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General Board / Re: Live alone or have a roommate?
« on: March 13, 2006, 01:17:11 AM »
If you're moving to a new area, I'd definitely say "live alone" for the first year.  My living situation (off campus apt, 1 roommate) turned out to be complete hell.  It entirely screwed up my first semester and is still affecting me now emotionally, financially, and academically.  Suck up the loans and just do it.  Once you get to know the area and people better, then find a roommate.  Believe me, 1L is NOT the time that you want roommate sh*t going down  ::)

I used to be an extrovert that loved Craig's List, but now...  :'(

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I can't speak in regards to big firms since I didn't apply to any, but I doubt LSAT score and undergrad GPA are the most important factors.  I had 4 job offers (3 paid) before 1st semester grades came out (thank god).  No one asked me about my LSAT score or my undergrad GPA, which were all mediocre- it was all about my undergrad curriculum and prior work experience.

Also, I've never heard of any summer internship asking for letters of reference aside from fellowship programs that specifically require a recommendation from a law school professor.  What types of employers requested/required them?

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1L job search / Re: 1L jobs. Big or Small Firms?
« on: February 14, 2006, 12:49:07 PM »
I was recently offered a job at a small Law Firm in Tallahassee, FL. The firm has less than 5 attorneys in 2 offices.

I am in the top 20% of my class at a Florida T4 school. They job only offers $11.00 for "summer law clerking in both civil and criminal areas."

My question is, is this the best I'll get as a 1L from a t4? I want to reject this offer and look for jobs that pay more but I'm scared of being left with nothing come summer time. Every I've talked to says "a bird in the hand...", but I wonder what my chances are of doing better.

Also, I've heard some people say that they learned a lot working in a smaller practice, I'm actually scared that all I'll be doing is making coffee and copies.

I'd appreciate some input thanks


Actually, I think you did ok with this job considering your school, rank and location.  $11/hour is great considering that most of your fellow 1Ls will be working in unpaid or even non-legal jobs this summer.  I really doubt you'll be doing menial tasks.  As a small firm, they might be overburdened as it is, and they can't afford to pay you that wage just for making coffee!  At most BigLaw firms, the summer associateship is more about recruiting than giving substantive work experience.

At this time in the recruiting cycle, I think it's late to start looking for another job, anyway.  It sounds like you have a good opportunity.  Don't waste it.

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Law Firms / Re: Anyone know of firms that hire 1Ls?
« on: February 02, 2006, 11:11:16 AM »
I'm not looking for prestige, just a paying summer job.  

If your requirement is just that the job is paid, you may want to look outside of firms as well.  A few gov't jobs (i.e. public defender) and non-profits also pay and hire 1Ls.  I'm interviewing with a 501(c)(3) that pays $20/hour.

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General Board / Re: Dorms in Cornell Law school?
« on: February 02, 2006, 11:01:39 AM »
$6K over 9 months isn't really cheap.  It looks like the range in Hughes is $570-751/month.  Compared to Ithaca in general, that's average to high, including utilities.

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1L job search / Fellowships?
« on: February 02, 2006, 10:41:34 AM »
Just curious-Who's applied to summer fellowships?  Which one, and how are you doing in that process?

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General Board / Re: Any other 1Ls dreading the start of semester 2?
« on: January 19, 2006, 06:36:44 PM »
And we don't find out how we did first semester until mid/late February!

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General Board / Re: Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« on: January 19, 2006, 01:50:19 AM »
I came up with 30+ classes that I want to take.  I'm guessing 8/semester would be overkill.

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General Board / Re: Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« on: January 19, 2006, 01:29:24 AM »
I spent some time doing the same thing today, but it looks like I went overboard.

So 4 substantive classes per semester is about average?

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General Board / Re: I don't understand the appeal of "big law"
« on: January 17, 2006, 08:18:41 PM »
Yes, you may be working for the same rate of pay elsewhere, but other organizations simply do not have the resources/capability of paying their junior employees that much money.  So, even if you wanted to make more money and were willing to put in the hours, most orgs just can't afford to make up the difference.  Also, prestige, connections, and (sometimes) better supervision while you're learning.

I have no desire to go into Big Law either, but I have resigned myself to a certain standard of living and realizing that I'll be in debt for quite some time. 

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