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Current Law Students / Re: Advice for open book?
« on: May 05, 2010, 12:19:44 PM »
FWIW, my school has a higher bar passage rate than most of the T1's in my state.

Current Law Students / Advice for open book?
« on: May 04, 2010, 07:42:24 AM »
Okay so this may be a shock, but I am a 3L and taking only my second open book exam this semester. I had one before and I did pretty mediocre on it. Does anyone have any good tips?

So far I have made a longer outline..
Went through it to find all the relevant topics and made single page outlines for each of the little issues (about 10 in all)...

Now I don't know what to do the outline over the next couple days as if its not open book? Make some charts to make my answers quicker?

Thanks - I know this is odd coming from a 3rd year, but we have almost all closed book exams at my school.

Job Search / What's your strategy?
« on: April 01, 2010, 12:41:59 PM »
Anyone out there applying for non-legal jobs? I am trying to work in NY after graduation - the field of law that interests me is probably too competitive for me to get into off the bat. Anyway, I am finding myself applying to a lot of small firms and public interest organizations as well as non-legal jobs. Does anyone have the same strategy? Ultimately, I want to be in law, but it seems like the market is just too bad for a mediocre student like myself to find anything in the current economy. Any thoughts? anyone think this is is a bad or good idea?

Current Law Students / Re: How Many Hours Do You Study Per Week
« on: December 11, 2009, 12:06:18 PM »
Id say i put in around 70 per week during finals, but thats mostly because I don't start studying until the last week of the semester and have to learn everything from the beginning. I don't recommend this method, but it works fine for me because I generally take a couple writing classes and only have 2-3 exams.

Correct I am interest in public interest and govt. employment. There were postings for local small firms, but I have had my experiences in family/small law situations already and have been more depressed than every in my life. I did a full year clinic this year, so I have a full year of legal experience drafting letters, memos, motions and doing oral arguments. I felt that if there was no way to get into the line of work I wanted (Env/American Indian Law) it was worthless for me to work at small firms. I am in the end more interested in policy type work, so I was hoping to get to research or something along those lines. Not alot of luck so, as a result, I am going to TA and take a few credits this summer in the hopes I can get some more experience during 3L when I have a lighter course load.

To the person recommending I look outside my county...I live in NY so pretty much everything is just as competitive. I also applied all over the country (I know my T2 status doesn't travel far, but I had a very tangible opportunity to work at a DOI office. Unfortunately, they bailed last minute so I had to start over from there, and it was a bit too late.)

Oh I networked, and had connections. I didn't see a point in sending to a bunch of firms I really dont want to work for. I am not interested in law firms, and so thought that would be a waste of time.

I wasn't joking. I feel like only the people that like law school should should become lawyers. I'm just sayin', I wish I quit at the end of 1L. But if you like it and really want to be a lawyer, keep at it. Unfortunately, most people that go to law school have never been in a legal office or done legal work yet (I said most, not all), as a result I feel like we get very upset when we finally step foot in the legal setting. I think the law itself is extremely interesting. I love research and I love writing papers. But dealing with pounds of paperwork and bad clients really ruins it for me. So my advice, like before, if you don't like the practice of law, get out now.

I have applied to SEVERAL government and public interest offices, I got very few responses, and ended up getting dicked out of a government position which i was pretty much told I was going to be a result I have decided to take some classes and TA for the summer... anyone else out there with a similar situation?

Quit now, and save your money. It doesn't get any better.

Current Law Students / Minda Admin Law? Brooklaw, SJU, New York Law?
« on: April 30, 2009, 03:19:14 PM »
Anyone from New York Law, Brooklyn Law, or St. Johns have a good set of class notes for Professor Minda's Administrative law class and want to share them? Thanks

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