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Job Search / Re: Any Offers yet?
« on: January 14, 2007, 09:48:54 AM »
Just make sure you treat different offices of a firm individually with this kind of a plan.  Most of the firms do not have a coordinated hiring plan.  They may talk a bit back and forth, but each office can typically set their own schedule and planning numbers.  The only thing they probably do to coordinate is to give opinions back and forth if they've met or talked with someone.

I'd say a phone call as well.  It makes sure that the correct person gets the information and gives some sort of response.  You don't get on the phone and expect them to give you their answer in that call.  You only expect them to tell you that they will speed up their evaluation of you and possibly give you a firm committment of when they will have made their decision.

Current Law Students / Re: LEEWS
« on: January 14, 2007, 09:43:32 AM »
I bought it and started trying it.  I got through the first 2 CDs before I just got so bored with it.  The presenter is a pompous windbag, and it is more motivational speaking than anything else.

What it gives you, is a basic process for how to tackle the exams.  If you don't have a process already, or haven't already figured out how to sit down and analyze a problem, LEEWS might actually be good for you.  As I said, I gave up on it before sitting through it all.  For me it was BS because he was just pointing out things that were already obvious to me.

Now, maybe he gets into some more useful stuff later in the CD's.  I never listened that far.

U of Texas - Austin / Re: I love my professors
« on: January 13, 2007, 08:34:24 PM »
Seriously, they rock. 8)

two of mine somewhat suck.

I'm so sorry.

If it makes you feel any better, I'm starting to dislike them a little more each day.  I know it takes a long time to read the exams, but only having one grade is killing me.  I need the other 3 to cheer me up :-[

I've got only two, and am waiting on two more.  I wouldn't mind as much, but I know of some firms that are starting to make decisions on whom to interview starting next week.

I checked today, and professors have 5 weeks from the last day of Finals to post the grades.  My calculations put that as January 26 (another two weeks away).  They can even put them in later, they just get some sort of financial penalty.

Job Search / Re: reciprocity? what's up with this scam
« on: January 13, 2007, 08:28:43 PM »
It is possible that the recipricocity agreement in this case is meant mostly for lawyers who have already graduated from school, and are looking for a job change.  In those cases, such agreements are more useful, as alumni are unlikely to travel back to their home school during the job hunt.  They'd rather work through a placement office in the city where they are currently working.

The placement offices also do not want to have to actively be helping students from another school compete for the same jobs as their own students.  This is less of an issue in the second semester of 3L and after graduation.  That's probably why they open it up at that point.

Job Search / Re: Any Offers yet?
« on: January 13, 2007, 08:24:56 PM »
Unfortunately, once people actually have offers, it will be too late to hit that firm up for offers, as they'll probably have interviewed everyone already.

No offers yet.  No interviews yet.  Everyone keeps on asking for grades first.

Job Search / Re: envelopes?
« on: January 13, 2007, 08:23:55 PM »
Go with business sized envelopes.  They are set up so that you place two folds in them (dividing the long side of the paper in thirds).  They're the most commonly used size of envelope in the business world.  Manilla envelopes are only for things you really don't want to bend, such as an 8x10 picture or an inch thick stack of papers.

Likewise, do not choose the small envelopes that you have to fold your paper up to 1/6th the size to get it in.

Current Law Students / Re: Academic Probation :(
« on: January 12, 2007, 10:41:23 PM »
If you can pull your grades up for the rest of school, there shouldn't be much of a long-term problem.  When you apply for jobs, you put your final GPA down, and I've never heard of any questions about whether you were ever on academic probation unless you ended with a low GPA as well.

The only time I ever remember being asked about academic probation was when I applied to law school in the first place.  So you may have problems if you have to withdraw from school and reapply or if you wanted to transfer schools.  If you were ever hoping to get past a Senate Confirmation Hearing, it could also come up.

So I doubt it is catastrophic, except for the problems in getting your GPA higher.

Current Law Students / Re: Some general questions. Please help!!
« on: January 12, 2007, 10:36:04 PM »
A note on the last item of adjusting loan sizes.  Another thing they will not increase loan sizes for is additional family.  You can't get any more for being married or having children.

This is a very personalized decision to your circumstances.  You also aren't clear what your decision is.

1.  Are you just getting out of undergraduate and wondering if you should go on to graduate school (JD/MBA)?
2.  Are you admitted to an MBA program and trying to decide if you want to get a joint JD/MBA?
3.  Are you admitted to a JD program and trying to decide if you want to get a joint JD/MBA?
4.  Something else I can't imagine right now?

Personally, I am not a believer in the joint programs.  I say you do one or the other.  Unless you are going for a fairly specialized position, there isn't much benefit from doing both.  You spend an extra year in school, but don't typically get any extra salary.  Now, there are some jobs that may seek out JD/MBAs.  You may also not care about working and earning money, and just want to experience school.  For 99% of the people, I'd recommend sticking to just one program, though.

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