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Studying for the LSAT / good prep for LSAT
« on: August 15, 2005, 03:48:39 PM »
arranging an undergrad class schedule to accomodate day/night courses, work, financial aid requirements and other obligations is an excellent preparation for the LSAT.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Pets in LS?
« on: August 14, 2005, 07:53:10 PM »
Of course, you can bring the Chihuaha. :)

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What do you smell like right now?
« on: August 07, 2005, 04:39:12 PM »
At the moment? A mixture of sweat, paint, smoke, gasoline and coffee. :)

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What makes a man?
« on: July 28, 2005, 11:53:41 AM »
usually the union of the human sperm and the human egg, resulting with the XY chromosomes and 18 years until maturity.

Incoming 1Ls / CIA--Student Opportunities
« on: July 18, 2005, 07:22:05 PM »

Student Opportunities

Student Opportunities
      Student Trainee-Facilities Support Project Management
      Undergraduate Scholarship Program
      Undergraduate Co-Op Program
      Undergraduate Internship Program
      Graduate Studies Programs

Application Information

Students are eligible for the range of employee benefits including health and life insurance, retirement investment options, paid federal holidays, annual and sick leave, and possible tuition assistance.

We encourage you to discuss CIA opportunities with your on-campus career advisor or internship/co-op program coordinator and to check your school's schedule for recruiting events.

We ask students to apply six to nine months prior to their availability to allow for processing. Eligible applicants should submit a resume online.

For questions about student opportunities, please call 1-800-368-3886.

Incoming 1Ls / Career--CIA paralegal
« on: July 18, 2005, 07:16:56 PM »

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $43,365 to $81,747
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

The Central Intelligence Agency is seeking Paralegal professionals to provide case management, legal research, case-cite verification, blue book citations and general paralegal support to the Office of General Counsel. Paralegals support legal issues relating to foreign intelligence, counterintelligence activities, and both civil and criminal litigation.


Minimum requirements include a Paralegal certificate; a broad range of experience in the legal profession; the ability to research, analyze and organize effectively; Internet (LEXIS-NEXIS and PACER) and legal research skills; PC skills; and strong written and oral communications skills.

All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To Apply:

The CIA is an equal opportunity employer, and all interested applicants are encouraged to apply. Please send a resume, paralegal school transcript, legal writing sample, and the names and telephone numbers of three legal references to:

Administrative Officer
Office of General Counsel
Central Intelligence Agency
Washington, DC 20505

An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.

Note: Multiple submissions are unnecessary and will slow the processing of your resume. Of course, if you made an error in your submission or need to update your resume, you may submit another resume. The second resume will overwrite the first.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Name My new Kitty!!
« on: July 17, 2005, 10:44:08 AM »

Incoming 1Ls / Re: lawyers dont think law school is a good idea...
« on: July 17, 2005, 05:48:27 AM »
I read the survey results during 2003 about lawyers who had taken the bar.

51% glad they had taken the bar/49%not glad they had taken the bar.

There are possibly several reasons why lawyers would say 'don't do it.' One is the additional competition for clients who are the sole support of many lawyers.
Otherwise, I think MR2Tyler's theory is very sound. Very few people are satisfied about their positions in life.

I think it is better to think of the opportunities which a law degree would provide. Practicing as a lawyer is not the only option; in fact many law schools are now offering JD executive degrees meant for business executives, not lawyers. Many practicing lawyers are also successful business owners and CEOs, teachers, CPA's, etc. I also think it is important that lawyers have knowledge and skills besides just representation, counsel and paperwork.

I think it would be more interesting to question lawyers about the reasons they originally wanted to go to law school. If they are anything similar as myself, I am sure the answer would have changed several times.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Job Satisfaction
« on: July 16, 2005, 12:28:00 PM »
That is an interesting question. Let's explore a little.

We know that the business of law is rather competitive, starting with undergrad GPA and LSAT scores. Perhaps a hypothetical scenario would best explain the situation.

Let's say Mr. Lawson is a prospective lawyer. He really wants to become a lawyer so he studies and studies, and gets through undergrad school near or at the top percent of his class. He is 'big frog in the little pond.' Many of the others didn't make it as far.

He studies and studies and gets a sufficient LSAT score which gets him into an acceptable law school, (acceptable as per his personal requirements). His success finds him amongst other 'big frogs' whose main goals are similar to his. To maintain his image of himself, he must work and study at a rate to keep himself at his level of comfort.

He graduates and passes the bar. Many of the others did not make it as far. He is accepted into the Bar and realizes that he is now 'the little frog' because of his lack of professional experience. His credentials are questioned and ridiculed, because there is always someone somewhere with something better. Even amongst his alumni, there is discension, because everyone thinks their professors were better or tougher grading or the classes weren't 'the same.'

Suppose Mr. Lawson is fortunate enough to get hired at a firm which is interested in assisting him to establish his career. Most of the clients are referred to him by senior partners who are too busy. One little screw up could seriously damage Mr. Lawson's reputation, the reputation of the firm, and the life of the client.

I wonder if lawyers ever sleep at night.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Estate Tax
« on: June 15, 2005, 05:19:09 PM »
How are we supposed to determine what is right or wrong? The subject of estate tax is not the same as the colonists and the high tea tax.

Sure, tax money is spent many ways. Some people agree with some of the expenses-- such as education, health care, public welfare, the space program, farm and fishing subsidies, and a zillion others. And some of the expenses are more controversial, such as war, funded abortions or executions, etc. Probably not one person agrees with all of the ways that tax money is spent by the government.

The government provides plenty of tax breaks, credits, deductions, etc. Why complain about taxes, including estate tax?,,id=98968,00.html

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