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January 29, 2005

Grades Perspective and 1L Summer

Buffalo Wings & Vodka joins the chorus of blawggers consoling themselves and each other about the disappointment that too often comes with grades. Mr. Buffalo—who has an impeccably stellar GPA himself and is only joining this chorus out of a desire to help those less fortunate*—offers advice aimed at 1Ls who are concerned that their low grades might prevent them from getting a job, to which he says: Don't worry, you've got a semester to raise your GPA and the first summer job isn't all that important, anyway. Mr. Buffalo concludes:
Mainly, remember that it's only law school. Have some fun. Hell, after a semester, you probably don't even want to be a lawyer anymore. So why stress? 
* This post has been modified at the request of Blawg Wisdom's vast audience. Please see the comments for more details.

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January 26, 2005

Grade Angst: Reducing Randomness

Professor Yin at The Yin Blog offers some advice to those who are less than thrilled with their grades: Go visit the professor so you can make sure you don't repeat any of the same mistakes next time. Hmm. Might be worth a try.

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January 22, 2005

Law School Exams: TNTDOLSE

On Notes from the (Legal) Underground a law professor shares “six things not to do on law school exams (hereafter 'TNTDOLSE').” On the flip side (what to do on law school exams), Evan Schaeffer also links to a post he wrote last fall on Issue-Spotting on law school exams. It covers a definition of issue-spotting and why it's important, how to study to prepare for issue-spotters, and knowing what to do once you've spotted the issues. Good stuff to tuck away until April or May when finals roll around again...

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Visiting Schools

Now is the time (or recently) when people who have applied to law school for fall '05 are visiting potential schools. Lucky for us, some of them are also posting reviews from their visits. Check out the reviews of Georgetown and George Washington in D.C. at Divine Angst (complete with links and pictures). And see Aspiring to Become A Lawyer for some impressions on Boalt Hall at Berkeley, with pictures in the posts starting here and going backwards. If you've written or recently read a law student review of a law school, please share.

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3L Seeks Transaction Position

The New York Lawyer offers some advice to a 3L seeking a “mid- to large-firm position doing transactional work before it's too late.” The advice-seeker has a rich background and has switched to law after first pursuing a career in philosophy, so the advice is aimed at the “career-changer”:
Whenever changing careers or career goals, you must show that you are not still clinging to your former life and that you are not going to be hopping from one career to the next. You must reassure employers that you have settled on a career path. In your situation, you have to indicate that you are a law student who has an interesting background in philosophy and policy work, as opposed to a philosophy student and academic who happens to be in law school. The way that you talk about yourself is the way that employers will view you.
Sounds like good advice. The advisor goes on to basically give a little lesson in what those in the “business communication” field call “positive emphasis”—always say only positive things in an interview and/or cover letter. (The negative way to say the same thing: Never talk about negative things in an interview and/or cover letter. See the difference?) The advisor also discusses how a 3L seeking law firm work might handle a situation where he/she didn't work at a firm after his/her first or second year of law school. [Link via JD2B]

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January 06, 2005

Should You Really Be A Lawyer?

Should you really be a lawyer? Doesn't that seem like an overasked but underanswered question? I mean, how many times have you asked yourself that? Whether it was when the idea of going to law school first hit you, or a thousand times in your first semester of school, or three years after you started your first job, I'll bet everyone who has been connected with the legal profession in any way has asked themselves this question. That's why it's such a great title for a book. Should You Really Be A Lawyer: The Guide to Smart Career Choices Before, During and After Law School promises to be a good read for all of us who have asked the question. I'll try to get my hands on a copy and let you know what I think; meanwhile, if anyone else reads it first, please share your thoughts. Does it offer anything we won't find in other similar books on this subject? One thing the website offers is some online resources for people at different stages of the legal career track. For example, Humanizing Law School seeks to “maximize the overall health, well being, and career satisfaction of law students and lawyers.” Sounds like a good thing to me.

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