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General Board / Re: So Far
« on: June 15, 2006, 09:31:06 AM »
Waiting till you graduate law school to consolidate is the worst advise I have ever seen on this board, and there is a ton of bad advice on this board.

Also, every lender is different in terms of benefits given and not every lender requires you to give up your grace period to consolidate. 

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General Board / Re: Digital Voice Recorders?
« on: June 10, 2006, 04:03:33 PM »
No offense intended, but I wouldn't be able to take anybody with a digital voice recorder seriously. 

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2L job search / Holland and Knight
« on: June 06, 2006, 12:45:07 PM »
Did anybody here get scewed by H&K this summer?

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General Board / Re: Is law review really worth it?
« on: May 24, 2006, 12:02:46 AM »
A different person; must be another objectivist.

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General Board / Re: Is law review really worth it?
« on: May 20, 2006, 01:27:20 PM »
It’s all good.

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General Board / Re: Is law review really worth it?
« on: May 20, 2006, 03:51:03 AM »
uh...I'm pretty sure I finished two years already.

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General Board / Re: Is law review really worth it?
« on: May 16, 2006, 10:56:15 PM »
Besides, two years after you graduate the only two things that will matter are where you graduated from and if you were on Law Review. 


You mean besides work experience, area of expertise, legal connections, and reputation?  In that case, I agree with you.

I'm not talking about getting a job interview. Those factors are all highly relevant when trying to get your first job. My point was in two years nobody is going to care what we got on our contracts or torts exams, but law review will still count. 

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General Board / Re: Is law review really worth it?
« on: May 14, 2006, 11:38:40 PM »
As much as writing onto law review sucks, what's gonna suck even more is wondering next year if you would have made it on if you tried.

Also, while working at a small or mid firm may be what you want to do today, the last thing you want to do now is limit your opportunities in the future. If nothing else, law review opens up more opportunities.

LR itself is a lot of boring work. However, it gives you something to talk about on interviews for the rest of your life. Besides, two years after you graduate the only two things that will matter are where you graduated from and if you were on Law Review. 

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General Board / Re: Consumer Fraud?
« on: May 09, 2006, 05:39:11 AM »
First, how many jobs are there that pay 6 figures for a 40 hour work week. Lawyers do have to work a lot of hours to make what they make, but there are not a lot of careers that pay big dollars for few hours.

Second, a first year associate at BIGLAW is making six figures in his/her first year. There are not many jobs that start at six figures.

Third, earning potential differential. A police officer in my town can make about 110K after overtime, and that only requires a high school diploma. That is a nice chunk of change but that is the maximum of his earning potential for that job. He'll never go hungry with that job, but he'll never make 500k a year either. 

Fourth, if you can make $30/hr now and you don't want to be a lawyer, than don't be a lawyer.

Fifth, breaking it down to per hour is deceiving. Who has the better paying job: someone who gets paid $35/hr and works 70 hrs a week, or someone who gets paid $50/hr and works 20 hrs a week?

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General Board / Re: Consumer Fraud?
« on: May 09, 2006, 12:19:09 AM »
Anyone who goes into law school thinking that a law degree guarantees, in and of itself, financial wealth, personal fulfillment, and/or good health is a complete moron. Where you go to school simply dictates how difficult it is going to be to achieve the aforementioned success. It is easier for a HYS to find his or her choice job, be it BIGLAW, DOJ, or NRDC, that it is for a tier 4 grad. That does not mean, however, that every HYS grad will be successful and every tier 4 grad will be unsuccessful.

The sense of entitlement in professional degree programs (it’s not limited to JDs, MBAs and MDs are in the same boat) is redonkulous. In every field it is the people who are the best at what they do that have the most success. HYS have more individuals that have the potential to be great at what they do than other schools, but others schools have student with that potential.

People who post complaining of the failure there life has become because they were “tricked into” going to law school by thinking they were going to be handed wheelbarrels of cash when they graduated deserved what they got. Their failure is a manifestation of their own inadequacies (pick one: poor work ethic, lack of self discipline/ motivation/ dedication, party too much, just not bright enough. etc., etc…) and nothing more. Sure, if you go to a tier 4 you might have to work harder have the career you desire than an HYS grad, you might have to take a lower paying job right out of school to establish yourself, but if you really thought you would be on the same field as a HYS grad right out of the gate, your nuts. 

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