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General Board / Re: Clinics
« on: March 26, 2009, 12:02:27 AM »
Could you talk to the professor in charge of your real first choice (the general crim defense one) and feel him out, see what he's looking for, how many students he thinks will be selected, is any preference given to 3Ls over 2Ls, etc.  This way, you can get a little more info, plus he'll know you're interested since you took the time to come in and chat, so when your resume shows up he'll likely remember your name.

It the professor makes it sound like you don't have much of a shot, like only accepting a couple 2Ls, only accepting GPAs at a certain level, whatever... then take the hint and just do the human trafficking one.

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You have already accepted an internship doing exactly what you want to do.

Now, you're asking if you should go interview for an internship doing something else?  No.

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General Board / Re: How to prep for a non biglaw interview?
« on: March 20, 2009, 09:49:15 AM »
In my experience, smaller firms ask more "why us?" questions than larger firms.  I had two small/mid-size firms ask me what other firms I was considering, which I thought was pretty awkward.  I just glossed over with an answer like, "I'm keeping my options open at this point, but what about your firm makes it unique?" and turned it around on them.  LOL

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1L job search / Re: just how bad is the 1L job market?
« on: March 18, 2009, 02:17:07 PM »
hey guys, i currently have an offer from PI organization that I really like doing immigration and asylum work. i have request from an state judge to come in for interview and i'm hesitant to go. my school has a rule that if you get an offer from a judge you must accept.

my concern is what would look better for OCI this fall or will it even matter? Thoughts?

Is that rule about being required to accept offers from judges standard?  I've never heard of anything like that, but maybe my school is just weird.  I suppose if you think you might be interested in working for the judge, you could go interview with him -- then if you get the impression during the interview that it's not really what you're looking for, you could just quickly send a follow-up e-mail the next day thanking him for his time but asking to be taken out of consideration for the position since you are going to pursue something else.  That way, you avoid getting a formal offer from him... but you also run the small risk that he might offer you a position on the spot in the interview, LOL.  I'm also not sure how ethical this is -- I'm sure your school doesn't really want people doing this either, but also there's no prohibition on it...

But if you are just as happy doing the immigration work, I'd just stick with that and tell the judge thanks but no thanks.  I might think working for a judge would look a LITTLE bit better during OCI, but it probably depends on what type of law you are interested in -- like if you want to do immigration, go for the immigration work, obviously.  Even if you're interested in an immigration career, you could still spin the hands-on experience you get this summer to be impressive for another field of law.

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Pre-Law in high school / Re: Pros Vs. Cons
« on: March 16, 2009, 03:53:03 PM »
Your high school GPA doesn't matter when you're going to law school, so don't stress about a 3.0 -- plus, you're only a sophomore so you have plenty of time to improve it.  Just try to go to the best college you can get into and afford.  Law school will add on a lot of student loans on top of whatever you pay at undergrad, so getting lots of scholarships will help.

The pros and cons of being a lawyer depend on you and what you find to be positives and negatives.  Is law a "boring" job?  Maybe, but most jobs are, that's why they're called work.  LOL.  Also, there are so many different kinds of law to practice -- for example, a good friend of mine is studying to be a tax attorney.  To me, that sounds dreadful, but I want to be a trial lawyer and she thinks that sounds ridiculously boring.  When you go to law school, everyone takes the same classes the first year.  That will give you a chance to see which parts of the law you think are interesting and which ones make you fall asleep.  :)

I also wouldn't worry about feeling illiterate when reading legal documents because you will probably continue to feel that way until you are pretty well into law school.

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Law School Applications / Re: graduate early?
« on: March 15, 2009, 08:46:22 PM »
I graduated early and don't regret it.  I saved tuition money and now I can finish law school sooner, too.

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1L job search / Re: acceptance etiquette
« on: March 15, 2009, 08:43:05 PM »
I called to accept my position.  I've heard of people sending letters, but I thought calling was better because I had a few questions for the firm and they also had a few for me (like start date, etc.).

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I've never heard of this, but if you know two people who took the classes and didn't make it through the program, I think that's your answer as to what the likelihood of making it through the program is.

You might have better luck if you posted this on a school specific board for Campbell, if one exists.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Nova Law School- Any good??
« on: March 14, 2009, 11:06:35 PM »
Why come here to ask if the school is any good?  It sounds like you've already made up your mind, so why bother asking?  You're receiving good, honest advice about your career opportunities from this school and all you are doing is defending it.  If you're already convinced Nova is so great, just go there.  But don't come here asking everyone to praise you about what a great school it is.

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L.L.M. Board / Re: please give some advice to my PS
« on: March 14, 2009, 10:59:53 PM »
Tkae, if you do happen to stop back and read this, the OP had posted his PS in another section of this website and received some comments there.  So don't feel bad for being the only one to respond here, I think more people just responded back in the other forum.

I agree with Tkae about the being sexually straight comment.  It's not really something that needs to be mentioned in a PS.

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