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General Board / Re: Imus
« on: April 10, 2007, 09:53:28 AM »
"Nappy headed hoes"

Why is this particularly offensive? Is "nappy headed" a sensitive topic among black people? If so, why? Is it just a hair thing?

I do see the problem with calling college women "hoes," though. But I doubt the good reverand would be involved if that was the only comment.

Honestly, is there anybody out there who can enlighten me on the nappy hair problem. Many black people do indead have nappy hair.

It's not.  The comment just happened to be directed towards a group of people who are predominantly black and who were still in the national consciousness following a trip to the Final Four.  It's a perfect opportunity for Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to seek out the media in an effort to promote themselves.  I'm not sure what these guys actually do for black people because unless the event is going to draw cameras and reporters they are nowhere to be found.  The racism that they should be out fighting is subtle and indirect.  Their actions just prove that they are two of the most self-serving, ridiculous characters in this country.  No better than Imus.

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General Board / Re: Reneging on a Job Acceptance
« on: March 24, 2007, 11:50:10 AM »
Stop being law students and start being people.  This isn't a contracts issue or an employment at will issue.  Its a politics and people issue.  Is firm A in your school's area?  Do they typically recruit from your school?  In other words, would you be throwing your school's rep under the bus by potentially renegging?  And if so, does it matter?  Is there any way that you could split the baby here?

The first thing you need to do is find out what this means for you vis-a-vis your career services office.  If you're breaking NALP rules, you may be cutting yourself off from your school's career services office. 

I would probably go on the interview and if things start getting down to brass tacks then you can figure out what to do.  Are you a 1L?  If so, then you could use this as a get to know you interview and then play this thing off the bounce for next summer.  Also, what is the profile of firm 1?  If it is just a small firm, I would suspect that they will understand your situation - i.e. that you would prefer something with the potential for future employment.  Its not like not having you is going to cause the firm to go under.

Both firms are in the area of my school, about 60-70 miles away.  Firm A is a sole practitioner, Firm B is a firm of 6 attorneys in a larger city than Firm A.  Neither firm recruits at my school nor ever has to the best of my knowledge.  Neither is listed in the NALP directory. 

As I said before, I'm a 2L and I think Firm B could have more career potential. 

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General Board / Re: Reneging on a Job Acceptance
« on: March 24, 2007, 09:46:26 AM »
Yes, I've taken contracts but I'm also familiar with the employment at will doctrine that applies in my state.  Neither of the firms are in the NALP Directory and neither come to my school to recruit.  The only rule I'll be breaking is the rule against being a dickhead which might be strong enough for me not to accept if I do get an offer from Firm B.


The responses don't seem to positive (as I kind of expected) but I also suspect that most of you are in the very top of your classes and have no problem getting interviews and offers.  I, however, am not and find those two things much harder to come by. Here's the story behind this.

I got in contact with Firm B (and many other firms) about a month ago and had all but given up on them and every other firm because most had not responded and the ones that had said they weren't hiring.  It's easy to sit back and say I should have waited before accepting a job from Firm A but when it is Mid March and you have exactly one offer and nothing else on the table it's hard to not accept what is in front of you.  The pay isn't what I want but it was a legal job and I'm a 2L.  Kind of bad not to have a legal job for your 2L summer.  I have no doubt that Frim B would pay more, much more and has potential to lead to something permanent whlle Firm A is a dead end job.  I don't see what's wrong with at least going on an interview and seeing what they have to offer. 


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General Board / Reneging on a Job Acceptance
« on: March 24, 2007, 12:49:57 AM »
I accepted an offer from a small firm earlier this week.  However, today a firm that I contacted some time ago got in touch with me about setting up an interview.  All things considered I'd probably rather work for Firm B but I haven't interviewed much less received an offer.  If I do receive an offer and the pay is significantly better would it be completely stupid to renege and go to work for Firm B this summer?  I'm thinking of the bridges that I might burn and things such as that.

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General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: January 16, 2007, 09:08:18 PM »
I was in exactly your position at the end of first semester 2.7 on a 3.0 curve at a Tier 1.  I had the same thoughts as you, and I told myself I would wait until the end of the year to make a decision.  I've never really been one to quit because things weren't going well so I went back to doing things that worked for me rather than listening to other people on how to succeed in law school.  This worked well and I had a 3.3 average 2nd semester to push me back near the middle of the class.  I'm glad that I decided to stick with it. 

First semester was challenging and knowing what I know now, I simply did not have any clue how to take a law school exam or how to study for a law school exam.  You will learn what to focus on and it will get better from here.  If it doesn't, then maybe reconsider if you REALLY want to be a lawyer and how many obstacles you are willing to take down on your path.  In the end, I think it will make you a better law student and a better lawyer.  The adversity is there to help you become stronger. 

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General Board / Re: Finally looked @ my grades, now I need opinions...
« on: January 09, 2007, 06:43:43 PM »
If you got an A in torts how did you get a 2.75?  Were your other grades not good at all?

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General Board / Re: So let's say you pull all Bs?
« on: January 03, 2007, 12:49:57 PM »
Your parents?

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General Board / Re: Did I study too much?
« on: January 03, 2007, 12:48:07 PM »
I posted this on another thread, but I had a similar story with similar grades, although I am about 70K in debt between u-grad and law school.  My brief advice is that you should finish out the year and see if it gets better. Also, if your school is a T-14 you have far less to be worried about.  Anyway, here is my story.

My first semester I picked up a 2.7 cumulative GPA (on a 3.1 curve).  I'm not sure where my class rank stood after that, but it had to be bottom 15%.  Needless to say, I was not happy and a little bit confused.

2nd semester I did much better, making a 3.3.  I have two grade this semester, and a 3.7 and a 3.3.  My overall now stands at a 3.12.  You can pick yourself up from bad grades, especially if you don't tank the entire semester like I did.  It will take some work but you will get better at looking for what you need to know and reading and analyzing cases.

What helped me was going back to what worked in the past.  Instead of listening to everyone else about how to outline, what commercial study aids to buy and all of that stuff I used methods that had earned me good grades in other educational settings.  At the end of the day, law school is still school and what worked in the past will largely work now with a few alterations.  Also, I worked on applying the law much more, doing more hypos and doing them earlier.

Good luck.

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General Board / Re: Really bad grades
« on: December 27, 2006, 01:17:44 PM »
Not time to panic yet.  My first semester I picked up a 2.7 cumulative GPA (on a 3.1 curve).  I'm not sure where my class rank stood after that, but it had to be bottom 15%.  Needless to say, I was not happy and a little bit confused.

2nd semester I did much better, making a 3.3.  I have one grade this semester, and it's a 3.7.  My overall now stands at a 3.1.  You can pick yourself up from this grade, especially if you don't tank the entire semester like I did.  It will take some work but you will get better at looking for what you need to know and reading and analyzing cases. 

What helped me was going back to what worked in the past.  Instead of listening to everyone else about how to outline, what commercial study aids to buy and all of that stuff I used methods that had earned me good grades in other educational settings.  At the end of the day, law school is still school and what worked in the past will largely work now with a few alterations.  Also, I worked on applying the law much more, doing more hypos and doing them earlier.

Good luck.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Done with exams!!
« on: December 21, 2006, 05:39:35 PM »
I finished exactly a week ago. Contracts and Property were pretty straight forward. Criminal was actually kinda fun....Torts was a bit tricky though...I had to section out a section of one claim on Res Ipsa..it worked with the other case though. I pray that my exams satisfy my prof's artisan tastes. I think I realistically got a

Criminal  A- (it was REALLY fun...did better than a lot on the exam)
Property  B+ (I wrote on about 60% of the issues I found.(and I REALLY DUG)..I did alright)
Torts     B- (I got a B and a C on the diagnostic papers, luckily I knew exacty why I got a C and hit all thouse points very hard)
Contracts B (slipped up a little, hit all the hard parts though)
Writing   B  (Got an A- in research, did about average in writing)

Hopefully, this will be enough to transfer to DU. My goal is just to break 3.0.

lol, you know this is a pointless exercise right?

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