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Job Search / Headquarters Office versus Regional Office
« on: October 04, 2008, 04:38:25 PM »
Ok, here's the skinny - I am trying to decide between two firms, in two different cities:

1) Headquarters office of STRONG V40 - however, not too crazy about its location -
2) Strong Regional office of STRONG V50 - in exact location I want to be -

What are the advantages/disadvantages to both of these options? I will have almost the exact same options open to me as far as practice areas in both firms, both pay top notch, and both have excellent associate satisfaction ratings - and both offices are MAD-nice -

Please advise. ???

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Job Search / Holland & Knight: Too Many Partners?
« on: September 19, 2008, 09:10:22 PM »
Anyone want to weigh in on this?

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Job Search / "Offer is contingent upon clearing of conflicts"
« on: September 18, 2008, 08:49:53 AM »
anyone know what this means?

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Let's face it, grades, journals, top schools, legal experience, and other interesting professional experience will get your foot in the door for a screening interview/callback interview, but what do top firms look for during these interviews?  A warm personality? Enthusiasm?  Individuality?  Creativity?  Smooth Talking Ability?  Impressive knowledge of the firm's main practice areas?  Ease and comfort? What?

I've heard so many students ask these three questions: "So if I've got GREAT grades, a TOP School, a nice suit, and I'm pretty attractive in my nice suit giving my well-polished answers, WHY DIDNT I GET A SUMMER OFFER? If a person like me DIDNT get the OFFER, who in the hell did? How the hell did THAT GUY get MY OFFER?"

Theories:

MANY top firms DON'T like students with strong thoughts/opinions/convictions, this increases the likelihood that you will not bill at the rate you need to or that you will have qualms with certain types of work you will have to do at the firm.

If you come across as a leader rather than a follower, the firm may feel threatened, and the firm may doubt they can turn you into the machine they feel they need.

Firms don't broadcast what kind of "special sauce" they're looking for because obviously these qualities are kind of shady things to look for in new recruits.

If you don't strike your interviewers as an all out "company man", who will take it hard for the sake of the firm, you are not worth the risk - b/c more and more there are plenty of people without consciences to fill the role and not ask questions.

Top Firms want little "batteries" that they can use to get as much crap work done as possible - students who have hopes for training/pro bono threaten the firm's bottom line.

If you want to change the world, firms would rather you go work in politics/public interest

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Job Search / How you know you blew a callback:
« on: September 11, 2008, 01:06:31 PM »
Top Ten Ways to Blow a Callback:

10) You realize halfway through your answer, you're still not coming near responding to the question asked
9) One of the partners says to you "keep asking those good questions"
8) The interviews towards the end of the session are all "laid back"
7) You ask a partner why he joined the firm, and he actually tells you the truth
6) The attorney recruiter talks about her son's autism for the full 20 minutes
5) When asked if you have any more questions, you say "Gosh, you've got a lovely view in this office"
4) The first interview you have is given by a former federal prosecutor and a federal circuit judge
3) You look down midway through the first interview session, and note that your pant zipper is indeed down
2) As you're exiting the building, you overhear a partner questioning the judgment of the prior screening interviewer who gave you the callback
1) You sire a child during interview #4.

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Job Search / DLA Piper...
« on: September 11, 2008, 12:59:40 PM »
Discuss... Accept the offer? Make 'em wait? Hold out for the presidency?

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Transferring / U.S. Supreme Court Justice ===> University of Pheonix Online?
« on: September 05, 2008, 01:40:26 PM »
 ???

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Transferring / YLS to Cooley?
« on: September 04, 2008, 07:00:23 PM »
Hello all, I was wondering what you all thought about me getting into Cooley from Yale Law School... It's a bit of a stretch, I know, but I have to get out of this place. I'm number one in my class, so like, what are my odds? Could I write on to a journal at Cooley if I'm a transfer? ???

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Transferring / Patriot Whigs Unite
« on: July 12, 2008, 12:09:22 AM »
Our country needs us -- what is left of it. The tories are making a run at it again - our freedom and our market are in danger. Rise up - before its too late - before our liberty's die.

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Earlier this week I reported myself to the institutions I'm involved with for an on-campus housing "alcohol association" policy violation I incurred while I was a freshman in college nearly 6 years ago. It had never occurred to me that this was something i needed to report until my advisor said that she'd report it even if it something as simple as being "reprimanded for talking in class" or "checking your cell phone during class" - I was shocked. Applications i've tendered have now been amended to reflect that "i was visiting a friend of mine's dorm room, he had beer in the fridge, the RA wrote everyone in the room up" - Looks like my candor to the profession and to the bar have been preserved.

Such a humiliating/denigrating experience... What does everyone else think of this?

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