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I'm in a PT program, and some students in my class don't work. It seems like at least a third of them either don't work or work only like 10 hours a week. To be honest, those of us who do work are a little grouchy about that, because it seems like they have an unfair advantage over us and over the FT students.

However, the people I know who got good grades this last semester had full time jobs while going to school PT.  I think it's because ppl who have a lot to do get good at being efficient.

It might be glorious to sleep in every day, but do you think employers after graduation or for the summers will look favorably on someone who goes PT without a good reason?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Full time or part time
« on: October 11, 2007, 02:57:28 PM »
I think it is at my school.

Matthies -- I was reading on another thread that you went to Kinkos and got them to chop the binding off of you casebooks and then divide them up into binders.  I think that's a great idea, but inquiring minds want to know how much something like that would cost?

I'm looking at the backpack I got for Christmas and wondering how a laptop and millions of huge textbooks are going to fit, so anything to save space is a must...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Pre 1L summer job
« on: March 27, 2007, 07:24:35 AM »
You could register with a temp agency.  I did that last year and got a job within 48 hours.  You can tell them how long you want to work and they'll try to match you up with a place that only needs you for that amount of time.  They might send you to a different place every few days, but you always have the right to refuse a job for any reason.  They'll just call you a couple of days later with a new offer.

I didn't realize so few people got jobs from OCIs. Luckily, my job puts me in contact with lots of attorneys and other legal types (I work for a legal newspaper), so I'm able to get a jump on networking.

Rev, unfortunately I won't be able to come to ASD in April because I have to work that day. Good luck with the job hunt!

Thanks for the info, Rev!  Do you go to the PCBA luncheons?  If so, you've probably seen me; I'm the one who always takes pictures of the meetings because I'm the photog at the Daily Record.


I'm starting at UALR this August and I'm way excited.  What kinds of places do OCIs there?  Is it only the big firms from LR?  Also, what are you doing for the summer?  Is it easy to find a paying legal job for the summer?

Thanks for your help! (Thanks to Matthies, too, for starting this thread)

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UALR Bowen School of Law
« on: January 29, 2007, 09:59:49 AM »
You said that the jobs in the area don't pay extremely well... Did they tell you what the average starting salary is for their graduates?  I'm planning to go to Bowen, but I haven't been able to find that information anywhere (not that it necessarily matters, because I know I want to stay in LR, regardless).

Also, thanks for the anecdote about the student from Tulane.  I've been feeling a little weird about not applying to some other (higher ranked) schools, but hearing that the firms around here might not really care about that certainly makes me feel better.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: PT applicants, let's hear it!
« on: January 17, 2007, 09:49:00 AM »
I applied to the PT program at UALR (it's the only school I applied to since my husband is also in school in LR).  I'm going to keep my current job at a legal/real estate newspaper, mostly because we can't live on no income and because I have good insurance here.  Luckily, I think I'll have plenty of time to study while on the job...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UALR vs. University of Arkansas
« on: January 09, 2007, 02:38:27 PM »
I know I want to stay in Arkansas for the foreseeable future, so those were the only two schools I seriously considered.  I currently work in Little Rock and know that lots of lawyers in the city went to both schools, so there are plenty of alumni from them to  make contacts with. Also, they both have good bar passage rates (I think UALR's is better) and they're both CHEAP.  I think they're both located in great places, but as a native Arkansan, I might be a little biased.  On the negative side, neither is ranked super-high, so you obviously couldn't go from UALR or U of A to working at a huge New York firm or anything.  However, if you want to stay in AR, they both seem to be good choices.

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