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Job Search / Re: Callback prep: researching a practice area
« on: September 22, 2008, 08:59:44 AM »
Have you ever gone on a callback before?  That sort of thing isn't really necessary and also could lock you into one practice group.  Firms don't want to hire you if they can't give you work in an area you seem committed to (and firm websites are generally pretty misleading about the scope of the work in particular offices).  If commercial real estate isn't hiring (and real estate finance is down generally), you could wind up without a summer offer from the firm or, worse, you could wind up no-offered at the end of the summer.

I'd go general and just say "One thing I'd like to try out over the summer is some commercial real estate work."

I've been on several callbacks.  In discussions with this firm, I've expressed my interest in commercial real estate law, which for them is still booming, and they have been marketing that fact to me.  Your point is well taken about getting locked into a practice group, or getting no offered.  I agree with your statement about firm websites being misleading.

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Job Search / Re: Callback prep: researching a practice area
« on: September 21, 2008, 10:49:32 PM »
Does anyone know of a good website to research different practice areas?  I told the screening interviewers at a firm that gave me a callback that I want to work for them because of their commercial real estate practice (true).  I'd like to be able to at least pretend to know a little bit about this type of practice; I haven't been able to find any blogs etc on the topic.

Thanks for your help.

Sounds obvious, but doesn't the firm's website describe that practice?  If not, try looking at competitors' websites. 

It does, but I was looking for something a little more in-depth than that.  Something that would allow me to discuss the particular practice group in some detail, showing that I am following trends in the area.

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Job Search / Callback prep: researching a practice area
« on: September 21, 2008, 12:12:30 PM »
Does anyone know of a good website to research different practice areas?  I told the screening interviewers at a firm that gave me a callback that I want to work for them because of their commercial real estate practice (true).  I'd like to be able to at least pretend to know a little bit about this type of practice; I haven't been able to find any blogs etc on the topic.

Thanks for your help.

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Current Law Students / Has anyone used the online bluebook?
« on: August 09, 2008, 04:42:31 PM »
I think the subscription is around $25 a year.  I hate flipping through the bluebook for law review, and can never find what I'm looking for.  While it should have the same content, this seems like it may be more user friendly.  Anybody have any experience with it?

[http://www.legalbluebook.com/


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Job Search / North Carolina Firms
« on: August 05, 2008, 11:15:29 PM »
Does anybody have any experience with, or knowledge of any of the larger firms in North Carolina (e.g. Smith Moore, Poyner, Womble, etc.)?  OCI is fast approaching and I could use some information as to which are most desirable/which to stay away from.  Thanks.

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Job Search / Re: Callback Questions--any info/advice welcome
« on: August 01, 2008, 08:31:36 PM »
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Current Law Students / Re: North Carolina Bar Exam
« on: August 01, 2008, 11:35:53 AM »
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Current Law Students / Re: 1L Study Aides
« on: June 14, 2008, 04:57:59 PM »
Civ Pro
For the theoretical underpinnings (probably Civ Pro 1 if your school divides it into 2 classes) Chemerinsky has a book called federal jurisdiction.  It does an excellent job of explaining the justiciability doctrines etc.  Use Glannon for personal jurisdiction and the rest of Civ Pro.

Torts
Torts is a pretty simple class and you shouldn't really need study aids, but E&E will be helpful for exam review.

Contracts
Read all of Williston on Contracts.  Just kidding its like 30 volumes.  Calamari & Perillo on Contracts is a one volume treatise thats very good.  E&E is a much more superficial treatment of Contracts but does a good job of simplifying what can be a very complex subject.  I found E&E to be helpful for quasi-contracts, and some of the UCC provisions; i don't think it has anything on accord and satisfaction though.  I would at least get Calamari & Perillo.

Property
I agree with the above poster in that the E&E was pretty whack.  Stoebuck & Whitman is a good national hornbook.  Sprankling has a much shorter, facial treatment of property.


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Job Search / Re: Substantive work after 1L?
« on: May 16, 2007, 10:20:19 AM »
Thanks for all of your input.  What does one have to do to get these jobs.  I'll be attending a lower tiered school.  Will I have to finish in the top 25 to get a summer job? or  are are most 1Ls able to get them provided they apply to enough places.  Is this done through the schools? or should I try to send out resume's to every firm/judge/agency in North Carolina (most likely attending Campbell or NCCU)?

The chances of getting a paid firm job your 1L summer from Campbell or NCCU is extremely low. I would apply mostly to state judges, public interest and government work, and to do research for professors. You are a 0L though, so no need to start worrying about that yet.

Well thats a pretty big bummer. 

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