Actually, I used Omni Graffle to diagram during 1L - esp. in Property and Contracts. But I'm a very visual person.
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I'm a diehard OmniOutliner user (and yes, you can correct all of the things that you don't like about it, yvyty.) Anyway, I use OOPro for notes and outlines, Scrivener for organizing my legal writing, OmniDazzle to keep me entertained in class, and OmniFocus to keep me organized. If you just spend some time with the software before school starts you'll learn everything you need - OmniGroup's stuff is all pretty simple and intuitive.
What do applications for biglaw firms say? I mean, on Dec. 1st no one has their grades or has even taken finals. Do you just use your college resume and hope your school's name has enough pull?
This is when it pays to be a non-trad.
Hmm, Con Law was far and away my favorite (and strongest) class this year. Different strokes, I suppose...
Property was the worst by a mile. But that was because our Prof. was a giant neon technicolor nightmare who has no business being in the classroom. I was shocked during finals to discover that the actual subject of Property is so interesting, because the whole semester had been akin to waterboarding.
How about the student who feels obligated to send out PSAs to the *entire* email list? You know, on the order of "_____ happened and here's what I have to say about it..." Michigan hasn't had too much of that (probably a lingering effect of the Tex debacle), but I hear that most schools have at least one guy who just can't keep his brilliant opinions to himself.
« on: July 09, 2007, 02:08:19 PM »
A more pressing issue is how to find out, politely, if the firm will pay for the trip.
Many of the firms' websites detail their policies and procedures vis-a-vis 2L hiring. Look under the "Recruiting" or "Career" sections.
Just because you want to work in a large firm post-JD doesn't mean you should necessarily pursue that for your 1L summer. Our career services office actually advises against it: you have the rest of your life to work in that environment.
I personally didn't apply for any 1L SA positions even though I plan on doing the whole OCI/biglaw route. I'm doing a fellowship in the General Counsel's office of a national union.
Please note, by the way, that I did NOT say that you should avoid big firms for 1L jobs - simply that you shouldn't feel locked into that path.
« on: July 09, 2007, 10:58:45 AM »
any advice for women? im assuming: pants or skirts suit, stockings, pumps, conservative jewlery?
Pretty much. The advice we've gotten so far is: skirt suit (for interviews, at least), nice stockings, leather pumps, conservative jewelry. I just spent hours in Loehmanns trying to find classy skirt suits that didn't make me feel like a little girl in dress-up clothes. Our career services people also advised very low heels (I think they said a max of 1 to 1.5") but I went with a more traditional height because I'm a midget.