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Transferring / Re: NYU vs. top 20 school full ride
« on: August 11, 2007, 10:23:12 PM »
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 11, 2007, 10:20:41 PM »
100% CLS

Current Law Students / Re: The thank you letter.... is it a good idea?
« on: August 11, 2007, 10:17:54 PM »
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.

Job Search / Re: how long before call backs
« on: August 11, 2007, 10:13:18 PM »
Yes...same applies for fairs (in my experience).

Job Search / Re: Typo in Writing Sample
« on: August 11, 2007, 10:05:29 PM »
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 24, 2007, 10:25:46 PM »
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.

Current Law Students / Re: Modern Commerce Clause question
« on: April 24, 2007, 09:58:49 PM »
At least in our class we hardly even talked about that prong - the focus was definitely on activities substantially affecting interstate commerce.  For instrumentalities, though, it's just like everything else in law school - you can make arguments on both sides.  I'm guessing the decision hasn't been hashed out enough to say conclusively what constitutes an instrumentality and what doesn't.  So on the one side you'd argue that the whole point of Lopez was to limit the ridiculous extent that the Wickard v. Filburn test was taken too and thus instrumentalities should be construed narrowly.  On the other hand, in Gonzalez you see the court going back to expanding the commerce power and thus could argue that in its current state the court would construe the prong broadly.  In any event, I'm guessing that Congress could definitely not regulate any activity of anyone who has ever crossed a state line.  I'm also guessing they certainly could regulate truck drivers who transport goods across state lines (the other example given).  In between those two there's a lot of gray area.

Current Law Students / Re: Reneging on a Job Acceptance
« on: March 25, 2007, 08:18:46 AM »
I would e-mail firm A and say thank you so much for the're really really excited about it.  You loved firm A and you're really excited about it and if you go there you'll be dedicated 100% but you just found out that you have an interview at another firm and you'd like to at least give them the same opportunity you gave firm A.

Whatever you do do not turn down firm A before you have an official offer from firm B.

Current Law Students / Re: Am I Making the Right Decision?
« on: March 20, 2007, 03:09:03 PM »
I would first see a psychologist or some type of stress expert or something like that.  You certainly don't have to be in the top 25% to be a successful attorney.  If you're capable of being in the top 25% then you could probably be middle-of the class w/out trying too hard.  I would recommend just taking it easy and not worrying so much.  If you are unable to do that, then perhaps I'd suggest dropping out.

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