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Current Law Students / Re: Racism Hurts
« on: October 19, 2006, 10:13:58 AM »
Just yesterday, I was very happy with my life. Great job, great family, great friends, house ... But then something happened last night which completely changed my world. I was at a bar in West Hollywood where I got into a verbal argument with a blonde lady (she started it, I'm serious -- instead of saying 'excuse me', she just pushed me out of her way!). Now you know, two people at a bar, you know, tipsy, so an argument or two, not a big deal.

But what was different about this situation was that one of the involved parties (me) had dark skin. Just as I was about to walk away from the scene, the lady whispered this in my ear: "Why don't you go back to your county? We don't need you here!" This was such a big reality slap on my face that I was in absolute shock for about 10 minutes. I can do the best in law school, get a job at a great law firm, drive a fancy car ... but in the end, some lady at a bar, who most likely hasn't even set foot in college, can make a racist comment and completely destroy my confidence.

Well, to make the long story short, I, after a long time, faced such open racism and it has definitely affected the image I hold of myself. All I can say to this lady is, watch out! I'm an attorney and have so much to lose. But sooner or later, you are going to make a similar comment to a guy who is at your level (i.e. has nothing to lose) and he will not walk away from the scene. I guarantee it!

Sweet Revenge--> On a happier note, I ran into this lady after the bar closed. She was getting into her, oh lets just say, "crap" mobile. I, along with my friend, laughed out lound and yelled, "hey, you may not need me, but you definitely need a new car." LOL.

Doesn't sound like much to me.  Two people in a random encounter saying the most hurtful things they could think of to each other.  Happens everyday.  Perhaps the real problem is with your self confidence.

The world is full of hate, all you can do is be above it.  The fact that you got "sweet revenge" means that you are on a similar level as her, even if not quite as low.  In her mind, you are just another minority harrassing her in a dark parking lot.  And in your mind, she is just another person discounting you despite all your accomplishments.

Current Law Students / Re: what is good about SA or PD jobs?
« on: August 23, 2006, 02:49:42 PM »
Point taken.  However, I wasn't transcribing verbatim what I planned to say, but I do appreciate the input.

Can anybody think of any other perks, other than litigation and interesting work?

Current Law Students / what is good about SA or PD jobs?
« on: August 23, 2006, 07:27:58 AM »
I submitted my resume through OCI for a bunch of jobs that I didn't necessarily want.  Well, I wasn't really convinced I would get the interviews because I am not a "certified legal intern" (in florida it means the supreme court licenses you to practice as a lawyer temporarily before you graduate), and I haven't worked at a SA or PD office.

Well, I have interviews this week and next week including Public Defender's offices and State's Attorneys offices.  When they ask me "why are you interested in this position," I want to be able to respond, so what are the perks of working those jobs?

Here is all I can come up with:
1. You get a ton of litigation experience, whereas first and second year associates in civil firms are typically stuck shuffling papers
2. The work is probably pretty interesting.  Prosecuting a DUI or something like that is more interesting than checking property for easements, or analyzing the proviso language of a contract for the sale of toaster ovens, IMO.

anything else?  anything at all would be helpful.

Current Law Students / Re: i just wanted to let everyone know...
« on: July 19, 2006, 07:10:45 PM »
American Intellectual Property Law Association?  They have journal at your school?  Or did you submit to the national organization?

Current Law Students / Re: Rankings, how to round
« on: July 15, 2006, 06:41:32 PM »
My law school specifies that you must round down.  So if you are in 50.2%, you can either call it 50.2% or round down to 51%.

Current Law Students / Re: i just wanted to let everyone know...
« on: July 15, 2006, 06:38:24 PM »
any journal in particular, or is it just called "journal?"

USC is the only law school in South Carolina.  Even though SC doesn't have a big legal market compared to Georgia, NC, or Florida, people who go to USC tend to get jobs because they are the only law students in SC.

NC has a lot of really good law schools.  Fourth tier can't compete with Duke, UNC, Wake Forest...etc.

So in terms of employment, I would vote USC. 

Current Law Students / Re: to 3L patent attorneys to be - A QUESTION!
« on: July 11, 2006, 03:44:58 PM »
I love how someone is still stalking me on this site, "defaming me" for a completely helpful post.  Pathetic.

Anyway, my opinion is formed only through first hand experience.  I think a lot of times people tell you what you want to hear.  I remember right before I took the LSAT, an IP lawyer told me "law schools take anyone with an engineering degree, because there is so much demand for IP lawyers."  Needless to say, this is completely false.

I happen to know two people who both accepted jobs and Foley & Lardner.  Both were on law review, one was patent bar eligible.  I am not sure if she had taken the patent bar yet, but she got close to $15k higher starting salary than the guy who wasn't patent bar eligible.  Now, I haven't talked to Foley since passing the patent bar, but I sent them a resume for my 1L and 2L summer job search and couldn't even get an interview despite having an ME degree and decent grades.  That would lead me to my prior statement, that big firms typically don't lower standards but instead offer higher salaries.  Take it for what its worth.

Current Law Students / Re: to 3L patent attorneys to be - A QUESTION!
« on: July 08, 2006, 12:32:48 PM »
A lot of info about IP is just hype.  I haven't experience a lot of extra demand for patent eligible law students, of course I didn't take the patent bar until after my 2L job search was over, so maybe you will have a different experience.

From what I can tell, firms are willing to give patent lawyers better salaries, but they aren't willing to lower their standards any.  You would think a big firm that required top 10% might stoop down to the lowly top 20% if they really needed a patent lawyer, but I haven't seen any of that.

study hard for the patent bar.  I noticed that most of the repeats came from the October 2003 test, if that helps you any.

Current Law Students / Re: PATENT BAR
« on: May 26, 2006, 09:39:32 AM »
i just got my PLI review materials in the mail today

someone please shoot me.

Haha.  Its not that bad.  Once you start catching on to the little tricks they use in the questions, its not as hard as it looks at first.

One piece of advice, I think I focused for too long on reviewing the general material.  I spent two weeks going through the rules, and then four weeks doing practice tests.  A lot of the stuff I did going over the rules was worthless because the patent bar actually focuses on certain narrow issues..

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