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Out of curiosity, how do they accomodate your disability?  Do they give you more time?  Sharpen pencils for you?  Read it to you?... I'm not trying to be mean, I'm actually wondering.

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General Board / Re: Do Part Time students still get internships?
« on: June 30, 2004, 09:00:55 PM »
Yes.

Does being a part time student hurt your chances of getting a summer internship after the first year?

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General Board / Law Firm Reputation Among Students - CHICAGO
« on: June 30, 2004, 08:51:13 PM »
As 2Ls are starting to think about fall recruiting and many 3Ls are currently working for law firms, which of these firms would YOU want to work for? 

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General Board / Law Firm Reputation Among Students - NY
« on: June 30, 2004, 08:49:20 PM »
As 2Ls are starting to think about fall recruiting and many 3Ls are currently working for law firms, which of these firms would YOU want to work for? 

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Boston U / Re: Dean Cass steps down
« on: June 30, 2004, 12:43:20 PM »
I know this is an old thread, but I'm going to revive it.  According to the results of my own unofficial blue-ribbon search committee, the ideal candidate for BUSL's new Dean is... William S. Cohen, former Congressman and Senator from Maine, and Secretary of Defense under Clinton.  He's a graduate of BUSL, and while perhaps a bit old for the job, would be a high-profile Dean for a few years.  We need someone who can attract a lot of attention and RAISE MONEY for the new building.  After that is done, the school can look for a Dean who will stay for a longer period and help push us into the top 10 where we belong!

Dean Cass's will be replaced by an "interim dean" for one year.  This will likely be a current faculty member and word is that it will be Maureen O'Rourke.  However, other names have also popped up.  As far as a permanent replacement, I'd say they will probably hire from outside.  I would not be particularly worried about this.  There are plenty of top people out there and BU is a top law school so the job is very attractive...THE GRADUATE

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General Board / Re: What should I DO??
« on: June 25, 2004, 07:11:45 AM »
It most certainly DOES make a difference which of those schools you attend.  As yourself WHERE DO I WANT TO LIVE?  Don't worry about what area of law interests you, as most law schools do not produce specialists (even if they "rank" on the USNEWS specialty list), and most big firms don't want to hire specialists, with the possible exception of IP people.  Also, the rankings should be only one factor in your calculus.  Not that helpful, I know, but unless you know where you want to live, there's no answer to your question.


Well here is how things break down for me.
Accepted : Temple, Pitt, Wake, University of Minnesota
WL: GW, BU, Vanderbilt, William & Mary
Rejected: Penn, Georgetown, Northwestern


What would you do?

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Boston U / Re: Journal membership
« on: July 26, 2003, 04:09:18 AM »
Someone described it to me as a pyramid:

Law Review
Banking / Medicine
PI / Sci Tech / Int'l

I think Banking and Medicine are more popular with the students because they are "national journals" instead of just "BU" journals (whatever that means). I don't think most employers will know the difference.


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Boston U / Re: Journal membership
« on: July 25, 2003, 06:31:29 AM »
That said... if you look at eattorney, MOST of the firms say they prefer journal membership, so if you didn't make a journal, you MUST do something else of significance. Unfortunately, you won't have a chance to do this until after the recruitment process (bidding, at any rate) is complete. This means that you will have to put more stock in your self-directed employment campaign than others.

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Boston U / Re: Journal membership
« on: July 24, 2003, 06:09:43 PM »
Congrats to those who made it on a Journal, but if you didn't, you are not alone. By my calculation, approximately 75 people participated in the writing competition but did not make a journal. Another 40 people didn't even participate. Last year's graduating class still had a median salary of 125k, so don't be too worried. You'll save yourselves a TON of extra work, which will hopefully help your grades, and will give you more time to excel in Moot Court and distinguish yourself in other ways. In addition, I know of at least one person (and there are probably more) who intend to transfer. I don't know the protocol for filling journal spots left vacant by a transfer, but it couldn't hurt to email the journals and ask (but this is only likely to yield a few extra spots, if any, so don't get your hopes up).

Also, realize that the journal competition did involve a modicum of luck. If you were unlucky enough to rank the most popular journals highly, then you were in competition with more people than someone who ranked the less popular journals highly. Because the journals seem pretty similar in prestige, the number of people who bid for each one likely turned on little more than the quality of food at thier open house (Banking = Chef Chang's... need I say more?). So you may have been rejected by a "popular" journal while someone who didn't do as well on the writing competition made it onto a less "popular" journal. Besides, with so many people making journals, I'm not sure it distinguishes you all that much to make a journal anyway. Get some good volunteer experience, take a leadership position with a student organization, or do a clinic, and you're likely to fill any "gap" left by a lack of journal experience.

Journal or no journal, does anyone know the protocol for representing moot court for fall recruitment? Many firms say the prefer it, but we have to submit our final resumes before we will even have a chance to participate. How has it been handled in the past? Perhaps we should just make sure to say something in the interview about our intent to participate? I guess it's not THAT big of a deal, as all BUSLers are in the same boat, but might this put us all at a disadvantage to schools where moot court participation is competitive and students are able to put it on thier resumes for fall recruiting?


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Boston U / Journal membership
« on: July 14, 2003, 05:04:10 PM »
Does anyone have any inside info on when and how (email, mail, etc.) law review and journal membership will be announced. I heard a rumor that all the entries have been graded and turned in, and now its just up to the journals to get together and make thier selections. Can anyone confirm any of this? This is even worse than waiting for grades!


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