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1L job search / Re: envelopes?
« on: January 21, 2007, 03:09:16 PM »
I would worry about folding them, your resume will be photocopied before it is passed along anyway.

I would say that thats a paper color concern, unless folded sloppily it will scan fine.

I meant to say I wouldn't worry about folding them...

General Board / Re: Middle 1st Tier with Scholarship versus T10?
« on: January 21, 2007, 03:01:21 PM »
For what its worth, regarding cost of living in different cities, here is what CNN Money's cost of living calculator has ( :

If you move from Philadelphia PA to Charlottesville VA...
Groceries will cost: 11.011% less
Housing will cost: 16.66% less
Utilities will cost: 20.814% less
Transportation will cost: 4.435% less
Healthcare will cost: 2.835% less

If you move from Philadelphia PA to Baltimore MD...
Groceries will cost: 10.267% less
Housing will cost: 8.368% less
Utilities will cost: 10.748% less
Transportation will cost: 1.302% less
Healthcare will cost: 5.526% less

If you move from Philadelphia PA to Durham NC...
Groceries will cost: 10.9% less
Housing will cost: 34.308% less
Utilities will cost: 20.36% less
Transportation will cost: 3.934% less
Healthcare will cost: 1.017% more

1L job search / Re: envelopes?
« on: January 20, 2007, 12:38:37 PM »
I would worry about folding them, your resume will be photocopied before it is passed along anyway.

General Board / Re: Middle 1st Tier with Scholarship versus T10?
« on: January 20, 2007, 12:35:09 PM »
First, I don't want to in any way bash temple, which is a good school and if you wind up going there you will probably be fine.

Basically, you are paying an extra 120K to go to a top law school, the difference in tuition you would pay at any of the top 3 (roughly 40K a year over 3 years).

Before looking at the money issue I would call all four schools and find out what the cost of living expenses would be (rent, food, transoprtation, etc, etc). I am guessing but have no idea) Philly's cost of living expenses are higher than Duke, VA, and maybe MD.

No matter where you go you will have to take at loans for cost of living expenses and if there is a significant difference between philly COL and any of the other three, it may lower the overall cost difference a little bit.

That being said, my opersonal adivce is always to go to whatever school is going to leave you with the most opportunities when your graduate. Duke, VA, and MD would probably do that. You never know what you are really going to want to do when you graduate, so there is no point limiting yourself right off the bat.

While taking out alot of loans was scary, it was totally worth it for me. Also, I have several friends who graduated the last two years and paid for school with nothing but loans and have over 150K in debt. I  know they would rather not have that debt load, but none of them of living like they are poor, including the ones working district court and CoA clerkships.

Finally, just because your not sure you want to practice law, I wouldn't necessarily default to the full ride, (unless you know you want to work in a relativley less than high paying career). You would be graduating from a top school, not just a top law school and they offer great alternative careers, expecially in the finacial services industry (even without a MBA).
The same advice applies for government work, especially if you want a career in the government or you want to work for the federal government. These jobs can be very competitive, and where you went to school helps, just like with big law jobs. As you move up in government jobs, where you went to school matters as well. I know people from very good schools with very good grades who did not get into the federal government honor program (DOJ, DOE, and DOD) which is what you do to get into to federal departments. This may not be so for state jobs, by why limit yourself.

Bar Exam / Re: MPRE
« on: January 19, 2007, 09:43:36 PM »
I used the Bar/bri book, that was pretty much all I needed. You might be able to get a used one if your not in the bar/bri thing. It is pretty straight forward. The questions are not easy, but its is not hard to pass. I took it during the summer and studied for about 20-25 hours total for it.

St. John's U Law School / Re: Hofstra v St. John's
« on: January 16, 2007, 03:36:40 PM »
St. John's is in Queens, which is part of NYC. While Queens is on the physical island, "Long Island" means Nassau (where Hofstra is) and Suffolk counties.

Transferring / Re: Will transferring make a huge difference?
« on: January 15, 2007, 04:07:40 PM »
Ditto with the government thing. It makes a big difference with clerkships to, some judges only hire clerks from certain schools. I would think in terms of "I don't want to work at a big firm so ranking doesn't matter." You never know what you'll want to do 10, 15, 20 years from now. If you want to teach, where you went to school is going to make a huge difference. My advise is to go to whatever school is going to leave with with the most opportunities when you graduate: big law, public interest, government, clerkship or otherwise. 

General Board / Re: OK -- I need to make a decision JD/MBA or No JD/MBA
« on: January 13, 2007, 10:41:01 AM »
I was really into doing a Joint JD/MBA program before I started law school, but after I started it really fizzled out. Basically, I didn't want to take any summer classes, and after my first year I just wanted to graduate and start working.

If you are thinking about, wait until you start law school to make a decision. Most of your first year classes will be required classes anyway, so you probably wont start the MBA classes until the summer or your second year.

Law Firms / Re: Does age limit law career options?
« on: January 12, 2007, 10:57:03 PM »
Age can only help. Two of the offers I have for a summer associate position are from firms who ONLY interview candidates with work experience prior to law school. Apparently more and more firms are doing this. Most of my 2L classmates who don't have offers at the moment went straight through undergrad to law school and are quite young. Age and experience are a definite plus.

Are you high?  Of course age can hurt.  Some of these places don't give a @#!* about your work experience, they just want young strong-backed workers, preferably white and male (once they've filled their quotas).  Who do you think a firm can squeeze more blood out of?  A 25 year old, or a 33 year old?  Who on average is going to have more health problems?  Who might start being more concerned about his or her children or spouse?  It's rotten and illegal, but some of these firms do it anyhow! 

Dude, 25 and 33 are not that big a difference, unless your pedro martinez... I douby any age under 40 is going to make a difference, and even over 40 probably wouldn't be that bad for most employers.

General Board / Re: Scored 1st interview...Any suggestions
« on: January 05, 2007, 10:29:42 PM »
The guerrilla tactics book as tons of questions to ask, I found the interview section veryhelpful. I can't rember all the questions, but the library or cireer services office should have it. It also tells you how to answer the annoying questions like "what is your greatest weakness" and "tell me about an obstacle you overcame or failed to overcome."

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