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Job Search / What to do about pending law firm applications
« on: January 14, 2007, 05:14:30 PM »
What to do about pending law firm applications

Job Search / Interviewing Help
« on: December 26, 2006, 08:53:23 AM »
what to do about a bad interview?

Not sure who orignially wrote this, but I thought it was funny....

The Preemptive Strike

A calculated move to pick off low-hanging fruit early in a given class period, with the hope that you'll be able to avoid being called on later to talk about something you haven't read.  Caution: If done too well, can sometimes backfire; the professor may like your answer so much that he drags you into being his Socratic punching bag for much longer than you'd intended. See Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Falling on the Grenade

If your professor has a semi-predictable pattern of calling on people, and you have reason to believe that one or several of your friends are a) unprepared, and b) about to be called on, the Christ-like thing to do is to raise your own hand in order to draw the professor's attention away from other students. Also known as The Rodeo Clown.

The Mercy Kill

Sometimes called the Ben Stein, this strategy is best employed to put an end to the deafening silence following a question that is either too hard or too easy, or to silence a professor that has said "Anyone?" more than four times in a row.

Playing Possum

For gunners finding it particularly hard to get called on, feigned distraction and boredom can often provoke the desired response.  Pretend to be asleep, or obsessed with your navel, and more often than not the professor will call on you, thinking you easy prey.  Make him regret it.

Playing Foreign LLM

If you happen to be unprepared, disaster can often be avoided by answering in a language other than English, like Korean, or Portuguese, or Canadian.

The Admiral Stockdale

Most professors will simply move on to the next student if faced with an answer like "POTATOES! I LIKE POTATOES! WHERE'S MY PONY? MOM? ARE YOU THERE? POTATOES!" Also known locally as "The Shawn Rutherford?"

The Marvin

I don't know Marvin.  I've never met Marvin.  And I'm pretty sure that he doesn't even go by the name Marvin.  But I have been told that once, when called on by name, while sitting in his assigned seat, Marvin successfully pretended that he was not, in fact, in class, and that a slightly confused professor was then forced to move on to the next student.  For that, Marvin, we salute you.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Haven't Read

Answer the prof's question with another question.  If he fires back with yet another question, it's on. If not, he loses, and you should tell him so.

The Paige Pipkin 

Really just a stalling tactic, forces the professor to clarify as many parts of the question as possible while you frantically flip pages in your case book: "Could you repeat the question?" "Could you say that one  word again?" "Could you give me the language of origin?" "Could you use it in a sentence?" "Could you use it in a sentence other than the original question?"

Scorched Earth Policy

If the professor is going to take you down, then you're going to take him down with you.  Pull in an unrelated law review article.  Cite Blackstone.  Bring up the war in Iraq.  Or abortion.    It often takes a little bit of creativity in some of the drier classes. Trust your instincts.

Scorched Nuts Policy

1. Spill  coffee. 2. On crotch.  3. Run away.

Current Law Students / Summer Associate Apartment Living
« on: January 06, 2006, 11:46:41 PM »
It would be nice to have a page where we can list our apartments or rooms during the summer. For example, if someone at Georgetown got a clerkship in LA and someone at UCLA got a clerkship in DC during the same time frame, a way to trade off apartments would be helpful. This would probably be best as a separate website or something on Craigslist, but something small here might be helpful. Just my 2 cents.

Job Search / What did y'all do during your 1L summer?
« on: December 28, 2005, 07:41:56 PM »
I know I am not getting a paid internship this summer (listened to career services and didnt apply yet so I guess Im screwed). How did y'all get stuff paid for during the summer months? I didnt get any scholarships at all and the school is very expensive. Additionally, my rent is not cheap. What are the best loan options out there for the summer months? I wanted to do summer abroad but i dont have $10K lying around or rich parents.

Transferring / Threatening to Transfer for Scholarship $$$?
« on: December 22, 2005, 11:34:04 AM »
I know that I have no shot at this, but has anyone tried to transfer from their school and ended up getting scholarship money? I really dont want to leave my current school but I have 0 scholarships here and the debt is starting to scare me. Any sucess stories?

Current Law Students / Section Placement - Who Else Got Shafted?
« on: December 19, 2005, 11:12:51 AM »
I don't know what the folks at my school were smoking when they divided us into sections, but my section got screwed. The only winners of the top scholarship at our school is in our section, we have the only Fullbright scholar in our section, and it seems like all the gunners belong to our section as well. Additionally, we have the harder professors, all of our professors covered twice as much material as the other section, and the other professors seemed to have easier exam. For example, we had an a 2.5 hour exam that should have been for 3 hours in contracts; the other professor gave them a 2 hour exam for 4 hours. Their professor even acknowledged the huge time difference and said "I don't want you to stress out."

I know it will eventually equal out when our sections merge, but the first year grades matter more. The other section is known as the "party" section and we never see their section in the library. Sorry for the rant....just felt like a female dog fest. Anyone else in the same boat?

Current Law Students / Harriet Miers - Is it a good thing for SMU?
« on: October 15, 2005, 02:15:49 PM »
A number of students here have been talking about how the nomination of Miers will effect SMU. At first I thought it was a no-brainer and that the nomination would put SMU in a positive light, but now I am questioning what this means for my JD. Dumbasses like Anne Coulter are saying that SMU is not prestigious enough and basically saying that no one from SMU is ever qualified for the Supreme Court. Now I know SMU is not Harvard or Yale, but when people try to tarnish my JD with a scarlet letter, I get pissed. Wait until she opens her freakin mouth in the confirmation hearings before condemning her law school. Sorry, this is more of a rant than anything else, but I was just wondering about the opinions of others not at SMU. I don't think there will be a huge increase on the USNews ranking, but our prestige score might go up a bit if she does get on the Supreme Court.

Current Law Students / Best Professor Lines This Year
« on: September 29, 2005, 07:57:51 PM »
In a very mean, hard tone: "Congradulations Mr. Smith, you have made everyone in here a little dumber with that answer." The professor then said "I believe that line is from 'Billy Madison,' but basically you're wrong!" The guy is hiliarious! Very condesending, makes ya stand up the whole time when "you're up," but doesn't make you suffer - if you're wrong, he'll say it....then gives the correct answer and moves on.

Current Law Students / LEEWS: Is it worth it?
« on: September 20, 2005, 10:45:53 PM »
I have seen a number of postings in the past regarding LEEWS, but never really payed attention. I received an email about the class on Saturday, and I am wondering if the class is actually helpful? Also, if you have taken the class, why is it or isn't it a good program?

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