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I just got my final 1L GPA, which was a 3.28 from a T2 school. I had a 3.5 the first semester, so i took a little hit. Dont get me wrong, I am still gracious of the GPA, but I am wondering... are most of my options for a good summer associate position finished?

I am very close friends with a well known professor at my law school, who would definitely make a phone call on my behalf (I am also his research assistant). I am also interning for a Federal District Judge this summer. Hopefully I may make a journal, but at this moment I wouldnt know. With these previous 2 additions however, do I have a shot at a moderate to large firm in the NJ area still or is my 3.28 gonna knock me out of the runnings? I know as far as OCI is concerned, most firms cut off at 3.5, but as far as outside connections and sending resumes, what are my realistic chances? Any 2Ls or 3Ls with experience could surely help, although any advice would be more than helpful.


General Board / Re: Long exams
« on: May 11, 2007, 12:29:09 AM »

is thomas cooley or some other diploma mill offering a one-year J.D. program or something...

i don't get it

they do, but that's not where I go. As it turns out, I go to a higher ranked school than Seton Hall.

maybe you should stop worrying about the time and length of your exams at your "premier institution" and actually do it... you're in law school buddy... 18-24 pages is a walk in the park... well maybe not at your school, but to each his own  ;)

General Board / Re: Property / Future Interest Q
« on: May 11, 2007, 12:23:05 AM »
A= Life Estate, B= Vested remainder subject to divestment, 0= reversion... and it does not violate the rules against perpituities

Rutgers - Newark / Re: Newark Neighborhoods
« on: April 04, 2007, 12:49:51 PM »
I go to Seton Hall Law in Newark... and to be honest, you really dont want to live in Newark. Almost all the students here live in Hoboken or the surrounding area... not Newark. The people who do live in newark live in the very tiny part of Newark that is nice, the Downtown Arts District... theres a building called the "1180 Building" that is very nice, secure, and in a nice part of downtown Newark near penn station and ferry street. The rent is close to 2,000 a month however...

if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask...

So i need to take a 3 credit summer course and there are only 4 classes available... here are my choices...

Copyright Law; Employment Law; Remedies; and Conflict of Laws...

None of these really jump out at me or for that matter really interest me, however I must take one. Any suggestions or recomendations on which class might help me the best in my future legal career? Anything that would be helpful to the bar or look favorable on my transcripts?

Keep in mind I am still not sure as to what type of law I want to do, because I know that information would help make my decision a little clearer...

So yea, any input would be much appreciated... thanks guys!

General Board / Re: p/t - Day or Evening
« on: March 28, 2007, 01:59:27 PM »
tortfeasor... im also an SHU student... what section are you in?

General Board / Re: If this doesn't work...I give up
« on: February 03, 2007, 10:30:41 PM »
1L or 2L?

General Board / Re: How much free time do you have as a 1L?
« on: February 03, 2007, 10:29:14 PM »
its really not about the amount of time put in or the amount of time going out... if you get the concepts you get the concepts plain and simple... sometimes i will study one hour if I understand what im learning... sometimes ill study all night if I dont...

i do feel however that I have a lot of free time, sometimes too much. I always do my LRW a week before or so, and i will read the night before class and take sparce notes during class. I review probably ever month and fit everything together.

While this may work for me, im sure it may not for others, so to each his own. If you can find free time, thats great, if you cant, well thats law school. Obvisouly you have some free time to relax and blaze which is cool if that is your thing, im not here to pass judgment, but if youre worried about free time, use that time to go out and chill with friends instead of smoking... but thats all your decision...

free time is what you make of it anyway

General Board / Re: Re-thinking summer plans... help...
« on: February 03, 2007, 10:21:20 PM »
when I "grow up" lol i would like to go into big law, at least at the onset. As you said, a summer with a federal judge is a great way to spend the summer, which is why I am in such a bind. I know many of my fellow classmates would love to have an internship with a feeral judge, and by no means am I not gracious to that fact. I am just wondering if this will look better come fall OCI to the big firms out there (im not talking the "big" big firms) over a summer at a firm. Logically it would make sense that working for a firm 1L would be desirable for a 2L associateship... however, the job i would probably get as a 1L probably wouldnt be anything too impressive, which is why I think the judge may work a little better. You guys gave me some good avice, but I am still left pondering exactly what I should do. Am I wasting this good luck (with my grades) just to go work for a judge (which many other students do) or should I some how use it to my advantage early and get a step up on the competition...

General Board / Re-thinking summer plans... help...
« on: February 03, 2007, 04:03:34 PM »
So I just got my class rank and I made it to top 15% (reall close to top 10) and i have a 3.5 gpa at shu law...

I was all set on taking a judicial internship this summer with a federal district judge... but now I am wondering if I should try for a firm...

with these stats do you think its wise to try to land a summer job with a firm or go the route of a judicial internship. The reason I was going to do the internship was so it looks better at fall OCI so I could get a great 2L summer position... but should I try for it now as well?

What do you think my best bet would be? would the federal internship be the best way to a great 2L associateship or should I try for something now and pass on the internship?

Any advice would be must appreciated guys!


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