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There are lots of opportunities, but you need to be willing to either sacrifice or know how to network.

The DA openings are almost always in rural areas because the prosecutors who cut their teeth in those rural areas are the ones with the experience necessary to get the more highly coveted metro-area jobs.  That's pretty much how it works everywhere.  Some possible exceptions are positions in solicitor's offices or positions that handle only misdemeanors.  Barring this, you need to be willing to spend a few years getting experience in a more rural office and wait for an opportunity to open up in a metro office.

As for defense firms, start networking.  These firms almost never interview on campus because they don't care to pay the fees charged by schools for the privilege of getting a room for OCI.  Instead, start going to local bar events, especially those for the criminal division.  

Current Law Students / Re: Re-take?
« on: May 12, 2009, 05:54:32 PM »
And why on earth would a higher lsat score lead to a better job?  Just curious what put this inane idea in your head.

Focus your energy on law school.  A good gpa/rank will lead to job and transfer opportunities, not your lsat score.  Oh, and don't put your lsat on your resume after you start school.  No one cares unless you got a 180, and since you're asking about retaking, I don't think that applies here.

Job Search / Re: so will fall OCI in 2009 be worse than this year?
« on: May 11, 2009, 04:17:16 AM »
bump. thoughts on 2009 OCI now? i'm thinking it won't be as bad as people predicted 6-7 months ago.

I'm thinking worse.

With everyone on deferral now, they have a very easy way to take up slack in hiring without making summer offers.


Current Law Students / Re: Bar Review Course - Worth Spending 3K???
« on: May 08, 2009, 05:59:46 PM »
How did people pass the bar exam before BarBri?

This statement assumes that the bar exam has always had the same format and level of difficulty.  New York's bar exam has had significant changes over the past two decades, and the MBE is a fairly recent addition to all states' exams.


Current Law Students / Re: Bar Review Course - Worth Spending 3K???
« on: May 08, 2009, 04:04:40 AM »
bar/bri = worth the money.

Yes, it's expensive, but haulin' said it himself - it's tried and true, and it works.

Is the bar exam, in this economy, really where you want to start screwing around and trying out unproven methods?

Not necessarily.  Although personally, I'm a fan of the oxford comma.

Current Law Students / Re: Are EC's/Journal really Important?
« on: April 30, 2009, 04:04:45 AM »
I'm sure it varies from school to school but the secondaries at my school explicitly tell you that it is 1/2 the work of the flagship journal.  Given that it is probably 1/2 as useful on your resume (okay, probably even less than 1/2 as useful), it seems like a fair trade off.

This isn't the case at the OP's school.  In fact, unless policies have changed, one of the seconary journals is more work than the flagship.  I don't know about the trade off; I'm not sure I'd say it's half as useful, but I do agree that to some extent, the secondary journals don't carry the same weight on a resume as flagship journal.  that doesn't mean they don't add a lot; i just don't think it's equal.

Current Law Students / Re: did I fail my civ pro exam?
« on: April 28, 2009, 03:16:30 PM »
I haven't read the entire thread, but need to respond to a person's suggestion that you email the professor.

DO NOT under any circumstances email the professor.  If you have a problem, go to the dean of students.  Your exam should be anonymous, and if you email the prof about any problems before grades are out, you may be violating the honor policy.

Current Law Students / Re: Are EC's/Journal really Important?
« on: April 28, 2009, 03:09:42 PM »
Jacy, I believe you go to my school (could be wrong), but I didn't make/do moot court/mock trial.  Sadness.

Thanks for the responses.  I guess I'm going to have to suck it up this next week and try to write on.

Yup, we do/did go to the same school.  The write-on definitely sucks, but don't count yourself out for the flagship journal.  You'd be surprised by the drivel that gets turned in for the write-on competition, and you shouldn't judge your writing by your legal writing grade - the two styles (legal vs. academic) are different.  Just make sure you write something that is clear and well organized.  If you can do that, then I think your legal analysis will fall in line as well.

Good luck!

Current Law Students / Re: Are EC's/Journal really Important?
« on: April 28, 2009, 04:05:06 AM »
Yes, it's important, especially for you.  You've given your own reasons in your OP.  As bl825 pointed out, it will help your writing, and it will also help with finding a job.  No, it's not a guarantee a job, but it does give you something to talk about on your resume.  Additionally, if your resume looks barren right now, you need to start adding an EC or two and journal, moot court, mock trial are all good ones because they do show you've worked on developing some important legal skill.

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