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Current Law Students / Re: What is your typical weekly schedule?
« on: October 18, 2008, 10:43:34 PM »
I take Sundays off. I have broken this for the week of finals.

Generally take Saturdays off until late in the semester. I try and treat it like a job.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Harvard 2L Taking Questions
« on: October 17, 2008, 10:46:05 PM »
TEXAS?  ???


Hmm.  Thanks.. no mail today, so a little over two weeks.  Sent an email of continued interest over the weekend without a response.  It's just very interesting to me.  Two of my callbacks took 4 weeks to reject me, but they occurred very early in the cycle (September 1st-ish). 

Could it be a lot of firms are holding off on rejecting people in the event that other offers are rejected or the 45 days expire?

I've read a lot about that on these boards, but have yet to talk to a single person who it actually happened to them. (School or here). Though I'm sure there's an exception.

Current Law Students / Re: JAG - Info wanted!
« on: October 14, 2008, 02:48:02 PM »
I haven't seen anyone really say this point blank, so I will:

You will most likely end up in Iraq. In Amy JAG, it will likely happen twice during your 4 year commitment.

I really considered this. I was sold on the program for a while, but when I thought of being in Iraq and away from wife for 30 months out of the first 48 months of my career, I had to pass.

How long have you been wanting to quit? There are times in my life when I want to quit everything I do. But generally, when I wait a few days, I realize how glad I am that I did not quit. Lots of people hate law school. I think probably half of people hate law school. You can find jobs that you won't work more than 50 hrs a week, even as an attorney. You won't make 160k, but there are jobs.

Whatever you do, don't rush your decision. You said you'll end up with 100k in debt? Maybe you should finish your first year and transfer somewhere cheaper. I went to a cheaper school a few spots lower on the rankings than some others I got into just so I could have lower debt and more options. It also does take the stress off your back knowing that you don't HAVE TO take the highest paying job possible just to keep your head above the water. (If you do take that job, it's out of free choice!)

Don't rush the decision and make a huge mistake. But, at the same time, law school isn't for everyone. But, if I were you, I'd lower my head and press on through, transferring to a cheaper school after my first year.

Job Search / Re: Complete Failure
« on: October 09, 2008, 10:58:14 PM »
Oh and RE my earlier post, the person I know found some temporary work after passing the bar and found a clerkship soon thereafter, so all is fine. Same can happen for you.

Job Search / Re: Complete Failure
« on: October 09, 2008, 10:14:14 PM »
To Original Poster -

I know someone very well who had a similar situation. No one will bite until you pass. Try applying for legal temp jobs (and maybe even non-legal temp jobs) in the meantime. Also, keep applying for state clerkships where you have some sort of connection. Then., after you pass the bar, have several more applications ready and send them out.

Job Search / Re: 1st Year Associate at V10 taking questions.
« on: October 09, 2008, 09:28:07 PM »
how are the hours?

Ok, not terrible, I think they will pickup though as I get up to speed on more cases.

Care to be more specific? Above or below 65 hours a week?

Job Search / Re: Bias against part time/"second career" (older) students
« on: October 09, 2008, 09:08:41 PM »
I've always heard firms like married people because they're less likely to cut and run. That would undercut part of the bias argument. But I'm not sure, honestly...

Job Search / Re: thoughts on .... WEIL, Gotshal & Manges
« on: October 08, 2008, 11:11:37 PM »
The Grapevine has told me it is a sweatshop, but I have no personal knowledge.

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