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Transferring / Re: "On hold" at Duke
« on: July 22, 2008, 01:50:58 PM »
Sounds like a deferral to me. 

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Transferring / Re: top 10% at T3 is what % at a T20 (GW) ? - (OCI)
« on: July 19, 2008, 09:15:32 PM »
GW was so transfer-friendly this year (transferapps lists more than one top 20% candidate as getting the letter, AND someone getting into GW but dinged at AU), it may work against you.

(In fact, does transferapps list any GW dings yet?)  Answer -- two, someone trying to transfer with a 3.0 and someone top 16% at T3.
 
But, in the long run, of course the GW JD is better than the third-tier JD.  Best of luck.

I'm not sure it would work against him.  Even if GW took a lot of seemingly under qualified transfers this year, I don't see how this would affect how firms evaluate transfers who did extremely well at their previous schools.  It just means the under qualified people won't get interviews.   

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Transferring / Re: Transfers that will go to GW (almost for sure)
« on: July 17, 2008, 08:38:45 AM »
You have to be a little more active about it to get the ball rolling.  Start calling or emailing people to ask for info.  That's what I did.   

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Transferring / Re: Transfers that will go to GW (almost for sure)
« on: July 17, 2008, 08:32:14 AM »
I'm going... seat deposit is in and everything.  Working on OCI bidding right now. 

I'm also looking for a place in DC, which sucks.  I'd like to live close to campus in the Foggy Bottom or Dupont Circle areas but the rent is ridiculous.  I'd be happy if I just had to walk a couple blocks to the law school every day.   

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You haven't given us the really pertinent info that is necessary for us to give you advice.

What do you want to do and where do you want to practice?  If this answer is Biglaw in a major city outside of the southeast, then you might consider the transfer.   

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Transferring / Re: The Transfer Resume
« on: July 08, 2008, 08:55:31 AM »
You need to make it VERY clear that you are not participating on your old school's law review, and you should err on the safe side.

Seriously?  Isn't it implied that you're not on your old school's law review since you're not attending anymore?  I don't quite understand your advice; I think employers assume you've discontinued all school-specific activities at the school that you transferred out of.   

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General Board / Re: Law School Debt / Should I Attend Law School
« on: July 07, 2008, 03:48:07 PM »
I'm sorry, I realize that it's tough to let go your (former) dreams, but I see this whole thing as a non-issue. 

You should be GLAD that you're realizing this now instead of in the middle of, or even worse, after graduating from law school.  Take advantage of this foresight.   

From what you've said, it seems like you're still very young.  It sounds like your GRE / biology plan would be great; what's the big dilemma here?  Based on your worldview, a legal career would ultimately be fruitless and unfulfilling to you.   Your dreams were clearly based on unrealistic notions and probably the product of youthful naivety.  Do something else and move on to the future biologists discussion boards. :P 

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General Board / Re: Law School Debt / Should I Attend Law School
« on: July 07, 2008, 02:54:26 PM »
I can say I would never give up 80k / year... What tier law school will you be attending?  Because if it is a tier three two/three/four expect to make between 35,000 to 65,000 starting salary.  Perhaps your job is so boring that writing and filing papers all day would be thrilling.  Perhaps I am just in the lamest law office known to mankind. 

I certainly wish in my sophmore year of college I understood how uncertain the legal profession is.  If I had, I never ever would've travelled this path so far (or at least would have aimed far higher than my "anything above 160" motto).  Really though, how is one when they are 19 and focused on school expected to research law school so effectively?

I am quite certain I will have researched this field far more than any of my potential class.  Though, perhaps not.  Perhaps we are all of the mindset "despite all of the statistical evidence combined with anecdotal evidence and news stories, it will work out for me."

I think I now understand what a religous person must feel having realized how false god is. My god happened to be law school. 

Does the ABA recieve money from these law schools it unnecessarily opens?  Otherwise the over-supply of attorneys seems to be due to incompetence. 

Plans for rest of day: continuing to feel sorry for myself.       

Yeah you really shouldn't have gone to law school.  Are you even in law school yet?  If not then just DON'T GO.  I don't know why you're being such a defeatist, just man up and choose a different career path. 

Oh, and in regards to this post:
"Meeting with client, writing papers, filing papers, writing more papers, filing more papers, filing more papers, looking at papers to be filed, filing more papers, keeping records of the papers filed, filing more papers, writing papers, filing papers, finding more papers to file, talking about filed papers etc."

You could boil down almost any profession in to this sort of pedantic and systematic process.  For instance, if you were to be a biologist, I could similarly say "As far as I can tell, all scientists do is: stick liquid in a tube, run tests on it, write reports, run tests, etc."  Yes, lawyers talk to clients, file paper,  and write papers.  But they also (some of them, at least) keep the legal system afloat and are an integral part of a functioning society.

Yes, in the professional world there is a lot of talking to people and writing papers.  Perhaps you should go into something more hands-on.     

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1L job search / Re: General questions regarding securing employment
« on: July 07, 2008, 11:34:21 AM »
Yeah I work for a han solo practioner also, and he definitely isn't throwing around his money.  But it seems like your guy goes way overboard with the cheapness.  Windows 98?  Damn.

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Transferring / Re: GW Law Transfer OCI
« on: July 06, 2008, 09:52:02 AM »
I'm also curious about this...

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