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Current Law Students / Re: Cuz I'm Curious
« on: August 19, 2009, 04:43:58 PM »
M_Cool, what is your indiation that OCI is so brutal this year?  It seems like firms are hiring less, but there are still jobs out there.  A couple years ago, my friend was a transfer from a tier 4 to a top 10 and he had 20 job offers.  Literally, 20.  Hell, if prospects even decline 75%, that's still 5 job offers.

The fact that practically no one from schools like Michigan, Duke, etc. are getting any callbacks is one indication that OCI isn't going so hot.

If you're 25th percentile at (just as an example) Cornell, you're probably not getting a V100 firm under any circumstances. Even 75th percentile is a stretch, at least this year.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Off my rocker?
« on: August 19, 2009, 02:47:31 PM »
Hello.  I just registered and this seemed like the most logical place to post my query.  I am 41 years old.  I didnít get serious about finishing my bachelorís degree until very late in life.  I am about six months from a BS in Business Management.  Upon taking classes in Business Law and Employment Law as part of that degree, I realized a fascination and a natural inclination to law that I really wish I had discovered much earlier in life. 

At the age of 41, I am wondering if going after a JD is even a good idea at this point.  Based on reading some of the posts at this site I am highly discouraged.  My GPA is only about 3.0.  I am wondering how much my age and my GPA work against me.  Also, is a degree in Business Management even appropriate?  Getting a JD is something I would truly love to do, and Iím not expecting a stellar legal career at this point in my life, but I wonder if this is a reasonable goal at this juncture in my life. 

I wouldnít mind some honest, no-nonsense input here.  Am I better off just continuing on to my MBA?  I can get that in a year and a half.  Am I pipe-dreaming?  Or is it something I should go for?  Thanks in advance. 

What are your goals? It's not unreasonable to go for your law degree just for the sake of having it, if that's what you really want. It's probably a bit unreasonable to expect a biglaw career, though maybe not absolutely impossible. Anything in between depends on the specifics.

Oh man, that's the one I'm hoping for. I'd own that interview.

In fact, I'd love to sit down and have the first thing the recruiting partner say is, "so what's up with Texas A&M?"

OCI is going good. I follow college football recruiting semi-closely, and it amuses me how similar the processes are.

At least the book list is out, so we have an idea, but I agree, the lack of schedule is kind of annoying this late in the summer.

I think Omri and Posner are teaching separate sections. You'll have Omri or Posner, not both. Which means there's a decent chance that half the 1Ls are going to get an Omri/Bernstein combo.  :o

Law School Admissions / Re: Chances at Columbia ED
« on: August 16, 2009, 12:35:17 PM »
Not sure why you'd want to go Columbia ED though. You'd have a fighting chance for Harvard or Stanford. The GPA is lowish, but they'll give you a boost for the honest major.

At the very least I wouldn't lock myself into Columbia unless you're really 100% convinced that you'd go there regardless of any other school offering AND that you wouldn't go to a comparable school (NYU, Chicago) offering more money. You certainly shouldn't need the ED boost for Columbia.

Fair enough. I know FedJur is supposed to be rough.

Also, if you could double up on that PM. I'm curious about most of those professors as well.

I know that Epstein has taught Admin before. But I think they let Epstein teach whatever he feels like, whenever he feels like it.

No property, and no Helmholz teaching. I figured he'd have something historical, or Oil and Gas law. I don't think he's retired either, since I've seen him around the law school this summer. Bummer.

I call on your collective knowledge once again! Please assign the following classes a numerical value for probable difficulty of subject matter: 1 being easiest and 10 being hardest

Administrative Law
Con Law I
Federal Jurisdiction
Federal Regulation of Securities
Trademarks and Unfair Competition

I imagine I'll be taking some combination of these next semester. No evidence? Hmmm....

No congratulations yet. They just had my name spelled wrong, so when they sent out the mass e-mail, mine shot back. I guess everyone knows who I am now, but it was fairly obvious before to anyone who cared. Besides, even if that theory was true, they could just be getting their ducks in a row for my acceptance to CJIL.

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