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General Board / Re: My advice to the starting 1Ls (LONG)
« on: August 05, 2008, 09:26:54 PM »
uhh, 1L business card?

It's an ugly, ugly thing.

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General Board / Re: My advice to the starting 1Ls (LONG)
« on: August 05, 2008, 08:35:03 PM »
I know have more friends who are judges and lawyers than I have friends who are classmates.


Matthies, I think this is great advice, but I'd add one caveat (which you note, but I think it's worth making the connection) -- the people you're in law school with will be your peers one day as well. Be careful about the impressions you make. Don't go so overboard with networking that your classmates hate you because they think you'll sell them out in a second. Ten years down the road, I'll remember the dudes who elbow in front of me at networking receptions to give out their 1L business card.

I'm not saying don't network -- just don't be blind to the fact that you have to work in the legal community with the same people you're trying to beat out for jobs. The same goes for summer associate classes as well.

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I think it's a big mistake. When employers look at resumes, they know that the only real reason not to try for law review/journals is, "Ehhh. Seems like a lot of work. I don't feel like it." It evidences a certain level of lazyness. They of course do not want those types of people.




that is simply wrong.

pretty much.

Yeah, good lord. So wrong.

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General Board / Re: Dormant Commerce Clause
« on: May 06, 2008, 09:58:17 AM »
Don't forget the defense, homeslice. Maine v. Taylor.

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Law School Applications / Re: Working During 1L at a T14
« on: February 28, 2008, 04:07:16 PM »
Don't forget the fact that having more income means getting less financial aid.

Except you get dank FWS dollars.

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Law School Applications / Re: Working During 1L at a T14
« on: February 28, 2008, 03:52:18 PM »
Maybe I'm just good at managing my time, but I have no problem working 10 hours a week at school. I did very well in my classes last fall. While the overall debt reduction from doing FWS now may be negligible (and it may not be -- for me, that's a few months less I'll feel obligated to work biglaw years down the road), the other effects -- giving you some perspective on law school, giving you a break from studying -- are beneficial, IMO. And my friends who don't work spend those hours during the day f-ing around anyway.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: The 1L Summer
« on: July 24, 2007, 03:47:59 PM »
da bump

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: The 1L Summer
« on: July 23, 2007, 11:57:40 AM »
So, I know this is a bit forward-thinking of me, but I was recently offered a significant promotion at my place of employment for next summer, which will be after my 1L year. I had planned to seek typical 1L employment, but the pay will be significant -- $3000/wk over a 10-11 week period.

Given that I'm borrowing full cost at Gtown next year, the idea of earning that much money is tempting. I know I should probably just avoid the temptation of the easy money and find some law-related job that will pay at least some money, but -- any thoughts? Is 1L summer employment as important as it's cracked up to be?

I would take the job.... what will you be doing for $3,000/wk?

Thanks for the input, everyone. Your thoughts mirror the ones floating in my head, haha.

The job is as site supervisor for summer programs at a yacht club. I could probably arrange for some evening or weekend work in PI. Bridgeport, CT ain't a tough place to find people in need of help with the law, I think.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: The 1L Summer
« on: July 21, 2007, 03:57:29 PM »
Yeah, I agree w/the doctor's diagnosis, except the fact that you don't really learn anything from the 1L summer--you learn stuff, but I don't think not having a firm job for 1L summer puts you too far behind the curve. 

When do you have to respond to this offer from your company?  If you can sit on it until next spring, you could see what kind of firm job you can land--in DC, there are a number close to or above what your company would pay you.

Thanks for the thoughts. I actually will have to respond by about the end of August, so it's a tough call.

Maybe I should e-mail Gtown career services and ask...? Or does the prohibition on 1Ls and career services already apply to me?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / The 1L Summer
« on: July 21, 2007, 11:59:31 AM »
So, I know this is a bit forward-thinking of me, but I was recently offered a significant promotion at my place of employment for next summer, which will be after my 1L year. I had planned to seek typical 1L employment, but the pay will be significant -- $3000/wk over a 10-11 week period.

Given that I'm borrowing full cost at Gtown next year, the idea of earning that much money is tempting. I know I should probably just avoid the temptation of the easy money and find some law-related job that will pay at least some money, but -- any thoughts? Is 1L summer employment as important as it's cracked up to be?

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