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Transferring / Re: Any thoughts on UConn??
« on: July 18, 2008, 02:59:00 PM »
I think Boston is an option coming out of UConn.  I met a few UConn summer associates at the Goodwin Proctor summer networking event.  UConn is a top tier law school, so even though it's not in Boston, it is higher ranked than Northeastern, Suffolk, and NESL.  Also, if you are a Massachusetts resident, you get in-state tuition at UConn (since Massachusetts doesn't have an ABA accredited state law school).  So, there is a fairly substantial connection between Massachusetts and UConn.

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General Board / Re: Gifts for Summer Associate Firm
« on: July 18, 2008, 10:32:51 AM »
Flowers (perhaps not, if male secretary)
Gift certificate to nearby coffeeshop
Nice pen
If s/he has business cards, a business card case
Some nice tea/coffee/hot chocolate and a pretty cup (when I did admin, I had a stash of teas in my desk and a cup at my desk -- the office had tea in the break room, but the good stuff is different)
Depending how well you know him/her, a tie or a scarf

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Transferring / Re: top 10% at T3 is what % at a T20 (GW) ? - (OCI)
« on: July 18, 2008, 10:27:05 AM »
I've heard to consider yourself between the top third and the top half  :-\

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General Board / Re: What do you do to relieve your anxiety..
« on: July 18, 2008, 08:22:23 AM »
I've never done this, but I've heard it works --

half a shot of vodka, 30 minutes before the interview

followed by a breath mint

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General Board / Re: Any Soo- to-be Lawyers with Ink?
« on: July 16, 2008, 04:15:44 PM »
I worked at a place for 3 years where we had to wear stockings (pantyhose, whatever).  You get used to them and they aren't so bad.  Also, I found that if you spend a little more to buy good quality ones they last longer and aren't as likely to snag.  I'm dreading wearing a jacket way more than stockings.  I live in Florida and it is pretty inhumane to make us wear suits!   :D 

I'm doing a judicial internship and there are four female interns this summer.  I'm the only one who wears nylons (I hate the word pantyhose). 

Yay for "nylons"!  I thought I was the only one that called them that!

I think it's really the only choice... "stockings" is inaccurate or gives a little too much information.  Tights makes you sound like you're pretending to be British.  Pantyhose has the whole 'panty' and 'hose' in the same word thing... it definitely doesn't sound appropriate for a workplace conversation. 

Likewise, hose doesn't work because it sounds like you're talking about your hoes.

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General Board / Re: Any Soo- to-be Lawyers with Ink?
« on: July 16, 2008, 02:53:42 PM »
I worked at a place for 3 years where we had to wear stockings (pantyhose, whatever).  You get used to them and they aren't so bad.  Also, I found that if you spend a little more to buy good quality ones they last longer and aren't as likely to snag.  I'm dreading wearing a jacket way more than stockings.  I live in Florida and it is pretty inhumane to make us wear suits!   :D 

I'm doing a judicial internship and there are four female interns this summer.  I'm the only one who wears nylons (I hate the word pantyhose).  I actually don't mind wearing nylons at all.  The only thing is that the cost bothers me.  I mean, I'm getting like L'eggs nylons from CVS and they're $5/pair.  (I did find a website where I could buy them in bulk, but shipping costs deduct substantially from the savings.)  The thing is, sometimes the pair will only last 1 day.  I've gotten (at most) 4 wears out of a pair of nylons.  (They usually last 2-3 days.)  When I've purchased nice ones at Neiman Marcus or Nordstroms, I end up paying $20 a pair and they also last around 4 days at most. 

This adds up quickly.  Say you're going through 2 pairs a week of the drugstore nylons, you're spending about $50 a month on nylons.  Who needs that?

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Transferring / Re: chances at duke, cornell, northwestern???
« on: July 16, 2008, 10:34:46 AM »
Have you talked to the school(s) you've been accepted to about their policy in terms of withdrawing acceptance or having additional time to make a decision?

If yes, and the deadline is firm, I would accept.  I don't think that your chances of getting in at Duke/Cornell/Northwestern are high enough to risk losing the option of transferring out.  You know what they say -- a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

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General Board / Re: Miss USA endorses Obama
« on: July 14, 2008, 04:34:33 PM »
What's even funnier is watching Miss USA trip.  Over and over again.



NHA TRANG, Vietnam (AFP) - Miss USA has no idea whether she'll take the crown at the Miss Universe contest on Monday, but she's already decided who's got her vote in the White House race -- Barack Obama. One of 80 hopefuls in the global beauty pageant to be held in Vietnam, 26-year-old Crystle Stewart said while she admired both candidates, she was more drawn to the Democratic hopeful. "I like Barack Obama -- just his poise and the way he motivates people -- and that's something that draws me," said the Texan beauty, who works as a motivational speaker and is writing a book called "Waiting to Win." Asked if she would vote for Obama, she said: "That's a secret, but yes!" "John McCain is an American hero," she said of the Republican Party hopeful, a senator from Arizona and former naval pilot who spent five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. "I'm actually kind of torn because I think he's a great person, he's older and he might be a little bit wiser," she told AFP on the eve of the Miss Universe contest, to be broadcast Sunday evening US time.

"But Obama's on the higher end of the list," she added.

Stewart said she was proud to represent the United States in an event held in Vietnam, once America's battlefield enemy, because the show could act as a bridge between the countries and help post-war reconciliation. "That was 30 years ago, and we had a terrible conflict, but now we're working together, and I think this will show everyone that USA and Vietnam can be very friendly and cordial to each other," she said. "Hopefully we can be role models to other countries, to work in cooperation and peace together... It's bringing the countries closer together."

It's funny when models pretend they are intelligent

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General Board / Re: No Ticket No Exam ?!
« on: July 09, 2008, 06:56:48 PM »
Wouldn't those problems have been easily avoided by not waiting until the night before the exam to print out the ticket?  You have access to it fairly far in advance.

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General Board / Re: JMLS Academic dismissal: gripes and questions....
« on: July 05, 2008, 03:41:45 PM »
My advice to the OP:

1. Do not go back to JMLS. You obviously have a lot of animosity toward the school (some of it justified) that by itself is going to make it extremely hard for you to succeed there. Also, do not go back to law school if your only option is a low ranked school that has a harsh curve and flunks people out - you'll find the atmosphere is similar to that at JMLS.

2. Work out whatever personal and medical issues you need to.

3. Get a job and save some money.

4. If 2 years later you still want to be a lawyer, reapply to law school and start from scratch. Get your LSAT score up and try to squeak your way into a school with a higher curve and lower attrition rate.

If you do this, make sure you learn how to take law school exams. Here is a tip from someone who did well first year (top 10%) at a lower ranked school - your profs are mostly looking for a black letter law analysis of the fact pattern - not regurgitation of info like you did in undergrad. Do the LEEWS program before your classes get started and download as many practice exams as you can for first year subjects, even if they're from other schools. That's what I did.

The E&Es are great but they are not a substitute for practice exams. Hardly any of my first year profs had practice exams on file either. You need to practice them (any exams you can find - look for exams from schools of roughly the same rank school you are at) until you get good at taking them under timed conditions (get a digital silent timer). If you have one or two particularly receptive profs, you can ask them to critique your practice exam - even if they didn't write the exam. One more thing: drop the study groups - get ONE study partner who is on the same page with you and compare practice exams after you write them seperately - cramming verbally with a group of people and doing flash cards, etc. is a complete waste of time and will not lead to good exam scores.

OP, it sucks that you were academically dismissed from law school.  I don't know about you, but prior to exams, I (and a few other students I know) made lists of alternate careers in case I (or we) failed out.  Nobody wants to see their law career end so quickly. 

That said, I agree with everything big - fat - box said here.

The one thing that was pounded into my head before starting law school that really applies here is that in-class performance does not correlate with good grades.  This is actually because you're being asked about two different things.  In class, the teacher wants to know what you've read; on an exam, the teacher wants to see you apply what you've learned.

OP, best wishes in whatever you choose to do.  There are a few blogs out there dealing with failing out of law school and later returning.  Hit google and you may find some shared experiences/advice from others in a similar situation.

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