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I say quit!  I worked this year as a paralegal making decent money, but was totally miserable.  I was working my butt off putting in 50+ hour weeks with a 1 hour commute each way, and I teach LSAT on the side.  I was gaining weight, stressed, and had no time to spend with friends.  I had actually just got a big promotion and raise 3 weeks before I quit. 

A family friend offered me a awesome (unpaid) internship, in an area of law I actually intend to practice.  My position has never been given to someone not in law school before.  Although it is hard financially, in the long run this is better for me. I am working normal hours and getting in a lot of networking in an office of 120 attorneys. They have even offered me a secure job after I graduate.  I also take Fridays off to spend at the beach.  Enjoy all the remaining free time you have!

Current Law Students / Re: Law Preview
« on: May 21, 2005, 06:44:11 PM »
What does the "tag" mean?

Current Law Students / Re: Law Preview
« on: May 18, 2005, 06:49:19 PM »
I am taking it in June in LA.  You?

Current Law Students / Re: Law Preview
« on: May 17, 2005, 10:33:03 PM »
I am already signed up, so hopefully it is useful.  I got a big discount from work so it was not a financial consideration. 

Current Law Students / Re: Hastings vs Loyola LA
« on: May 17, 2005, 10:25:23 PM »
I am accepted to both, and if I don't get in at the schools I am wait listed at I may end up at Hastings with you.  I love San Francisco, and hate L.A. (I am from the Orange County).  Hastings has been ranked much higher in the past, and is still ranked highly in peer reviews leading to a high respect in the legal community. The downfalls of Hastings I have seen are less resources than Loyola and lack of faculty accessibilty.   

I scheduled a informal interview at a competitive school I am wait listed at.  Here are my 3 objectives:

1) Identify my strengths and indicate my commitment to attend this school.
2) Communicate specific reasons I want to attend this school.  I have done some research and reasons include; small class sizes, curriculum, specific faculty, ect.
3) Ask questions.  It is a school that does not rank wait list applicants.  I would like information on when they anticipate openings, what I can do to better my chances, ect.

Any other suggestions?  Thanks!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law Students on Spring Break???
« on: September 20, 2005, 06:41:59 PM »
Ask a 2L.  I applied for a program that does a international conference in Haiti during Spring Break, and the students who did it previously as 1L's said it was not a problem.  If I don't get accepted to that (they only accept 7 1L's) I am heading to a beach somewhere.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Alcohol at law school?
« on: September 20, 2005, 06:39:54 PM »
UVa has "keg in the quad" every thursday afternoon. I recall that UCLA has a similar arrangement.

Thats funny.. we have "beer on the beach" Thursdays at Hastings, with plenty of kegs to go around.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: briefing cases a waste of time?
« on: August 30, 2005, 10:52:57 PM »
I am still briefing, but my briefing method is developing.  I am now more focused on briefing in a way I can incorporate into my outlines.  My briefs are only about 1/4 of the page, and only take 5-10 minutes.  Only 1 line for facts, the issue and holding, and maybe a couple lines devoted to both precedent and reasoning.  I take my notes in class and put them directly into the brief on the subject.

I think briefing can be helpful if you are using it to understand the BLL, and by doing so would be able to identify it in a fact pattern.  Also spinning a hypo out of the case. 

On the other hand, if you are writing down every fact to not look like an idiot in class, that appears to be a waste.

I am only 3 weeks into class so by no means do I think I am some sort of authority on briefing, just my opinions...

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Weight Gain and Law School
« on: August 28, 2005, 11:52:28 AM »
Remember you are not allowed to eat in the library.  Once I find a good spot and get in the zone I'm not leaving for anything.

I have not joined a new gym yet (on the checklist) but I am recently carless, and walking to school, and everywhere else I need to go.  Hope that helps.

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