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Class of 2010?

Re: Class of 2010?
« Reply #20 on: August 02, 2007, 08:34:29 AM »
so where can i find tips on creating these cover letters and also reformatting my resume to send to law firms?

Re: Class of 2010?
« Reply #21 on: August 02, 2007, 09:51:08 PM »
https://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/career/resources/resumes.html

There is a link to a spot on the Career Services page.  It has some sample resumes and cover letters.  If you have already moved into the area, career services also has a small library that includes books on how to write resumes and cover letters (generically).  The books are the basic ones that should be present in any decent public library, though.

Sometime around Novemeber, you can also schedule a meeting with one of the career advisors.  They can't meet with you before then due to NALP guidelines.  They will look over your resume and cover letters and give you additional advice, as well as suggestions on how to find places to send your resume.  I'd suggest getting them as good as possible before then, though.  Have a few good people you know look over them for typos, aesthetics, etc.

BTW, I only sent out around 75 letters to 40 different firms (multiple offices of some firms, and I'm not counting duplicates sent to both the hiring partners and recruiting coordinators).  When I talked with the career person, she said that was rather low for a 1L and getting a job.  She recommended more on the order of 200 different places.

Looking back, I'd also suggest doing a lot.  Out of mine, I only got two callbacks.  The summer job I did get was through the Spring OCI, not my mailings.

I think another problem of mine was that I mostly limited myself to Texas.  Texas has a boatload of law schools, with 75%+ of each one trying to stay in Texas.  Look outside Texas for the first summer.  New York, DC, Chicago, Atlanta, etc. or anywhere else that doesn't have as many in-state law schools.  You'll make enough that you can afford a summer in a big city if you get it.  It is a summer.  Spend it having fun, and you can go somewhere in Texas (or wherever else you really want to be) your second summer.

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Re: Class of 2010?
« Reply #22 on: August 03, 2007, 01:48:56 PM »
Urgh!!!!  I waited this whole week to get our schedules on Friday, and now they're saying it may not be until Monday?   >:(

I am disappointed.

Re: Class of 2010?
« Reply #23 on: August 03, 2007, 04:49:55 PM »
Yeah, that sucks.  Somebody in the "UT Law 2010" group posted this link:

http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/sao/academics/schedules/079grid.pdf


It's a grid of the classes.  The number next to each class represents a group.

Re: Class of 2010?
« Reply #24 on: August 03, 2007, 06:39:57 PM »
https://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/career/resources/resumes.html

There is a link to a spot on the Career Services page.  It has some sample resumes and cover letters.  If you have already moved into the area, career services also has a small library that includes books on how to write resumes and cover letters (generically).  The books are the basic ones that should be present in any decent public library, though.

Sometime around Novemeber, you can also schedule a meeting with one of the career advisors.  They can't meet with you before then due to NALP guidelines.  They will look over your resume and cover letters and give you additional advice, as well as suggestions on how to find places to send your resume.  I'd suggest getting them as good as possible before then, though.  Have a few good people you know look over them for typos, aesthetics, etc.

BTW, I only sent out around 75 letters to 40 different firms (multiple offices of some firms, and I'm not counting duplicates sent to both the hiring partners and recruiting coordinators).  When I talked with the career person, she said that was rather low for a 1L and getting a job.  She recommended more on the order of 200 different places.

Looking back, I'd also suggest doing a lot.  Out of mine, I only got two callbacks.  The summer job I did get was through the Spring OCI, not my mailings.

I think another problem of mine was that I mostly limited myself to Texas.  Texas has a boatload of law schools, with 75%+ of each one trying to stay in Texas.  Look outside Texas for the first summer.  New York, DC, Chicago, Atlanta, etc. or anywhere else that doesn't have as many in-state law schools.  You'll make enough that you can afford a summer in a big city if you get it.  It is a summer.  Spend it having fun, and you can go somewhere in Texas (or wherever else you really want to be) your second summer.

does this link work for any "0"L's?  i'm getting a "forbidden" message after i punch in my eid...

Re: Class of 2010?
« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2007, 10:29:44 AM »
I would have thought if you had an EID it would have worked.  I do seem to remember that I didn't have access to certain portions of the school's website till school actually started.  It seems kind of stupid, IMHO, for them to be barring folks from seeing sample cover letters and resumes.

If you can make it in to the school, they should have print-outs of those sample resumes and cover letters in a rack in the career services office.

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Re: Class of 2010?
« Reply #26 on: August 04, 2007, 06:43:29 PM »
I want section 2, because I want Young for Con Law . . .

Re: Class of 2010?
« Reply #27 on: August 05, 2007, 01:40:24 AM »
If I have to be in class by 8:15/8:30am every day, I'm dropping out.  I'm hoping for 1 or 4.  We'll get to compare our schedules soon!

Re: Class of 2010?
« Reply #28 on: August 06, 2007, 08:38:49 AM »
I'm in section 4 also.  What an awesome schedule!

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Re: Class of 2010?
« Reply #29 on: August 06, 2007, 09:46:14 AM »
Con - YOUNG!
Civ Pro - Hansen
Crim - Goode
LR&W - ? can't remember now.