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Job Search / Re: 1st Year Clerkships?
« on: January 09, 2006, 02:55:11 PM »
Tex- congrats on the state supreme court.  My net was wide, but focused.  I applied to 30+ fed dist ct judges in 2 counties on Dec 1.  No offers yet or rejections.  I will probably get some rejections today b/c I took my mail off hold.  Before break I got a few "talk to us after grades" letters.  I got my first grade today (B+) so I am hoping for more of those.  I have a back up of working for my old office at the city atty's office if nothing pans out. 

Job Search / Re: 1st Year Clerkships?
« on: January 07, 2006, 06:16:22 PM »
BigTex- Did you get an offer? 

I spent most of the week interviewing with federal dist. ct judges.  They differed in what I would be doing.  The spectrum was from busy work as you described, to externs that actually get to write opinions that are often published.  No offers yet, but I should be hearing next week.  In the area I applied I was told by career services to be competitive you should apply Dec 1, which worked out b/c I had my interviews lined up while I was home for winter break.  Although I know the area where my law school is located judges don't accept applications until Feb 1.  My reasons for applying are a genuine interest in the federal court system after working in state court prior to law school.  Also I would like to be exposed to many areas of law and improve my research & writing skills.  I hope it will also make me more competitive for a post-grad clerkship.

Good luck.

Job Search / Re: Anyone get a summer position yet?
« on: December 27, 2005, 01:49:27 PM »
I have 2 interviews next week with federal judges.  Hopefully I will get an offer, and be able to relax during the semester. 

Current Law Students / Re: GRADES - When will they get here?
« on: December 15, 2005, 08:20:37 PM »
Ditto what DB said b/c we go to the same school.  But we get our LWR grade tomorrow, which sucks.  B/c I don't think I got a great grade in the class, and while job interviewing over X-mas break it will be the only grade I know.  I would prefer to get them all at one time, after X-mas, when the painful memories are far from my mind.

Current Law Students / Burn Out
« on: December 14, 2005, 10:56:24 PM »
So my last exam is Friday & my brain has gone to mush.  I am drinking 4 red bulls a day & about 3 cups of coffee.  I had a 24 hour final 2 days ago, which I spent 24 hours on.  I have Civpro last- it was my best subject- I did practice exams 2 weeks ago & felt incredibly confident.  Now I feel like my brain has somehow lost all that information, and I cannot seem to get it back.  I am really stressed out for this exam, which was my best subject- and yes it is a dreaded closed book.

Current Law Students / Re: Family Law is Depressing
« on: December 13, 2005, 07:27:55 PM »
I was a family law paralegal prior to attending law school.  Some people love it, but it was not for me.  You see good people at their worst all day.  It was really interesting sometimes because we had celebrity clients, but most of it was boring, and a lot of number crunching and people fighting over petty things. 

I worked in juvenile dependecy court for the summer, and liked that a lot more even though it is more depressing. 

Current Law Students / Re: Study Abroad
« on: December 13, 2005, 07:22:57 PM »
I would love to do one, but our career center strongly discouraged doing a summer study abroad.  I think most people do it during the first semester of 3L instead when a post-grad job is already locked in.  I am hoping to do some traveling this summer before or after whatever legal job I end up with, but it will probably only be a couple weeks max.  This will be the first summer I'm not backpacking abroad in 6 years.

If you are in Brazil, I would highly suggest Ecaudor & Peru.  This last summer I went to the Galapagos Islands & hiked the Inka Trail, it was amazing.   

Current Law Students / Re: F Grades....Please help freaking out!
« on: December 11, 2005, 11:37:38 AM »
Although I am a 1L, I don't think anyone fails out of my school, unless they really mess up (ie not showing up to the final).  I have a couple friends at some 4th tier schools though who have reported classmatees being failed out as a way to boost their bar passage rates, but I think those schools are very far and few between.  My school seems really willing to help people and make accomodations for those who need them. 

I am stressed out about the other end of the grading curve.  I heard from a number of people (including 2Ls) that my torts prof only gave 1 A out for a class of 80 students last year, and I guess a lot of people got upset & complained.  Our school has a strict grading curve, but does not require a minimum of high grades.

Don't worry, you will be fine.

Job Search / Re: Anyone get a summer position yet?
« on: December 07, 2005, 10:20:55 AM »
I sent out 31 applications to federal judges on Dec. 1.  I only have one reply so far, that said they were not interviewing until Feb. when grades come out (that was a pleasant pre-finals e-mail).  I am hoping to interview while I am home over X-mas break with someone.  If all else fails I will work at my old job at a city atty's office.  Nothing that will pay me... 

Current Law Students / Re: How to spend dead week?
« on: December 06, 2005, 07:09:33 PM »
Hey DB- how did it go?  I did not know ppl had Saturday exams- that sucks.

I also had my contracts exam today, and now I have to prepare for my next exam on Friday.  After the exam I went to lunch with some people on the agreement we would not talk about the exam, then I cam home & slept an few hours (since I hardly slept last night).  Now I have to start studying for my Friday exam, but my brain hurt.

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