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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: SMU 1L Taking Questions
« on: January 07, 2010, 08:36:04 PM »
Houston is the largest legal market in Texas by far.  SMU is definitely more expensive and will not open as many doors as UT, but it is still an excellent option.  Furthermore, if you do decide to be mobile after graduation a SMU degree is much more portable than one from U of Houston.  SMU is known around the country and many of the graduates do get jobs in southern California (Orange County, San Diego primarily) and in the Midwest (Ohio, Indiana).  This is likely due to the fact that SMU undergrads are mostly bratty rich kids from the OC and midwest that have more money than brains.   

Current Law Students / How competitive is a judicial internship?
« on: November 09, 2009, 09:03:48 PM »
It seems like a lot of people I know at my school are working for judges during the school year.  How competitive is it to get these?  I'm middle of my class at a school ranked 40s to 50s. 

Current Law Students / Re: grades and 1L summer prospects
« on: January 27, 2009, 10:17:48 PM »
If you are coming from a T10 school, consider where you are applying for these positions.  If they are in the standard NY, Boston, LA or the like, your bottom grades in this economy might not get you in to the kind of job you would prefer.  Consider going to other areas where there is a lesser supply of T10 candidates.   

Current Law Students / Re: Grades - Arbitrary? To a Degree?
« on: January 27, 2009, 06:09:40 PM »
I think my legal writing grade was completely arbitrary.  Admittedly, my issues needed improvement but after meeting with the professor, there were few things that she could actually find wrong with it aside from that.  I had NO bluebook errors even.  After pointing out some things to her, she just apologized for having overlooked them while grading.  She gave me a C+ in the course although I didn't want to ask her to change the grade.  I tried to find out what really was wrong with it so that I could revise it and use it as my writing sample for internships.  She admitted that there really was nothing wrong with it.  WTF?  

Current Law Students / Screwed in Legal Writing
« on: January 19, 2009, 05:06:59 PM »
I am very discouraged by my 1L grades this last semester...I did above the curve in all of them with the exception of legal writing, which was a C+.  We only had one grade, a memo, and so it was likely a crapshoot.  Is this going to really impair me?  I used to pride myself on my writing and actually received high regards for my undergrad thesis that I presented at a few international conferences...

Sorry that I might have sounded like such a tool in my post but I was trying to ask whether I needed to keep my outlines and such along with my supplements while I studied for second semester.  In other words, how cumulative is the second semester?  Will it be imperative that I use the first semester information to study effectively during the second? 

I'm not planning on dumping my 1st semester notes or outlines, rather I am going to file them away in a cabinet.  Is this okay or should I plan on making that info more readily available? 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Good enough for SMU part time?
« on: November 18, 2008, 10:39:52 AM »
I think your logic is flawed.  While the admissions statistics may show a lower GPA/LSAT distribution amongst the evening programs than the day program, those are only predictors of success.  A day student with high numbers does not have some sort of inane ability in law school.  Also, I know for a fact that the valedictorian of SMU law school this year happened to be an evening student with a family and a full-time job, not some slacker that is taking the easy way out.  I would venture to say that about 95% of the evening students are exactly the type of older, working students for which the program was intended.  Although, there are a few part-time day students that I would question in terms of their work ethic. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Good enough for SMU part time?
« on: November 18, 2008, 07:37:12 AM »
in general, are there any glaring disadvantages to applying PT? does SMU still allow you opportunities for summer internships and law review?

No disadvantages. They absolutely allow PT students just as many opportunities for summer internships and law review.

Thank you so much for your reply Holden. That's great to know! Do you know if this is the norm for schools or do they really approach it differently in terms of the disadvantages of doing PT?

PT programs vary by school. I think SMU has one of the most relaxed requirements in the country. You can transfer into the day program, same law review requirements (i.e. no reserved slots for night students), you can take day programs after your 2nd year, etc. A lot of full time students are annoyed with the program because the evening students are on the same curve. It hurts us because a lot of the evening students are not gunners and don't care as much about grades as the daytimers. Plus a lot of folks in the evening program will start off having a job, but will quit as soon as they start law school - thus defeating the point of having an evening program to cater to students who have to work.

As far as OCI and summer associate jobs are concerned, evening students typically do no worse than the daytimers with similar class rankings/GPA. While there might be a slight stimga attached to part-time students, I don't think it really affects job prospects. People who do have trouble getting jobs with the bigger law firms in the evening programs, are typically the older students (over 35 years old). Firms don't think these folks will be around long enough to justifiy the sunk costs and a lot of the senior associates/partners don't like having new associates significantly older than them.   

It seems like if the evening students were not "gunners" and didn't "care as much about their grades," then it would only help the day students since you are on the same curve.  Also, I don't really think that anyone that goes to law school cares less about their grades than others.  Surely, the evening program students have families, jobs, or just a little more wisdom that gives them more breadth than the average 22 year old law student with nothing better to do than stress about 1L grades. 

Current Law Students / Re: should be shut down!!
« on: September 22, 2008, 01:27:19 PM »

Actually, I do read and brief my own cases.  I try and find other briefs after I'm done to make sure that I didn't miss anything important.  Obviously, I could "just not go to the site" also but sometimes it is the only site I can find with a brief outside of westlaw.

Well, you could just go to WestLaw, and maybe quote me correctly next time.

Don't be such a chach. 

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