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General Off-Topic Board / Re: You can now be served by facebook!
« on: November 20, 2014, 08:23:25 PM »
I used it once in trial court and cited this case. Warner Bros. Records v. Golden West Music Sales, 36 Cal. App. 3d 1012

It was kind of a stretch, but it worked. In my case this woman abandoned her property, but did put it into a living trust after six months of searching for her, I filed the lawsuit, and served the attorney that assisted her with forming the living trust who also could not find her. The Judge did not want to notice by publication, and said service on that attorney and recording a Lis Pendens was sufficient.




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General Off-Topic Board / Re: You can now be served by facebook!
« on: November 19, 2014, 08:29:00 PM »
Some states like California have special statutes that "basically allow for good enough' i.e. California Code of Civil Procedure 416.90.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: You can now be served by facebook!
« on: November 19, 2014, 10:37:32 AM »
That probably makes sense, but it is still tough to distinguish. Notice by publication is always a remedy available, but I guess as Newspapers die out the internet is the better source to provide adequate notice

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: You can now be served by facebook!
« on: November 18, 2014, 07:46:10 PM »
Process servers won't be to happy about this. I don't know how I feel about it, many people are not to Facebook savy, and if proof of service by mail is often insufficient I don't understand how it can be done electornically, especially with all the technical glitches that might occur. Also, many people do not check their Facebook account daily or even weekly.




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Law School Applications / Re: letters of recommendation
« on: November 12, 2014, 08:03:39 PM »
Yea the LOR means very little. I am sure you must have had some connection with a professor in undergrad, and reach out to them and ask. Professors are happy to help their former students get into grad school, as it looks good for them. The LOR's are about the lowest consideration on an application it really all comes down to your LSAT/GPA, and if your on the cusp at certain schools they will look at your personal statement then LOR. Make the LOR and personal statement presentable, but don't enroll in a college course soley for the purpose of getting an LOR.

If you are going to go out of your way for an LOR intern, work, or volunteer at a law office, and see ask the attorney to write a LOR for you this will also expose you to what the life of a lawyer is like.

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General Board / Re: Am I On the Right Track
« on: November 12, 2014, 11:13:27 AM »
The fifth year will not hurt you, and I did the same thing in college wanted to play one more year. The only thing you should do is focus on taking the LSAT if you haven't already. I would encourage you to take the LSAT while in college just you have a score. You can always retake, but knocking that out of the way is really the hardest part of the application process, and many people put it off for years.

If law school is what you want then start get the process started take the February or July LSAT then start applying in October. I recommend anyone applying to law school attend an LSAC forum to obtain fee waivers, and get introduced to schools etc. http://www.lsac.org/jd/choosing-a-law-school/law-school-recruitment-forums . I saved about $2,000 on law school applications by attending this, and then obtained scholarship offers from schools I had no intention of attending and used those scholarships as leverage to obtain more scholarship money from the schools I wanted to attend.

I also think once you have the LSAT and are accepted into various schools, this article does a great job of explaining factors to consider when choosing a law school. http://www.legalmatch.com/choose-the-right-law-school.html

Good luck in your final season and on your pursuit of a legal education.

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I agree I think it is perfectly reasonable to ask someone to write their own recommendation. In the real world you have to explain what you do to bosses, supervisors, clients, etc, you don't tell your boss to tell the client why your doing a good job you should be able to explain it.

I having the student sum up what it is they do that is so valuable is practice for the real world. I am sure the supervisor will edit, and maybe make some additions, but the student is asking for something and should have some framework of what they have to offer.

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Law School Applications / Re: law app...help!
« on: November 11, 2014, 01:56:47 PM »
That is all true, and I think various internet posters can offer good advice, but I would strongly recommend talking to people face to face. I do not think U.S. News is a credible source of information at all, it is a magazine trying to make money off it's opinion, but that is my opinion plenty of people think differently.

The primary purpose of my post is that what each individual want's from law school differs greatly. Many people want to move to a small town, many want to work in large firms, be D.A's, Public Defender's, so on and so on. Some people want to live in a big city others small cities, some people want to be close to their families others want to be as far away as possible. Some people want a competitive environment others want a more cooperative atmosphere, and the only person that can possibly evaluate all those factors is the individual. That is why I recommend any incoming student visit the campus, walk around the neighborhood, talk to everyone affiliated with the school directly, and gauge credibility.




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Law School Applications / Re: law app...help!
« on: November 11, 2014, 12:59:07 AM »
No problem, and please remember that random internet advice is not the best source of information to make a life altering decision upon. I strongly encourage you to visit schools you are actually interested and talk to professors, students, admins etc face to face. Also reach out to alumni from various schools, and see what they have to say about the school.

When you meet people face to face you can really gauge their credibility, but on anonymous internet posters can say whatever they want about anything without consequence, for a little humor here is exactly why you should not take internet advice seriously from the greatest boss every Michael Scott. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFBDn5PiL00

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Personal Statement / Re: Need critique on personal statement please
« on: November 10, 2014, 09:55:22 PM »
I actually think it is a really good message, and overall very solid. A few things on the first read is you use some unnecessary words occasionally. i.e.

revealed that he had joined the force in an effort to be the “good cop”

get rid of had and say revealed he joined the force in an effort to be the "good cop"

The "had" doesn't add anything. I noticed throughout there are a sentences that have a an unnecessary word or two, and I think if you get rid of them it will read a little better. Overall, the message, story, and passion is really quite good, but I think with a few tweaks it can be great.

If you want to personal message me I can give you my real e-mail and do a redline of the personal statement.

Good luck on your pursuit of a legal education, you sound like the type of person the legal profession could use.

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