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Job Search / Re: any hope for a firm???
« on: August 04, 2005, 09:32:35 PM »
I just dont want to end up in some tiny firm (just not my style although they are great for the people that want them)

Is your style 1800 billable hours minimum per year ;)

Current Law Students / Re: What's OCI like?
« on: July 27, 2005, 06:47:07 PM »
So how DOES one go about preparing for interviews?  I look pretty darn good on paper, but I'm worried about the interviews.  I'm a very comfortable speaker and interact really well with any type of person, however, I have only had to do one interview before, and while it went well, I don't exactly have a lot of experience.  So I repeat: how does one prepare for the big firm interviews?

Current Law Students / Re: Anyone exited for 1L?
« on: July 18, 2005, 07:22:16 PM »
Don't forget to bring a dictionary.  Exitement=Excitement?

Don't forget to prepare yourself for having to deal with a bunch of snotty jerks....

Lewis and Clark / Re: Preview Day
« on: June 11, 2005, 11:44:06 AM »
I can't say I've taken notice of the roads in EITHER city. 

Lewis and Clark / Re: Preview Day
« on: June 08, 2005, 04:17:13 PM »
Zaphod - are you planning on staying in Portland long-term then?  Is your fiance planning to move down eventually, or do you hope to return to Seattle to work? 

As of now, my plan is to stay in portland long-term.  With Lewis and Clark being the only law school right in Portland, they have good connections with the local legal community.  I'm not sure how it is upon graduation, but there seem to be pretty good hook ups in terms of summer positions, maybe not with the big firms but certainly with the local governments and small to mid size firms.

I'm definitely interested in hearing about what you like about Portland versus Seattle.

The cities are very similar.  Seattle is prettier, by far, that's the one thing I do miss when I go up there, the cityscape and all.  I like the suburbs of Portland much more, the burbs of Seattle annoy me in their unoriginality.  The traffic and the cost of living is a major plus.  My fiance and I have been shopping around for a 3-bedroom house to rent, and everything we see is well within our price range since we're working off what Seattle rent has been.

    Where are you living?  I'm not really a city dweller, so I was looking around Tigard or Lake Oswego.  Do you think Beaverton would be too far to commute?  Is parking on-campus really that much of a pain? 

I'm actually living in Beaverton, the west side of it.  I live for free, or I would probably move closer, but to be honest it's not that bad.  I have about a 20-40 minute commute depending on the traffic.  If you were to live on the east side of Beaverton, or the Raleigh Hills area, you would have the suburban feel and be really close to school, you wouldn't even have to hit a highway.  I don't know much about Tigard, but I knoew some people who live in Lake Oswego and I know it's pretty easy for them.  Parking on campus?  Yeah, it can be bad.  The talk is, apparently every three years someone pushes really hard for a new parking structure, and the environmental community here (which is big) gets their knickers in a twist and it dies out.  The funny thing about that is, I came across a law school preview book in a used book store from 1980, and they said the exact same thing about the motor heads vs. the environmentalists!  So we could have a long wait ;).  Parking is cheap compared to Seattle, though, and most of the time you can find a parking spot without too much of a hike.  The problem, as a whole, is blown out of proportion.

Hope that helps.  Out of curiousity, what other message boards have you checked out?  I oddly can't find that many other than this one, I'd be curious to lurk on some others.

Lewis and Clark / Re: Preview Day
« on: June 03, 2005, 10:31:53 AM »
I'm sure y'all got enough inside input at "preview day", but just thought I'd chime in with the fact that my first year at Lewis and Clark (which I just finished) was fantastic beyond all expectations.  It isn't the ultra-competitive atmosphere that you hear about law school being, the professors are great (none of that Paper Chase crap), the campus can't be beat (well, just don't think about parking), and Portland really is a great city.  Seriously, the people here are relaxed almost to a fault.  To the person who's coming from seattle (maybe): I moved down from seattle, even leaving my fiance up there, and while I missed seattle to begin with, portland has really grown on me and there are definitely some advantage to living down here.  All I'm saying is, location shouldn't be that big a factor.  Anyway, good luck on your decisions, and feel free to ask anything about Lewis and Clark.

Current Law Students / Re: 1L Summer Clerkship
« on: June 03, 2005, 10:21:38 AM »
I started yesterday.  It's sweet feeling like you know absolutely nothing.

Current Law Students / Re: The Grade Wait
« on: June 01, 2005, 12:16:48 PM »
First semester, the way it worked was you had to wait until at least two professors turned in their grades then they would release those two, then wait until the next two both have theirs in and release those.  Apparently no one wants to give students their first law school grade.  It took a month for the first two to come.  This semester they got rid of that bs, and we already have one, with one professor admitting the earliest his will get in will be the 15th.  I'm also on the "check once at the end of the day" program.

I don't know about the work, but I was presently surprised that I didn't hate all of my classmates.  I had the idea in my head that this would be the case from the fact that 1) I hated all the law students I knew who went the on-campus law school at my undergrad school (who dresses up every day for class in a business suit, and seriously, if you're under the age of 40, those roller backpacks shouldn't even be CLOSE to an option).  2) The law student image isn't exactly that of the relaxed, fun group that I found went to my school.

So I had that going for me....

Current Law Students / Re: Active, engaged learner or gunner?
« on: May 19, 2005, 09:42:55 PM »
If the professor answers every question or comment you have with a joke, and all the other students laugh a little bit harder than the comment deserves, you're a gunner.

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