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Where should I go next fall? / UF 3L - Will Answer Questions
« on: January 04, 2009, 08:47:45 PM »

I am the few, the proud, the jaded, the bored. I am a 3L with a job lined up and not a whole lot to do this coming semester. I remembered this board provided some solace back in the day, so I thought I'd give a little back before the 2100+ billables kick in, and/or I get occupied by the Gators in the BCS championship.

Some quick preliminaries:

1. Yes, I am a 3L at UF.
2. Yes, I was at the Ol' Miss game, and that missed extra point haunts me to this day (although I guess it ended up okay).
3. Yes, the economy is really, really bad, and I still feel lucky to have hitched on with a great firm after 2L. It has been pretty brutal for 3Ls who didn't have a position or 2Ls this year.
4. If you are in-state for tuition, UF is a great school to go to. They are cutting their student body (total number of incoming students) which means they will be more selective.

Okay- I'm open for other questions.

General Board / Re: Is your school "cut throat"?
« on: September 22, 2007, 11:15:50 AM »

It has been my impression that the *general* rule of thumb is that the lower ranked the school, the more cutthroat the competition. This makes sense in a fashion. High achievers at low ranked schools are often on onerous scholarships, and the rewards for achievement at a low ranked school (if you want to do the Big/Mid Law track) are given to a much smaller portion of the class.

Again, this is a *general* rule. There are a few schools in the top50 that are known to be a little more competitive than most, and there are a few schools in the t4 that are laid back.

General Board / Re: Law School Attire
« on: August 12, 2007, 08:04:46 PM »
I prefer a codpiece. Nothing else.

Although lately I have found the tilapiapieces to be a little less ruinous to my student loan situation.

General Board / Re: first assignments
« on: August 08, 2007, 12:33:14 PM »
There's homework?

Man, nobody told me there would be homework. I should've gone to medschool.

General Board / Re: Information
« on: August 07, 2007, 02:40:49 PM »
Dunno Raven.

That topic sounds subprime to me.


General Board / Re: Information
« on: August 06, 2007, 10:10:57 PM »
I should add I am shying away from my first idea for the following reasons:

1. Love doing Constitutional interpretation, not a big fan of the 2d Am. (either way). I don't have a dog in that fight. And other people do have a dog in that fight. A dog, and a gun.

2. While the issue is ripe (possible certiorari), it has been done to death with a lot of great scholarship by some really heavy hitters. Random 2L like me? not so much.

3. May want to go with something a little narrower, even if less ripe- like constitutionality of various civil commitment statutes (esp. re: time until a hearing before a judge). This could be done as a survey for mental health and/or contagious disease, and even tie in that TB guy.

'Cuz everyone hates the TB guy.

General Board / Re: Information
« on: August 06, 2007, 10:02:28 PM »
Thinking of doing something on the indeterminancy of Constitutional interpretation, using the recent 2d Am. case out of the DC COA as an example. Absolute meaning cannot be derived from either the four corners of the text nor from intent (which is discredited anyway) nor from original expected application. In the face of such indeterminancy, what is a judicially sound means to interpret the 2d Am.?

OTOH, I was thinking of just doing a basic applicability of the Frye/Daubert standard to brain imaging used to determine the veracity of statements in a court of law for civil actions.

Or something with puffins. Puffins are cool.

General Board / Re: Thomas Cooley vs. Nova Southeastern
« on: August 06, 2007, 08:46:16 PM »
Cooley's library square footage pwns Nova!

Cooley- the hidden t14 school. Lawyers may not know it, judges may not know it, those who hire may not know it, and your mother may not know it, and anyone not currently in a jacket in which you can hug yourself all day long and in a room that you can bounce off the walls might not know it...

But Cooley knows it. And no fancy Nova degree can compete with that.  Or their library seating capacity.

General Board / Re: Information
« on: August 06, 2007, 08:38:31 PM »
My strategy has been to inform my prospective employers that I wish to specialize in pro bono. That's a fascinating area of law, employers love it, and it's like, spanish or something (international law?).

I've also been told that family law is a hot field for the vault 100. BigLaw in the juvidelinquency house, yo!

Finally, ConLaw. I have a niche in 3d Am. jurisprudence.

2L job search / Re: not picked for screening interviews
« on: August 06, 2007, 01:04:18 PM »
I'll have to agree with the previous posters. I have similar credentials to yours (top ranking, law review, book award, work experience yada yada yada).

I applied to a spread of firms.

I have interviews for all the vault firms, including what I assumed to be reaches.

I got dinged at the local & regional firms.

I assume they're not wasting their time with someone who they believe will be unlikely to be taking a summer associate gig with them.

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