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Transferring / Re: Applying to several schools?
« on: February 13, 2006, 06:18:43 PM »
I am applying to 5 schools.  Unlike the first time around there are not countless books to guide you through the process. I have been meaning to call the schools & ask. 

I beleive you can use LSDAS & I think it is the only way to get prof's to do it w/out hating me.  I am assuming we are going to have to register & possibly pay to use it though b/c I know mine expired. 

Current Law Students / Employment Discrmination Supplements
« on: February 11, 2006, 10:40:25 PM »
Any suggestions?


Transferring / Re: trasferring from a T4 to a T1?
« on: February 04, 2006, 02:44:30 PM »
Cooley has a 1L class of 750??  Wow, I didn't know it was so big. 

Dist Ct Judge & US atty's office both sound equally impressive to me resume wise. 

I would now go by which one you liked better.  I interviewed with a number of district court chambers & found a great disparity in the environments.  You may only be doing jurisdiction checks on one end, or writing published opinions on the other. It does also depend on the prestige and experience of the particular judge.   

Current Law Students / Re: Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« on: January 16, 2006, 10:16:03 PM »
I am a 1L too, but we have an elective in place of Con law.  I cannot claim to be much help, but all the 2Ls at my school seem to take Evidence. 

Current Law Students / Re: Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« on: January 16, 2006, 08:34:02 PM »
What are you taking this year? 

I am in a 2 1/2 year relationship.  We lived together before law school, but now are in schools 8 hours apart.  We see each other every 3-4 weeks & talk multiple times a day.  I think having a relationship helped me stay grounded  & I really benefited from the constant support from my boyfriend.  It was hard initially to adjust to living alone again, but I think spending a lot of time alone, at least for me, is a big part of law school.  This may sound odd, but we went to a counselor prior to the move.  Not because we were having any problems, but in anticipation of the difficulties ahead.  We were both committed to making this work & wanted advice on how to go about it.  I think the long distance thing was good for my studying because I was less distracted, and since he was in school too (engineering) he understood.  I also read the book "1L" and then gave it to him to read, which gave him a glimpse into what law school is like.

At school I quickly made friends with other students who are either married or in live-in relationships.  Most of us worked before law school, and have the maturity that goes along with it.  While my classmates are out partying every weekend I am at a coffee shop studying.  Then when my boyfriend comes up I am rewarded with most of the weekend off. 

I taught LSAT which opens me up to the occasional question about it, then the usual joke about how they wish they wish they had me to teach them, ect.  It is good for me, becuase I was somewhat of a split with a average UG gpa, and it gives me a way to work it in.  I also open myself up to questions about religion b/c I studied religious studies in undergrad, and those questions are always a fine line to walk because you never know the interviewer's personal beliefs.  I think the questions about that subject are more to confirm I am not some religious fanatic who will be swayed by personal beliefs (which is very far fromt he truth).

Job Search / Re: 1st Year Clerkships?
« on: January 10, 2006, 09:38:33 AM »
Thats good advice.  I made a point of asking the clerks what type of work environment it was, how work is distributed, how much face time I would get with the judge, how duties are delegated, ect.  If I am working for free I would at least expect a good work environment, having worked in really competitive law offices in the past.

While I am about as much of a prestige-driven person as anyone, I think giraffe gave the best advice: forget about the prestige and find a situation that will make you happy.  For me, that would mean the State Supreme Court over the Federal District Court becuase I am interested in the more theoretical side of law.  But I could turn that down if I really clicked with a District Court Judge, or felt my Supre Court gig would just be busywork. Argue about prestige when you are doing your post-grad clerkship interviews.  Right now, just find a job that will fulfill you and remind you why you wanted to be a lawyer.

Job Search / Re: 1st Year Clerkships?
« on: January 09, 2006, 08:25:17 PM »
I thought state supreme court is more prestigious than fed dist court, but I think it depends on the state.  For example, I would consider the California supreme court more prestigious than federal dist court, although I have no stats to back that up & may be entirely wrong.  However, if you are in say, Rhode Island, it may be reversed.   

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