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1L job search / General Cover Letters
« on: July 14, 2011, 04:55:02 PM »
Are there any upper classmen out there that can offer advice on writing "general cover letters" for 1L employment?  I want to draft some of them up now so I don't have to do it in November/December.  The problem that I'm running into is, I usually draft my cover letters to outline how my experience fits into the job I'm applying for.  Without knowing the specifics of the jobs I'll be applying for, I'm running into problems drafting them.  I'm going to look into working for a circuit court judge around my home town, state supreme court (if my grades are good enough), and interning for the prosecuting attorney in my home town just to name a few.  Any useful suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

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I am sure there are multi-gozillionaires from every stripe of law school.  I'm equally sure that the worse your law school and the lower your class rank, the more the probability of this happening plummets dramatically.

This is an unfortunate truth, however I would strongly suggest that people also look into HOW the rankings are tabulated.  I read an interesting thread that is calling into question the ACTUAL differences between the law schools out there and that often times higher ranking is given to institutions that have the means to pay more money to USNWR.  I'm not singling you out Falcon, just thought it would be a good opportunity to call attention to this. 


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In addition to the above comments regarding you background, I'd like to address your MBA.  I did okay as an undergraduate, 3.1 GPA and then went on to get a Master's of Science degree in Adult Education in which received a 4.0 GPA.  When I was applying to schools I was told that the graduate GPA would be viewed as an extracurricular.  The reason I was given was that not all applicants would have a graduate degree and therefore the law schools were trying equaling the playing field.  I don't know if this is strictly at the schools I applied for, but prior to forking over the cash to finish off your MBA if LS is the goal, you might double check with the schools you plan to apply to and see if the graduate GPA is in fact viewed as a normal GPA or as an extracurricualr.  This will save you some money and more importantly to us non-trads, time.  If the MBA is a career goal in conjunction to the JD, then by all means good luck!  If not, I would suggest saving the money and using it towards you LS costs.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: why do you want to be a lawyer?
« on: June 10, 2011, 12:15:10 PM »
I think that you should do what you want to do, so you should look into the resturant.  I attended undergraduate school with the idea of becoming a lawyer.  I enjoyed the research and was intrigued by the application of the law.  As with many people, life has a way of happening and I ended up in a career in Higher Education.  Higher Ed was good to me so I decided to pursue a Master's in Higher Ed Admin and work my way up, but my heart and soul wasn't in it.  For the last five year all I can tell you is that going to work for something that you don't truly enjoy is the most difficult thing in the world.  I loath every morning and am elated at 5:00 p.m. everyday.  The only positive thing I can say I got out of the last five years was my Master's Degree and that was done a while ago.  I decided that I needed a change, so I took the LSAT and am on my way to LS this fall.  I tell my students this, do what you truly want to do and it won't feel like work.  If you don't, than work is all it is.   

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Small Town Law
« on: June 10, 2011, 12:07:04 PM »
Thanks for the replys.  I was hoping that it didn't matter that much, but suspected that in fact it was the reality. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Small Town Law
« on: June 09, 2011, 05:23:19 PM »
I wonder if anyone can tell me if the statements made such as “The University of South Dakota is a good choice if you like the area and want to work in South Dakota” or similarly “Applicants will find the University of Wyoming an excellent choice if they choose to stay in Wyoming” are truly founded.  What I’m driving at is I’ve been accepted to a T4 school in the western states away from my home state.  I have no ambitions of “big law” and want to move back to my home state, possibly my hometown, and practice law either as a prosecuting attorney or in a small, private practice.  Does it really matter what school I go to regarding employment opportunities within the service are of similarly tiered schools (i.e. Idaho and Montana)?  I know that employment in the legal profession is down right now as whole and I’m not too concerned about that as all job markets ebb and flow.  I am fully aware of the need for attending a prestigious school if you choose to practice big law or have political ambitions; I’m just trying to determine if there is that much of a difference in small town America law.   

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