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General Board / Re: What to read over the summer to prepare for IL??
« on: February 18, 2008, 08:17:21 AM »
Read for fun.  Do not read to prepare for law school.

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General Board / Re: Quick Bluebook Question
« on: February 18, 2008, 08:15:17 AM »
Is this a short form citation?  If not (which is my assumption), use a comma rather than "at" between the first page and the pincite.  "144 Ill. 2d 339, ___ (1991)." 



     

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General Board / Re: government interview in a few days. Help!
« on: July 20, 2007, 05:07:15 PM »
Legal interview?  Is there a particular field that your agency does its work in (health, security, education, etc.)?

I've interned for two different federal gov't agencies, and both experiences have been very different.  The way your interview runs will likely be influenced by the personality and focus of your agency.  Therefore, it is hard to generalize.   

I would treat the interview the same way you would treat any other interview:  know the agency inside and out, know your resume from top to bottom and be prepared to answer questions about everything on it, try to tie your skills and qualifications to those that the agency is seeking out, and practice, practice, practice. 

I'm assuming you don't since you posted your questions here, but if you know anyone who works for or has interviewed for this particular agency before, seek them out!  They will be your most helpful informants.  Additionally, your career services office might be able to give you some helpful pointers, especially if you are interviewing through them.  There is also a Vault Guide to government jobs that you should be able to get a password to through your career services office.  That could be somewhat helpful. 

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2L job search / Re: Cover letters for OCI
« on: July 17, 2007, 07:59:15 PM »
My school has a spot for cover letters in Symplicity.  I think that including a cover letter with a resume is the norm, so I would have to agree that unless you are explicitly instructed otherwise, include one.  Cover letters give you the chance to elaborate on topics touched on in your resume and to potentially discuss personal qualities and/or skills that your resume doesn't address.  Plus, it's better to put in a bit of extra effort than to appear lazy or indifferent.     

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IU does not have sections, in that you don't take all your classes with the same group of people, outside of a small peer group (6-8 people).

I don't completely agree with this.  I just finished 1L, and we had the same people in three out of four of my classes for the first semester.  The only class that differed was crim law, and that was because the summer starters had already taken it.  Second semester, two of our classes had a different group of people than our "section" from first semester, but we took those two classes with the same people.   

From what I could tell there wasn't an unfair distribution of students among the sections (i.e. no "stacking"), so this doesn't really much to the discussion.  It's possible that the set up was different for my class than it was for tacojohn's class.     

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General Board / Re: Have all my 1L grades. Rate my job prospects.
« on: June 16, 2007, 01:49:35 PM »
My grades are very similar to butters (fell just outside of the top 20%), except I am at a T30-40.  Minnesota firms, for the most part, don't conduct OCIs at my school, but Minneapolis is at the top of the list for where I want to end up after graduation (I'm from MN). 

Anyone have any thoughts on my probable success in even getting interviews by sending my resume to recruiters at Minneapolis firms?

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Studying and Exam Taking / Contracts Supplements
« on: February 21, 2007, 08:14:25 AM »
I probably should have started thinking about this last semester, but does anyone have any recommendations for good contracts supplements?  I thought that the class would start making sense by this point, but no such luck.  Anything that has good practice questions and answers (I'm assuming E&E will probably be my best bet for this) would be especially helpful.  Thanks! 

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General Board / Re: asking for fin aid
« on: January 17, 2007, 10:16:20 PM »
Thanks to all for the advice.  I'll wait out this semester's grades and see where I stand.  Transferring up is a possibility (I'm not at a T14) and something I am considering if my class rank is high, so using it in negotiations is a good idea. 

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General Board / Any thoughts?
« on: January 16, 2007, 08:32:34 PM »
Is this just a really stupid idea, or do you all have zero opinion on the subject?  Any response would be appreciated, if only to save me from the shame of having no one reply to my topic.   

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