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Current Law Students / Re: I don't think I got on Law Review...
« on: July 21, 2005, 08:52:27 AM »
Are you going to be a 2L this fall?  If so, then try to write on next year if you can. 

Current Law Students / Re: International Law
« on: July 21, 2005, 07:19:12 AM »
I'm taking International Law this fall.  I'll be sure to post all my ranting about it on this thread.   :D

Current Law Students / Re: Asking questions in class.
« on: July 20, 2005, 06:35:41 AM »
There is not necessarily any relationship between being an "A" student and being talented at teaching.

Amen to that. 

Job Search / Re: Career--CIA attorney
« on: July 20, 2005, 06:29:22 AM »
That job sounds sweet.  Do you know if it's generally open recruitment or if they are just looking for people right now?

EDIT: Nevermind, found more info here:

Current Law Students / Re: Ladies- where are you suit shopping?
« on: July 20, 2005, 06:25:24 AM »
I got a great winter suit on eBay for $20.  I'm a little taller than average, so if I'm buying online, I stick to skirt suits to keep the necessary alterations to a minimum.  For pant suits, I'm a JCPenney/Bon-Ton girl.  I have no need for anything special. 


I would recommend to the OP to put the actual class rank, since you know it and it seems less strange than "top 6%" and more favorable than "top 10%". So something like: Class Rank 12/216 or 12 of 216. Congrats!

That's how I do it, because I too am on a fine line.  On my resume I have something like "Top 30%, 26/100."  (No, that is not my real rank.) 

Current Law Students / Re: Note taking software
« on: July 18, 2005, 11:32:10 AM »
I've used StoreLaw, Juristudents, and Word.  I prefer Juristudents over StoreLaw and Word over both of them. 

I liked the old StoreLaw "Student Edition," but then they revamped it, and I found it too complicated (too much switching back and forth between screens).  I really liked Juristudents because I could see my brief at the same time I was taking notes, and I would recommend it to a 1L who is looking for something that's not Word.  Both of those programs are very case-oriented.  Once I got past my first year and stopped briefing (okay, I still book brief), I found that MS Word was the best option because by that time I knew how to take what I needed from the cases and condense it into outline form.   

Current Law Students / Re: Advice for a 2L on picking classes
« on: July 07, 2005, 06:23:50 AM »
When I was choosing electives, I would look for bar courses first and usually take anything that fit into my schedule.  After that, I took whatever I wanted.  Honestly, I don't know what employers think, but there is a major advantage to taking courses you are interested in: you are more engaged in class, which leads to better learning, which (hopefully) leads to better grades.  So maybe it's a trade-off--a prospective employer may not care that you took American Indian Law, but, hey look, you got another A.  Also, I think interesting courses give you something to talk about during job interviews. 

Current Law Students / Re: Fall 2005 Schedule
« on: July 07, 2005, 06:19:58 AM »
I took 16 credits in each semester of my second year.  It was a mind-boggling amount of work, and I was really overwhelmed at times.  I wouldn't recommend it, but if you like pressure, go for it.  Obviously it isn't impossible, or I wouldn't be taking 16 credits again this fall.   :D

Current Law Students / Re: Starting to get scared
« on: June 13, 2005, 12:33:59 PM »
Do NOT let these boards freak you out.  A lot of people (including me, sometimes) come here when they need to blow off some steam.   :P  Just read through them so you can get an idea of what kind of experiences people are having.   

Almost everyone has concerns about the pressure and the workload.  As far as the work goes, nothing is insanely difficult.  I firmly believe that most people in the world could make it through law school if they had more than three years in which to do it; the most intense thing is learning how to manage your time.  Obviously, other people's opinions might differ, but that's mine. 

By the way, if you have any questions or anything and don't want to post them publicly, send me a PM and I'll help you out any way I can. 

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