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Current Law Students / Re: Sum and Substance - administrative law - finz
« on: February 23, 2008, 06:19:02 PM »
has anyone had a chance to listen to this? Is it worth getting?

Well, I haven't listened to it (although I have all the other ones), but here are the reasons I didn't get it:

1. Cassette tapes only
2. Published in 99 and not updated since, many of the admin law cases are post-99, although many aren't

Although, if you have a cassette player, maybe its worthwhile for the parts of the law that have not been updated. Also, I can't say enough good things about Finz. I used his S&S on Torts and it was by far the best audio review out there. Not only because it covered everything necessary, but because of his humor and voice.

If they updated it (which would include putting it on CD), I would buy it in a second.

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Transferring / Re: 3.5 GPA on a C+ curve at a T4
« on: January 19, 2008, 08:50:19 PM »
Think I have a shot at GULC EA?  What about American?  Boalt? 

Anyone have a rough guess of what GPA you have to have to be top 10 on a C+ curve?

A 3.5 GPA with a C+ curve (3.33) probably puts you in the top 25% but probably not the top 20%. I'm looking at multiple schools where the curve is C+ right now. It may be different for your school, but if your school is like these others, you're probably top 25%. From a tier 4, that won't be enough to get GULC and certainly not Berkeley. American you may be able to do, however.

3.33 is B+, 2.33 is C+.

Oh, wow, my bad. Sorry, you're absolutely correct.

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Transferring / Re: 3.5 GPA on a C+ curve at a T4
« on: January 19, 2008, 07:26:15 PM »
Think I have a shot at GULC EA?  What about American?  Boalt? 

Anyone have a rough guess of what GPA you have to have to be top 10 on a C+ curve?

A 3.5 GPA with a C+ curve (3.33) probably puts you in the top 25% but probably not the top 20%. I'm looking at multiple schools where the curve is C+ right now. It may be different for your school, but if your school is like these others, you're probably top 25%. From a tier 4, that won't be enough to get GULC and certainly not Berkeley. American you may be able to do, however.

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Job Search / Re: Chances at a 1L big law job...
« on: January 17, 2008, 05:52:01 PM »
It may generally be impossible to tell who is lying, but it's not impossible to tell if he's lying.  Clearly, he's either lying now, was lying in September, or both.

Everyone I know with that many interviews at big law salaries is at a top 10 school.  Everyone I know with interviews sent their cover letters as e-mail attachments.  (That's what I did, and I have big law -- or mid law at market -- interviews.)  So no need to encourage people at lower-tiered schools that if they just send out more letters they'll get a big law job.  At some point in the next few weeks, they should start exploring other opportunities.

You may have a special resume (and I don't know why you'd send a personal statement to an employer), but the top three deciding factors for interviews at this point are networking, where you go to school and grades.  Every firm will openly tell you that.

No, I'm not lying, just on the ball. I knew that I wanted biglaw for 1L summer and made a list of all the locations I wouldn't mind working. It's a pretty varied list, so that probably has something to do with it.

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Job Search / Re: Chances at a 1L big law job...
« on: January 15, 2008, 10:26:06 PM »
190 letters is a lot to send out...  how much did that cost you?

Probably under $130 including stamps, resume envelopes, and resume paper. Really a good investment considering I will probably get at least an offer or two out of it.

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Job Search / Re: Chances at a 1L big law job...
« on: January 15, 2008, 05:33:21 PM »
No OCI.

I sent out about 190 letters and 10 emails or so (exclusively to firms that state that they hire 1Ls) so that the letters would arrive on December 1st. I may do OCI, too, because a couple firms said that they weren't making any decisions until 1L OCI and that they would be on campus for that.

I was getting (and still get) rejection letters/emails constantly. I was expecting probably a 5% favorable return rate and that looks like what it's shaping out to be.

Honestly, autoadmit was right on the money with regards to their 1L interview guidelines.

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Job Search / Re: Chances at a 1L big law job...
« on: January 15, 2008, 04:22:05 PM »
Of course. Me personally, I wouldn't waste my time making $10/hour or something when I could travel. for probably what would be my last summer off ever.

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Current Law Students / Re: Audio Recordings of Supreme Court Decisions
« on: January 15, 2008, 04:15:06 PM »
Wait, this isn't actual recordings of the SCOTUS cases, it's some guy reading them into a mic and putting them into mp3 format?

Seriously? What makes you think there is a demand for this?

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Current Law Students / Re: Looking for Supplement Recommendation
« on: January 12, 2008, 07:32:10 PM »
CrimPro depends on the type of course you have. Is it the typical Miranda/fourth amendment/Katz course, or is it the process course where you basically see every step of the arrest process from arrest to trial and appeal.

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Job Search / Re: Chances at a 1L big law job...
« on: January 11, 2008, 03:05:50 PM »
You'll probably be okay. I'm a 1L at a lower ranked school and I have 7 interviews lined up already with at least 1-3 more expected.

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