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General Board / Re: private law loans
« on: May 20, 2007, 12:39:45 PM »
my school is ridiculous when it comes to the amount we're allowed to take out- essentially every semester (5 months), I'm given $4000... >:( only $4,000!!!!!! Maybe I'm nuts, but does that seem a little on the low side for anyone? I'm not married with children, so it's just me, but are you guys capable of living on $800 a month??? There is just no way to budget that without having to give up something like eating for a week here and there. So if you all have found a private loan that will provide money without the permission of the school, any info would be greatly appreciated.

I, too, use the "My greatest weakness is that I'm a bit of a perfectionist" bit. Works everytime. Employers LOVE hearing that one.

General Board / Re: New Law Blogsite: Guinness and Milk Chocolate
« on: May 03, 2007, 08:45:09 PM »
love your enthusiasm. i was the same way this time last year. believe me, enjoy whatever free time you may have now, because aside from your family obligations, your life will be ALL law school. finishing up my first year, i'm looking back and wondering why i was so anxious to start the process i'm now so ready to finish- only two more years to go! :-\

General Board / Re: What Kind of Law Are You Studying?
« on: April 24, 2007, 10:28:47 PM »
With criminal law, you won't have a problem finding a job. DA jobs are all over the place but keep in mind, they are usually on a volunteer basis. Many schools have an externship programs with DA offices and judges so at least working for credit will also be an option. Most jobs I saw only asked for a resume and in even fewer cases a cover letter in addition- so grades weren't even an issue. So in a nutshell, if crim is what you want, you'll easily find something.

As for sports law, it's really about connections and who you know, because getting into that sector is tough job wise. The only people at my school who got sports law summer positions all knew somebody who knew somebody or it was as a result of nepotism. That's just the way that industry works. So you will DEFINITELY struggle to find something if you don't know somebody. I also agree with Steve, you also want to go to a school in city where the sports teams are huge deals. Otherwise, your battle will be that much more difficult.

1L job search / Re: annoyed?
« on: April 24, 2007, 01:52:17 PM »
I'm also a 1L at a T3 with ZERO connections, and I was able to get a paid job. It's all about persistence and of course, applying early. Go to your career services office or even talk to some of your professors. There are tons of judges that want volunteer clerks. In the event my job didn't come though, I had about 3 judges I was going to clerk for (as a volunteer) as back up. They're out there. In fact, most of my friends don't have connections and were able to get paid 1L jobs. So it can be done.

1L job search / Re: So, how did the job search go 1L's?
« on: April 24, 2007, 01:46:44 PM »
well i can't vote since my job isn't an option, but i got a position working as a law clerk for a corporation's legal department. It doesn't pay $2600/week but I still pull in a decent amount of $ so I'm happy. In fact, in my school, a lot of 1L's were able to find jobs, paying ones at that. It's all about putting the work into the job hunt.

You may actually be able to do both. I'm also in my 1L summer and while I chose against doing study abroad (the job I got needed me start immediately after finals), most of my friends are doing it for 3 weeks and working for the rest of the summer when they return. So it is doable. Even if you can't manage to find a job that's willing to allow you to do study abroad, I would still go for study abroad. Your experiences abroad actually provide for great conversation pieces during your 2L interviews that definitely catch the attention of interviewers. I've spoken to enough 2L/3L's to know that doing study abroad your 1L summer is not an automatic death sentence. It really won't hurt you. It can only help. At least you're not sitting at home doing absolutely nothing. Now THAT would be bad. Good luck!

P.S. the easy A you get from your study abroad course will boost your g.p.a which of course is a good deal. ;D

General Board / Re: 1 year later....still glad u went to law school?
« on: April 24, 2007, 12:59:26 PM »
hmmm. seeing as how it's finals time, I don't know that I could answer this totally unbiased. right now i wanna kill myself and wish i were in ANY other profession- i wouldn't mind taking a day off to flip friggin hamburgers, maybe then i'll appreciate my being in law for now, no i'm not glad i went to law school. the year, while it's had its successes, has been filled with drama i thought i left back at HS, and just way too many stress-filled nights. all i can think about are the loans that are piling up and whether i'll be able to graduate with a job to pay them off. i'd probably be making more money if i skipped law school and just became a paralegal in nyc where most bank at least $70k/year. ah well. too late.

Did anyone get an unsolicited scholarship offer from Florida Coastal? I assume it includes an admission offer along with the $$$! It was sent via email and mentioned my exact GPA and LSAT numbers.

I'm just wondering if this was sort of spammy or warrants a nice reply.

Everyone gets those pretty much. I got like 5 in the mail last year. No need to reply to it.

Affirmative Action / Re: White Law Student Discussion Board
« on: April 25, 2007, 12:58:23 AM »

12,000 applicants
11,000 white applicants
500 Black applicants
500 other minority applicants.

Say 100 Blacks are numerically qualified or otherwise qualified.

Also say race cannot play a role at all in the decision process

Would a race blind system allow those qualified blacks a chance to reasonably compete for the slots at the school or would the odds dictate that they would be shut out?

What is worse, allowing race to be one factor and perhaps allowing a few people with somewhat lower numerical qualifications that may be explained by good reasons or forcing an entire group to be over-qualified (near 75%) to be able to reasonably compete for a spot in schools?

Race should NOT matter.  Qualified is qualified.  Enough said.

This is the most idiotic thing I've ever read. End/thread.

TITCR. Dude refuses to open his mind to the ideas being thrown at him. He refuses to believe that things, pardon the pun, aren't so black and white. WE DON'T LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE QUALIFIED IS QUALIFIED- RACISM HAS DICTATED SUCH.

Erwin, your posts have been much appreciated.

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