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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Chances at U Chicago
« on: February 17, 2009, 02:38:16 PM »
Not so much at Chicago IMHO - I agree about decent shot at NU though, although that may depend a bit on how long you've been out of undergrad.  NU loves kids not straight out.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: note taking?
« on: February 11, 2009, 02:41:43 PM »
The majority of students in my classes use laptops, which enable better note-taking, but which also facilitate a lot of distractions - like this, which I'm doing in the middle of class!  Some people take hand-written notes though, and one class last semester actually implemented a moratorium on laptops, and we managed to still make effective outlines.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Vandy visit questions
« on: February 07, 2009, 02:20:25 PM »
Nah I'm doing Barrister's - maybe next year.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Vandy visit questions
« on: February 06, 2009, 11:32:12 PM »
I am too interesting - I went to school in Vermont!  That's crazy interesting for Vandy.

RE: Attire - I definitely wouldn't wear a suit - maybe a nice shirt and some khacki pants, but no prospectives I've seen all semester have been wearing suits.  Sounds like you're gonna sit in on Blumstein's Con Law I class.

I've only heard of one person ditching Barrister's for Mardi Gras, from B.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Vanderbilt and debt
« on: February 04, 2009, 11:11:55 PM »
Do you ever stop trolling? 

To be clear, you are in a thread about Vanderbilt where the OP expressed concerns which observationalist addressed. Don't be a feminine hygiene product. JeNeSaisPatience.

Hmmm...I wonder where the post you're quoting went.  What a mystery!

I'll definitely agree with all of what observationlist said - by the way, what firm in Phoenix was it?  I've been trying to get an interview for a 1L associateship in Phoenix and they're almost all not even considering 1L candidates this year, even the ones that usually take them!

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Visit, interview, send the form in with a brief "Thank-You" letter to your interviewer (probably G. Todd Morton).

Then, in about a month, send in a LOCI.

This is just my opinion... but you want to space things out, since they probably won't look at the WLs again until late March. If you send the LOCI now, they won't have heard from  you in months by the time they review your application again.

I'll echo that, but add that my experience at Vandy has been that whatever makes you an interesting candidate needs to be brought to the attention of the admissions office somehow.  Vandy seems to like to make each incoming class as diverse and interesting as possible, and adding that detail to your file will, I think, get you points in those categories.

But as has been said earlier, it's probably better to come visit and interview before sending the LOCI mentioning those things.

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Try to get a job with a public interest-y type place over the summer, and redouble your efforts for this semester.  You can bounce back from your first semester grades!

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Having ANY job as a 1L this summer is valuable.  Getting a firm job as a 1L this summer is (from my understanding anyway) incredibly difficult.  Given that you've already accepted, it's absolutely not worth it to renege now in search of a paying firm job that you probably won't get.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Vanderbilt and debt
« on: February 01, 2009, 10:55:15 PM »
As a Vandy 1L, I can tell you that our career services office is incredibly helpful and dedicated to getting every student the job they want - for California firms, you're going to have to do a bit more of the legwork yourself because Vandy career services doesn't have ties as strong on the west coast, but they'll give you as much as you give them.  If you're in there with your counselor every week devising strategy and getting advice, you'll have to do extraordinarily badly in your classes to totally fail in your goal.

Pump the brakes, son.  You can screw around with career services as much as your little heart desires--and I'm a big proponent of networking--but if you do "extraordinarily badly," you won't be getting any kind of California biglaw.

Again, unless you do extraordinarily badly at Vandy, it's very hard to completely fail in your goal, provided you utilize the career services office to its full potential.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Vanderbilt and debt
« on: January 31, 2009, 01:44:21 PM »
As a Vandy 1L, I can tell you that our career services office is incredibly helpful and dedicated to getting every student the job they want - for California firms, you're going to have to do a bit more of the legwork yourself because Vandy career services doesn't have ties as strong on the west coast, but they'll give you as much as you give them.  If you're in there with your counselor every week devising strategy and getting advice, you'll have to do extraordinarily badly in your classes to totally fail in your goal.

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