« on: July 17, 2008, 11:35:15 AM »
oh honey, nobobdy loves a gunner. Nobody.
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« on: July 17, 2008, 11:34:35 AM »
Yeah I took Elements too, with Stotzky. We studied a line of cases on indefiniteness in contracts and the exam was a 20 page excerpt from Tom Sawyer. I think the prompt was something along the lines of relate this material to our work in indefiniteness and the legal philosophers we read. The issues discussed in class were almost entirely irrelevant to the exam. Miami is very Chicago influenced, and IMHO that segment of academia is unabashedly competitive.
« on: July 17, 2008, 10:20:41 AM »
Its not just your class, its a long standing sentiment in the legal community and academic communiity. There is actualy a University of Chicago method in academia and its cut-thoat. The basic premis is that not every student deserves to work in the law, the law is a supreme responsibiltiy, etc. These people invented hide the ball. Read up on Soia Mentchikoff, Irwin Stotzky, Carl Llewellen and blame them for your school's reputation. If I was a hiring partner at a big firm would I pick a Michigander over someone from Chicago, no; would I think any better of the Chicago applicant based souly on her law school, definately not.
Those soft factors sound fine to me. They show leadership and dedication to your institution. Mine were the chamber choir, guitar ensamble, and Ralph Nader's Public Interest Research Group, not too impressive but served me fine. No one really cares what your soft factors were so long as you did something.
They've probably already talked you into taking on the Davis debt, but I would ask to defer, work for a year, and go back into it as an in-state resident. If your numbers were good enough for Davis this cycle they likely will be next year. You also have one hell of a good reason to defer. Oh yeah, and 60k is fine in San Fran. You will have a roomate or live in Oakland, but even while paying off loans you could definately get by.
« on: July 17, 2008, 09:23:00 AM »
There's a great book for job seekers. It's called Guerilla Tactits for landing the legal job of your dreams. I'm reading it now and it gives a lot of good tips on how to make your resume stand-out despite a lacklustre gpa.
I studied for a year. It was probably excessive, but I had job auditing the books overnight at a resort that gave me a couple of hours each shift to study. I applied to 21 schools, got into most, and ended up taking a scholarship at Miami. I just finished 1L and I'm working for a federal judge. I wasn't crazy about Miami and have some family issues back in Colorado so I transered to University of Colorado and will be moving to Boulder in a few weeks.