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General Board / Re: Indicating a connection in a cover letter
« on: July 11, 2007, 07:44:00 AM »
Maybe say something like "I've heard wonderful things about the _________ at __________ from _________"

Or I might ask your connection to get your materials in the hands of the hiring people instead of going through OCI.

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General Board / Re: Once you are on law review
« on: July 11, 2007, 07:39:24 AM »
When they say an editor position, I don't think they mean an executive position, like EIC, whomever is in charge of the article selections, etc.  Just any 3L position.

And to answer the question, the answer is no.  You have to put a minimum of work into the review, no question about it.  If you do really poorly, you will get kicked off, or you'll get some sham job just to avoid having to kick you off.  Otherwise, if you just aren't that good at cite checking, but try hard and get things done on time, nothing will happen.  And unless you have a really overzealous EIC micromanaging everything, it's hard for him or her to know what 2L associates are doing, since their work probably passes through a lot of hands before it gets to the EIC.  Unless you perform so badly that you get consistently poor reviews, and your immediate supervisor is complaining all the time, you're fine.

Just put a good faith effort into everything, and try to improve all your cite checking as the year goes on.

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General Board / Re: Comment Topics
« on: July 10, 2007, 11:33:32 AM »
Write about whichever topic interests you more, because if you are writing about something you don't care about, your odds of producing something of publishable quality are zero.  You have to care to do that good of a job.

If both topics interest you equally, write about the one that will get you published.  And consider why you might not want to practice in that field.

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General Board / Re: Law Review time committment?
« on: July 10, 2007, 11:30:50 AM »
It really depends on how stuff is assigned.  Some reviews there's a steady couple of hours all the time.  Other reviews, you might get 3 or 4 weeks where you're given 20-40 hours of work to do.

It's generally not the all-consuming beast people make it out to be.

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General Board / Re: Question....new to the site
« on: July 10, 2007, 07:21:17 AM »
Getting into law school poses much less of a problem.  As long as some sufficient time has elapsed without you getting into any trouble, and you are upfront about everything, you should be able to get into school.  Most schools don't do background checks, but you have to put this stuff on your law school application because if there are discrepancies it can affect your ability to get admitted to the bar.

As for the Florida bar, good luck.  The character and background checks for the Florida bar are, without question, the hardest in the country.  If you're really dedicated to practicing law in Florida, you might be able to do it, but it would be long and arduous, having to answer a lot of questions.  If it was me, I would look to practice somewhere else.

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There was a guy in his 70s in last years 1L class.

There are plenty of law schools that cater to the non-traditional student.  In fact, it seems more and more likely that you won't be able to get into Northwestern soon without some significant work experience.

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General Board / Re: Question re: raising GPA, more/less courses?
« on: July 05, 2007, 07:37:40 AM »
Drop the pass/fail class, pick up a graded class, and take the elective.  And work hard.  When planning for second semester, look for uncurved classes like seminars and writing classes.

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General Board / Re: dean's list in law school
« on: July 05, 2007, 07:35:07 AM »
It means you got a high class rank.  It doesn't mean anything more than the grades that got it for you.  But those grades are pretty important.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: MC Law School Exams?!?
« on: July 03, 2007, 07:24:17 AM »
Read carefully, eliminate obviously wrong answers, trust your gut.

That's pretty much it.

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General Board / Re: So I didnt make law review...
« on: July 03, 2007, 07:21:25 AM »
You need to do a secondary journal or moot court, just to do something.  I think it's really just to show that you're willing to take on more work that you absolutely have to, which is obviously valuable to a law firm.

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