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« on: July 31, 2005, 11:01:45 AM »
All my suits are Tahari. Originally it was coincidence, but now it's on purpose. They are the only suits that fit me perfectly, as is, and they're also economical. I've had some of my Tahari suits for almost 2 years and they've held up great! I got some of them from TJ Maxx (which is a store I actually hate shopping at, but they mark Tahari suits down to $50 after they've been on the rack a few weeks) and the rest are from Loehman's online (where they're $100-150). Every single suit fits me the same, so I can order online and be confident it'll fit when it gets here.
And I'm with the previous poster who said to stick with skirt suits. My aunt is a recruiter at a big firm and she said to stick with basic colors (black, navy, grey, brown - and pinstripes are ok) and always pick skirt suits. Don't forget that the partners in these firms are OLD men and many of them think it's unprofessional for a woman to wear pants. It may be stupid, it may be archaic, but I'm closeting the pants until I actually have the job!
« on: July 30, 2005, 07:10:47 PM »
I agree with the last poster, it depends what you want to do. I'm leaving my T4 for a T1 both for geographic and prestige reasons. If my T4 offered me a full scholarship I still wouldn't go back. I have interviews with firms that auto-rejected me last year simply because I have a T1 school on my resume now. The name of your school can open huge doors for you, though you still have to do a lot of work after that point. I know for me, staying at my T4 wasn't an option once I had a better opportunity. Those doors would have never opened.
However, if you want to do public interest, I can see how going tuition-free to a T4 would be a smart idea. Then you could take whatever kind of job you want and not worry about money. However, if you're looking to go into a big firm, or into a practice area that is hard to get into, I'd say going to the higher ranked school is worth it in the long run. I've run numbers and the kind of money I can make coming out of my new school more than makes up for the student loan debt.
Are you a CA resident? I would think in-state tuition at any of those schools would make it worthwhile to transfer, as the debt wouldn't be all that large.
Again, it all just depends on your situation and what you want to do after law school. Best of luck!
« on: July 25, 2005, 11:37:46 PM »
I can totally relate. I moved to Orange County this time last year and knew within a few weeks that I couldn't handle being out there for 3 years. I'm from Atlanta, so not only am I an East Coast kinda girl, I'm a Southern girl!
Ecstatic to be going to UF this year!
Good luck to you. Make the most of 1L!
« on: July 25, 2005, 09:32:17 AM »
I knew I wanted to transfer from day one, so I went out of my way to get to know several professors. Early on it was easy to tell who was approachable and who wasn't. I picked out the professor from my favorite class because I could go in and talk to him about going into a career in that area of the law. He got to know me very well and agreed to write a rec. Only problem was he left our school mid-year. I then did the same thing all over again with my new professor in that class. It was really easy because they were both great guys and both were thrilled to talk to a student who was passionate about their subject area.
The other prof I got a rec from was my legal writing and research prof because that class is really small and you really get to know the prof. She's also an adjunct and only teaches that one class, so she's not as attached to the school as a tenured prof would be and was totally supportive of me transferring.
I would just zero in on the faculty you think are most approachable and make sure you get face time in their office all year. Getting recs really isn't that hard.
« on: July 25, 2005, 09:28:43 AM »
Yes, I'm in the Yahoo Group. No, I wasn't top 10%. I was top 15.8%, but UF actually made the decision before they even received my rank. I was really involved at my first school - SBA, elected President of The Federalist Society for next year, on a faculty committee, etc. I also had two really good recs from professors (I've seen both) and one from the judge I worked for this summer. There are a few other T4 students that got into UF - one from Florida Coastal, Nova, Cooley. UF seems pretty transfer friendly, I think they took 36 this year from the list I've seen. They also have to make decisions early because they start the bidding for their OCI early and want transfers to be a part. I suspect that's why they went ahead and admitted me without rank. I had sent some materials from my school showing what GPA was required for Dean's List and Honor Roll (both of which I made) and what GPA cutoffs were for graduation honors, so I guess that was enough for them.
« on: July 21, 2005, 11:13:09 PM »
I just wanted to share some success stories from my school to inspire those with hopes of transferring up. Going from T4 to T1 is definitely possible!
I just finished my first year at a 4th tier in California. Everyone told me that transferring anywhere was nearly impossible, much less to a first tier school. Well, not only did I beat the odds, but so did several other students at my school. I was accepted to the University of Florida (along with Mercer and Samford, T2 and T3 respectively - and am still waiting on several more schools), two of my friends were accepted to UCLA, another was accepted to Michigan, and another was accepted to Loyola-LA (not sure if they're T1 or T2). Additionally, I know of several students who were accepted to other local T3 and T4 schools.
Sounds like other people on here have had good luck with transferring as well. I just wanted to share what I knew from my school to show that transferring from a T4 to a T1 is definitely possible.
Good luck to everyone trying to transfer!
« on: November 29, 2004, 12:15:21 AM »
That last post reminded me of a site I know of with some great shirts: www.lawschoolstuff.com
« on: November 28, 2004, 02:12:01 PM »
I use my PalmPilot a lot, and I loved the book "Law School Confidential." I also know a lot of people who love their iPods. All good gifts!
« on: November 28, 2004, 03:27:03 AM »
I'm from Atlanta, but I'm in school in California. I'm only applying for jobs in GA, SC and FL though. I really want to work back home for the summer, and would like to transfer back if possible. California is not my kind of place!
I'll be applying to lots of firms in Atlanta, since that's where I'm from and have connections. I've already got 2 jobs offers, but they're from firms I used to work for and am not really interested in going back to. Neither is anything to get all excited about. I am, however, excited about a possible federal judicial externship I'm applying for. Despite not getting paid (which sucks), it may be the best opportunity for me. We'll see, keeping my options open.
What school are you at? I'm envious...I miss Georgia!
« on: November 27, 2004, 11:24:15 PM »
At my school if you do a judicial externship it has to be voluntary (although I haven't heard of a judicial externship that paid) in order for you to get credit. Then you have to pay for the credits. So, basically you have to pay to work for free for the summer. Novel idea, huh?
Nonetheless, I have some good connections with a judge back home, so I'm hoping to get that. A paying job would be great, but a judicial externship has lots of advantages. I think it would be worthwhile.
I spent part of Thanksgiving finishing off a database I was making of jobs to apply for. There are some I'm going to send off resumes for as of December 1st, but the rest require first semester grades, so I'll have to wait until February for that.
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