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General Board / Re: Too many law schools/students/lawyers?
« on: April 08, 2008, 10:23:14 PM »
Oh man I just found this totally frightening chart which at moment is making me seriously consider what I have done with my life.  Anyway, here it is the link (sorry I don't have the skillz to insert images on this page).   

http://www.elsblog.org/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/08/30/nalp_bimodal.jpg



If you're not in biglaw, you'll be ecstatic to land a $62,000 job out of law school which is the median salary in that chart.  You should probably think along the lines of 45-50K as being more realistic. 

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: outlining/class reading
« on: April 07, 2008, 08:42:11 PM »
I just started outlining yesterday and my finals start on the 21st.  But I'm a second semester 3L who doesn't care about grades and never reads for class anyway. 

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General Board / Re: Condo Bylaw Question, Property Law
« on: March 05, 2008, 07:32:14 AM »
Not familiar with CT law at all but it would appear that Section 47-71(c) might be helpful in answering your question.  It requires the "instruments" to be recorded after they have been amended a total of 5 times.  Instruments, in turn, is defined to include bylaws.

You'd have to take a look at the remedies provided to see what you could ask for. 


http://cga.ct.gov/2005/pub/Chap825.htm#Secs47-67%20and%2047-68.htm


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1L job search / Re: Job offer but pay is low...should I counter?
« on: March 04, 2008, 05:28:10 PM »
I'm in the top half of my law school at a T1 (30-40 range) and made 10/hr last year, during my 2L summer.  I worked for a solo back in my hometown and it was the only offer I had to do any legal work.  If I were you, I'd take the job and not even ask for more money.  You don't want to sound like you have a sense of entitlement. 

Summer school is a waste of time, in my opinion.  You need to do something to show that you are gaining some kind of practical legal experience.  Why would you pass on money, even if it is 10/hr to take a few hours of summer school and not make anything or get some experience?

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1L job search / Re: not that i'm complaining....
« on: January 31, 2008, 07:26:02 AM »
Shut up.

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General Board / Re: Graduating 3Ls
« on: January 07, 2008, 08:43:22 PM »
12 hours 4 classes - 2 seminars and maybe 3 if I get off the waitlist.  No class until 4:00 on Mondays, two classes on Tues. Wed. Thur., none of Friday.  All in all, it's a pretty easy schedule. 

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48 hours of actual studying is way more than enough.  I put in about 20-25 hours by memorizing the rules from the barbri book, taking the 3 practice tests in the back of the book and doing the practice test online. I didn't even take the actual class, just bought the book on ebay.  I got a 150.  The MPRE isn't bad at all so you won't need to kill yourself to get ready for it. 

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General Board / Re: Anyone taking the MPRE tomorrow
« on: December 03, 2007, 06:34:06 PM »
I actually got a 150. 

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General Board / Re: law school depression
« on: October 21, 2007, 11:53:53 PM »
I'm having a fun time in law school, and the people are amazing here, it's just like college for me. But then again, I love drinking, I love loud music, and I love parties, so that probably makes it a little easier.  :D   However I certainly do not drink and "party" all the time because I have my priorities.

You are honestly the most annoying poster on here.  You've been in law school for two months, and you act like you know it all, as if law school is "fun" and "exciting."  Just wait until you realize that the law profession is extremely dull, boring, and frowned upon by 99% of society. 

I will have to second this.  I feel dumber after reading almost every single one of this guy's posts.  But I hope he keeps coming back because some of the stuff that he puts on here is so hilarious that it helps get me through the day.

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Do you guys have any ideas regarding how lucrative running your own PI firm would be though? That is the goal for me, not working at a PI firm. I am just going to work at a PI firm for a few years to figure out how the system works, and as soon as I have money built up and I feel I am ready, I am going to start it up.

It totally depends on your situation.  In order to open your own firm you have to be business savvy as well.  You need to know how many staff members you need, what to pay them, how much advertising you want to do and at what cost, whether you will have your own office building or share office space, etc.  All of these considerations must be taken into account and proper decisions will have to be made in order to maximize your income. 

As far as the actual practice of law, it will probably be tough until you can get your practice up and running.  It will take a few years of results to get your name out there and have the referrals start to circulate.  Ultimately, the sky is the limit and you could take home several hundred thousand per year if you are truly the best of the best in your town. 

But that isn't may be difficult for a variety of reasons.  One very significant reason is the amount of television advertising done by large PI firms.  The general public tends to equate television advertising and silly acting with attorney competence.  As such, you will likely lose some good cases to the larger PI firms.  You will probably have to branch out your practice and do some criminal, domestic, or worker's comp. work to help pay the bills.

Having said all that, I see no reason why you couldn't clear six figures per year after you get established.  I worked for a solo attorney this summer at a PI/workers comp office and he made about 150K per year. 

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