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Job Search / Re: Declining Offers
« on: October 31, 2005, 04:09:38 PM »
Thanks to everyone for standing up for me.  Even if my letter may not be grammatically correct, it is only D*CK*W*D* who critize minor details of those who try to help.  I personally sent a letter (as opposed to making a phone call) for several reasons:
1) It is more formal
2) Sealed the deal (or lack of a deal) - I have paper proof of my response to their offer
3) It is so much easier to decline via a letter than face-to-face or over the phone (at least for me).

Good luck with your job searching!  And congratulations to those who found a job and now have the luxury of declining other offers. :)

Job Search / Re: Call-back question
« on: October 27, 2005, 03:09:25 PM »
Well, remember that you are interviewing them too.  More than whether they take you out to lunch, which isn't generally dispositive in choosing one firm over the other, look at what they did to make you feel comfortable and how well you got along with them.  For a 3-4 hour callback that doesn't include a lunch or dinner, I would think the least they can do is offer you some water (and trust me, after talking for that long, you will need it!) or a snack.

I know that I was unimpressed by a firm that took me to a local bar/restaurant as opposed to another which took me to a local country club.  But, that wasn't the only thing that factored into my decision; it was one of them.

Job Search / Re: Declining Offers
« on: October 27, 2005, 03:00:49 PM »
I sent a letter.  Here is how I phrased it:

Dear Mr. <Offeror>,

   Thank you for providing me an opportunity to interview with you and for inviting me to be a part of your firm this summer. 

During my interview, everyone made me feel very welcome and comfortable.  Although I was very impressed by the atmosphere and the people of <firm name>, I have decided to accept a similar position with a different firm.  I am therefore respectfully declining your offer for a summer associate position.

   Please extend my gratitude to everyone that I met during my visit.  Best wishes for your firmís continued success.



Current Law Students / Re: OneNote users...
« on: August 21, 2005, 01:13:27 PM »
I divide my classes into folders.  Then sections within each folder represent units.  Within sections, the pages represent chapters or sections.  It's worked pretty well for me.  If I need, I add additional sections to each class/folder for review sessions, questions, outline, etc.

Current Law Students / Re: 1st A! :)
« on: August 20, 2005, 08:56:44 AM »
grats! What methodology did you employ for the exams? (IE. Delaney, getting to maybe, Leews, your own?)

Hope there are more A's in your future!

Thanks, I am not really sure what happened.  The one thing that I did differently from my previous semesters is that I didn't make an outline.  I think it's because my notes are generally in outline format anyway and whenever I try to make an outline again, I end up reducing my notes so much that I may be cutting out some important details.  The only thing I did was review my notes and highlight important parts from each case/section.

Also, I spoke with the professor about my previous grades (I've had her before), and saw that b/c I was so time-pressured, I wouldn't read the question carefully, so this time, I made sure to read the question twice before answering.

I was also a lot more relaxed this time which helped.  During the first two semesters, I was really stressed, so I think I will just try to relax more.

Current Law Students / 1st A! :)
« on: August 13, 2005, 12:24:25 PM »
Just wanted to brag.  I got my 1st A in law school this summer (I am a rising 2L) in FL Civ Pro.  My toes won't be touching the ground anytime soon . . . :)

Current Law Students / Journals, Moot Court, Trial Team?
« on: March 31, 2005, 05:16:36 AM »
I am a 1L and I don't think that I'll be grading on any of the journals (I don't even want to write on it), and I know that I don't want to go to into litigation.  Is it really worth it do Moot Court or Trial Team?  A lot of firms seem to want top 1/3 of class w/ journal or moot court / trial team experience.  Do law firms who do little to no litigation even care if you are in these activities

I want to get into Real Estate / Estates and Trusts.  What other activities / organizations would you recommened?

Current Law Students / Pro Bono
« on: March 17, 2005, 09:45:46 AM »
I am getting many conflicting perspectives about pro bono in law school.  While career services and professors are going on and on about how great pro bono (community service activites) look on your resume, I am getting the opposite impression from law firms who are mainly focus on profitability and are more hardcore than "touchy feely."  Any thoughts on this?

Not necessarily.  The school may have a privacy policy in place prohibiting transferring an applicant's information via phone which does not provide ID safeguards (they cannot verify that the person on the phone is the applicant).

Also, the person who is answering the phones is probably a student and doesn't know any more information than the fact that a decision on your file has been made or that something has been mailed.

I was in the same situation as you a year ago.  Good luck! :)

Current Law Students / FL Bar Exam Application Hotline # ?
« on: February 09, 2005, 11:28:07 AM »
Does anyone here know if the FL Bar Exam application has a hotline # for applicants who need clarification on answering a particular question?

I recently went through some personal issues and am not sure if those apply to a question on the application.  I first contacted the office's main line (that's listed on the website), but it was a technical question and the lady on the other line some half asleep and totally disinterested.  Is there anywhere that I can anonymously discuss a personal issue and whether it applies to a question on the application?  Thanks.

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