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Law School Applications / Re: Please Help.... Freaking OUT.....
« on: December 21, 2009, 11:14:52 PM »
No idea.  If you don't get in anywhere, retake the test.  You might consider retaking anyway--your GPA is good enough that you could get into some great schools with a better LSAT score.

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General Board / Re: Why do BigLaw lawyers work so many hours
« on: December 21, 2009, 12:52:51 PM »
All of the above, plus the fact that time literally equals money.

I understand your point that if, say, a specific case requires a finite amount of work, then staffing 20 associates on it instead of 10 should allow everybody to work half as hard.  But in reality, with a good case (/deal) flow, the 20 would finish early but then just go to work on something else.  Either way, if you're sending lawyers home early, you're throwing away money.

(Also, firms aren't economies of scale necessarily.  The overhead for each new lawyer (beyond salary) is pretty significant.  You want to hire some more people to make Nikes or whatever, great, stick them in a corner somewhere.  But you want to hire some more biglaw associates, you're going to need to find them their own offices (in your swanky building) (cubicles are for paralegals), their own secretaries, their own gold-plated benefits packages, and so forth.  All this stuff makes perfect sense if you can bill a guy out for $700k every year; not quite so much if he's generating half that.)

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: December 21, 2009, 12:28:20 AM »
I was headed to a wedding in Baltimore on Saturday night.  Left Atlanta at 5 in the morning, should have been in Baltimore by about 2pm--like a 9 hour drive.  Turned out that I drove for 17 hours, until 10pm, and only made it halfway.  I went from "hope I get there early enough to nap before the wedding" to "hope I make it on time" to "hope I make it to the reception" to "lol I wouldn't get to Baltimore until 8am."

The interstate closed literally right at the exit for my college's town (best kind of coincidence) so I wound up crashing on a couch at the frateau.  Drove for 10 more hours today just to get to my parents' place--normally takes 6.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: MAS: Welcomes Our New Socialist Overlord
« on: December 13, 2009, 11:13:18 PM »
f-ing a, chill out.

Greatest post on LSD. Ever.

this was the credited post, gj irrx.

a true 180 for Wally.  hope things are good on your end, WS.  and with you ir

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I mailed in a couple of a real stinkers this week.  Not too worried about it; that's how it goes sometimes.

OP, if you've got more exams coming down the pipeline, stop worrying about it.  Especially in your first semester, you never know you actually did.  So put it behind you--this is crucial.

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I've got a buddy who commutes into Atlanta from Cumming, which is about the same distance as Lawrenceville to Athens (I guess it's irrelevant that it's in Georgia, since 316 and 400 aren't at all comparable).  But in any event, he hates it.  His schedule is completely inflexible, and he says the driving runs him ragged.

He makes good grades, because in reality you do have 10 or 15 hours every week that you can blow.  But everybody else gets to spend those hours just relaxing; he doesn't do a thing besides drive & study.  He only does it because he didn't want to relocate his wife and kids.

Suffice it to say, you absolutely should not do this.  Get a roommate, tell your dog to tough it out for a few hours (or scratch together 80/wk for doggy daycare), whatever.  Just don't commute to your 1L year.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: December 11, 2009, 04:47:48 AM »
my contracts professor said people on average get like 48% of his exam correct, and no one has gotten better than 60%.  I'm looking forward to that one  ::)

there's a con law prof who gives two "quizzes" during the semester, they're both 20% of your grade; I got the highest grade in the class on one of them: 31/55.  median was like a 21.  which is 100% more absurd for the fact that the quiz was all multiple choice.


pretty dumb.  the people who do the least-worst on an unfairly difficult test aren't necessarily the people who'd do the most-best on a test that actually reflects the course as taught.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: December 11, 2009, 04:37:12 AM »
When did the Steelers become the worst team in football? 

take that back right now.  my Brownies looked downright respectable out there.  (to be fair, temperature in the Cleve is showing 11 degrees right now, feels like -13 --all bets are off when you're playing on the lakeshore in that kind of cold.)

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General Board / Re: Chances at a federal judicial internship?
« on: December 03, 2009, 03:08:19 AM »

Are you looking for a federal internship this summer or a clerkship (after graduation)? The former your chances aren't too bad at assuming you get decent grades, the latter you have no shot at (no matter your grades) since you are part of c/o 2011.

Right, there will be no clerkships for 2011s.  Between 2009, 2010, and all the Lathamed Biglawyers, the market is beyond saturated.  And the mechanics of the two-year term system are the icing on the cake.

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