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Job Search / Layoffs and summer no-offers
« on: April 26, 2008, 09:05:54 AM »
If a law firm has recently complete layoffs, should I expect that I'll be looking for new employment after the summer? Any constructive input would be much appreciated.

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Okay, in honor of all of you who will be starting school this fall, I'm starting yet another thread for best advice to succeed in LS. Most of these get hijacked, so let's try to keep this to helpful advice or questions.

Here's my best advice (that you probably haven't heard in 25 other threads):
1) Have a plan- on many levels. Keep a meticulous calendar and schedule study time or goals (get outline updated by November 1, etc) on that as well as deadlines.
Have a plan for what you want to achieve in law school and where you want to be when you graduate. Not just "I want to do well."- be specific. Ex: I want to get a leadership position in a student org, I want to join a journal, I want a summer internship. Be realistic, but if you don't have a goal, chances are zero that these "success" measures will just fall into your lap. Look past finishing tomorrow's reading assignments and think about what will really matter when you interview or go to work.
2) Be reliable. When you tell someone you'll do something, DO IT. at 100%. Show up on time, return your emails and phone calls promptly. These are all skills you'll rely on with any real job, and it's good to make it clear to your classmates and professors that when you say you'll do something, it will happen. Plus, it's good karma.
3) You don't have to study all the time to do well. You can do a serious amount of slacking and still do well. Keep up with the reading assignments and read your notes once a week. Outline before the last week of class. I like to dedicate 1 weekend per class during the middle-to-end of hte semester to getting up to speed in that class.
4) Be courteous and likeable, even to those who annoy you (or the gunners). You never know when you'll have to rely on them or work with them in the future. Again, karma.
5) Grades are important, but being a genuinely good person is more important. The person who is easy to work with and meticulous will get hired over a brilliant prick any day.
6) Network your ass off. Go to every event you can, and meet people. Don't ask for a job initially. Think about what you can do to help them, and when teh time comes, ask them to help you back.

This is my observation on 1L so far. Feel free to add your own advice or questions.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Reasons not to move to Florida
« on: February 26, 2007, 11:20:48 AM »
two words: allergy season
Even if you never had them before you move here, the state will make you physically ill two months a year. HTH

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Choosing the Right Law School / Deleted post
« on: January 13, 2007, 12:11:59 PM »
Reevaluating my decision to post :-)

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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT as an analogy to Law School finals (from a 1L)
« on: December 18, 2006, 04:11:03 PM »
So, I am just finishing my first semester @ a T1, and I just thought I'd post a word of warning to those of you who might be thinking that the LSAT is stressful. If that's not you, then this post is irrelevant. However, if you're thinking studying for the LSAT and sitting in the exam room for 3 hours is going to kill you, law school might not be the right choice. Law school is like one long LSAT prep session where you have to start over with new material every four months, and take the equivalent of four LSATs. Oh, and everyone in your class is hoping you'll crack and suck so their grades are better (because, like the LSAT, grades are on a curve, so you'd better hope you're somehow brighter or more prepared than the others with the SAME LSAT and GPA as you...). I might sound a little bitter, I'm really not, and I've enjoyed my first semester. But if you don't handle stress well, you might want to rethink. I just found that LSAT stress level is a pretty good gauge of how well you'll like law school and handle the competition it brings out in yourself and your classmates. Cheers to a few more years of this!  :D

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / UF is overenrolled
« on: July 14, 2006, 06:09:45 PM »
For anyone waiting on the wait list, they just sent an email to admitteds asking us if we want to defer, no questions asked because they overenrolled. I hate to break bad news, but I'm not sure if UF has sent out this info to waitlisters.

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Looks like the ranks are slimming, and I have a sinking feeling those of us left will be the waitlist- any other opinions?

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Just can't help but wonder- maybe they'll realize resistance is futile and let me in.  ;D

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UF's acceptance rate is 13.3% for 2004. But most other schools ranked nearby accept 18-27% of applicants. So here's a logic puzzle for you: does UF just get more unqualified applicants, or is the class they are filling smaller, or what?

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Case Western
« on: January 06, 2006, 07:05:26 AM »
In at Case Western- I searched the site and it looks like others have already gotten accepted too, but didn't see a topic, so I'm starting one dammit! :)

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