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General Board / Re: How to dress like a law student
« on: February 10, 2009, 04:48:42 PM »
My advice: look on ebay for a gently used blue suit.  All you need for interviews is one suit (should only wear blue or charcoal), but you might like to have a second suit just to switch it up or in case your suit gets rained on or something.

I asked one of the deans the same question when I was applying.  I wasnt sure what to wear.  People really do dress just like undergrad (flip flops, hoodies, shorts, gym clothes, etc.).  It really doesnt matter.  The only thing that I would advise it to dress nice for your picture since it will be on your seating chart all during law school and the professors will all see it and dress nice for the first day of class since everyone seems to do so anyway.  And, by nice, I mean simply a polo shirt or button up.  I think I did khaki shorts or nice jeans and a polo.  You will be fine. 

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George Washington U / Re: Rank at GW
« on: February 09, 2009, 12:02:39 AM »
Rankings arent out yet (I dont have one posted yet know I am ranked this semester).  I dont know why it is taking so long this semester.

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General Board / Re: 3.2/174
« on: February 03, 2009, 09:18:28 PM »
If you got your degree in a foreign country, you may just be able to do the LLM route.  One year of law school might be worth it to have a shot at increasing your earning potential.  I am not sure about part time LLM programs (I know NYU has the part time executive tax program, but executive degrees arent sufficient to practice).  Anyway, LLMs really value work experience among other factors.  Depending on your degree, you may be able to use it to get into an LLM program here.  Not sure what weight they give lsats, but yours is decent and may enable you to get into something decent.  Just something to look into.  Im just a JD candidate, so I am not sure the whole LLM admission policy (I am pushing off mine till I have a few years work so I qualify for Harvards).

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George Washington U / Re: Rank at GW
« on: January 31, 2009, 04:09:09 PM »
When is GW going to post the rankings?

I hope it is soon.  I know I am ranked but my ranking hasnt been posted on the Banner yet.  I think the last grades may have been due last week, so I wouldnt be surprised if it is in the next week or so.

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George Washington U / Re: Rank at GW
« on: January 31, 2009, 01:05:11 AM »
you are welcome.  Sorry I double posted, I didnt think the first one went through.  Best of luck!  If you ever run into questions about anything GW related, feel free to PM me.

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George Washington U / Re: Rank at GW
« on: January 28, 2009, 11:12:06 PM »
Why?  There's no need. If you are top 10% you can get any job you want.  Even with top 1/3 you are pretty well set at GW.

Hell, I'm just outside of the top 1/3 and spent 1L summer working BigLaw and will spend my second summer working for a well-regarded Vault firm.

Sure there's a need: Clerkships.  I'm gonna be competing with top students from top schools.... need every edge I can get.  But I agree that it might not be a need for everybody. 

When you apply for clerkships through Oscar, which is the majority of the clerkship applications, the school will release your actual percentage ranking.  You can see it then.  You are not allowed to share it with anyone or use it for any other job purposes though.  So, your concerns about clerkships are already addressed by the school (I think it may be a new policy as of this past clerkship cycle, it seemed like it anyway).  As for firms, I think with the quantity of apps they see, they have a pretty good idea of where you fall within the range.  Good luck.

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Law Firms / Re: 1st Year Associate at V10 taking questions.
« on: January 08, 2009, 04:59:29 PM »
thanks

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Law Firms / Re: Sidley Winter Gift
« on: January 07, 2009, 03:03:16 PM »
I know when I got my SA position, I really didnt hear anything back after I accepted till the January/February (besides the little gift).  So, I wouldnt worry about not receiving any emails/calls as they probably havent really started inprocessing yet. I am not at Sidley but wouldnt imagine they would differ too much.

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Law Firms / Re: 1st Year Associate at V10 taking questions.
« on: January 07, 2009, 03:00:13 PM »
Do you have any control over your schedule?  I've heard from people that it depends on what partner you are working for (whether (s)he likes to come in earlier in the day or later), but I was wondering whether you thought that was generally true? 

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General Board / Re: How do most law schools do their grading?
« on: January 07, 2009, 02:56:45 PM »
I dont think it would be unethical to list what grades you got on your midterms, but it is unethical if you just state the class you are taking with a letter grade without explaining that it is not the actual grade you got in the class but instead just the grade you got on the midterm.

Im very surprised a school would have a grading system like that which definitely burdens students seeking employment...

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