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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 1L Work Load @ T14 vs. 25-75
« on: December 05, 2008, 02:47:34 PM »
what school?  or at least gimme a close range...

Not a school you applied to - don't worry.

I have teachers come from top 10 schools and say our curve and curriculum is harder...

Job Search / Re: Intership Question
« on: December 03, 2008, 10:58:19 PM »
Thanks Theor. I decided to tell them I want to do the summer internship because I actually have a heavy class load this semester and I'd rather do the internship full time. It would be while I was waiting for my bar results. I think if it weren't for my class schedule I would have chosen the spring internship.

Job Search / Intership Question
« on: December 03, 2008, 02:08:23 PM »
I don't have a post graduate job line up yet. I was just contacted by a county counsel office about an internship for either spring or summer. When I submitted my application I was looking for a postgraduate job, but the person I spoke with has told me that they will not likely be hiring new graduates this year. They would allow me to intern while studying and waiting for my bar results and that "could" lead to a job.

Dilemma - I don't have time to do the internship in the spring. I will be swamped because I am a board member on a few groups and classes. But I am worried that if I take a summer internship, and they decide to start hiring in the spring, I will be screwed. Will it hurt me to do the summer instead of spring internship?

Thoughts, opinions??

Job Search / Re: Federal Government Honors Programs
« on: December 03, 2008, 01:58:31 PM »
IRS??? I haven't heard from them either way yet.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 1L Work Load @ T14 vs. 25-75
« on: December 02, 2008, 03:09:23 PM »
At my school 30 pg/night reading per class is the norm. We have 4 bar classes and a legal writing class each semester of 1L year. All bar classes are curved, even after 1st year.

Job Search / Re: Complete Failure
« on: November 21, 2008, 07:22:42 PM »
Also doing volunteer work for a legal aid type office may be good too, help you brush up on some legal skills under the advice of a supervising attorney while looking for a job...

I'm strongly leaning towards quitting. As I write this, my heart is racing. It's always racing. I'm going to die of a heart attack before I'm 30 if I continue down this road. It's not the kind of stress that pushes me though... I get so stressed that I can't think AT ALL. Haven't written a single word of the memo. Haven't outlined my courses. Haven't reviewed notes in any way for finals. Shoot, I haven't even prepared for class tomorrow and it's 8 pm. Instead I talk on the phone, spend hours/day researching 'law school drop out' online, and write pro/con lists about quitting. Oh, and yesterday I applied to a cool job. Just saw another one online which I'm applying to now.

The problem is that I'm not exactly sucking in school. I'm actually pretty good at it. But, I'm pretty good at most things... doesn't mean I should do them. My mantra: "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should". But, this makes the decision on what to do about finals quite the pickle. Taking them, getting grades and making decision later isn't an option. My school is sneaky. By the time grades come out, you only have a 25% refund for spring tuition, so satisfying my curiously will cost me another $12,000! So, either I quit before or after taking them, not knowing my score. The benefit of after is that I'll have a legit transcript in case I want to take classes in something else later in life (doubtful), but it'll be hard to handle if I did really well and had already quit. 

I realize quitting is forever, which is why I'm so stressed about the whole thing. And, I think a major reason why I'm going crazy over this is because a huge influencing factor here is my boyfriend. I know that this is the part where everyone rolls their eyes, but remember we're not silly kids of 21. I'm 28. He's 32. We are both convinced 'this is it'. If I knew for certain that we would get married and have kids, I wouldn't think twice about quitting law school. I have no desire to be an absentee mom, who can't make recitals or t-ball games because of a brief that's due. But, there is no guarantee that we'll work out... although, I'm currently rationalizing this by saying that even if it doesn't work with him, it'll work with someone... and eventually I'll want the flexible, no-stress work schedule for family stuff. (Which will be a tougher pill to swallow if I'm still paying off a six figure debt).

I did a PT legal job for the first few months of school, so my resume' only has a 3 month gap. Is it better to take law school off the resume? mention it only in the interview? pretend it never happened?

Sounds like you are having anticipatory anxiety. You should really talk to someone about it. I think if law school is making you this anxious that you are not enjoying the experience at all, and do not see any real personal benefits to completing, you should withdraw. As others said, I would take my finals first just because you are so close to being done. Then over break thing about your decision and make it before you lose the chance to get a 100% refund. But if you are so anxious you can't even get through finals, then I doubt you should "ball till you fall" or stick it out for another semester.

I have had anxiety like this related to a a family issue - going to a counselor really helps. So I would definitely recommend trying to see if you can go to one at your school before finals.

Job Search / Re: thoughts on .... WEIL, Gotshal & Manges
« on: October 10, 2008, 04:05:25 PM »
Stay away from the Northern CA is well known as a sweatshop...

I have an interview for the Honors Program but I don't have a tax background (haven't taken any tax classes). Will I be automatically dinged for this?

Current Law Students / Re: I got a puppy.
« on: September 01, 2008, 05:34:06 PM »
Agreed. In your first year the dog would likely get ignored while you study and that's no fair to a puppy. My dogs were 4 when I was in law school and they are couch potatoes, so they didn't mind sleeping next to me while I studied/outlined/ etc.

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