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Current Law Students / MPRE prep
« on: January 21, 2010, 07:20:48 PM »
So I've signed up for the March MPRE.  Just wondering, how much do people generally study, and what materials do they use to pass?  Right now I'm signed up for the BARBRI prep course - is it enough if I do this diligently?  Or should I consult additional study aids?  Do I get access to lots of practice exams through the BARBRI course?  Thanks in advance for any advice.   

Current Law Students / Re: Which supplement is better for Fed Tax?
« on: December 28, 2009, 05:45:35 PM »
I used both.  Chirelstein was useful to understand the concepts; doing the problems on E&E was also helpful.   

Current Law Students / Commercial Law (Secured Transactions) supplement?
« on: October 01, 2009, 05:03:22 PM »
Any recommendations? UCC Article 9 is driving me nuts. Thanks in advance.

Job Search / Re: Going rate at a boutique firm/secondary market
« on: April 30, 2009, 10:58:52 AM »
Just to get some clarification: is it a boutique or is it a small firm?  I know it seems like there shouldn't be a difference but there is.  Boutiques do specialized high-end work and charge fees/pay associates in a way similar to the top big firms.  You can be a small firm without being a boutique.

If it's a boutique, the going rate would probably be whatever a first year associate would make per week.  You could look at to see what that is for your market.

In that case it's a small firm, not a boutique...

Job Search / Going rate at a boutique firm/secondary market
« on: April 30, 2009, 10:43:30 AM »
So I will be working for a small firm in a secondary market during the summer.  I don't know how much I am getting paid, nor does the partner, so it seems.  He asked me to check the going rate, and it seems he will decide based on that.  Any idea where I can get such information?   

I stand corrected.  By "exempt,"  I meant the "advanced degree exemption," capped at 20,000.  My understanding was that typically, the number of petitions under this "exemption" would be fewer than the cap.  But I just checked the USCIS website and found that there were 31,200 petitions filed for FY 08...

Still, the spill-overs will joint the random selection process with the BAs, so I guess there is a fairly decent chance of getting selected and approved, unlike the BAs...

I also had a question for you.  You mentioned CPT, does that mean you gain credits for your summer work?  You're not using the pre-graduation OPT (or whatever it's called)?

Thanks so much for your posts. but TH14, what do you mean that lawyers are exempt from the cap on the number of H1 visas?

I hear that the cap for BA degree is 65,000, and the cap for higher degrees is 20,000.
Are you saying that lawyers belong to 20,000 category? (there would still be a cap of 20,000 =(  )

I don't see a problem for the OP, but it can be an issue with smaller firms.  It costs money, you have reporting requirements to the government, and you have to renew it every 3 years.  But renewing every 3 years isn't really efficient, so at some point, the firm will make a decision to apply for permanent residence (if it still wants you).  That too, costs money.  So they wouldn't sponsor a non-resident's visa if you can hire a US citizen or permanent resident of the same quality.  But as you say, if the firm really wants you, and they know about visa matters beforehand, it shouldn't be an issue.

Why would any firm not be willing to sponsor anyone if that is what is needed for the person they want? I do not see how any company would pull an existing offer because they would have to sponsor you, what good does that do. US law firms get first year associates from Canadian law schools each year, so I really do not see how a visa would be an issue if the firm wants you.

No worries, lawyers are exempt from the 55K cap.  It only applies to bachelor's degrees.  As long as you can get the firm to sponsor your visa, you should be fine.  Being a V25, I'm pretty sure they will. 

I think that's pretty common for firms that don't participate in your school's OCI.  I've had several firms offer me interviews like that.  Only two firms have asked me to visit them for screening interviews rather than going ahead with scheduling "callback" interviews.


This isn't all that uncommon, I don't think - it happened to me with the firm I'll be working for when I graduate, and has happened to friends as well. It probably just means that your resume and transcript were strong enough on the surface that they're confident they're interested in doing the callback and so they're not going to waste time with the screening interview.

Do firms ever do phone interviews to screen before inviting you for a callback?

Congrats and good luck. BTW, was the 20% etc required or preferred?

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