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General Board / Re: Salary for pt law clerk?
« on: June 10, 2008, 02:33:10 PM »
Also probably depends what work you're doing.  If you're a file clerk working exclusively in the file room, you probably can't really make much more than $15.  If, however, you are working on cases or are considered a law clerk, I'd expect you could make much more.  Terminology probably isn't as important as what you are actually doing while working.

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Anyone want to share a locker with me?

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I used a bunch of different realtors but ended up getting a place through the HRES website - so it was just through communication with the owner that I got the place.  I highly recommend Tory Row Real Estate (dealt with Andrew, who was great) and Oxford Street Realty (dealt with Jackie).

Apartment Rental Experts was all right, but I think their realtors are new, seasonal, and aren't super responsive. The other places I listed are smaller places with people with YEARS of experience.

Apartment PhD I think it was called was ok - I dealt with Ying Ying.  She was kind and has great units, but she isn't the most responsive all the time.

I was not impressed with Apartment Hub, Metro Realty (or Metro Real Estate maybe?), or Inman Realty.

Good luck to all of you!

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Apartment question for all of you regarding location.  For those who lived off-campus your first year, how far away did you live?  And how far is too far, if you are walking? In the winter, is a 10 minute or half mile walk a pain (keep in mind coming from California, where cold - 55 degrees)?

I had a 7 minute (if I booked it) to 12 minute (leisurely stroll) walk. In the winter, there were a few days where the sheer cold and wind made my sinuses ache for hours, just from being outside for that amount of time. Thankfully, it was limited to just those few days. But there were many other days when I wore my snow boots. But most of the sidewalks got shoveled quickly, so my walk never turned into like a half hour trek or anything. I would leave five minutes early if the weather got really bad. I'd say a 15-20 minute walk would be my personal outer limit.

I agree.  Some days are as cold as everyone says they are in Boston, so even a 20 minute walk might be a bit much.  Plus, what if you get stuck with 8:30 a.m. classes 5 days a week?!  To be sure, the best sidewalks are near Harvard owned properties--because they shovel religiously when it snows.  You may want to invest in a good pair of boots before getting here (maybe they're on sale during the summer?) to avoid the dreaded Boston slush seeping through shoes.

8:30 classes five days a week?  That must suck.

Oh section 2.......

See I would LOVE 8:30 am classes 5 days a week.  But then I've been working 7:30 am - 4 pm (or 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 pm lol) for a few years now, so an early start would be awesome.  Otherwise I'll sleep in and get nothing done.  Fingers crossed for section 2 lol.

I'm coming to Boston this Friday to go apartment hunting!  Wish me luck :)  Any current students have favorite realtors you've gone through?  I have a few I'm going through as well as craigslist but would love any suggestions.

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Thanks so much for your opinions guys.  That definitely helps!  Apartment hunting for a place that will allow an 80 pound dog SUCKS.  Especially when hunting from Cali...sigh...

Apartment question for all of you regarding location.  For those who lived off-campus your first year, how far away did you live?  And how far is too far, if you are walking? In the winter, is a 10 minute or half mile walk a pain (keep in mind coming from California, where cold - 55 degrees)?

I have a 25 minute walk. But considering it's about the only time I have to get any exercise and listen to some podcasts it's turned out to be a blessing.

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Apartment question for all of you regarding location.  For those who lived off-campus your first year, how far away did you live?  And how far is too far, if you are walking? In the winter, is a 10 minute or half mile walk a pain (keep in mind coming from California, where cold - 55 degrees)?

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Law School Applications / Re: Stanford Waitlist
« on: May 08, 2008, 01:57:58 PM »
Good luck to you  :D  With any luck I will see you there in the fall.  I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Just so you know, they will wait forever to release you from the list if you're not accepted off of it.  I think I was released mid-September last year...

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: May 07, 2008, 01:08:45 PM »
Ok, so I'm usually a lurker on this thread, but that last article had me trippin' enough that I had to reply.  Is that what women starting law careers in BigLaw have to look forward to?  I hear about all these firms being "family friendly" but it sounds to me that it's just a front and they'll drop you as soon as you start said family.

That depends on the firm but more importantly on your practice group and specifically the partners with whom you work.  I doubt many firms would "drop you" as soon as you start a family, but I do think it's very typical for work flow to slow and for you not to be given good cases/deals for a while.  On one hand, this isn't cool for the people who really are devoted to their career and want to continue to be a great attorney.  On the other hand, there are quite a few women who go on maternity leave then come back and promptly leave their jobs (not a majority, but enough that employers may view it as a problem).  Kinda ruins it for the devoted career women who are penalized because firms and companies are trying to cover their butts in case this happens.

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I just got my travel reimbursement!

Also, I sent my seat deposit yesterday.  See you this fall?

Hooray!  Congrats and see you in the fall!  Join the facebook group for "HLS Class of 2011" if you haven't yet.

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