone. At the very least, you get to bond with some of your classmates (assuming you don't wind up hating them).

If you are lucky, you come out better prepared. If you are unlucky, your study group wastes a lot of time that you could have spent studying on your own. Hard to predict beforehand.

As for how many people, again, totally depends. Organized well, different perspectives can be great. On the other hand, there are obvious distractions.

Give it a shot, see how you feel with it. The one thing I would caution is this: never rely on the others to do your work for you. Don't split up the reading, or the outlining, etc. Going through it yourself will help you learn and prepare for the exams like nothing else will.

Good luck!

Job Search / Post-Offer meetings...
« on: September 20, 2007, 06:39:22 AM »
I've been lucky enough to have a couple of offers from firms I liked, and they each offered the opportunity to come back and meet with more people.

Has anyone taken a firm up on this option? If so, how was your experience?

Thank you.

Job Search / Re: Thank you! note after callback?
« on: September 14, 2007, 12:25:07 AM »
If you are nervous about your chances, and sending thank you letters makes you feel more secure, by all means do it. Or if you truly feel that it is rude not to.

But, sadly, don't do it because you think it will help your chances, because all it can do is hurt you if you screw it up, and it won't change somebody's mind after the interview.

Good luck to all, and sorry for being all negative on the thank yous, for those of you who truly believe in them.

Job Search / Re: How much is too much
« on: August 22, 2007, 07:55:28 PM »
Don't cancel yet. Go heavy at first and see if you start getting callbacks. If you get a bunch (and lots of firms really do call that night or the day after), then you can consider canceling later interviews.

As for being exhausted, hopefully you get a nice adrenaline rush each time you step in the room. Besides, it's a good warm-up for callbacks where you might meet 5 attorneys in a row for several hours...

Well, some of the questions I was happy to know about in advance were along the lines of: ask me something you normally wouldn't ask, tell me something about you that isn't on your resume, the always-fun where do you see yourself in five years, what was the topic of the writing competition and how did you answer it, and so on. It was also nice to know if they asked standard questions, or were a "tell me about yourself" type of interviewer.

I just think it's just nice to know in advance what they're going to hit you with, and if you can get that info from your classmates who went earlier, great.

As for morning v. afternoon regarding the "freshness" of the interviewers, I've seen no correlation between time of my interviews and call-backs that I received. Seriously, it's really impossible to predict who/when you are going to connect with these people.

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