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Bar Exam Preparation / Re: Case Books for Bar Exam and After
« on: May 12, 2009, 07:44:32 PM »
I'd sell them.  If you take Barbri or some other bar review course (which probably at least 80% of students do), you'll get condensed outlines anyway.  There's actually not much caselaw/theory on the  bar exam (at least not for the states I looked into).

Job Search / Re: Federal Honors Programs or other hiring
« on: May 04, 2009, 12:03:05 AM »
coquita - short answer, yes.  If they need someone that's already admitted now, they can't afford to offer you the job, wait several months, and then risk a) you not passing the bar, or b) you not getting security clearance in time.

Job Search / Re: Judicial Internship at District Court or RA?
« on: May 03, 2009, 09:30:52 PM »
I don't think it will make a huge difference, but I think you're better off with the judicial internship.  Working with a judge is always a great experience to have on your resume, no matter what type of practice you want to get into.  Employers know that a lot of people do the RA thing when they don't have other options for 1L summer, so the judicial internship might give you a slight edge for next summer.  However, if the prof is working on something really cutting-edge or simply something that you're deeply interested in, go for it! 

Oh, one other thing- check to see if the RA is possible during the school year (in which case, you can get both experiences).  A lot of people at my school do that for pay or course credit.

Job Search / Re: Federal Honors Programs or other hiring
« on: May 01, 2009, 08:53:07 PM »
All the HPs are done hiring as far as I know.  Here's an opening, though you need to apply within a week-

I'd go with Pepperdine.  They have a robust ADR program, including this awesome ADR in Hong Kong study tour-
You might want to network with whomever sets that program up.

The key phrase was "hard to land".  Those "A-G" requirements are per OPM standards for GS-11 qualifications- , .  Most of these positions are going to be filled by bar-admitted attorneys under the "1 year of professional legal experience" qualification, not 3Ls/recent law grads, especially in the current legal market's state.

Job Search / Re: Interesting analogy, re: summer jobs
« on: April 29, 2009, 12:41:28 PM »
That's so true.  I was surprised at how insular the Chicago market is.  I had a tough time just getting an internship there.  A lot of the firms I called just said, "Sorry, we only hire from local schools."

Most clerks start working in Sept/Oct before the bar exam results come out.   Depending on the court, you may have X months to become admitted to the bar, meaning that you may have the chance to re-take the exam before you are you let go from the job.

Are there any legal government jobs that start out at GS-11 that aren't that hard to land? 

Not really.   Base salary for entry-level attorneys is at GS-9.  GS-11 is usually for Honors Program entrants.  The agencies that pay more than GS-11 starting (SEC, USPS, etc) are even more competitive. 

The scary thing is that applications from attorneys are now flooding the market for quasi-legal job titles.  I've spoken with attorneys from DHHS, DOD and EEOC who have told me that they're getting hundreds of attorneys applying for job titles like paralegal, examiner or investigator, that are GS-5 or GS-7.

Current Law Students / Re: Are EC's/Journal really Important?
« on: April 29, 2009, 12:45:55 AM »
I don't think EC's/Journal are over-whelmingly important.  You should have SOMETHING to distinguish yourself, but nothing is really necessary.  Doing a clinic or simply great internships would be helpful, as is active networking with practitioners.  Lots of people are still able to get law jobs w/o journal or moot court/trial (including about 90% of grads from my school).

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