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Current Law Students / Re: The networking questions thread
« on: February 06, 2009, 09:58:02 AM »
Networking can be immensely important to law students, but even more so for those that don't have great grades or are not aiming for BigLaw.  The majority of students don't get jobs through OCI, and the majority of legal jobs are not posted-that is where networking can really come in handy.  You can also use it as a tool to figure out which specialty or type of employer you want to work with.

You may not have a lot to offer immediately as a law student, but you'd be surprised at how willing most attorneys are to talk.  Honestly, it's a bit of an ego boost for the attorney to have someone approach them wanting to learn more about their practice and their career.  I do a lot of networking through the ABA (I have a leadership position) and am often the only student at events.  The hardest part is simply working up the courage to initiate conversation.

As far as maintaining contact, you should do that by whichever method of communication the other person prefers.  That will be email in most cases.  Aim for at least once a month.  

Maybe it's best to work for the government?

The federal government at least.  States are more likely to go through hiring freezes and layoffs.

ERISA is also a great area in both good and bad economic times.  A little more interesting than tax but also more complicated in some ways.


i guess the only option less is hooking or robbing 7-11s

Don't be so down on yourself.  There's also stripping- not a crime and you might get health insurance to deal with the STDs.

Job Search / Re: T-14 students doing temp work?
« on: February 05, 2009, 12:42:21 PM »
If so, where did they go wrong? Other then going to law school in the first place...

Poor people skills, perhaps they're horrifically bad at interviewing.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Need Access
« on: January 31, 2009, 09:36:12 PM »
It's a financial aid tool for schools- basically a privatized, more detailed version of FAFSA to determine financial need.  None of the 11 schools I applied to required it.  I think most of the schools that want it are private ones.  Here's the list of participating schools-

Also factor in that if he goes to Marquette, he gets the "diploma privilege" of not having to take the bar in WI.

Current Law Students / Re: grades and 1L summer prospects
« on: January 28, 2009, 09:12:23 AM »
I've got radio silence after applying to a ton of judges and some public interest places (not even trying for any paid or prestigious positions) about two weeks ago.  They don't know my grades.  I'm still applying to more places, but I'm not getting my hopes up.  I'm clearly close to the bottom of my class, there's nothing too special about my resume, and I don't currently have any connections I can work.

Should I start begging professors to let me do research for them (would they even let me)?  Would working in the law library be acceptable?  Should I consider some study abroad thing just so I'm doing something?

What does your Career Services Office say?  You go to a Top 10 school, so although you might not PERSONALLY have connections, you should have a great alumni network to tap into.  Ask your professors for suggestions, and yes, see if they need summer research help. Working in the law library probably won't cut it. 

If you're willing to work for free, there should be absolutely no reason why you can't get legal work this summer.  Be proactive- contact public interest orgs or government agencies that don't have formal internship programs and offer your help.  Include your references and writing sample, and if that's enough to get you an interview, they may never ask for your transcript. 

Agreed, there's no set definition of "non-trad".  But top-tier UG, moderately-high GPA, and a couple of years in I-banking, actually describes quite a few law students/applicants I know.  I think that's actually a fairly "traditional" background for law school. 

At this point, all that really matters is your LSAT score.

I would go with SLU over UDC.  SLU actually places decently in DC.  IHowever, the reverse question of "How does UDC place in STL" is the dealbreaker to me.  I'd venture to say (though you should check with UDC to confirm) that there are very few (if any) UDC grads practicing in STL.  I also would not be surprised if many STL employers have never heard of UDC, esp since UDC only obtained full accreditation from the ABA in 2005. 

Current Law Students / READ THIS BOOK
« on: January 26, 2009, 11:49:27 AM »
The Spiritual Revitalization of the Legal Profession

Briefing isn't really that hard of a "skill" to learn.  If you can do it once or twice successfully, it doesn't really matter if you've done it hundreds of times. 

Agreed.  I learned how to brief cases in undergrad, so it can't be that difficult!  It's the analysis/application-to-fact part that gets tough on exams/memos.  I've been asked to brief cases on all of my internships though.

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