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Current Law Students / Re: dream job + market; which to sacrifice?
« on: August 19, 2008, 09:30:41 PM »
Basic rule of life:  Many people are never happy with what they have.  Grass is always greener, and all that.

I think that happiness is by and large internal.  Different things make different people happy.  My friend Adam works in finance at a job that I don't even know if he cares about, but he makes tons of money and it makes him happy to use that money.  His life seems to exist from 5pm to 9am.  My friend Amy has a job she LOVES that doesn't pay enough to do anything really exciting, and she seems happy.  Her life exists from 9am to 5pm.

When you figure 8 hours of sleep, you've for 16 hours a day to be happy or not.  If you love your job you'll be happy those 8 hours or so.  You might not be happy between quitting time and bedtime.  If you take the money, you might not be happy for those 8 hours, but the 8 hours after will be great.

The people that miss the point are the ones that spend 12/14/16 hours a day doing things they hate.  All that money and no time to enjoy it.  Or people who take jobs they only kinda like that don't pay.  No fun at work AND no fun after.

It's all about balance.

San Diego is ridiculously expensive as well.  Your cost of living here will be much higher.  Our State income tax is pretty high, and while we don't have a city income tax, we have high taxes on everything else, gas, energy, cars, sales-tax.  It's expensive out here.

Good ol' sunshine tax.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Stupid question but
« on: August 13, 2008, 12:19:19 PM »
I'm surprised people didn't just engage BLOND's analogy directly.

Sure, you can look as good in a $20 JCP shirt as an $80 A&F shirt.

But, what if that JCP shirt cost $80.00 and had a big tag on the front that said "I went to JCP, yo!"?  Would you really want it then?

Current Law Students / Re: Which is easier? Chapman or Southwestern???
« on: August 10, 2008, 10:10:26 PM »
Law school doesn't work like that.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of San Diego..part time
« on: August 08, 2008, 11:57:35 PM »
Irvine Law is going to have a vacuum effect on USD talent, I can pretty well bet.

I don't know.  I mean, it certainly will effect ALL of Southern California, but San Diego is pretty insulated from Irvine.     I can't really imagine a lot of East Coasters looking for the So Cal experience living in Irvine.

My guess is that it will primarily attract local talent for a while.  I think it's more likely to have a larger impact on Chapman, Pepperdine and Loyola.

USD should be fine.  Irvine might hamper the climb back to the 60's.  But, I don't think it will actually hurt the school itself.  Now, if UCSD ever got around to having a law school... that would be a whole new ball game.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of San Diego..part time
« on: August 08, 2008, 08:09:01 AM »

Minor rankings fluctuations over a couple years are meaningless for a school like USD

I would think that over the last decade or two, USD has in fact risen significantly in the rankings, and will be back in the 60's before long, if not higher.

Your first point I absolutely agree with.  Being the big dog in a growing market means that the national rankings and national placement isn't as important as it is for a school that is a secondary school in a particular market.

Your second point (USD will be back in the 60s in no time and is an up n' comer because....) I disagree with.  USD is a great school, no knocks on it.  But it's going to have to regain momentum in an increasingly competitive market.  New schools opening up, more lower ranked schools making "programming" decisions designed to go up the ranks, a down economy...  USD's successes aren't measured in a vacuum.  Could they make the 60's or higher?  Sure, it's a good school.  Does that guarantee they will?  Nope.   I hope USD does.  It would be great to have a true top tier school in the city.  I think it would bring more top caliber students, and professors and have a positive effect on the local market which should be a tide that lifts all boats so to speak. 

I just don't buy the "up n' coming" line.  The "well-established best school in the region" line... that one I buy.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: please tell me my chances.
« on: August 07, 2008, 08:45:11 AM »
Well as a person who is both fictional and dead.... your chances of getting into law school at all are pretty slim.  On the plus side, at least you don't start spontaneously bleeding like that other ghost.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of San Diego..part time
« on: August 06, 2008, 03:26:37 PM »
Personally, I'd take USD over UP, since the $$ isn't that great from UP, and the USD market is clearly stronger, with USD the top dog there.  USD is also an up & coming school, and SD is a growing city, as noted.  And going part time, you could probably clerk with a firm after your first year, which would both keep costs down and help guarantee you a job when you graduate.  (You could either stay with the firm, or leverage your work experience.)

While USD is the big dog in San Diego, its ranking has gone down in recent years from the sixties to the eighties.  Not very up and coming to me.  Still, I'd pick USD over UP any day.

Current Law Students / Re: Southwestern to Loyola Transfer
« on: August 06, 2008, 03:22:06 PM »
If it won't upset a scholarship or financial situation, then I vote yes.

If you're paying full price for a product, get the best product you can.

Current Law Students / Re: Bother with Clerking
« on: July 31, 2008, 09:49:14 AM »
From what my CSO told me state yes, fed no unless your top 15-20%. My schools still has not released rankings for this year and its late in the clerkship app season, so I have no idea if I should even bothering sending anything out for fed.   >:(

Of course you should.  What's the worst that can happen?  You won't get a job.  What happens if you don't apply?  You won't get a job.  Pascal's Wager that shizz foolio!

Well... unless you suffer from some paranoid delusions.... In that case I suppose the worst that can happen is that the government would keep a file of your substandard application and add you to a watchlist of people to smite or something.  If you think that sort of thing happens, then you might not want to send out any apps.

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