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General Board / Re: Law Review: Should their be a Candidacy Requirement?
« on: January 05, 2007, 08:55:29 AM »
What is your topic?

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General Board / Re: Did I study too much?
« on: January 03, 2007, 11:01:42 PM »

Even though you will probably have close to 300K in debt upon graduation, you would be surprised that you might feel like you have more money making 80K than 100K.  You are taxed at a significanly higher rate and you cannot deduct any student loan interest when you make 100K.  Also, if you work for the government, they have loan forgiveness programs.  Lastly, at big law firms you might make 100K but you will be working 70-80 hours a week.  Compared to a smaller firm where you are making 80K but only working 50-60 hours a week, your hourly rate at the smaller firm (~$28) is higher than the hourly rate at a large firm (~26).



Actually, a single person making $80K is in the same tax bracket as someone making $100K. Also, the Qualified Student Loan Interest deduction phases out at like $65K, so someone making $80K woudn't get that either. Finally, loan forgivness programs are run through the school, not "the government" so it depends on what school you go to.

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General Board / Re: Smoking Ban
« on: December 30, 2006, 11:15:07 AM »
To me, it is definitely unconstitutional because it boils down to this: it is the legislation of taste.  Plus, are we forgetting here that the science is all over the place regarding the dangers of secondhand smoking?  There are some studies that say that secondhand smoke causes cancer, while other studies say the exact opposite.   Bottom line: if the science is iffy, as it is here, the government has no business telling private-business owners how to run their business. 

That secondhand smoke cures cancer?


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Be sure you want to do defense work before you intern with the PD's office.  It's pretty typical that if you've done work with either the PD or DA's office, the other one won't touch you.  So if you want to end up being a prosecutor, but don't think you have the grades to get an internship, do not turn to the PD's office.  It may end up killing you in the long run.

Absolutely NOT true for PDs.  The nature of PD work means that qualified attorneys are hard to come by.  If you're willing and able, and you can show some kind of commitment to the job, having prosecutorial experience will not hurt you at all.  In fact, knowing how the other side "works" first hand can be seen as an asset.

It is more true on the prosecution side of things.  Prosecutors tend to be a special breed of lawyer, and may be more likely to question your commitment coming from the PD's office.  Having said that, I highly doubt one internship over the summer is going to kill your chances.  Everyone needs some leeway to figure out what they want to do with their degree.

The head of the Colorado PD's office actually told us at an informational meeting that they view working for the DA as a huge black mark.  While he didn't say it would be an automatic disqualification, he did state that there was no PD he knew that could even consider being a prosecutor.

Thats pretty lame. An office as important as the PD should probably just focus on hiring the best attorney available. 


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Be sure you want to do defense work before you intern with the PD's office.  It's pretty typical that if you've done work with either the PD or DA's office, the other one won't touch you.  So if you want to end up being a prosecutor, but don't think you have the grades to get an internship, do not turn to the PD's office.  It may end up killing you in the long run.

Maybe in some states, but I worked for state AG and PD in the same summer, since both had split schedules, and it was not a problem. One person who worked for the PD worked at the AG before and a couple people at the AG were in private practice in Crim defense.

I am not sure what type of law students they hired at the PD, but the ones who I worked with all went to T1 and T2. 

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General Board / Re: which is harder?
« on: December 14, 2006, 01:38:23 PM »
I didn't think the concepts of one were harder than the other, but Contracts had a lot more information then Crim Law.

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1L job search / Re: Grades and Summer Job
« on: December 12, 2006, 12:11:12 PM »
I used my personal westlaw to do research for a law review article while at work at a law firm. The firm was initialy billed for my search, over $200. Luckily, the bill included the time the search was done, which was during lunch, and it was resolved aftert a phone call to a westlaw rep. But still...

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2L job search / Re: Callback, and I'm kind of desperate
« on: December 05, 2006, 05:36:10 PM »
If your not from the area, make it clear that you plan on sticking around after you graduate too.

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General Board / Re: Is this academic fraud?
« on: December 05, 2006, 01:46:11 PM »
Tell you Editor in chief not to be such a tool and return the article.

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General Board / Re: Most BORING class? (1L)
« on: December 01, 2006, 12:28:01 PM »
Property

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