Law School Discussion

Nine Years of Discussion
;

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - Dr. Balsenschaft

Pages: 1 2 3 4 [5] 6 7 8 9 10 ... 38
41
General Board / Re: Advice: Grades Took A Long Walk Off a Short Cliff
« on: June 22, 2009, 05:43:18 PM »
You need to be proactive in finding a job, not re-active (ie. Hoping for OCI or someone to just offer you a job from some resume you sent out, thatís how folks get stuck with crap jobs because thatís the only options they tried.)

This is an interesting point.  I got my 1L job from networking.  I got my 2L job from OCI due to high grades and law review.  I was offered a job from both employers at the end of my 2L summer.  I went with the 1L employer, who didn't really care about my grades and the fact that I was a fancy pants law review editor.  I went with the 1L employer because I knew I would enjoy working there and the practice area was more up my alley (although less money, at least at first.)

42
General Board / Re: Advice: Grades Took A Long Walk Off a Short Cliff
« on: June 22, 2009, 04:52:47 PM »
That sucks, but there really isn't enough information here to give you advice.  Are you happy with the location of your law school?  Do you have any connections?  What are you doing your 1L summer?  What's the debt situation like?  Are you married?  Do you have kids? How long have you been out from UG?  Coming out of a T4 with bad grades isn't the end of the world if you graduate with little to no debt and plan to go solo or already have a job lined up where your employer doesn't care about your grades.  Of course, if you're married and/or a little further along in life, you might not have the luxury of toiling away for a few years before making some money or running the risk that you can't make money as a lawyer. 

43
General Board / Re: MBE Questions
« on: June 20, 2009, 11:44:44 PM »
I follow the Paced Program as far as MBE and essay questions go.  That's usually 18 MBE questions per day.

44
It sounded to me like he was asking if his accomplishments would fit the description of the type of student that his school has said it will reward at the end of the first year. It's not like his screen name is "ReallySpecialStudent" or anything.

Yeah, "Stallion" is much more humble. 

45
General Board / Re: Calling quick for free even if to Iran.
« on: June 20, 2009, 09:24:14 AM »
My landline lets me call half of the county. It used to be only the town, but the phone company pulled the stick out of the ass a bit I guess. ;D



What kind of phone rate plan are you on that you canít even call one county away? Its long distance to call a few miles?

You can get phone plans that only allow you to make local outbound calls (with unlimited inbound calls.)  Phone plans usually differentiate between local, regional, and long distance rates.  Local is the smallest subset and can sometimes be as small as only your town.  Really, it depends on whatever confusing set of regulations your state has.

Yea you would think with all the competition from cell phones they would try to offer more services, I doubt I'll keep my landline much longer since my cell is cheaper with free long distance


Allowing you to choose just a local calling plan is useful precisely because most people will use their cell phone for long distance calls.  You have to pick some sort of service if you want to receive phone calls on your land line.  A strictly local calling plan is not a bad idea for those who just can't let go of the old land line now that they have a cell phone. 

Myself, I only have a land line (through the internet, so it includes long distance) and pay just $30/month.  Cell phone reception sucks where I live so it just made no sense for me and my wife to pay for a cell phone.   

46
General Board / Re: Calling quick for free even if to Iran.
« on: June 19, 2009, 07:22:22 PM »
What kind of phone rate plan are you on that you canít even call one county away? Its long distance to call a few miles?

You can get phone plans that only allow you to make local outbound calls (with unlimited inbound calls.)  Phone plans usually differentiate between local, regional, and long distance rates.  Local is the smallest subset and can sometimes be as small as only your town.  Really, it depends on whatever confusing set of regulations your state has.

47
General Board / Re: Expunged misdemeanor question....??
« on: June 19, 2009, 07:28:09 AM »
I would've said mention it, but I'm not an attorney so don't take anything I say as legal advice.  I have no idea whether the bar examiners can find out about anything that was expunged from your record.  I suppose anything is possible.  For instance, what if they call up one of your references (if you have to list references) and a reference says, "Well gee, so and so is a great guy.  There was that one little incident back in 2005, but that was a minor indiscretion . . ."  Of course, you could tell your references not to mention it, but then you're asking people to lie for you.    

If your law school application asked whether you had any convictions and you answered "no," arguably, you answered as such because you didn't think you had to mention anything about convictions that were expunged from your record and you were acting on advice from an attorney.  But if your law school application asked you to disclose all convictions, including those that have been expunged, as your bar application likely will (you should check), then you knowingly lied on your law school application.  Regardless, I don't think a late disclosure, in and of itself, is necessarily going to hurt you depending on how you explain it.  I seriously doubt a law school would ever take back your acceptance, but they can more or less do whatever the hell they want (with varying levels of limitation depending on whether it's a state school or not.)  However, I really don't know.  Most people probably don't know.  It also depends on the circumstances of your conviction.  I had a bunch of criminal convictions on my application, but none of them were for dishonesty.  The fact that you omitted a crime of dishonesty on your application doesn't look that great from my perspective.  

If you do disclose it to the school and then check with the bar examiners to see how it will effect you three years from now, at least you won't have to think about it.

48
General Board / Re: Expunged misdemeanor question....??
« on: June 18, 2009, 11:02:16 PM »
Why don't you go ask the attorneys who gave you that advice in the first place?

49
Favorite quote:

"Good luck!!!! May you attend the best ABA-approved law schools in America! The ABA-approved law schools will take you places you've never even dreamed of!!!!"


50
General Board / Re: Briefs
« on: June 17, 2009, 08:48:54 PM »

Pages: 1 2 3 4 [5] 6 7 8 9 10 ... 38