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Transferring / Re: Ultimate Thread for GULC EA!!
« on: April 14, 2009, 10:05:56 PM »
Thanks.  Both of us still think there were some typos and miscalculations.  Wish you luck as well.  We both figure to get deferred, and then see what happens.  Hopefully, we'll both get accepted, but our families have become closer through this process, and we're cool no matter what happens.

Transferring / Re: Ultimate Thread for GULC EA!!
« on: April 14, 2009, 09:37:15 PM »
Sorry...a T4 that has sent multiple transfers to GULC/WUSTL/GW in the past few years (as far as we know from asking around).

Transferring / Re: Ultimate Thread for GULC EA!!
« on: April 14, 2009, 09:11:28 PM »
I got updated.  For the record, neither myself nor my buddy have gotten phone calls or anything.  We are ranked 6 and 7, respectively, out of about 450. We each have 1 CALI. 

A friend told me that her classmate got a coa internship (2d circuit). apparently she's from a T20, and does not have very good first-semester grades. they knew her grades and still took her (she's very conscientious student, though)

It's interesting you say that, because I only know 1 guy who will be with COA.  The rest of us are district and bankruptcy.  The curious thing is that we're a T4, and this guy isn't even in the top 33% of class.  I figure either a. the senior status judges don't even care if you're able to breathe or b. he's connected out the wazoo.  The lowest rank I know for someone with a federal judge otherwise is 10%, maybe 1 person in the top 15%. 
I'm still going to go with what my profs and random legal contacts have said which is 1L summer with a federal judge is about the best thing you can do when you don't go to some elite school.

Sorry, I didn't realize you are up this year.  I am a 1L and had to follow their procedure regarding declaration in first semester.  For that, they told us it would be about 270 days or something. 

I completed mine in October, and I haven't heard anything.  I think their regulation say something to effect that they will make a "preliminary determination" within 270 days of your application.  A friend of mine was called in about 60 days when they wanted more info on his taxes.  I guess no news is good news.

Job Search / Re: Fed. Public Defender
« on: April 11, 2009, 12:53:16 AM »
I'm going to guess that because it's April people must be stressing.  So, the following comments should be given as little deference as they should be in the grand scheme of the entire universe. 

Who in god's name said that either jalex or myself saw this opportunity as resume builders or that any of your other rationales even apply?  First, if someone is curious for advice, there is no need to give a snappy, trite response.  He asked a legit question.  Second, if you think it's some larger issue with the biglaw world that people at elite schools live in, then that's an issue in your world.  Rest assured, in the world of lesser ranked law schools that I live in, there are always legitimate worries as to whether a DA/AG will take you if you've done defense work. 
Moreover, your comments about people who do indigent defense indicates to me that you may not have ever talked to an attorney who works for the FPD, since many of them (the ones who aren't brief writers straight out of school) have come after years and decades of doing private practice work after clerking for judges.  They don't all wear white hats; they all have families who need to be fed.  If they would deem me qualified enough to join their ranks out of school, so be it.  If they don't, then maybe I can make a decent salary for once in my life since I'm no longer in Army, and then with some experience they will let me join the ranks.  In any event, whether you are a 1L, 2L, 3L, or a graduate, you should learn the lesson to move on and not comment if you do not have something illuminating to say.  Playing dime-store-internet-psychologist is not flattering no matter who or what you are.

If appellate, I'd take the judge. If district court, I'd take AG.

Could you perhaps give a rationale for this? 

Job Search / Re: Fed. Public Defender
« on: April 10, 2009, 06:51:07 AM »
Sorry...I'm going cross-eyed from conditions and promises.  I really just want to do crim work so I will never have to utter "quasi-contract" again in my life, unless it's in reference to a hit or something. 

Job Search / Re: Fed. Public Defender
« on: April 09, 2009, 11:01:43 PM »
I'm not sure why you'd think I was passed over.  I was the one who couldn't believe my luck that they picked me up and are paying me in this economy. 

Even if you don't think you're committed to the idea, I think it's great to either learn about the field, develop some practical skills, or realize it's not your thing and avoid hurting people when the load's on your shoulders.  I dare even say that perhaps you don't always even want the self-selected in there during 1L summer...share the wealth.

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