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I took barbri, but toward the end of the summer I couldn't help but think that I wish I had saved my money and studied their books on my own.  Their outlines are great, but they have you spend so much time doing other things (including listening to the lectures that aren't complete at all), that you never get to the details that the multi-state will want you to know. 

That said, I passed without much trouble.  Not sure if that is because of barbri or despite it. 

Bar Exam Preparation / Re: Good/Bad Experiences with Barbri
« on: December 07, 2010, 09:40:09 AM »
If I had to do it over again, I would buy the books and study for it myself.  I would focus mostly on the outline books and condense it all summer.  I would also do the practice problems they provided.  The class itself was a waste of money, just buy the books. 

I did pass btw, but the poster above me is VERY right about the y and z being the focus.  That is especially true for the multi-state MC. 

Job Search / Re: Small Town Firm-Should I?
« on: June 24, 2010, 04:49:12 PM »
To those of you who have responded (and those who haven't too) I have an additional question.  I went to the interview. It was great. The office was an old coverted hotel, beautiful, and the town was surprisingly quaint. However, both partners are from that county (I'm not even from this state) and both have been with the firm for over 20 years.  Clearly their expectations are that I'll be a long-term hire.  Is it bad business practice to take a job like that knowing I may leave later on (I do realize that I may love it and stay, but my long-term goals would require me to relocate)? 

Job Search / Re: Contracts Job-How bad of an idea is it?
« on: June 17, 2010, 04:01:43 PM »
I should add that I would want to do litigation of some form (whether it be civil or criminal).  I'm just worried about making myself less marketable by taking a job like this.  Would that be something to worry about?

Job Search / Contracts Job-How bad of an idea is it?
« on: June 17, 2010, 01:12:48 PM »
So, I've heard bad things about taking contracts jobs, but this is a seriously bad job market.  I just got an interview for one of these kinds of jobs (I sent in a resume not expecting to hear back, but surprisingly I did).  Would it be a bad idea to go to work with one of these companies and keep looking for a job that would be more desirable?  I never thought I'd consider stooping this low, but it seems like this would be a better option than sitting at home with no job.  Anyway, everyone's thoughts would be appreciated. 

Job Search / Re: Small Town Firm-Should I?
« on: May 27, 2010, 07:51:41 AM »
Thanks everyone.  I'm definately going to give the firm a strong look (and would probably take it if an offer is extended). 

The closest big town (100,000+ people) is an hour and 30 minutes away and the closest big city (of over a million people) is 3 hours and 30 minutes away.  I assume these will be close enough to garner consideration given the things that have been said here.  I just need a start and experience, so this job seems better and better the more I think about it, despite it's location. 

Thane:  a lateral hire is ok with me.  I'm not as concered with prestige and big money as much as I am location and quality of life. 

Job Search / Re: Small Town Firm-Should I?
« on: May 26, 2010, 04:32:31 PM »
Well, I'm already taking barbri (which b/c of no job I'm paying for myself).  I'm already committed to take the bar in the state.  I'm perfectly fine with being limited to this state for 5 years until I can get reciprocity.  So the location of it is fine, other than it's not near much. 

My concern about the location is that I think that there will be NOTHING to do.  It's not a career concern as much as it is a lifestyle concern.  Also, I'm interested in doing a specialized kind of law (more of a policy/public interest kind of thing) later on, which would mean I would need to get close to a capital or a city that has options with that kind of work.  But, that's further down the line. 

I can see benefits to this job.  It will pay decent, which will get me through the bad economy.  It'll provide me good experience in a more slow paced enviornment.  My only concern is I wouldn't want to live there forever.

Anyway, for a number of reasons, I want to be near something big eventually.  I'm not in a hurry for that, but I also don't want to take a job which will limit what I can do later on.

(On a side note, how normal is it to go from one law job to another?)

Job Search / Re: Small Town Firm-Should I?
« on: May 26, 2010, 02:14:22 PM »
I should add that I just graduated cum laude (3.26) from a lower T2 school.  Will I have better options?

Job Search / Small Town Firm-Should I?
« on: May 26, 2010, 02:04:05 PM »
I was recently granted an interview at a small, 2 man firm out in the middle of nowhere.  While I could do this for awhile, I do want to work in a bigger town/city eventually.  Would it be a bad move to consider this firm?  Can you go into a bigger city after working there? What would all of you do? Advice would be appreciated. 

Pursuing an LLM / Re: L.L.M. in Law and Government: Is it beneficial?
« on: October 14, 2009, 09:40:19 AM »
I realize I'm not at a top school, but I'm not at a bad one either. Plus, that's kind of the idea behind the L.L.M:  to put a more highly regarded school on my resume. I've already done a fellowship at one of these organizations, so I have a background with them. I refuse to believe that simply going to a mid-level school reduces you to mediocrity for the rest of your life.

With that said, what do you base this opinion on?  Are you in this field?  Do you work in the DC market?  I don't mean to doubt you, I just want to know the situation of the person giving me advice.

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