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Current Law Students / Re: Question about unaccredited journals
« on: September 05, 2009, 10:15:13 AM »
Interesting question ah01.  Frankly, unless you are in the situation that Matthies was, or you didn't get on law review and want the experience, the work involved might not be worth it.  However, I do have a friend who was on a very secondary journal who became Editor in Chief and said it helped her in interviews.  In my experience though, law review REALLY REALLY helps you, with a wide range of employers, and is the route to go. 

Full disclosure: I was on law review, so I don't know what my experience would have been without it.

Financial Aid / Re: LRAP Roundup
« on: August 31, 2009, 09:34:34 AM »
Keep in mind that you should also investigate how the schools' LRAPs work with the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA).  That law provides Income Based Repayment and Loan Forgiveness to lawyers in non-profits, public interest and gov't jobs.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Buying books from Amazon/
« on: August 31, 2009, 09:29:17 AM »
I got almost all my books from Amazon, ebay or from other students.  I also sold them through those same venues.  My total law school book cost (considering sales and purchases) was a net of about $500.  You should try to make friends with a few 2L students immediately upon starting school, and get books from them.  Since the law changes so frequently, it is pointless (in most cases) to keep your old books, so sell them and make some money.

Also, don't bother buying Black's law dictionary.  You can access it online at Westlaw, and you will have free Westlaw access all through law school. 

Job Search / Re: RANT: 2009 Legal Job Market
« on: August 30, 2009, 04:35:11 PM »
I seriously can't believe how bad it is.  I was on law review, did internships during the school year at DOJ and an appellate court, and can't find the public interest job I desperately wanted.

Of course, my grades aren't top third, but going to a top tier with these credentials should have done the trick - not this year.

Also, if my frickin' uneducated mother sends me one more job via email that I am not qualified enough to even apply for, I will scream!

Current Law Students / Re: Need Advice on Adjusting
« on: October 15, 2008, 07:44:17 PM »
I just wanted to say that I went through this too....I also didn't do a great job of keeping in touch with people from home, and felt abandoned b/c they weren't rushing to call/write.

Make sure that you inviting friends and family from home to call or write frequently.  Set aside a specific time for it. You will see that your law school experience is new and exciting and stuff back home is the "same old, same old" which really helped put stuff into perspective. 

Good luck to you!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Go to a T14 IN THIS ECONOMY!
« on: October 15, 2008, 07:38:46 PM »
I am sorry, but this sounds like you just aren't great at interviewing, or only participated in OCI and didn't look beyond that.   If you had realistic expectations, and did something other than go to class at school, you should be employed.  You should consider expanding your idea of what types of jobs you are looking at.

Are you looking for 2L summer?  You need to get going on some networking ASAP.

Going to a school just because it's ranked a few spots higher won't help if you come across as unpolished in interviews.  Do some mock interviews with career services and hone those skills.  You are probably better off doing that than posting ridiculously untrue comments on the internet.

Job Search / Re: Do big firms hire from their support staff??
« on: September 07, 2008, 05:59:30 PM »
I've never heard of any vault firm hiring from their support staff. This isn't Boston Legal. If you have the grades to work there, you'll get a job. If you don't, slapping labels on binders isn't going to make a difference.

Prediction: you will have a very difficult time with law firm life, if you believe this is all a paralegal does.  FYI: every paralegal in the firm knows more than you do for your first year or two as an associate. 

Job Search / Re: Non-traditional students hired by biglaw firms?
« on: September 07, 2008, 05:56:22 PM »
I have a friend who is #7 (not top 7%, he is number seven in the class) who is 40 and didn't get a single offer after quite a few interviews based on his GPA and law review membership alone.  You just never know.

Job Search / Re: Foley & Lardner no-offers most of their summer class
« on: September 07, 2008, 05:55:09 PM »
The economy sucks.  Why is anyone surprised?  I have always found it weird that people who did a mediocre job during the summer (and who have no common sense) were given offers most of the time and left to crash and burn when they started "real" work at the firm. 

Don't bother with OCI if you don't have the grades.  Start networking like crazy! 

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