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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 02, 2007, 02:56:30 PM »
Some quick answers. (I am doing so good at procrastinating from torts outlining.)

The library - I worked there for about 5 months. The work is not stressful in the least and is really easy. The reason that I dont recommend it is because you can't do school work while working (which is not like some of the other jobs on campus.) Being in the library all the time and seeing everyone else studying can also be very stressful. If you can manage to avoid the mind games, then it wouldnt be too bad, but that would make you a better person then me.

Laptops - DO NOT get a mac! USD keeps claiming that you will be able to use them on exams soon, but who knows what soon is with USD IT. On that note, this semester they wont support Vista for exam soft. (That might be a reason to not get Vista either.)

Temporary Housing - I have never heard about them letting you stay on campus while you look for housing. I would just ask as many USD students as possible where they live and if they would recommend it. This might give you a starting point. Maybe you could fly out for a week in the middle of the summer to find a place?

Evening Hours - I wouldnt worry about the 8 hours thing. Your payment is the same if you take 8-11 hours, so I guess they just put the minimum. But you are right about the 10 hours and then 9 in the spring. (PS - I am an evening student, so if you have an evening specific questions, feel free to ask.)

I think thats all the questions. Sigh, back to torts.

San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 02, 2007, 09:48:16 AM »
I just wanted to quickly chime in about fin aid. Yes, your initial package is most likely your final package. The majority of people are on all loans. However, I dont think there is any benefit to turning down work study (unless you feel like you need more loans, I guess.) I know several people who have had at least 5-8 hours to work in the library (which I wouldnt recommend, but thats a different subject) or other areas on campus. Additionally, all research assistant positions with a professor are funded by work study. It is not unheard of for a 1L to have a research position in the spring or esp in the summer. (I have one.) It would stink to have to turn a position like that down because you dont have access to work study. Just a thought....

PS - I also agree with the "nothing north of La Jolla or south of downtown..." sentiment.

San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: April 11, 2007, 04:21:03 PM »
Hey everyone! Congrats on your decision. I am USD 1L right now and I love it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. (I have been trying to answer questions on this board, but sometimes I get lost in the magnitude of them.)

I just wanted to comment quickly about on-campus housing. I have a couple friends that live on campus and love it. Its slightly more expensive, but there are a few perks - 1. less drive time, traffic here stinks. 2. only 9 month lease, which allows you to take a job elsewhere during the summer 3. no housing searching. 4. great study rooms. Just thought that I would throw that out there.

Good luck!

Current Law Students / Re: p/t - Day or Evening
« on: March 25, 2007, 03:52:28 PM »
I love the evening program, but there are a couple of things to think about. How easy it to switch to day? (All I have to do is check a box, but do you have to apply?) How many hours behind are you? (Im just behind one summer, but that has limited my jobs for the summer because I have to take classes.) And what will you do during the day time? (I have been volunteering, but lots of interviewers what to do what your doing, other than watching tv.)

Current Law Students / Re: Ranking of Jobs?
« on: March 01, 2007, 07:40:36 PM »
Ok, maybe I didnt really explain what I meant. I meant something like a big law job is better than a small firm, but a non-profit job might be better than a research job? Like how much would I big shooting myself in the foot if I took a research position with a professor instead of an in-house job at a large company?

Current Law Students / Ranking of Jobs?
« on: March 01, 2007, 06:47:19 PM »
Under the assumption that the knowledge of many is better than the knowledge of one, I come to you for help. Looking purely at prestige and 'wow' factor for future jobs, which are the 'best' jobs. Possible list? Clerkship at big law firm, clerkship in small law firm, in house law, non-profit place, research job for law professor, judge externship, and others? I feel like this might have been done before, but it would be helpful now that we are all trying to find summer jobs.

Current Law Students / Business Cards?
« on: February 13, 2007, 08:55:56 AM »
So, my career services advisor was shocked to find out that I didnt have business cards yet. How many of you have them? How often do you give them to someone? What do they say besides name, school, graduation year, and email? Thanks!

Job Search / Patent Law Interview Program - Any thoughts?
« on: February 07, 2007, 02:36:14 PM »
Did anyone go to this in Ohio last year? Is it worth it to fly there? And if you found a job, did you pass the patent bar?

Current Law Students / Re: I have a hard time belieiving NALP
« on: January 30, 2007, 08:55:55 AM »
Wow, Our NALP percentages are still on the old grading scale - very unhelpful. Thanks anyways though!

Current Law Students / Updating Resume with Grades
« on: January 30, 2007, 08:54:56 AM »
So, this might be a stupid question, but what exactly do you put on your resume? Our school doesn't rank until after the first year, but all the sample resume's only have rank. Based on last year's class, I know I am in the X percentile - should I put X% based on last year's class? Thanks in advance!

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