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General Board / Is it worth it to become an editor on law review?
« on: February 01, 2008, 02:31:32 PM »
Elections are coming and I'm not sure what to do.  If I run, it will be for a position that requires less work, like a notes and comments editor.  But the thing is...I am behind on my credits as a 2l from the time consumption of being an associate member and it will be hard next year to catch up and be an editor.

So I ask you: is it worth it career wise to have editor on my resume?  Or would it only really be worth it to be something like managing editor or editor in chief?

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General Board / What does it mean to get an OCI?
« on: August 17, 2007, 03:12:51 PM »
I have two OCIs with biglaw firms so far.  One has 12 students and the other 15.  I'm not in the top 10%, but I have geographical ties and am in top 20% and on law review.  My question is if I have an interview does that mean they consider me qualified and it will come down to personality and how the interview goes?  Or am I just a warm body to fill up a slot and they are more concerned about top 10% students who will get a callback unless they really screw up?

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General Board / What application materials do you use quality paper for?
« on: August 05, 2007, 01:57:32 PM »
I know to use the quality paper for a resume.  I'm not going to use it for the references and obviously not for the writing sample.  I'm not sure about the cover letter though.

What materials did you use the quality paper for?

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General Board / Re: NYC Biglaw Raises to $160k
« on: August 04, 2007, 08:24:17 PM »
I'd rather take $135K at Jones Day in Cleveland (if I had a prayer to get in).  I don't think that extra 20K covers the cost of living differences.  What do you all think?

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Congrats on making it in. While it is an accomplishment making it in, the reality of it is is thatit is only helpful in getting your foot in the door. I can tell you that at my T3 school,only a handful of people had jobs (be it after graduation or for their 2L/3L summers). The reality of it is, that unless you're at a T14 school, the job market for lawyers is a tough one and law review only puts you ahead so far. You have to do a lot to distinguish yourself from the bunch and the interview is obviously the first step at doing that. Ace the interviews and you'll be one step closer to that "dream job". Good luck!

My guess is that it won't be helpful for Vault time firms, but for medium and somewhat larger firms, it will distinguish me.  I'm not going to even bother with Vault firms since those go to T14ers as you say.  I guess I'll see how much it helps during OCI and fall recruitment.

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I just got the email today.  I'm going to a T2 school, so I'm thinking this is big for getting a summer job.  What do you think?  How much does law review on a resume really help?

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I'm a 2L getting ready to send out cover letters from a 2Tier regional school.  My career advisor suggested listing any geographical links with a city or why I want to live there in the cover letter. 

Do you agree it's important to discuss the city or ties?  I don't think it would hurt, but I'm confused about applying to big firms with multiple offices. 

One of the firms coming to OCI is interviewing for multiple offices and I don't want to limit myself to one city.  Another firm lists on our website lists Columbus where the recruiter is but the headquarters on NALP is Akron.  What should I do for this?

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Transferring / Top 15% at T2, where should I apply?
« on: June 04, 2007, 10:23:22 AM »
Career services plugged my GPA into last year's rankings and said I would have been top 13%.  So, even if things change a little, I should still be top 15%.  I'm at Toledo (#85) looking to transfer.  How would my chances be for Ohio State or Case?  Any other schools you would suggest I try to transfer to?

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General Board / Law school girls are just not attractive
« on: May 30, 2007, 10:19:36 AM »
I'm sorry friends, have to call it how I see it.  At my school, the ones there are a homely bunch and a lot are geeky girls who just aren't attractive.  Of course, there are a few attractive girls, but nothing like undergrad.  Don't get me wrong, I'm sure they can kill an exam with all their dateless Friday nights available to study, but that doesn't make them attractive.  I'm going to assume my school is not an anomaly since I noticed the same thing at every school I visited before coming here.

And it makes sense if you think about it.  The most attractive girls in college joined sororities or got married and are probably starting a family.  Law school is full of the girls who studied on a Saturday night and wanted to set the curve so high in class to get back at the jocks who never asked them to prom in high school.  It's full of girls whose chance to have a boyfriend and family one day is probably slim to none, so they plan to put their all into a career and steamroll any law school competition in their way.  That's why they score higher on exams than guys.  They are determined.  They are determined to prove to go to their high school reunion and rub it into some jock who rejected their advances who is making $40K at Enterprise-Rent-A-Car as some schlock middle manager what they are missing as this chick is a partner at biglaw making over $200K. 

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General Board / What kind of grades did professors get?
« on: January 18, 2007, 10:31:35 AM »
I'm just wondering what grades our professors had in school.  Would you guess all As?  Any Cs? Were they all in the top 10%?  Or if they went to a T14, were they perhaps not in the top ten?

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