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General Board / Re: Is a secondary law journal worth the trouble?
« on: October 14, 2008, 11:28:28 PM »
If one is offered a place on a school's secondary law journal, is it worth the time and effort investment to accept?

Yes.

I have had interviewers specifically mention they were pleased to see I was on a journal because of the editing skills it grows.  I have received offers from these firms.

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General Board / Re: What do you ask the interviewer at the end?
« on: October 14, 2008, 07:52:57 PM »
Thanks for the great question suggestions so far!!!  Is it considered a good idea to ask specific industry related questions, (ex. How do the new federal regulations affect the way your firm deals with issues in the area of X)?

That's fine -- just make sure you're interested in what you're asking. 

A few questions I like to ask...

What has made you stick around for X years?

Do you have thoughts on this firm v. _____ (a firm you have an offer from)?

What distinguishes your firm from another _____ firm (big firm in Chicago, boutique, etc.)?

How would you describe the firm atmosphere?

Do you have a formal mentoring program?

How is work assigned?

What would I start out doing as a first-year associate?

What did you think of the summer program when you went through it?

Will I have real responsibility as a summer associate?

How much interaction will I get with clients as a first-year associate?

Etc.

Ask about what interests you, and if they're particularly excited about a certain subject, explore it more.

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General Board / Re: After you get an offer you wanted, what next??
« on: October 06, 2008, 12:45:38 AM »
yeah i am not on a journal.. i thought i wouldn't have enough time for it cause of the recruiting this semester, but now i kinda regret it.

You got an offer you're happy with.  There's no reason now to regret not being on a journal.

So yeah.  Relax.

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General Board / Re: After you get an offer you wanted, what next??
« on: October 05, 2008, 10:43:22 PM »
Aren't shelf checks and your note topic occupying any free time you have? Or are you not on a journal?

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2L job search / Re: I'm f'n up bad and need ADVICE
« on: October 05, 2008, 01:31:11 PM »
Harsh truth:  IMO, you sound like a spoiled trust fund kid.  This post, if true, actually disgusts me a little bit.  Every single opportunity you've had it sounds like you were (1) completely incompetent due to laziness or (2) you completely flaked out because you were either expected to do stuff you didn't like (OMG...they actually wanted me to like work and stuff) or because things weren't 100% exactly how you wanted them to be.

You can either grow up and start making responsible choices, or you should drop out and continue living off your parents and do whatever sates your "addiction to pleasure."  ::)

And please, please don't do criminal defense or start your own practice - your clients deserve someone with dedication and responsibility, qualities that you don't seem to have (at least based on your post).

This is why I suggest OP drop out of law school.  If he's not going to take law school or practice seriously, he should stop wasting his parents' money. 

And don't worry, OP, you can still be a governor without a law degree.

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2L job search / Re: I'm f'n up bad and need ADVICE
« on: October 05, 2008, 12:00:15 AM »
Quit law school and find another profession.

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8 weeks.  rejection.

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2L job search / Re: Headquarters Office versus Regional Office
« on: October 04, 2008, 10:26:33 PM »
V50.

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I don't send thank you notes.

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2L job search / Re: IP law firms in DC
« on: September 23, 2008, 02:57:02 PM »
Some say Fish is the best IP firm, and some say Finnegan is.  I would take Fish.  For IP, Ropes & Gray is a step below the other two firms, but still very good.

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