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Current Law Students / Re: Which path to law school would you take?
« on: August 28, 2008, 11:59:09 AM »
I would take the first option.  But I'm about as extroverted as they come. 

Being a legal assistant won't help you get into law school, but it may help you get jobs once you're in law school (especially if BigLaw isn't in the picture for you.)

Spanish will definitely be useful for you in a career.  Being multi-lingual makes you very attractive to either international law firms, or any firm in a market with a large Spanish speaking population. 
It is always useful.  If you're in a heavily Spanish speaking area, there will be jobs that will heavily want bilingualism, and if you're in an area that has few Spanish speakers, then the odds are you'll have fewer Spanish speaking rivals.

For my point of view, it seems like Option 2 would be the best.

Current Law Students / Re: Making law review
« on: August 27, 2008, 09:16:45 PM »
My school straight grades on the top 10% and then writes-on about 3-4 people per semester, and if you submit an independently produced article that they publish, you get in that way too.

Current Law Students / Re: I got a puppy.
« on: August 27, 2008, 09:13:05 PM »
We have kind of a "dual master suite" style apartment, and we have a baby gate that blocks one of the sides of the apartment.  The litter box is in that bathroom.  The cats just jump over the gate, the puppy can't.  And when the puppy gets large enough to jump over, we'll get a second gate that has a small opening for cats, and then block off that side.  It's the cats' safetyzone while everyone gets comfortable with one another.

Current Law Students / Re: I got a puppy.
« on: August 27, 2008, 06:25:15 AM »
Thanks, I think she's cute too!
I live about 15 minutes from school, so I can only make it home around lunchtime, but that works out to being 3 hours and 3 hours.  But, she's been here for a week now so I know she's settling in, and she has two cat friends to play with.

I figured that it would always be better to wait to get a dog, but at some point you just have to decide that now is good enough.

Current Law Students / I got a puppy.
« on: August 27, 2008, 01:55:03 AM »
For those of you interested, I got a puppy last week.  Eight days before the start of Fall Semester.

So,  what's the consensus here?  Good call, or sure scholastic catastrophe?

pictures of my new puppy are on my blog if anyone cares.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Another Tier 3/4 question
« on: August 26, 2008, 02:58:03 PM »
I took Free T4 and so far so good.  I will say that the decision to go to a T4 should not be made lightly.  If you wind up not grading very well...   You'll have a lot of work to do in order to secure a good job. 

I figured I would do well in law school, so I took a "grade contingent" scholarship.  I did more than well enough to keep my scholarship.  So, don't believe all the doom and gloom you hear.  But, do be realistic about what things mean.  Not all T3/T4s are the same.  So if you're considering that route, make sure you look closely at which schools you're applying to, where they are, how they place, etc etc.  Outside of the Top 50 schools, individual reputation starts counting for a lot more than general ranking.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: San Diego
« on: August 26, 2008, 02:30:55 PM »
Hi there.  I've lived in San Diego for 10 years.  When it was time to pick a law school it was either USD at full cost, or Cal Western for free.  USD is the big fish in the little legal pond we have here.  If you're leaning towards large firm jobs with a high starting salary and high hours, then I'd probably say that USD is your safer bet.

If you're looking for government work, or you know you want to work at a smaller firm, then with your numbers I think that Cal Western is probably the better choice considering your odds of getting at least some money there.

Both schools place well in San Diego, but USD definitely has an edge in the larger firms.  DLA, Cooley, Gordon & Rees, etc etc.

I chose Cal Western, and I'm happy with my selection.  I'm on law review, have won a few oral advocacy awards and have had an enjoyable time of things.  Plus, the faculty and administration are very very friendly and easy to interact with.  If you have any follow up questions, let me know.

Current Law Students / Re: Making law review
« on: August 26, 2008, 12:40:07 PM »
Each school is different.  So, you'll need to find out what the requirements are for your school.  Some focus more on grading on, some more on writing on.  Get good grades, and work hard at becoming an excellent writer, and you'll put yourself in decent position.

Current Law Students / Re: black's law dictionary online?
« on: August 21, 2008, 09:07:58 AM »
If you have the "Law School" tab, then it is under "secondary sources" right on that front page.

Current Law Students / Re: How to stand out in screening interviews?
« on: August 20, 2008, 09:32:20 AM »
Ok, the above advice won't help you stand out at all.  They will help you blend in with everyone else who is prepared, practiced and polished.  So bah humbug on that well meaning advice that doesn't answer your question.

Here's how you stand out.  First, the key here is to "stand".  You can't stand out without standing.  Secondly, you want to be outside of the interviewing room.  Nothing says "out" more than being outside of something.  So just stand outside of the interviewing room and you'll be standing out in the most literal sense. 

Now if what you really want to do is impress interviewers than use the previous guy's advice and add some extra touches.

What makes you different than your competitors?  If the answer is nothing, then you're doomed anyways.  But the odds are that there is something unique and special about you.  Bring it up.  Like I was in a band for years and toured and recorded albums.  And I'm a voice over actor.  So, every interviewer who meets me goes away remembering me because, really... how many other people have done both of those?

As for how to be a good interviewer... #1 be attentive.  It's a give and take, not a monologue.  #2 use isopraxism.  It's one of those subtle things you can do to increase your raw charisma.

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