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Current Law Students / Re: Should I be really worried?
« on: January 04, 2009, 12:45:54 AM »
Usually it's not the people at the bottom of my class that don't have jobs; apparently it is usually the complete socially awkward people that talk about clearly inappropriate things and come off as abrasive.

This year there aren't many 3Ls without jobs, but there are a decent number of 2Ls with nada.  This year it's the awkwards, the bottom of the class, the people who applied to too few firms, the people who applied to only one geographic area that was subsequently hit hard, people who accepted callbacks with firms that subsequently pulled the plug on the summer program, people who only wanted to do very specific legal work at firms, etc.  So, while I was being flippant, it is by no means just the bottom of the class that is unemployed this year.

I disagree with the statement on 3Ls. At my school, most of my friends are unemployed, and this includes those with top grades and great social skills, the middle of the class, and the bottom of the class. I only know a handful of people that have jobs lined up next year, and they had summer associate positions or were able to land a federal honors program. It seems pretty dismal at our school for the 3Ls

Modified to say - I only bring this up because at some schools the employment situation is really bad, and maybe even worse than the 2L's. I'd really like to see the employment statistics for my graduating class.

Current Law Students / Re: Having a pet while in law school - a problem?
« on: January 04, 2009, 12:36:00 AM »
A cat is fine, you will definitely have time for a cat, especially if you prefer to study at home rather than in the library like me (my library is horrible). A dog would pose more problems, but as long as you set aside some time each day to play with it and give it attention, it will be fine. This can be a break for you too and will help you relax. Just make sure you give it plenty of toys to occupy it when you are gone and kitty proof your new apartment.

I would've tried to get summer associate position as a 2L instead of doing very rewarding work for my community. Now I am pigeonholed into the "public interest" category in a bad economy.

Take more practice tests throughout the semester.

Taken time off to socialize a bit more.

Current Law Students / Re: Should I be really worried?
« on: December 31, 2008, 03:08:53 PM »
I would say if you work on getting job experience while in school (clinic etc.) you should be fine in the long run. For first year summer though it could be tough. Look at smaller firms and public defender's officers and other government offices. Some offices, like county counsel can be as competitive as big law. If you only get one C+ you should still be fine. I know people with lower grades than me that have jobs lined up after graduation. They used their connections and networking to help the process. If you grades end up being average, you will need to network you ass off, go to every law career event, wine and cheese event etc.

Getting a C+ can be hard to take but certainly is not the end of the world.

Job Search / Bummed out
« on: December 23, 2008, 11:49:37 PM »
I guess this can be flamed b/c it is basically me having a pity party for myself. But here goes. I am near the top 10% of my class at a T4 school and do not have a job yet. I am involved in moot court and the works. I just had a callback interview for a firm a week and a half ago. The interview with all three interviewers went very well. I just got a rejection letter from them, 1 day before Christmas. So I am bummed.

I know it could be worse,and there are certainly lawyers and law students in this economy that are hurting worse than I am, but seriously could they have waited until after Christmas? So yeah, I'm bummed. If anyone else is in the same boat, feel free to vent.

Job Search / Re: Federal Government Honors Programs
« on: December 22, 2008, 12:19:38 PM »
Dinged by IRS. Not that upset about it.

Current Law Students / Re: Any benefit to going without a realitor?
« on: December 19, 2008, 11:51:24 AM »
Not having one is not worth the 1%-2%. They make sure the seller does not rip you off during the sale, that there is a full disclosure, that everything that needs to be done during the escrow period is done and helps file the appropriate paperwork so that later on the seller can't say the sale is void and not transfer the land. It is really worth it to have a realtor, because it they know what steps need to be taken. And if anything does get screwed up in the transaction, they will be responsible, not you.

Good luck in finding a house. If I get this position I just interviewed for (fingers crossed) I will start looking around too.

Current Law Students / Re: Who leaves exam room earlier???
« on: December 16, 2008, 11:49:50 AM »
I use every available minute because even if you think you covered everything you might remember a minor subissue that no one remembered and get points on that. Also you can flush out a rushed analysis somewhere in the essay where you had to move on before finishing what you wanted to finish. I would never leave an exam early unless it was all multiple choice. And even then I would double check my answers to make sure the scantron was done correctly and that I fully read any questions that confused me.

I got off the waitlist at my school by the skin of my teeth, so I only expected to stay in good standing academically, keep my scholarship, get on moot court, and maybe moot court board.

So far I am just outside the top 10% of my class (missed it by 2 people), I got on a moot court team and did well, have won awards for oral advocacy, and now I am on the moot court board. I was also awarded a fellowship for public interest work. I've been on the dean's list consistently. So I have far exceeded my expectations, and I really don't how I did it other than consistently studying and sticking to my study formula. I don't know if I will keep up my GPA this semester because I took a few difficult curved classes, and was swamped with moot court board, but we will see. I am at the point that if I have a job after graduation, and pass the bar, I will be happy with everything I've done.

Current Law Students / Re: Feeling sick after an exam...
« on: December 15, 2008, 11:04:04 PM »
Put it this way. After my crim law exam I thought I bombed it because there were 3 dead people in the exam and I didn't have time to talk about manslaughter at all. Guess an A. It all depends on how the rest of the class does. Usually the classes I end up thinking I bombed I do fine in, and the ones I think were "easy" I do ok on. Doing postmortem is fact I have made a resolution not to check my grades until mid January at the latest because I am convinced I bombed them because I am a 3L who was really busy this semester. Is it necessarily true? who knows. But we all worry about it. Just make sure that you only limit your mourning to a couple hours so that you can move on to your next exam.

Edited b/c I am tired and my punctuation sucked.

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