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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Best ADR/Negotiation Clinics
« on: February 10, 2009, 09:29:17 PM »
Ohio State
U. Mich

Cornell has labor and securities law clinics where you might get involved in N/ADR; you'd also have access to the Institute on Conflict Resolution at the ILR School.  Columbia and Fordham have mediation clinics, but I haven't heard much about them.

Pepperdine, Cardozo and U. MO have good ADR programs and are ranked in the 50s, so they might be safety schools to consider.

Northeastern / Re: Northeastern for Big Law? Pros/cons?
« on: February 09, 2009, 02:25:26 PM »
Dude- there are still BigLaw firms doing OCI here and I know 3Ls that have offers from places like Ropes & Gray.  It's hardly a dumb decision for someone who wasn't able to get into a "higher-ranked" law school if they end up with the same job.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Wisconsin vs. American
« on: February 09, 2009, 01:20:49 PM »
Considering that there's no bar exam in WI, would you still be able to waive into DC Bar?  If yes, I'd definitely choose WI.  Actually, I'd choose WI anyway, but that's something you ought to look into if you're interested in possibly working in DC someday.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: How do I choose???
« on: February 09, 2009, 01:17:52 PM »
Go to Penn.  There's no question in my mind that it would give you the most options post-grad. 

Congratulations on your acceptance!

General Board / Re: The networking questions thread
« on: February 06, 2009, 12:58:02 PM »
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.

3L job search / Re: T-14 students doing temp work?
« on: February 05, 2009, 03:42:21 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.

Northeastern / Re: Northeastern for Big Law? Pros/cons?
« on: February 04, 2009, 04:48:56 PM »
Dude- got any objective FACTS to state?  Do you think Biglaw firms have stopped interviewing/hiring anyone from a "second rate school"?

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Need Access
« on: February 01, 2009, 12:36:12 AM »
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-

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