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1L job search / Re: Finding jobs in smaller firms (1L, 2L, post grad)
« on: April 14, 2009, 11:47:00 PM »
Bad re-phrasing :P

Of course there a ton of small firms in NYC.  They tend to be more specialized though, so you might want to narrow your interests down before looking.  Networking is pretty much the same anywhere.

1L job search / Re: Finding jobs in smaller firms (1L, 2L, post grad)
« on: April 14, 2009, 08:42:58 PM »
Been thinking about some Gov jobs too, but they generally require you to move to @#!* dat poo.

Not at all. US is the largest employer in the country, so gov't jobs are everywhere.  Not to mention state and local gov'ts everywhere as well.  I have a federal job after graduation and it's in the South.

You have to look at the individual application to see the scope of the questions.  Some state bar associations are more demanding than others re: what they want their law schools to ask for.  For some states, they'll want every kind of legal offense including speeding/traffic tickets.  Others will only ask about felonies or certain kinds of misdemeanors.  For some reason, the Midwestern schools I applied to asked for a lot more than the East Coast schools.

General Board / Re: What's the Point of Law School?
« on: April 01, 2009, 05:05:25 PM »
...because most states have made it a requirement to be admitted to the Bar and to practice.  And think of all those poor universities that would lose their cash cow!

General Board / Re: summer job ideas
« on: March 29, 2009, 07:39:42 PM »
Have you checked or for summer internships?  A lot of public interest orgs and "private public interest firms" post there. 

Are you interested in any particular specialties?

Non-Traditional Students / Re: would you switch?
« on: March 28, 2009, 01:19:57 PM »
You either want to be a lawyer, or you don't.  Simple as that, really.  It doesn't sound like you want it.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: networking
« on: March 28, 2009, 12:10:45 AM »
Don't be afraid to approach attorneys at events, that's simply the biggest hurdle!  Keep tabs on alumni events at your school.  That's the easiest way to meet attorneys, especially those willing to mentor you and help you get a job.  They have a vested interested in seeing that students from their school do well on the job market--it enhances the school's reputation as well as theirs.  Be active in student orgs, though you don't necessarily need to be in a leadership role.  Inviting attorneys to speak at events on campus is a good way to network.

If you go to events like the CLEs beaverfuzz suggested, you can approach the speakers and thank them for their presentation before casually "interviewing" them.  You might research the speakers a bit beforehand so you can ask good questions.  Same with conferences--if you can get an attendance list beforehand, see if anyone's coming from organizations that you're interested in working for and keep an eye out for namebadges.  Of course, don't get stalkerish or get into interrogation mode, LOL

Law School Applications / Re: D in Calculus...major problem?
« on: March 27, 2009, 11:16:06 PM »
You have a 169 LSAT, right?  You reeeeeeeeeeally don't need to worry about it, your numbers are really strong otherwise.  I failed Stats and did fine with admissions (though granted, I wasn't looking at quite the same echelon of schools as you are).  I don't think you need to bother with writing an addendum about that one class, for the reasons stated by previous posters.

Schools' Career Services or Alumni Relations/Development Offices have that info but they probably won't release that to a non-student/alumnus.  If you have friends from the schools that you're interested in, you might ask them if they can get you the info.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Employment Law
« on: March 23, 2009, 01:16:00 PM »
There's a list of schools with employment law certificates here, see "Specialized Programs" on right-hand side-

Cornell, Illinois, Wisconsin, UPenn, Hofstra, Hamline, St. John's, Northeastern, WVU and Buffalo also have good employment law classes/faculty.

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