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Law Firms / Re: Does age limit law career options?
« on: March 20, 2007, 09:57:20 PM »
Many 23-year-olds graduating from my law school have great jobs lined up.  The ones with problems are those who leapt into law school too early, when they weren't fully committed to getting a law degree and being a lawyer.  You just have to assess your own maturity.

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1L job search / Re: State Supreme Court Internship
« on: February 02, 2007, 01:59:10 AM »
Depends how much money we're talking about.

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1L job search / Re: public interest job vs judicial internship... advice?
« on: February 02, 2007, 01:57:34 AM »
If you have opportunities this good as a 1L, you'll probably be in a position later to get a yearlong clerkship after graduation.  Those are more prestigious than summer clerkships, and employers look very favorably on them.

Personally, I'd take the workers' rights job for the summer because it's a chance to experience public interest work and demonstrate interest.  Knowing how you feel about labor law and that particular public interest lawyering experience will be really helpful as you search for jobs later on. Also, if you want to go straight from law school into public interest work, it will be better to have a public interest law experience on your resume than the more generic (but still desirable) judicial clerkship.

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1L job search / Re: what do 1L SA's do
« on: February 02, 2007, 01:42:24 AM »
Research and writing are the primary substantive tasks.  Some of the work is very close to what you do in Legal Writing class.  You may also get to watch an attorney go to court, take a deposition, or close a deal, but those opportunities depend on what just happens to be going on and whether the attorneys know you really want to do that.

Big firms often have a lot of summer associates and do an elaborate "summer associate program."  Summer associates in those programs do research and writing, but they also spend a lot of time socializing (and drinking) with the attorneys and going to various presentations about the firm.  There are usually formal assignment and feedback systems.

Smaller firms might have just one or two summer associates with no structured program.  The assignments may be similar, but the amount of work could be much greater or much less than in a "summer associate program," and there are few if any social events or training sessions involved.

1L and 2L SA's do the same thing--2Ls can just handle more complex issues and more areas of law.

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General Board / Re: What is second semester like?
« on: January 15, 2007, 09:02:22 PM »
Some people will burn out and give up.  Some people will get cocky and rest on their laurels.  But others will study smarter and harder to pull up a mediocre first semester.  Some will get involved in extracurriculars, which may or may not affect their grades.  Some will search diligently for a 1L summer job, while others will find a job quickly and others won't bother to make summer plans until the last minute.  For all of these reasons, second semester 1L year is still intense, and (good for you or not?) grades tend to sort out differently at the end than they did 1st semester.

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1L job search / Re: BIGLAW Substitute?
« on: January 14, 2007, 06:32:04 PM »
What kind of law do you want to do?  If you're somehow qualified to get such an investment bank internship, I'd expect that you're into corporate, securities, etc. ... in which case that experience might indeed be a good thing to talk about in your 2L interviews.

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I'd expect them to be looking for character and personality more than grades--i.e. dedication, ethics, and ability to take on responsibility quickly.

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1L job search / Re: Transcripts
« on: January 14, 2007, 06:17:32 PM »
They generally just mean law school.

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General Board / Re: Legal Writing Grade
« on: January 14, 2007, 04:11:56 PM »
It's good preparation for the casenote competition, which IS important.

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General Board / Re: LEEWS
« on: January 14, 2007, 04:08:11 PM »
Also, I think LEEWS works better for classes like Torts and property than for more theoretical classes like ConLaw.

Well, that explains my grades in a nutshell.  Anyway, I found LEEWS pretty annoying because he spends so much time talking about how great he is and so little time actually explaining how to take an exam.  The few minutes he spends on it are quite useful, though, but there may be some other way to get the information a lot faster.

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