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General Board / How screwed am I here? Any advice to save myself?
« on: April 05, 2010, 06:08:13 PM »
Hello,

I'm a 2L and I feel like I've botched my legal education. What advice does anyone have to save my legal career, if that's even possible in this economy? I wanted to do public interest work, but I had to take out an insane amount of loans so I'm under that weight. Is dropping out the best option here, or is it still possible to get a job?

Any general advice/experience here? Help!!

Facts:

My grades are straight Bs, except a B+ in Contracts, and an A in some random administrative law/gov't policy class.

I go to a grade-obsessed school, so my poor grades have disqualified me from journals and clinics, so I have none of those. :{ I represent clients in administrative hearings, though, for an independent clinic so I have experience doing that.

I also did a summer internship with the state AG's office, and have an offer for the state Public Defender's office this summer. Not very prestigious, but it's hands-on work.

Am I screwed? Is this really that bad?

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General Board / Re: Disappointing grades in this economy = drop out?
« on: July 28, 2009, 09:42:18 AM »
I'm a rising 2L at a good law school.  I think I know what I'm talking about.  I have no doubt that you're smart, but, unfortunately, intelligence and law school grades are not correlated.

Rising 2L? Well, for all intents and purposes, I was right: you do have no clue. Why talk *&^% like that? Get laid, man.

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General Board / Re: Disappointing grades in this economy = drop out?
« on: July 25, 2009, 06:52:09 PM »
What? Are you even in law school? 2L and 3L have completely different exam styles, which is why a lot of employers focus on 1L grades. and why do you think 2Ls and 3Ls who did great have more free time? They're the ones on Law Review and Moot Court.

It's not that I'm bad at finding legal issues; I'm excelling at doing my actual internship work for a pretty legit agency. The reason my grades sucked were because I shouldn't have gone that year ... depression, family problems, an illness, other bull, that's all pretty much taken care of. Basically, I wasn't working at my full strength, and that's different now.

But, I do see your point about not getting it in general. I "get it" re: actual legal work (even got an A on my appellate brief, C+/B- curve), it's a shame exams are so different.

Actually, addendum: you're someone in the legal profession who has time to post on this thing 6 times a friggin day on average? WTH, what's your advice worth.

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General Board / Re: Disappointing grades in this economy = drop out?
« on: July 25, 2009, 05:01:40 PM »
How far up is it possible to get grades in the next two years? 3.03 = below top 50% ... top 40% is like, 3.2 or 3.3. Is it possible to bring it up that far?

If I can graduate top 40%, I'm happy.

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General Board / Re: Disappointing grades in this economy = drop out?
« on: July 03, 2009, 11:38:21 AM »
OK, that's encouraging. Gov't positions seem to want clerkships after law school (local, state, federal, doesn't matter), but I can probably get my grades up to at least local/state clerkship level.

Thanks.

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General Board / Disappointing grades in this economy = drop out?
« on: July 03, 2009, 10:22:09 AM »
Hello all,

Facts: Private NYC school (the one in between Fordham and Brooklyn). Already in debt from one year. Bs and B+ grades only (below median - 3.04 GPA, median = 3.16). Public interest/government future.

Should I drop out? I'm below median. I want a public interest/government career, but the economy is horrible right now. I have plenty of family connections, but my grades are kinda poo. Is there any way to get them up during the next two years?

Please, any advice would be great. I have no idea what to do right now. I mean, I'm really good at actual law ... I received an A on my appellate brief, and in my internship I keep getting compliments on my briefs and research. But still, grades are everything in this career.

Thanks in advance. I'm kinda bugging out about my future here.



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General Board / Just started outlining now
« on: April 24, 2009, 08:36:17 PM »
and exams are May 11. Kill self, or any study tips to survive? Yipes.

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General Board / Government 1L internship cover letter
« on: March 07, 2009, 11:31:59 AM »
Hey guys,

I have a few good places to send my resume for potential government work with a state attorney general. I have no idea what to write in my cover letter, though, since it's such a broad thing. Any suggestions? Like ... that I really want to work for the government one day?

Any advice would definitely be great ... I need to send these out ASAP and I don't want to blow it.

Thanks!

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General Board / Re: Too late to find an internship for the summer?
« on: February 28, 2009, 06:15:59 PM »
Well?

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General Board / Too late to find an internship for the summer?
« on: February 28, 2009, 05:53:57 PM »
I haven't really gotten any decent interviews ... looking for public interest/government kinda stuff. Is it too late to keep sending out resumes, or am I totally screwed?

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