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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Pre Law School Job
« on: April 17, 2009, 06:12:57 PM »
No, paralegals and legal secretaries charge people for research and writing.

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General Board / Re: $99 Florida Bar Application review by a lawyer.
« on: April 16, 2009, 01:31:05 PM »
Scam!  Run away!  Avoid it like the plague!


Oh, and PS - a refund if you're questioned that's only good if you retain the services of the person who screwed up in the first place is hardly a good guarantee.

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General Board / Re: Law School Theme Song
« on: April 12, 2009, 11:23:19 PM »
I was actually thinking "Through the Fire and the Flames" by Dragonforce....

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Facebook and Law School...
« on: April 12, 2009, 07:43:41 PM »
Personally, I don't have anything embarrassing on my facebook - everything that is on there is something I would be willing to share with the world...Well, save my phone number, anyway.

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General Board / Re: Should I quit?
« on: April 09, 2009, 11:41:43 AM »
In re: the money question, my plan is to get a job at the DOJ or as a prosecutor for 60k per year.  Not terrible income, but I could certainly do better in another field.  Why do I want to do that?  Because the practice of law itself appeals to me in a way that other jobs simply do not, and I want the better living conditions of a government job vs. a firm job.

That's impressive and I would accept the kind of criticism and preachiness that's on tap here from someone like you - i.e., someone who doesn't care about the money.  You're a pretty rare bird, however.  I would also guess that many of the birds of your feather will change their minds when the reality of paying off $100k+ in loans on a $60k salary hits home. 



Well, that's why I'm headed to Mercer - they offered me a full ride plus summer stipends to let me get the connections that I'll need to pursue those positions - I'm hoping to be able to graduate with less than 60k debt. That being said, I'm not going to preach at you or anything...but as I've said in other threads, you should seriously consider the realities of big firm work.  Ridiculously long hours, huge amounts of stress, boring work and little experience that will help you in other areas are par for the course in these firms.  The tradeoff is, of course, that you get a huge salary.  Worth it?  Not for me personally.  You may be different, and that's alright...but do go into things with a bit of perspective. 

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General Board / Re: Should I quit?
« on: April 09, 2009, 07:16:49 AM »
In re: the money question, my plan is to get a job at the DOJ or as a prosecutor for 60k per year.  Not terrible income, but I could certainly do better in another field.  Why do I want to do that?  Because the practice of law itself appeals to me in a way that other jobs simply do not, and I want the better living conditions of a government job vs. a firm job.

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General Board / Usefulness of print legal dictionaries?
« on: April 07, 2009, 10:02:56 PM »
Haldo,
  I was just wondering - for those of you who are current law students, how important do you feel that print legal dictionaries are?  Should they be brought to class or left at home if they are used?  Is a pocket or abridged version sufficient, or is the huge version necessary, in your opinion?  Any thoughts?  Any other tools that you could mention that were useful to you?

-Netopalis

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General Board / Re: Gift for New JD
« on: April 07, 2009, 04:44:51 PM »
Honestly?  Not really.  Most of the obvious ones are boring and impersonal...Try to get her something that matches her personality more, IMHO.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Are Law Schools Committing "Fraud"
« on: March 31, 2009, 10:26:16 PM »
I don't know that the lines are that starkly drawn - you can probably get a job at a smaller firm anywhere in the US with a degree from most any law school.  It may not be the job that you want, but there are definitely jobs out there.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Are Law Schools Committing "Fraud"
« on: March 31, 2009, 09:59:52 PM »
My thoughts on the matter are this....A very large portion, although perhaps not a majority, does not wish to attain a biglaw job after graduation.  The students who only wish to enter law due to the high salaries at some firms would get a wakeup call from any university which they attend, from HYS to Appalachian and Cooley.  It is difficult to get these jobs from most schools, even more difficult to keep them up, and for those that do, there is no time to enjoy the money that was made.  The job is boring, the work bland, the long hours tedious and the pay per hour actually comparable to a smaller, less intensive job.  Do students realize this coming into law school?  Some do.  Others may not - but I honestly have to lay the blame at their own feet for not doing the research. 

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