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Job Search / Re: Is facial hair really a taboo for OCI?
« on: August 21, 2007, 10:21:42 AM »

Some people will score you lower in interviews due to the facial hair.  They may think your particular style looks ugly, scruffy, etc.  It may also just be a sub-conscious idea that peoplw with facial hair are hiding something and less honest.

Very few people (if any at all) will score you lower for having a clean-shaven face.  So play the odds.

Since you describe it as a small amount, it probably won't take long to grow back once interviews are done.  You might be able to keep it over the summer job, as people won't be judging you based purely on a 30 minute slice of time.

Job Search / Re: callbacks- how many are enough?
« on: August 21, 2007, 10:00:15 AM »
Are you doing your full summer at one firm, or splitting?

For 2Ls, I expect the firms to average giving offers to 1/3 to 1/2 of the people they bring in for callbacks.  With 6 callbacks, that is a possible 2-3 offers.  They'll probably be weighted towards the "lesser" firm, meaning those who are not as elite in their interviewing process.

If you're doing the full summer at one firm, then 2-3 offers is a decent number to choose between.  As long as you don't bomb the callbacks and end up with 0-1 offers, that's fine.  If you can manage it, try for 8.  It gives you a bit more buffer.  It also lets you have more points of comparison in making your decision.

If you're doing half summers at two firms, then 2-3 offers means you don't really have much of a choice.  I'd try to manage 8 interviews as a minimum, and cap out at 12.

This ignores the problems of doing more interviews, though.  You'll have to miss more classes.  That's my gut opinion.  Listen to your own gut more, of course.  Just remember that this is your prime interviewing time.  Interviewing next semester or next year will be more difficult, as people will start out wondering what is wrong with you that you don't have a job lined up already.

Job Search / Re: greenberg traurig meet and greet
« on: June 24, 2007, 10:36:32 AM »
Why would inviting the entire school make them look crummy?  I certainly remember there were at least half a dozen law firms that invited the entire 1L class to mass receptions this past spring semester.

It is advertising, pure and simple.  They want more people to recognize their name, which will lead to more 2Ls trying to get interviews, so they can have a better selection for next summer.

The only advantage I have as a high tech guy in law school is my typing speed.  Nothing else really helps.

I don't think a transcript of the entire class will actually help you at all.  At the end of the semester, you'll just have 20 times the notes to read through when making an outline for finals.  Your school probably uses exam software so even on open book finals, you'll have to print out your notes.  I've not had an open book final yet where I've had time to do much more than a quick scanning of my outline.  Maybe a full transcript will help you personally.  You'll still have to pare it down to a manageable set of notes for studying anyway.

Current Law Students / Re: Property Question
« on: May 01, 2007, 07:08:17 PM »
On the easement implied by necessity.  As long as there wasn't a quick turnaround on selling the landlocked piece of land and then the other piece of land, you'll typically notice in the form of a pre-existing easement.  More specifically, if the necessity easment has been being used, there will be some visible form of the easement in the way of a paved/dirt/rock road, or tire ruts across the location of the easement.

The more interesting case is when the person is selling the two pieces of the land close together, so the necessity easement hasn't been used long enough yet to create a visible sign.  In that case, you should still have the necessity easement, as to take that away would be depriving the one person of a property right.  Even in the case of a bona fide purchaser, I doubt a court would take away the property right.  I'd view the court as more likely to hold that the second purchaser had some cause of action against the seller for not mentioning the easement by necessity.

If the necessity easement isn't visible because it hasn't actually been being used, then the easement may be declared abandoned.

Current Law Students / Re: Property question
« on: April 29, 2007, 09:39:16 PM »
It'll depend on case law and the opinion of the court.  In other words, it is a toss-up.

Yes, it violates the unity of possession, so the court can strike down a joint tenancy and have a valid excuse.  In that case a tenancy in common is the likely result.  Since there is the right of possession during the lifetime, that sounds an awful lot like an intent to create a life estate in Amanda.  So the life estate would be the current interest.  All three would have a future interest in a fee simple tenancy in common.  (Reversion/remainder/something else, I'd have to look up the term again).  The survivorship clause would then be ignored.

The court could also decide to make it a joint tenancy with survivorship as well.  The courts don't necessarily hold that tightly to the unity requirements anymore.  They could then decide to either "re-write" the will to ignore the life estate clause to meet the unity requirement, or just allow the life estate and not care about the unity.

Most likely, the court would decide it as a life estate followed by a tenancy in common.  It tends to be a nice default choice when there is ambiguity.  If A, B, and C are still alive, any of them can simply sell their interest in a joint tenancy during their lifetime anyway to defeat the survivorship requirement.

Job Search / Re: 1L Study Abroad - Am I shooting myself in the foot?
« on: April 23, 2007, 09:02:57 PM »
Very few people get a job their 1L summer.  Those who don't still have to do something.  There isn't really anything to "see through" about someone doing study abroad over the summer.  It is doing something productive, possibly getting some school credit.  Firms may ask what you did over the summer in the 2L interviews.  They'll certainly like the fact that you did study abroad over the guy who spent the summer playing computer games.

Current Law Students / Re: Let's Talk About Moot Court
« on: April 21, 2007, 12:15:27 AM »
Let's define and rank Moot Court:

Participated in intra-school Moot Court and survive the first round or two, would that be considered enough to put Moot Court on resume or does one have to be in Quarter Finalist or Semi-Finalist in order to put that on resume.

Or should Moot Court really mean winning the whole intra-school competition OR making it all the way to the traveling team representing your law school and compete against other law schools?

I'm still trying to figure this one out myself.  I've decided that making it onto a school team is good enough to go on the resume, since it is presumably fairly competitive to get on.  Making it to the Quarterfinals of an intramural team is good enough to go on the resume (I've heard octofinals is good enough too, but at that point it starts sounding a bit strange).  If I didn't have enough other things to put on the resume, I might even put down a competition I just participated in but didn't do well.  It at least shows a drive and interest, since you have to do extra work to even just compete.

Current Law Students / Re: cause of action against school?
« on: April 20, 2007, 10:43:44 PM »
You're out of luck.

You were admitted to a part-time program, not a full-time program.  They have different standards, so they can certainly keep you to the program you entered.  I'd guess that even before they formalized this rule you still had to apply to change from the part-time to the full-time program.  There was probably never any type of guarantee that you could change programs.

Current Law Students / Re: Let's Talk About Moot Court
« on: April 20, 2007, 10:40:20 PM »
Here's the priority ranking as I have heard it:
1.  Grades
2.  Law Review
3.  Moot Court
4.  Mock Trial

After this comes the other journals, clinics, etc.

Moot court is considered important as it requires research and writing skills to do well at it, and not just the verbal skills like mock trial.

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