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General Board / Re: How's my plan?
« on: August 12, 2007, 10:05:05 AM »
What if the father also realizes that nothing is or could ever be more important than that the baby, and recognizing that being a daddy is also incomprehensibly important?

Then he can stay home and the mother can work.  I, personally, don't think there's anything wrong with having a stay-at-home dad and a mom who works if that's what the couple prefers - just as long as there's one parent at home.  To me, it seems pretty clear that there are two parents by design (or natural selection) so that one can raise the children and the other can put food on the table.  I think both roles are equally important and generally equally difficult (in different ways).  Generally, it makes no difference to me who does what.

Having said that, I also think that at least for the first 2 years or so of a kids life, there are a couple of advantages to having a mother at home rather than a father.  They won't make or break the situation, but in my mind they give a slight edge to having the mother stay at home at least during that time.  It also works out a better logistically to have the mother stay home if you're going to have more than one child (so that the breadwinner doesn't have to keep taking time off for pregnancy) - that is unless of course you're working at a place w/ great maternity benefits.

Once again, I know (from previous experience) that this opinion isn't very popular on these boards, so take it for what it's worth.

General Board / Re: How's my plan?
« on: August 12, 2007, 01:32:51 AM »
IMO (since you asked for advice), I would recommend not going to law school.  When you have a kid you realize that nothing is or could ever be more important to you than it, even if you are able to convince yourself otherwise at some future point.  Nothing could be more important to your child than having you there for it.  Let your husband earn enough money to provide for the fam, and you focus on the incomprehensibly important role of being a mommy.

Just my two, likely very unpopular, cents.

Transferring / Re: NYU vs. top 20 school full ride
« on: August 12, 2007, 01:23:12 AM »
100% choice 1 - stay where you are

There are only a couple firms that would take you from NYU that wouldn't take you from T25 top 5% w/ law review.  If you aren't already sure that you want to work at one of those firms, then you don't want to work at them.  Save yourself $100k+

Transferring / Re: GULC/Law Review or CLS/no Law Review
« on: August 12, 2007, 01:20:41 AM »
100% CLS

General Board / Re: The thank you letter.... is it a good idea?
« on: August 12, 2007, 01:17:54 AM »
I've sent thank you letters to every person I've interviewed with and they've gone over quite well IMO.  If you are able to personalize it to your interview a bit w/out stretching too much then it is a good opportunity to remind them who you are, etc.

General Board / Re: Summer Associate question...
« on: August 12, 2007, 01:16:07 AM »
Definitely not a bad thing to put on at all....firms want people who are wanted by other firms.  Just be prepared with an explanation as to why you think the firm you're interviewing w/ is probably better, etc.

2L job search / Re: how long before call backs
« on: August 12, 2007, 01:13:18 AM »
Yes...same applies for fairs (in my experience).

2L job search / Re: Typo in Writing Sample
« on: August 12, 2007, 01:05:29 AM »
Personally, I'd just forget about it and not stress.  The last attorney I talked to (who is really a top notch litigator) said his bluebook is the 14th edition.  I don't know what they're looking for in a writing sample, but I don't think it's to find out whether you underline/italicize case names.

I bought commercial outlines (good ones) for all of my classes first semester - found them to be almost entirely useless.  If you use them as your primary means of studying, you will do poorly.  In case the reason isn't obvious, it's because they cover about 4 semesters worth of stuff but probably about half of what your professor is actually teaching - and half the time using different terminology.

IMO, there's no substitute for making your own outline.

Transferring / Re: Transferring from Minnesota...
« on: April 25, 2007, 01:25:46 AM »
In all honesty, my guess is that you're wrapped up in the admissions process and have been brainwashed to think that if you don't go to HYS you're not good enough.  MN is a great school and if you do well there you'll have all sorts of opportunities.  Not sure where you're getting your info from, but I can guarantee that if you finish top 10% at MN you won't have any trouble finding a clerkship outside of MN.  It definitely helps if your school has judges that are alums, but the bottom line will be your grades (which you absolutely can't predict right now what they'll be).  My advice is that transferring should be the last thing on your mind right now.  I would focus on picking a school that you love and once you do that I'd focus on relaxing this summer to get yourself a break before your 1L year.  Working is good too if you have a good job for the resume.  Also, perhaps read a book like Getting to Maybe.

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