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Current Law Students / Re: Bow ties
« on: July 16, 2010, 11:55:58 AM »
I like bow ties, but I would not wear one to Court.  I think advocacy works better when people aren't distracted by what you're wearing. 

Current Law Students / Re: I HATE MY SITUATION!!!
« on: June 15, 2009, 04:47:51 PM »
I'm in Law & Lit, and Jurisprudence.  There are a few people in the class banking on "easy grades" to try and hit "cum laude" or "magna".  There is a lot of reading, as one might expect.  I like the classes.

Transferring / Re: To transfer or not....
« on: June 07, 2009, 01:03:23 PM »
Here's an objective piece of advice based on your subjective views on the world.

Which are you first?  A partner in a romantic relationship, or a high powered attorney.  Choose your school accordingly.

Basically, it comes down not to which is better, but which "loss" is more tolerable.  Would staying at a lower prestige school for a relationship cause you to resent the relationship?  Then go as far up the ladder as ya can.
Would leaving your partner behind for glory at a T(x) school make you so sullen and lonely that you'd start doing horrible in school and work?  Then take the law review bid and be happy with your lot.

I'd choose love over money any day of the week...  except when rent is due.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Miami vs. San Diego
« on: June 06, 2009, 10:52:32 AM »
I live in San Diego.  Go to Miami.

Can you elaborate a little more on that? I heard Cali definately has better weather. Dont know much about the size of San Diego legal markets...

The market here is small, and collegial.  But you suffer from the Sunshine Tax.  It's expensive to live here, and people from all over the nation want to come here after suffering through winters in Cambridge or New Haven.  The highest ranked school in town is a Tier 2, and there are several T1s 90 minutes away.  So it's tough down here. 

I got married Fall semester of 2L.  I don't think it's difficult at all.  If your schedule has a little flexibility, try to take a class or two less than you usually would.  I took 3 classes, and didn't suffer any huge GPA letdown. 

You will be distracted, but #1 2L is easier, #2 it's good to have something to distract you from law school.  Balance in life is good, ya know?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Scholarship vs. ranking
« on: June 06, 2009, 10:41:15 AM »
Rutgers, 'Cuse, Middle Earth University, in that order.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Miami vs. San Diego
« on: June 06, 2009, 10:39:55 AM »
I live in San Diego.  Go to Miami.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Ranking California Law Schools
« on: June 06, 2009, 10:39:13 AM »
That's an interesting placement for Irvine, which hasn't graduated anyone yet.  I have no doubt it will end up that way, but putting a brand new school of Pepperdine and Loyola is a little bold.

So free multimillion dollar home... or nothing?

Go to Pepperdine, because you are clearly a complete idiot for even asking this question, and we don't want your kind sullying up our beaches.

Current Law Students / Re: Type of sport coat for summer associate?
« on: May 18, 2009, 10:38:34 PM »
Wool is always good.  Wool/Cashmere blends can be nice.  If you're in a hot area, there are some good cotton options out there, just make sure it's a fully structured and lined jacket so that it doesn't look like a casual jacket.

I'm fond of wearing waistcoats, so that I can take off my jacket when I'm seated, but still have something other than shirtsleeves going.  Then again, I've always worn suits at work, except on Fridays...  on Fridays I prefer to wear dresses.

As an aside, I'd try to pin down what the dress code is exactly, rather than guessing. 

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