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Re: Failed CA Bar 2nd Time/But improved tremendously  
  by: DodgerBlues1991   on: May 23, at 5:41:02 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

JohnnieSockran wrote:How many questions did you guys do on Adaptibar? It really helped me pass my 2nd time, and I think I did almost 2,000 questions on Adaptibar while studying for my 2nd bar exam.

I did 1200 but all in all 2200 with other sources.
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by:   on: May 23, at 5:03:10 pm   in: Legal Employment
My people! I'm so happy these threads are popping up. I've been in Biglaw for 3.5 years, $630k in savings ($506k taxable, $124k pretax). I've modeled out my future earnings, and I think I can hit over $2m if I make it through 8 years. Work in TX . A few thoughts: 1. If you are a junior, and are able to invest, DO IT!! Compound interest is an amazing thing. You may look at someone who saved $1.5m o...
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Re: getting help for depression before work  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 4:50:56 pm   in: Legal Employment
Meeting with a therapist is a great thing to do. IF your therapist recommends medication (and you agree to go that route), there are a couple things to keep in mind given that you have a 2-3 month window: 1. The first medication you try often isn't the right one for you. Often times patients will go through several medications before they finally find one that is "right" for them. This c...
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Re: Adaptibar Discount Code?  
  by:   on: May 23, at 4:50:21 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
May I also get a code?

Thanks in advance
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Themis, 2018, MBE, Contracts, Expectation Damages question  
  by:   on: May 23, at 4:37:30 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Hi, new to the forum. I'm reviewing my Themis 2018 materials and think there was an error in a video lecture. I want to make sure I have the correct information. Regarding MBEs, Contract and Sales, page 41, Chapter 16: Anticipatory Repudiation; Remedies: Basic Concepts, Question 167: Seller breached. Buyer contracts with Seller for product and paid $100 up front. Seller delivers half full product....
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Re: What gpa worth it to apply (transfer) to YLS  
  by: The Lsat Airbender   on: May 23, at 4:31:33 pm   in: Transfers
Yeah. Even if median at Yale fares a bit better than top 25% at Harvard (or top 1/3, or magna, or wherever one has to be to transfer), which I doubt in the first place, it's likely a smaller effect than the downside of having much weaker connections with professors, which are often decisive in getting interviews. If Yale is substantially cheaper (or, relatedly, if you have very specific career goa...
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Re: Harvard Student(s) Answering Your Questions  
  by: Calibrazy   on: May 23, at 4:26:55 pm   in: Ask a Law Student / Graduate
Anyone make cum laude with a low 3.6X?
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Re: Jobs in Houston - Websites  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 4:16:42 pm   in: Legal Employment
Thank you so much for your reply. This was like the elephant in the room that I was always trying to avoid. I was scared of picking one area as I was not sure of my chances but it does not make any sense to be jack of all trades and I know it does not work. Currently, my experience is scattered but its high time that I decide my specialization. I have decided on looking for opportunities in corpo...
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getting help for depression before work  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 4:09:33 pm   in: Legal Employment
Hi TLS, Im a recent grad and I'll be starting work at biglaw soon. I have been suffering from depression throughout law school and I'm worried that this will affect my work. I understand the nature of biglaw and I feel like I have about 2 to 3 months to cure this depression. I'm planning to meet with a therapist but if anyone went through a similar experience, I'd love to hear about them. Thank yo...
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Re: Solo Practice Q&A  
  by: AVBucks4239   on: May 23, at 3:20:55 pm   in: Legal Employment
How much did you have saved before you took the leap to solo practice? What are you malpractice liability costs? Do you think it’d be stupid for a corporate attorney to take on basic civil lit? Things like slip n falls? 1. I saved up about $20,000. Also, my wife's income (she is a speech therapist, so nothing crazy) largely covered home expenses. I would emphatically state over and over again tha...
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: jman77   on: May 23, at 3:19:36 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I’m going to respond by quoting the questions, describing the nature and disposition of the traffic infraction (making a left turn while exiting the university plaza (I was student residing in on-campus housing at the time) into what turned out to be a no-left turn street because I did not see the no-left turn sign and laying the fine on the resulting ticket), and stating that it was my honest and...
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Re: What gpa worth it to apply (transfer) to YLS  
  by: miskellyjohnson   on: May 23, at 3:14:49 pm   in: Transfers
I think LSAT airbenders point is that if your GPA is good enough at H to transfer to YLS, then there is no clerkship boost. Median to median, sure theres a boost, but you will be going from above median student at HLS (if you have the GPA/recs to transfer to Y) to essentially median or below at Y (since you wont have any connections or gpa). No idea what GPA is actually required though.
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Re: Mid-Year Bonuses  
  by: JohnnieSockran   on: May 23, at 3:11:25 pm   in: Legal Employment
Just found article...Milbank raised salaries on June 4, 2018.

On June 6, 2018, Simpson matched salaries and added the summer bonuses.
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Re: Mid-Year Bonuses  
  by: JohnnieSockran   on: May 23, at 3:07:43 pm   in: Legal Employment
When did the first summer bonus/salary announcement come last year? Around this time, to be effective July 1?

I believe it was Milbank this time last year, but could be wrong.
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Re: Failed CA Bar 2nd Time/But improved tremendously  
  by: JohnnieSockran   on: May 23, at 3:06:36 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
How many questions did you guys do on Adaptibar? It really helped me pass my 2nd time, and I think I did almost 2,000 questions on Adaptibar while studying for my 2nd bar exam.
http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=301344

Re: Jobs in Houston - Websites  
  by: donexyz   on: May 23, at 3:01:48 pm   in: Legal Employment
I have worked as a paralegal in an in-house department and worked on international franchise and trademarks work. I worked briefly as a litigation manager at a PI firm prepared briefs and assisted in trial work. I then worked as a lawyer in my home country with a big law doing both transactional and litigation work. Came to USA in 2015 passed NY and then took TX, meanwhile worked with a solo and ...
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Re: Adaptibar Discount Code?  
  by: a male human   on: May 23, at 2:57:08 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

TA72 wrote:If someone could PM a discount code I would greatly appreciate it.

Misoo wrote:Can you also send me a discount code? email is: Thanks!

Done x 2
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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program  
  by:   on: May 23, at 2:54:11 pm   in: Forum for Law School Students
Does anyone have any insight into the Navy JAG Reserve Direct Commissioning Program?
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Re: Art Law? What can you do with a JD and MA in Art History  
  by: nixy   on: May 23, at 2:52:55 pm   in: Ask a Law Student / Graduate
I know someone who did this and she worked in soft IP (copyrights rather than patents kinds of stuff). But I’m not at all convinced her MA made any real difference.
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: kiwh   on: May 23, at 2:52:41 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I did not say jman77 breached any duty. I am only sharing what I went through with the MC regarding an infraction. I had also spoke with an attorney before I submitted my MC and he told me to disclose everything even if not asked for and give explanations. That's what I did and I called the Bar and asked about several of the questions and the best way to answer. I chose to disclose everything even...
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Re: Harvard Student(s) Answering Your Questions  
  by: prisonerofazkaban1   on: May 23, at 2:51:25 pm   in: Ask a Law Student / Graduate
I didn't get magna with around a 3.93, for what it's worth. Assuming HLS still does the "average of each year's GPA" method, because my actual GPA (by credits) is just over 4.0. Annoying, but such is life.
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Re: Personal Statement Draft #1 (FEEDBACK PLEASE!!!)  
  by: mkdd90   on: May 23, at 2:45:40 pm   in: Law School Personal Statements
This reads almost EXACTLY like a sample PS I read on Chicago’s admissions site. Some of the sentences look like they’re even lifted verbatim. I’m not sure what happened here, but either way do NOT plagiarize anything on your PS! If I was able to recognize it this quickly, there’s no doubt admissions will figure it out too. Three quick thoughts: 1) The “meat” of your PS sounds like it’s just summar...
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Re: What gpa worth it to apply (transfer) to YLS  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 2:45:00 pm   in: Transfers
OP here. I personally find the clerkship boost worth it, and YLS would actually be lower COA for me so there's no reason not to transfer besides loss of first year grades and social connections. I've heard median at YLS gives a good shot at CoA clerkships which is good enough of a reason for me.
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Re: What gpa worth it to apply (transfer) to YLS  
  by: The Lsat Airbender   on: May 23, at 2:35:38 pm   in: Transfers
If your GPA is good enough to transfer, then it's good enough to create better opportunities than median at YLS would. It almost never makes sense to transfer between roughly-equally-ranked schools absent a strong personal reason (e.g., RBG transferred from Harvard to Columbia to be with her spouse).
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Re: Need MBE help  
  by: sleeplessindc   on: May 23, at 2:35:13 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
As you know, the MBE tests very subtle distinctions and detailed BLL. It's a test of a gazillion fine-grained rules and how they apply to facts. Take this rule: The Supreme Court will not exercise jurisdiction over a state court judgment if it is based on adequate and independent state law grounds. OK, what if the state ruling is based on both the state constitution/statute and the federal constit...
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Re: 3.2 GPA/172 LSAT; Chances at T20?  
  by: Socratease   on: May 23, at 2:32:58 pm   in: What are my chances?
3.0x/172 here, headed to MVP in the fall. ED'd and got ~60k in need-based aid. A few years distance from my severely downward-trending GPA. No great softs, although I am a first-gen college graduate. A lot of people would still say ~60k isn't enough of a discount to warrant attending a T14, but idk, I think it's a great outcome for me. If you're an extreme splitter and are certain you'll qualify f...
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Re: Art Law? What can you do with a JD and MA in Art History  
  by: The Lsat Airbender   on: May 23, at 2:27:31 pm   in: Ask a Law Student / Graduate

aeshook wrote:I'm really interested in art and law as well, does anyone know about career paths that spawn from having a JD and an MA in Art History?

The whole is exactly equal to the sum of its parts in this case.
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What gpa worth it to apply (transfer) to YLS  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 2:24:50 pm   in: Transfers
Was waitlisted at YLS and ended up choosing HLS. First semester I got a 3.67 (2 P, 2 H, 1 DS (LRW)). What grades would I need for a shot to transfer? Journal isn't a concern as I didn't do write on at HLS. Thanks!
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Re: S.D.Fl. & 11th Cir. Hiring  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 2:21:50 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
Why are two year clerkships no good? It gets redundant after year 1? The financial opportunity cost? Too much time out of practice? All three of these, assuming your post-clerkship goal is biglaw. The marginal benefit of a second clerkship year for the same judge just isn't great: you're losing another year of biglaw pay, not getting an additional bonus, and not picking up all that much experienc...
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Re: Adaptibar Discount Code?  
  by:   on: May 23, at 2:18:40 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
If someone could PM a discount code I would greatly appreciate it.
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Re: Failed CA Bar 2nd Time/But improved tremendously  
  by: lexingtonhr   on: May 23, at 2:14:31 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I wanted to write a post here asking for some advice. This past F19 I took my second bar exam. I did about 85 points better than my last attempt, J19. In July 18 I scored a scaled total of 1339, with 1319 on MBE. In Feb 19 I scored a scaled total of 1419 with a 1341 on MBE. The first time around I studied using Themis, watching lecture, etc. felt like it was a complete waste of my time, and perfo...
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Re: Failed CA Bar 2nd Time/But improved tremendously  
  by: DodgerBlues1991   on: May 23, at 2:08:07 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I wanted to write a post here asking for some advice. This past F19 I took my second bar exam. I did about 85 points better than my last attempt, J19. In July 18 I scored a scaled total of 1339, with 1319 on MBE. In Feb 19 I scored a scaled total of 1419 with a 1341 on MBE. The first time around I studied using Themis, watching lecture, etc. felt like it was a complete waste of my time, and perfo...
http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=301344

Re: Applying to Law School with a Design Background.  
  by: cavalier1138   on: May 23, at 2:08:05 pm   in: Law School Admissions Forum
Your GPA is calculated based on all grades received up to the point you get your first bachelor's degree. The fact that it was a BFA is irrelevant; if your classes were graded and taken for credit, those grades will be counted in your LSAC GPA.
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Re: S.D.Fl. & 11th Cir. Hiring  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 2:05:08 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
Why are two year clerkships no good? It gets redundant after year 1? The financial opportunity cost? Too much time out of practice? All three of these, assuming your post-clerkship goal is biglaw. The marginal benefit of a second clerkship year for the same judge just isn't great: you're losing another year of biglaw pay, not getting an additional bonus, and not picking up all that much experienc...
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Re: Any reason not to do a non-continental Art III Clerkship  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 2:02:13 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
Except Kleinfeld asks for LSAT scores, which is beyond irrational. That's not the big problem with his application process. It's something like 5 or 6 rounds, including a couple very substantive ones (all over the phone of course). I only got the fourth round before taking a different clerkship. I've heard the final round is in person in one of the cities where the Ninth Circuit sits, while he's ...
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Re: Any reason not to do a non-continental Art III Clerkship  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 1:59:35 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
Except Kleinfeld asks for LSAT scores, which is beyond irrational. That's not the big problem with his application process. It's something like 5 or 6 rounds, including a couple very substantive ones (all over the phone of course). I only got the fourth round before taking a different clerkship. I've heard the final round is in person in one of the cities where the Ninth Circuit sits, while he's ...
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Re: Quinn Emanuel v. Boies Schiller  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 1:47:31 pm   in: Legal Employment
Which firm is better respected for its litigation ability? Also, which firm would you want on your resume if you were to lateral? +1 This is purely anecdotal but I was a para @ Quinn prior to law school and did an arbitration against BSF. BSF did a bunch of dumb stuff that left me pretty unimpressed. Wasn't just me either, I watched the client yell at Schiller after a particularly egregious day.
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Re: Legal Apprenticeship (No Law School) vs T14?  
  by: LSATWiz.com   on: May 23, at 1:43:00 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
Although the ABA bars law students from working, reasonable minds can differ on whether an unpaid apprenticeship is "work". The ABA actually does not bar law students from working. Standard 304(f), which restricted student employment to 20 hours per week, was eliminated in 2014 See https://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/frequently_asked_questions/ Got it. I was una...
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: Moabit   on: May 23, at 1:42:20 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
jman77, The issue is the way the question is worded, They say violations that resulted in a misdemeanor or felony conviction but then it also states, "include all such incidents and convictions, no matter how minor the incident" Yes, include all such (i.e. misdemeanor or felony) convictions no matter how minor. But an infraction is not a misdemeanor (or a felony), and so it did not need...
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Southwestern Law School Waiting List  
  by: StandardLawyer   on: May 23, at 1:37:38 pm   in: Law School Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists
I'm going to start off by asking you to spare me your personal thoughts about Southwestern. I think it's a great school and fit for me. That being said, I was waitlisted in early May. Shortly after being waitlisted, I sent them an LOCI, and had a great interview (according to my interviewer). I'm tempering my desire to call or email the school past sending my LOCI and a thank you note to my interv...
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Applying to Law School with a Design Background.  
  by:   on: May 23, at 1:32:32 pm   in: Law School Admissions Forum
Hi !

I’m am looking to apply for law school this fall. I graduated from a Design Undergraduate Program with a BFA. My classes consisted mostly of art/design studios and liberal art classes. How would LSAC calculate my gpa? Would they include my art/design studio classes (although they are irrelevant) or just calculate my gpa with the liberal art classes ?
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Re: NY Third Department Admissions  
  by: romaion   on: May 23, at 1:31:14 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
1. When did you pass the bar exam? July 2018 (results came out Oct 23)
2. When did you submit your application? Feb 13, 2019
3. Did you have to amend/supplement your application? Yes, May 23, 2019
4. When did the bar set your interview date? May 23, 2019
5. When will the interview/swear-in ceremony be? June 26, 2019
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Re: Any reason not to do a non-continental Art III Clerkship  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 1:31:09 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships

Qtc wrote:Except Kleinfeld asks for LSAT scores, which is beyond irrational.

That's not the big problem with his application process.

It's something like 5 or 6 rounds, including a couple very substantive ones (all over the phone of course). I only got the fourth round before taking a different clerkship.
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Lowey Dannenberg Cohen & Hart  
  by: manakino12   on: May 23, at 1:24:50 pm   in: Legal Employment
Thoughts on this firm?
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Re: Can you advise startups while pending admission  
  by: SFSpartan   on: May 23, at 1:15:24 pm   in: Legal Employment
120 troll here
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Re: Need MBE help  
  by: lexingtonhr   on: May 23, at 1:13:32 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Could you describe how many questions total you've done, which other supplements you used (e.g., Emanuel, Finz, NCBE official questions), and how you studied? Like did you do each question one at a time, then reviewed the explanation and copied the rule over into an outline that you then studied? Also, do you see any patterns in the questions you're getting wrong and the ones you're getting right...
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Re: Harvard Student(s) Answering Your Questions  
  by: UpstairsNapkin   on: May 23, at 1:09:29 pm   in: Ask a Law Student / Graduate
Latin honors are out, 4.00 was above magna cut-off (not super additive because we knew that in most years the cut-off was between 3.93-3.96, but it at least shows there hasn't been significant grade inflation). Summa was above 4.69. Since it is presumably generally under 4.75 (since multiple people never get it) it seems likely that you have to be very, very close to the actual GPA cut-off to rece...
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Re: Free LSAT Prepbooks (only asking for shipping cost)  
  by:   on: May 23, at 1:08:37 pm   in: LSAT Prep and Discussion Forum

TheSWAC wrote:DIBS!!! How do I PM you?

Hey there I am pretty bad with this website. I'm not familiar at all with it. Feel free to email me at aeshook@ncsu.edu and I can let you know how I plan to send it and everything.
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Re: Failed CA Bar 2nd Time/But improved tremendously  
  by: lexingtonhr   on: May 23, at 1:04:37 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I wanted to write a post here asking for some advice. This past F19 I took my second bar exam. I did about 85 points better than my last attempt, J19. In July 18 I scored a scaled total of 1339, with 1319 on MBE. In Feb 19 I scored a scaled total of 1419 with a 1341 on MBE. The first time around I studied using Themis, watching lecture, etc. felt like it was a complete waste of my time, and perfo...
http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=301344

Re: 2.2 GPA. Taking the LSAT on June 3. Is it worth it?  
  by: SlipperyKipper   on: May 23, at 1:02:18 pm   in: Law School Admissions Forum
I agree with albanach. With an LSAT score in the mid to high 160s, you should have a good shot at acceptance. Probably with a bit of money. I don't know if this would fit your definition of a "success story" but I was in a similar situation with a sub-3.0 GPA. I had a higher LSAT score, so I was a pretty hefty splitter. I gained acceptance into a couple schools ranked similar to FSU and ...
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Re: 2.2 GPA. Taking the LSAT on June 3. Is it worth it?  
  by: Kiwilaw   on: May 23, at 12:52:13 pm   in: Law School Admissions Forum
Just chipping in to say that if you can achieve a 169, you should apply ED to WUSTL. They are the most splitter friendly school, and are ranked in the top 20. LSN shows that even those with a 2.0 and a high LSAT stand a chance. It's unlikely they will actually admit you ED since that comes with a scholarship, but they may kick you to regular decision and admit you then. Good luck
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Re: Solo Practice Q&A  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 12:47:07 pm   in: Legal Employment
How much did you have saved before you took the leap to solo practice?

What are you malpractice liability costs?

Do you think it’d be stupid for a corporate attorney to take on basic civil lit? Things like slip n falls?
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Re: Free LSAT Prepbooks (only asking for shipping cost)  
  by:   on: May 23, at 12:46:52 pm   in: LSAT Prep and Discussion Forum
DIBS!!! How do I PM you?
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Re: Failed CA Bar 2nd Time/But improved tremendously  
  by: DodgerBlues1991   on: May 23, at 12:45:33 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I wanted to write a post here asking for some advice. This past F19 I took my second bar exam. I did about 85 points better than my last attempt, J19. In July 18 I scored a scaled total of 1339, with 1319 on MBE. In Feb 19 I scored a scaled total of 1419 with a 1341 on MBE. The first time around I studied using Themis, watching lecture, etc. felt like it was a complete waste of my time, and perfo...
http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=301344

Re: Need MBE help  
  by: sleeplessindc   on: May 23, at 12:42:49 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Could you describe how many questions total you've done, which other supplements you used (e.g., Emanuel, Finz, NCBE official questions), and how you studied? Like did you do each question one at a time, then reviewed the explanation and copied the rule over into an outline that you then studied? Also, do you see any patterns in the questions you're getting wrong and the ones you're getting right?...
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Need MBE help  
  by: lexingtonhr   on: May 23, at 12:22:38 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I know that there are other forums here that are posted for mbe help in particular. I’ve looked through them and I still feel like I don’t know what to do. I’ve done adapti bar twice. It’s a good site but there’s a missing link that I’m just not grasping. I was even in the high 70s and still flunked the mbe portion. Should I read barbri conviser to lay the foundation before attempting mbes? I’m ju...
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Re: Any in-house positions open to new grads?  
  by: albanach   on: May 23, at 12:17:04 pm   in: Legal Employment
I'd be wary of any of these positions. Working in a law firm for a few years is really helpful for your development. If you are in house, you're just not going to get the same foundation legal skills that are going to help you further down the line in your career. It's right to be wary. I say that as someone who went straight in-house. It's not true that you definitely won't get the same foundati...
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Re: Adaptibar Discount Code?  
  by: a male human   on: May 23, at 12:15:00 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

anandamide wrote:Me too! Jasminehatam@me.com
Sent!
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 12:08:17 pm   in: Legal Employment
I didn’t say (or not say) I was in HK. I don’t want to be more specific than Asia. If you are thinking about doing biglaw in Asia, check out rental property sites and get a sense of what you can get at different locations/housing quality. I’ve never been to Texas, but just by looking at the taxes there and browsing real estate, it seems like a great place to live at least from a financial perspec...
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Re: Any in-house positions open to new grads?  
  by: shock259   on: May 23, at 12:05:03 pm   in: Legal Employment
I'd be wary of any of these positions. Working in a law firm for a few years is really helpful for your development. If you are in house, you're just not going to get the same foundation legal skills that are going to help you further down the line in your career.
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Re: Adaptibar Discount Code?  
  by:   on: May 23, at 12:02:15 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Can you also send me a discount code? email is: jackica12@yahoo.com Thanks!
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Re: Hunton Andrews Kurth Capital Markets Interviews  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 11:48:00 am   in: Legal Employment
Bump
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: jman77   on: May 23, at 11:40:43 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
To people like Interalia, this is not the most pleasant process we have to go through. If you are not going to be helpful to someone asking for help, the least you can do is to just keep quiet and not cast aspersions on someone else's integrity and add more unpleasantness to the situation.
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Re: Can you advise startups while pending admission  
  by: AVBucks4239   on: May 23, at 11:37:44 am   in: Legal Employment

Anonymous User wrote:Hello,

I was wondering if someone whose admission is pending can work for a startup-helping with the incorporation of the company and providing advise.
This is called the unauthorized practice of law.
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Re: Typical In-House Salary Package for Junior Lawyer?  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 11:35:40 am   in: Legal Employment
Anon from above. In a comfortable position at my firm. Have been looking for a few months but certainly not desperate to get out!
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Re: MPRE after the Bar  
  by: QContinuum   on: May 23, at 11:30:20 am   in: TLS Class of 2019 Forum
My main question is, is it realistic of me to be able to do this MPRE studying after the Bar? Yes. I know a number of very successful young attorneys who did just that (and passed both the bar and the MPRE). Is there any advice any of you know for studying for the MPRE so close after the bar, any tips on how to stay focused on the Bar with the looming panic of the MPRE afterwords lingering in my ...
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Re: Can you advise startups while pending admission  
  by: beeoBoop   on: May 23, at 11:27:42 am   in: Legal Employment

Anonymous User wrote:Hello,

I was wondering if someone whose admission is pending can work for a startup-helping with the incorporation of the company and providing advise.

This should be an obvious "hell no"
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Re: NY February 2019 Group  
  by: QContinuum   on: May 23, at 11:23:22 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
California Resident here looking to take the NY bar exam this July, but was wondering has the deadline to take it for July passed? Yes it has, deadline was April 30th. With the application period being from April 1st-30th. Jcanqueen12 is right. If you're in a rush to take the UBE ASAP, you might check if any other UBE states' deadlines haven't passed yet, but I kinda doubt it given it's late May ...
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: jman77   on: May 23, at 11:20:58 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
This is very helpful, and exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much. Surely someone can confirm whether the lookback period for traffic infractions required to be disclosed is 10 years? Quoting from section 16 of the printed application: "In answering the following questions, you must include all such incidents and convictions, no matter how minor the incident. Traffic violations wh...
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Re: 2.2 GPA. Taking the LSAT on June 3. Is it worth it?  
  by: albanach   on: May 23, at 11:16:08 am   in: Law School Admissions Forum
Long spiel explaining low GPA. Two things. lawschoolnumbers.com doesn't show FSU accepting anyone with that low a GPA, however they do appear to accept almost everyone with an LSAT in the mid 160s. So maybe you have a shot. Make sure you are very familiar with the employment prospects, and the actual cost of law school. https://www.lstreports.com/schools/fsu Assuming you have graduated, your GPA ...
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Re: Quinn Emanuel v. Boies Schiller  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 10:44:06 am   in: Legal Employment
For the current BSF associate: when you joined the firm, were you disappointed/surprised to learn how they can be a little stingy when it comes to benefits that are standard at other firms? For example, you're expected to use your own cell phone (no firm help on data plans, let alone the actual phone), relocation costs, etc.? Also, to the extent you can say, what's the educated guess about when B...
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 10:21:54 am   in: Legal Employment
I didn’t say (or not say) I was in HK. I don’t want to be more specific than Asia. If you are thinking about doing biglaw in Asia, check out rental property sites and get a sense of what you can get at different locations/housing quality. I’ve never been to Texas, but just by looking at the taxes there and browsing real estate, it seems like a great place to live at least from a financial perspect...
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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread  
  by: javachip   on: May 23, at 10:10:55 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
why can those topics be more easily manipulated than the others?
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: kiwh   on: May 23, at 9:55:46 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
jman77, The issue is the way the question is worded, "In answering the following questions, you must include all such incidents and convictions, no matter how minor the incident. Traffic violations which must be reported under this question include Failure to Appear, Driving Without a License, Driving with a Suspended License, and Reckless Driving, as well as traffic violations that resulted ...
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Re: Any in-house positions open to new grads?  
  by:   on: May 23, at 9:54:41 am   in: Legal Employment
Your law school's OCR will tell you that there aren't in house positions available, but if you have (a) business, accounting, finance, or sector-specific experience or aptitude (engineering, construction, trade, healthcare, sales, whatever the industry is) or (b) are mobile in terms of location and/or willing to start at a low pay grade and work your way up, then there certainly are in house posit...
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Re: Legal Apprenticeship (No Law School) vs T14?  
  by: QContinuum   on: May 23, at 9:48:28 am   in: Choosing a Law School

LSATWiz.com wrote:Although the ABA bars law students from working, reasonable minds can differ on whether an unpaid apprenticeship is "work".
The ABA actually does not bar law students from working.
ABA wrote:Standard 304(f), which restricted student employment to 20 hours per week, was eliminated in 2014
See https://www.americanbar.org/groups/lega ... questions/
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Re: Typical In-House Salary Package for Junior Lawyer?  
  by: shock259   on: May 23, at 9:48:27 am   in: Legal Employment
Anon from above with 125k base offer...think I am going to pass for now. It sounds like as a 4-5th year I should be closer to 150k-175k base + bonus. Two other relevant factors are : 1) how desperate are you to get out of biglaw and 2) how long have you been searching for an in house job? I'm not putting my thumb on the scale either way. But if your misery level is high, you've been searching for...
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Re: 2018 July DC Bar  
  by:   on: May 23, at 9:44:18 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Sigh... I submitted the application in Jan and NCBE completed the report in March, still pending report... according to their replies by e-mail, they said I could call back in late August if still yet receive any correspondence from them. Just curious, how many people are still on step 3 "pending report?" I'm so tired of sending them e-mails but got the same reply (with some minor chang...
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Re: S.D.Fl. & 11th Cir. Hiring  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 9:34:09 am   in: Judicial Clerkships
Also, as to being local: would someone at, say HK Or WC have a better shot than a Miami native working at a tippy top NY firm? It seems like the people at local firms clean up but wondering how much of that is self selection, although I’ve heard something about Jordan wanting people committed to the local community
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Re: S.D.Fl. & 11th Cir. Hiring  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 9:29:08 am   in: Judicial Clerkships
Why are two year clerkships no good? It gets redundant after year 1? The financial opportunity cost? Too much time out of practice?
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: ReasonablePersonSSC   on: May 23, at 9:25:02 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Surely someone can confirm whether the lookback period for traffic infractions required to be disclosed is 10 years? Quoting from section 16 of the printed application: "In answering the following questions, you must include all such incidents and convictions, no matter how minor the incident. Traffic violations which must be reported under this question include Failure to Appear, Driving Wi...
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 9:14:55 am   in: Legal Employment
A while back I calculated the difference in savings compared to 4 US cities (NYC, LA, Austin, Chicago). I don’t remember the figures, but I recall the difference with NYC and LA being dramatic and the difference with Austin and Chicago being more moderate. For fun, I compared with Sydney and London as well and those were awful. One big advantage that working in Chicago or Austin offers is that yo...
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Re: Legal Apprenticeship (No Law School) vs T14?  
  by: LSATWiz.com   on: May 23, at 9:11:04 am   in: Choosing a Law School
Second, my understanding is that people taking this route have a terrible time passing the bar (California is one of the toughest bars to pass). OP will also need to take the FYLSE (the "Baby Bar"), which also has a high failure rate and which is not required of students attending an ABA law school. Further, OP will be pretty much restricted to practicing in California. What if OP decid...
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Re: Brennan Center for Justice  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 9:09:06 am   in: Legal Employment
Resurrecting an older thread: Every once in a while, I see that the Brennan Center is hiring. I know they do good work, if more on the policy side, and I like the idea of jumping from my direct-services job to something more cerebral. But: how much do these "Counsel" positions pay? All of these tony not-for-profits say that they have "highly competitive" salaries, but that mean...
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: lexingtonhr   on: May 23, at 9:04:22 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry. Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should? Absolutely. I mean yeah, it's kind of a longshot, but you're not going to retake until February 2020. If there...
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Re: Any in-house positions open to new grads?  
  by: Aeroplane   on: May 23, at 9:03:01 am   in: Legal Employment
Are you flexible on location? While in-house positions typically want people with some experience, there are certain companies that have a practice of regularly hiring new graduates, but they may be headquartered in some random places. Procter & Gamble is one. Ask your career office or Google about others.
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Re: Any in-house positions open to new grads?  
  by: albanach   on: May 23, at 8:56:37 am   in: Legal Employment
Graduated last week. Nothing lined up yet. Are there any entry-level in-house positions? An option for new grads? As far as I know, the vast majority of in-house positions require several years' experience at a major law firm. You don't say much (anything) about what you're looking for. In-house is much broader than firms. You're correct though, in that new grad -> in house is the exception, and ...
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Re: S.D.Fl. & 11th Cir. Hiring  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 8:55:21 am   in: Judicial Clerkships
Thanks for the responses. This is great info considering the lack of talk about Miami on TLS! Is it true most S.D.Fl. Judges want experience?
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: rcharter1978   on: May 23, at 8:50:38 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry. Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should? Absolutely. I mean yeah, it's kind of a longshot, but you're not going to retake until February 2020. If there...
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Re: Typical In-House Salary Package for Junior Lawyer?  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 8:42:43 am   in: Legal Employment
Anon from above with 125k base offer...think I am going to pass for now. It sounds like as a 4-5th year I should be closer to 150k-175k base + bonus.
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Re: Can you advise startups while pending admission  
  by: misterjames   on: May 23, at 8:40:49 am   in: Legal Employment

Anonymous User wrote:Hello,

I was wondering if someone whose admission is pending can work for a startup-helping with the incorporation of the company and providing advise.

No you can't provide legal advice because you are not yet a licensed attorney. Cmon...
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Art Law? What can you do with a JD and MA in Art History  
  by:   on: May 23, at 8:37:28 am   in: Ask a Law Student / Graduate
I'm really interested in art and law as well, does anyone know about career paths that spawn from having a JD and an MA in Art History?
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: Moabit   on: May 23, at 8:36:48 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
That is correct. The way the new CA system is set up, you don't have online access to your application once you file it. Annoying, yes. Perhaps this is to give the investigators even more power over applicants.
But anyway, you don't have to be apologetic for not doing something you didn't have to do.
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: jman77   on: May 23, at 8:06:35 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Dude, just quit. You can’t access your application online I’m e you’ve submitted it. The button to access the online application is grayed out and there is text saying you can no longer access it because it’s been submitted. If you want to see a copy of your application you have to fill out and send them a request and pay $25, then they’ll send it to you. Please stop trying to sound like you know ...
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Re: Failed CA Bar 2nd Time/But improved tremendously  
  by: lexingtonhr   on: May 23, at 8:03:19 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I wanted to write a post here asking for some advice. This past F19 I took my second bar exam. I did about 85 points better than my last attempt, J19. In July 18 I scored a scaled total of 1339, with 1319 on MBE. In Feb 19 I scored a scaled total of 1419 with a 1341 on MBE. The first time around I studied using Themis, watching lecture, etc. felt like it was a complete waste of my time, and perfo...
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: lexingtonhr   on: May 23, at 7:59:06 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry. Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should? Absolutely. I mean yeah, it's kind of a longshot, but you're not going to retake until February 2020. If there...
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Can you advise startups while pending admission  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 7:43:13 am   in: Legal Employment
Hello,

I was wondering if someone whose admission is pending can work for a startup-helping with the incorporation of the company and providing advise.
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: InterAlia1961   on: May 23, at 7:22:03 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I think there is no need to induce anxiety in Jman77. (S)he stated that the follow-up question was "'asking why I didn't disclose a minor traffic infraction (turning left onto a no-left turn street from the university center) that happened 13 years ago." Jman77 was not asked why he Failed to Appear, so that's just making things up. The instructions are pretty clear (see the earlier quot...
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Re: S.D.Fl. & 11th Cir. Hiring  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 6:52:50 am   in: Judicial Clerkships
I’d just blanket sd. As for two-year terms, I’m only aware of Ungarro, Williams, and Graham requiring that. Rest are one-year terms, with the exception of Cook who I think requires 1.5.

Given ties, OP should have a decent chance if he/she has decent grades and recs. Best bet would be to find a mutual contact with one of their clerks and have them pass it along or put a word in.
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Re: S.D.Fl. & 11th Cir. Hiring  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 6:37:22 am   in: Judicial Clerkships
Marcus is very into prestige, so HYS opens the door for him. Clerking for him can apparently be very rough though. Jordan requires strong ties and usually a first clerkship or several years of experience. Rosenbaum also requires several years of experience. Jordan hires a lot of SDFLA clerks, especially from Altonaga. Rosenbaum also hires district clerks. District judges in Miami vary. Many have 2...
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Re: Tips on applying/searching for post-grad position during 2L summer?  
  by: 2013   on: May 23, at 6:09:40 am   in: Legal Employment
You shouldn’t be focusing on amlaw 100 firms if your grades are “trash” at a t25 school. That aside, do you go back to your home market often? If so, try to set up coffee/informational interviews with people. It is highly unlikely that you’ll be considered for a job that requires 2+ years (which usually means 2+ years post-law school), but maybe they are struggling to fill the spots and will consi...
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Re: Adaptibar Discount Code?  
  by: anandamide   on: May 23, at 2:23:06 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Me too! Jasminehatam@me.com
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 2:09:01 am   in: Legal Employment
I was the anon that posted about the 2M. Several points: 1. US citizen, but do big law abroad so I receive a COLA, which increases my income. 2. Although US citizens pay federal income tax on worldwide income, they pay less overall tax than if they worked in the US so I have a lower tax burden (this is only true of course if you work in country with lower overall taxes than the US - working in Sy...
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: jman77   on: May 23, at 2:05:13 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Thank you. I honestly thought it was a simple request. I know for sure there was a valid reason I didn’t disclose that traffic ticket and I wasn’t trying to hide it. I just wanted to give s response to the investigator without having to wait until I got back to the US to check my application as that would result in more delays. So I just wanted to see what the questions asked so I could then refre...
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 1:57:29 am   in: Legal Employment
Agreed. 401K contributions will not get you to 2M in 8 years in biglaw. But those contributions combined with the other points I mentioned will (or at least are on track to - not there yet). The main point was to provide encouragement that even if you graduate with massive debt, you can become very affluent working in biglaw without becoming a partner/counsel. Whether you end up with a net worth o...
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 23, at 1:31:01 am   in: Legal Employment
I was the anon that posted about the 2M. Several points: 1. US citizen, but do big law abroad so I receive a COLA, which increases my income. 2. Although US citizens pay federal income tax on worldwide income, they pay less overall tax than if they worked in the US so I have a lower tax burden (this is only true of course if you work in country with lower overall taxes than the US - working in Sy...
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Re: NY Third Department Admissions  
  by: woojn26   on: May 23, at 1:26:16 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Hi I was wondering whether anyone knows whether foreign law school graduates (LLB not LLM) are required to file a Skills Competency and Professional Values Affidavit and if so, which Pathway applies? I was a bit confused because there are guidelines for LLM candidates but I cant seem to find anything for people like me :/
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Re: MPRE after the Bar  
  by:   on: May 23, at 1:14:29 am   in: TLS Class of 2019 Forum
Hi, I took the MPRE after the bar exam. You're fine. If you're sitting for the July bar, results won't be out until November. I took the MPRE in August and within four weeks received my score. All together, you'll know whether you passed the MPRE before you get your bar exam results. As for studying, I found the studying to be much easier for the MPRE after studying the grueling 8-10 hour days for...
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: rcharter1978   on: May 23, at 12:45:05 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry. Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should? Absolutely. I mean yeah, it's kind of a longshot, but you're not going to retake until February 2020. If there...
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Re: My experience of passing the California bar on my sixth attempt (February 2018 exam)  
  by: justanotheruser   on: May 23, at 12:02:35 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Every time I finish the exam, I toss all my stuff aside and focus on life. After 2-3 months, I feel like I’ve forgotten what I learned. My question to you all is: Should I spend the next 15 days reading the Barbri mini conviser outline so that I can “re-familiarize” myself with the rules again before diving back in? I’ll definitely incorporate the lessons OP gave, but my instinct is to read the c...
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State Admin Trials Hearings Clerkship  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 11:54:50 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
I'm interviewing for a state office of administrate trials and hearings clerkship. Seems like they deal with government employee disciplinary stuff, maybe traffic tickets, local city issues. How useful would a clerkship like this be? Where could I work? Would I be attractive to mid-law?
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: PMan99   on: May 22, at 11:44:01 pm   in: Legal Employment
US citizens benefit from low tax jurisdictions like HK despite being taxed on worldwide income. US citizens are subject to federal tax (and often FICA tax, depending on firm), but not state tax or city tax (because you aren’t resident there). US tax laws also give you some tax breaks when you work abroad so your taxable income is lower. As for the 53K 401k, while it’s true that you don’t reduce y...
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Personal Statement Draft #1 (FEEDBACK PLEASE!!!)  
  by:   on: May 22, at 11:27:15 pm   in: Law School Personal Statements
Hello I am relatively new to the forums, just posting the first draft of my Personal Statement for some feedback. Please be as blunt as possible, this is me getting my Fall 2020 application together right now. The turning point of my college football career came early in my junior year. At the end of the second practice we lined up to scrimmage just like any other day. Coach called eighty-seven da...
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Tips on applying/searching for post-grad position during 2L summer?  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 11:23:40 pm   in: Legal Employment
Hi all, hoping to pick your brain about this. I'm a rising 3L at a T25. Working this summer as a law clerk in a small firm in my school's market - I worked here last summer as well and during the school year part-time. I plan on moving back to my home state after graduation. I worked as a paralegal for ~2 years prior to law school at an Amlaw 100 firm in a sort of niche practice area, and the firm...
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2.2 GPA. Taking the LSAT on June 3. Is it worth it?  
  by:   on: May 22, at 10:54:46 pm   in: Law School Admissions Forum
I know, my GPA is absolutely atrocious, but before you judge me and say "Does he even belong in law school?" Let me explain the entire situation. Ever since I was in the third grade, I have wanted to become a lawyer. I think that I have always been very bright, I scored great on my standardized tests in high school and scored great on the SAT and made mostly Bs in high school with some A...
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Re: Legal Apprenticeship (No Law School) vs T14?  
  by: QContinuum   on: May 22, at 10:35:01 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
Second, my understanding is that people taking this route have a terrible time passing the bar (California is one of the toughest bars to pass). OP will also need to take the FYLSE (the "Baby Bar"), which also has a high failure rate and which is not required of students attending an ABA law school. Further, OP will be pretty much restricted to practicing in California. What if OP decid...
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: Moabit   on: May 22, at 10:20:47 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I think there is no need to induce anxiety in Jman77. (S)he stated that the follow-up question was "'asking why I didn't disclose a minor traffic infraction (turning left onto a no-left turn street from the university center) that happened 13 years ago." Jman77 was not asked why he Failed to Appear, so that's just making things up. The instructions are pretty clear (see the earlier quote...
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Re: 2019 July California Bar  
  by: UmaThurman   on: May 22, at 10:17:55 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Hi! I'm an CA essay grader for a major bar prep company. We're trained by those who were past bar exam graders. Additionally, I also have experience with many of the supplements, including Critical Flash, Adaptibar, SmartBarPrep, Barbri conviser, (the one page supplement that I can't seem to remember the name off the top of my head), Emanuel MBEs (Tactics and Strats(?)), etc. etc. Since I'm waiti...
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Re: Typical In-House Salary Package for Junior Lawyer?  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 10:08:45 pm   in: Legal Employment
High CoL in the NE, big company I do general transactional work and went in house just after finishing my 3rd year Base is 200 k, with inflation bumps each year + more if you do well Target bonus is ~30%, but depends on company performance. Came out to 50% last time around No stock grants at first hire, but started getting them after a year. ~15 k worth 6% of salary * 1.667 (effectively 10%) 401(...
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Re: Themis July 2019  
  by: RioGrandeLaw   on: May 22, at 10:08:38 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I'm with you, my memory sucks. I did my initial law degree in Australia and we only did open book exams, so it's quite a shock to my brain to now have to memorize. I've purchased critical pass flash cards. If you can afford them, I'd recommend getting them. I don't have time to write/type out my own (plus it's incredibly boring) and I've found them really helpful so far. If I did my own, they wou...
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Any in-house positions open to new grads?  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 9:58:39 pm   in: Legal Employment
Graduated last week. Nothing lined up yet.

Are there any entry-level in-house positions? An option for new grads? As far as I know, the vast majority of in-house positions require several years' experience at a major law firm.
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: lexingtonhr   on: May 22, at 9:02:08 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry. Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should? I feel your pain! I got an overall of 1434 :(. So so upsetting? What is hand scoring ?? I got 1435!! It's the ...
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Re: Kilpatrick Townsend?  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 8:51:37 pm   in: Legal Employment
Thanks! Anyone else got the scoop on the nyc office?
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Re: Any reason not to do a non-continental Art III Clerkship  
  by: Qtc   on: May 22, at 8:48:23 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
Except Kleinfeld asks for LSAT scores, which is beyond irrational.
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Free LSAT Prepbooks (only asking for shipping cost)  
  by:   on: May 22, at 8:41:01 pm   in: LSAT Prep and Discussion Forum
Hello everyone, I do not want throw away my used LSAT preptest books without seeing if someone on here could use them first. They have some markings in them and the test books have a mix of used/unused tests. If anyone wants any of them, please let me know. I am asking only for the cost of shipping. I have the following: The Official LSAT Superprep Powerscore Logic Reasoning Bible Powerscore Logic...
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Re: Any reason not to do a non-continental Art III Clerkship  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 8:25:07 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
Anon district court clerk from above.

I'm assuming that OP is mostly concerned with the district courts because he says he is not competitive for NY or Delaware. But yeah, definitely no difference for the federal court of appeals judges.
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: qaizgig88   on: May 22, at 8:23:27 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry. Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should? I feel your pain! I got an overall of 1434 :(. So so upsetting? What is hand scoring ?? I got 1435!! It's the ...
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: hastingsgal   on: May 22, at 8:22:16 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry. Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should? I feel your pain! I got an overall of 1434 :(. So so upsetting? What is hand scoring ?? I got 1435!! It's the ...
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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program  
  by: ak7ja   on: May 22, at 7:55:15 pm   in: Forum for Law School Students
Hi all, For those of you commissioning, I hope the process is moving along quickly. I finished MEPS but have had issues using NASIS for my background check. Has anyone received a "403 - Forbidden" message when attempting to login? To be clear, the site will not grant me access to the screen where it asks for login credentials. I have tried from 3 separate computers using 3 separate sear...
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Re: South Carolina Bar - out of state MBE score  
  by: morrissey   on: May 22, at 7:51:46 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
The rule isn't clear, which leads me to believe the entire UBE must be taken here. Best bet for specific questions is to just call the bar admissions office at the Supreme Court. They were very helpful when I took the bar here (albeit the pre-UBE S.C. Bar). Here's the number: (803) 734-1080, website says you must call between 9am and 2pm for some odd reason.
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Re: Adaptibar Discount Code?  
  by: a male human   on: May 22, at 7:45:03 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

pizzapasta99 wrote:Please can you send one through to me? My email is pnovinni@icloud.com Thanks!
Sent
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Re: Legal Apprenticeship (No Law School) vs T14?  
  by: Calibrazy   on: May 22, at 7:40:51 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
As to the legal skills: if you're doing it "right" you're not going to law school for the skills; you're going because you are using law school as a means to achieve a desired legal position (or type of legal position) and you choose your school accordingly. For example YLS--from what my friend there tells me--is poor in terms of teaching it's student's legal skills. I go to another pre...
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Re: S.D.Fl. & 11th Cir. Hiring  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 7:19:28 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
Given strong ties, anything at or above median for dc. And yes, clerking at dc helps for appeals.

Usually top 5% for from a T1; top 10% or so from a lower-tier t-14; at or above median from HYS. Local ties tend to help a lot, though.
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Re: NJ Superior Court Clerkships  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 7:09:55 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
Also: what is something you wish you had known before starting?
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by:   on: May 22, at 7:05:09 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry. Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should? I feel your pain! I got an overall of 1434 :(. So so upsetting? What is hand scoring ?? I got 1435!! It's the ...
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: lexingtonhr   on: May 22, at 6:59:54 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry. Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should? I feel your pain! I got an overall of 1434 :(. So so upsetting? What is hand scoring ?? I got 1435!! It's the ...
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: lexingtonhr   on: May 22, at 6:58:03 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Does anybody have a good study schedule that they're working with? I'm trying to configure mine, but to no avail, I don't know what to study. I'm a scramble mess.
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Re: 2019 July California Bar  
  by: lexingtonhr   on: May 22, at 6:56:01 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Does anybody have a good study schedule that they're working with? I'm trying to configure mine, but to no avail, I don't know what to study. I'm a scramble mess.
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Re: Colorado State Public Defender  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 6:52:51 pm   in: Legal Employment
Can anyone tell us when we're gonna know?
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by:   on: May 22, at 6:52:29 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry. Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should? I feel your pain! I got an overall of 1434 :(. So so upsetting? What is hand scoring ?? I got 1435!! It's the ...
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Re: Adaptibar Discount Code?  
  by:   on: May 22, at 6:49:12 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Please can you send one through to me? My email is pnovinni@icloud.com Thanks!
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Re: Best and worst judges to clerk for  
  by: lavarman84   on: May 22, at 6:33:03 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
Does anyone know anything about the active-status Texas CA5 judges (Jones, Smith, Elrod, Haynes, Willett, Ho, Oldham)? Willett, Ho, and Elrod are wonderful to clerk for. Don’t know about the others for sure, but have heard good things about all except Oldham (and that’s just because I haven’t heard anything about him one way or the other). I've heard Smith and Willett are delightful people. Costa...
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 6:23:32 pm   in: Legal Employment
US citizens benefit from low tax jurisdictions like HK despite being taxed on worldwide income. US citizens are subject to federal tax (and often FICA tax, depending on firm), but not state tax or city tax (because you aren’t resident there). US tax laws also give you some tax breaks when you work abroad so your taxable income is lower. As for the 53K 401k, while it’s true that you don’t reduce yo...
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Re: Adaptibar Discount Code?  
  by: a male human   on: May 22, at 5:53:02 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

kwice wrote:Hi! Would you mind sending me the code as well? Also, thank you so much for doing this ! email: kwice@bu.edu
Emailed you the code!
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Re: Clerkship interview by phone  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 5:49:08 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
OP here. Thanks. This did assuage my fears, but I went ahead and booked an in-person interview for Friday. Ha, maybe I should’ve done it by phone!
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Re: Adaptibar Discount Code?  
  by: kwice   on: May 22, at 5:35:42 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Hi! Would you mind sending me the code as well? Also, thank you so much for doing this ! email: kwice@bu.edu
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Re: Brooklyn vs Howard  
  by: LSATWiz.com   on: May 22, at 5:35:33 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
Is OP a URM? Howard is a historically black law school and has among the largest percentage of black law students. Howard had disproportionately good big law placement for schools from its tier because law firms specifically go there to hire black law students. The odds of those 2 previously mentioned Cravath associates not being URM are astronomical. If OP isn’t a URM, Howard’s big law placement ...
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Re: Am I doing anything wrong here (interview question)  
  by: nixy   on: May 22, at 5:21:30 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
There’s nothing wrong with only staying for a year - the judge has made clear that you didn’t have to commit to anything longer than that. (You also don’t know yet if the judge would actually want to keep you on.) But I would definitely tell them that you’re interviewing, just because it’s polite and they’re likely interested, and if you only want to stay for a year it’s probably best to make that...
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Re: Clerkship interview by phone  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 5:17:46 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
I’ve been offered an interview for one of my dream clerkships. However, I’m currently clerking far away from the interview location. They’ve offered a phone interview. Are there any pros to the phone interview? I can only think of cons. Would judges seriously hire someone through a phone interview? I obtained my current clerkship through a video interview, which in itself was a bit strange to me....
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Re: Legal Apprenticeship (No Law School) vs T14?  
  by: nixy   on: May 22, at 5:12:25 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
I think the legal apprenticeship is a terrible idea if you want any kind of traditional legal job (i.e. anything other than going solo in a niche where you already have a built in client base). First, your training will only be as good as the person/office you apprentice with and it will be a limited perspective that you’ll get. Second, my understanding is that people taking this route have a terr...
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Re: Typical In-House Salary Package for Junior Lawyer?  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 4:47:15 pm   in: Legal Employment
High CoL in the NE, big company I do general transactional work and went in house just after finishing my 3rd year Base is 200 k, with inflation bumps each year + more if you do well Target bonus is ~30%, but depends on company performance. Came out to 50% last time around No stock grants at first hire, but started getting them after a year. ~15 k worth 6% of salary * 1.667 (effectively 10%) 401(...
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NJ Superior Court Clerkships  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 4:41:07 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
Greetings! I have accepted an NJ Superior Court clerkship, which I will start in late August. Several questions (I realize some of these might be judge-specific): -Was it a strict 8:30-4:30 schedule or did you often have to work nights/weekends? -Did they drug-test? (I am a medicinal marijuana card-holder) -What are typical career outcomes of clerks? Do most find FT, long-term legal employment upo...
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Re: The Vale of Tears (3L Job Hunting) (No advice for 0/1/2Ls)  
  by: BasilHallward   on: May 22, at 4:34:55 pm   in: Legal Employment
Partially an advice post, partially me venting. Graduated in 2018 below median from a T1 that is very strong regionally. Passed the bar last July, yet still no job. Actually got an offer that I turned down because i didn’t wann do real estate transactions and really wanna do litigation. I’ve sent out hundreds of apps and had a fair amount of interviews. I try to stay positive generally but some d...
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Re: Any reason not to do a non-continental Art III Clerkship  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 4:31:49 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
I've heard of a number of non-US citizens do clerkships in Hawaii and Alaska, including COA judges who sit there. I imagine that, for this reason, they are going to be slightly more competitive than the average not-major-market district court (e.g., as you say, Indiana). There are not very many available judges or positions, there are some spots that will go to people interested in practicing in ...
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Re: 2019 July California Bar  
  by: cosmic12   on: May 22, at 4:24:57 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
[July CA Bar 2019]
Hi, I am a repeater and looking for someone who can study together for timed practice essay or MBE for once or twice per a week. I live near Park La Brea area in LA. Please email me if you are interested in My email is hirowme@gmail.com
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Re: Best and worst judges to clerk for  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 4:23:02 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
Does anyone know anything about the active-status Texas CA5 judges (Jones, Smith, Elrod, Haynes, Willett, Ho, Oldham)? Willett, Ho, and Elrod are wonderful to clerk for. Don’t know about the others for sure, but have heard good things about all except Oldham (and that’s just because I haven’t heard anything about him one way or the other). Smith is supposed to be wonderful too. I've heard him des...
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Re: Solo Practice Q&A  
  by: AVBucks4239   on: May 22, at 4:19:12 pm   in: Legal Employment
Thanks for this thread. What fee arrangements do you typically go with? Mostly hourly or alternative arrangements? And if hourly, how do your rates compare to your former employers? Based on your mention of contingency, I imagine you do at least some plaintiff work, but are you mostly defense? Are you trying to do both or stick with defense-side? Any tips in general for starting / running a solo ...
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Re: Clerkship interview by phone  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 4:15:46 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
Are there any pros to the phone interview? Pro: It's a lot cheaper than flying out to the interview location. That's the reason why my judge would offer a phone interview -- to save the applicant the time and expense of traveling to interview at our location. Pro: It's likely to get you an interview sooner, which can be good with judges who basically hire the first non-offensive person they talk ...
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Re: Typical In-House Salary Package for Junior Lawyer?  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 4:04:20 pm   in: Legal Employment
High CoL in the NE, big company I do general transactional work and went in house just after finishing my 3rd year Base is 200 k, with inflation bumps each year + more if you do well Target bonus is ~30%, but depends on company performance. Came out to 50% last time around No stock grants at first hire, but started getting them after a year. ~15 k worth 6% of salary * 1.667 (effectively 10%) 401(k...
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Re: Legal Apprenticeship (No Law School) vs T14?  
  by: albanach   on: May 22, at 3:59:08 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
As to the legal skills: if you're doing it "right" you're not going to law school for the skills; you're going because you are using law school as a means to achieve a desired legal position (or type of legal position) and you choose your school accordingly. For example YLS--from what my friend there tells me--is poor in terms of teaching it's student's legal skills. I go to another pre...
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Re: 2017-2018 Admissions Spreadsheets  
  by: smadha01   on: May 22, at 3:53:10 pm   in: Law School Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists
Did anyone figure out how to get access? Thanks!
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Re: NY Ethics CLE by Tomorrow  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 3:49:31 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Extensions are literally NBD. You just send in a signed pdf. Check out the New York State Bar Association for in-person ethics--I did a really cool ADR/Mediation two day thing with them last year when I had this same issue--newly-admitted, couldn't get the ethics in on time. They give you a decent extension and then you have to get to a place where you can get in-person ethics in the next few mont...
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Re: Anybody know any Medium Size Law Schools  
  by: albanach   on: May 22, at 3:48:14 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
Many have compared law school to high school, in that (particularly in your 1L year) much of your class time will be with the same very small group. Section sizes are often around 30, though classes often include more than one section. Average class sizes at the top law schools (albeit from a decade ago) are here: http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=141352 . Much of your ...
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: jman77   on: May 22, at 3:46:31 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Can someone kindly let me know what the lookback period is for disclosing traffic infractions? I believe it's 10 years? Truly appreciate it. Straight-up. Whatever it is you're trying not to disclose, think twice. Report everything. If you had a traffic infraction and failed to appear, you're going to have to answer for it. FTA is frowned on. It shows disrespect for the law. If you failed to pay a...
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Re: Typical In-House Salary Package for Junior Lawyer?  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 3:40:46 pm   in: Legal Employment
Thanks all for the additional insight. Don't think they are going to move up at all based on conversations with their people.
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Re: 3.2 GPA/172 LSAT; Chances at T20?  
  by: albanach   on: May 22, at 3:38:54 pm   in: What are my chances?
I sent out my applications in early December, and apart from crushing the LSAT not really. I read TLS advice extensively and I did know that ED to UVA would greatly improve my chances of breaking into the T14, but I wasn't really comfortable with committing to UVA in the (seemingly likely) event of not receiving any sort of scholarship. Thanks. That's really useful additional information for any ...
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Re: Any reason not to do a non-continental Art III Clerkship  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 3:31:33 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
I've heard of a number of non-US citizens do clerkships in Hawaii and Alaska, including COA judges who sit there. I imagine that, for this reason, they are going to be slightly more competitive than the average not-major-market district court (e.g., as you say, Indiana). There are not very many available judges or positions, there are some spots that will go to people interested in practicing in t...
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: InterAlia1961   on: May 22, at 3:30:30 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Can someone kindly let me know what the lookback period is for disclosing traffic infractions? I believe it's 10 years? Truly appreciate it. Straight-up. Whatever it is you're trying not to disclose, think twice. Report everything. If you had a traffic infraction and failed to appear, you're going to have to answer for it. FTA is frowned on. It shows disrespect for the law. If you failed to pay a...
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Re: Typical In-House Salary Package for Junior Lawyer?  
  by: canon   on: May 22, at 3:29:36 pm   in: Legal Employment
Agree this is low but the bonus gets you to market. Depending on what "Target" is, may be worth taking, given it is a F500 company. Look at some of the in-house compensation surveys (BarkerGilmore and RobertHalf) and compare the geographic market adjustments to see if this is within range.
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Amlaw 200 List  
  by: carsondalywashere   on: May 22, at 3:27:07 pm   in: Legal Employment
Can someone post the new Amlaw 200 list?
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Re: Anybody know any Medium Size Law Schools  
  by: Sls17   on: May 22, at 3:15:50 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
I actually do think class size is relevant to the law school experience, but I agree it is far from the most important consideration. The state/region in which you want to practice (which you haven’t addressed) is the most important consideration. For family law goals, your strongest local law school with a significant/full-ride scholarship is best case scenario, regardless of class size (which is...
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Re: The Vale of Tears (3L Job Hunting) (No advice for 0/1/2Ls)  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 3:11:04 pm   in: Legal Employment
I had a screener interview that a partner connection help me out with almost two months ago. Interview went really well but no word afterwards. I've reached out to the HR contact three times now and he keeps telling me they are still conducting first round interviews. I haven't heard anything now for two weeks and I'm honestly hesitant to reach out to HR for a fourth time. At what point does this ...
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Re: Anybody know any Medium Size Law Schools  
  by: cavalier1138   on: May 22, at 3:05:35 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
You're thinking about this way too early, and you're thinking about it the wrong way. Yes im looking for class sizes ranging from maybe 50-140. That describes every law school. Schools that have more than 140 students in a particular class year will divide those larger classes into sections. So if you went to Harvard, for example, you would not be taking Civil Procedure in a lecture hall with 500+...
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Re: Legal Apprenticeship (No Law School) vs T14?  
  by: cavalier1138   on: May 22, at 2:59:17 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
I think this is a big problem of the legal industry Ok. But since you're not making hiring decisions, your opinion doesn't have much of an impact. Law school is not about training you to practice. It's about training you to think like a lawyer. Would a three-year apprenticeship system work better? Maybe it would in some ways. But again, since I'm not actually in a position to effect that kind of ...
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Am I doing anything wrong here (interview question)  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 2:54:02 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
Sensitive question. Please don’t quote. I’m currently clerking for judge a. Very nice judge and great chambers, but far away from where I want to be. I just started this clerkship last month. It was for a term of one year; however, at the interview, the judge indicated that, while I did not have to stay longer than a year, the judge liked to keep clerks on longer if there was mutual agreement. The...
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Re: Solo Practice Q&A  
  by: wwwcol   on: May 22, at 2:46:06 pm   in: Legal Employment
Thanks for this thread. What fee arrangements do you typically go with? Mostly hourly or alternative arrangements? And if hourly, how do your rates compare to your former employers? Based on your mention of contingency, I imagine you do at least some plaintiff work, but are you mostly defense? Are you trying to do both or stick with defense-side? Any tips in general for starting / running a solo p...
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: fsefilut   on: May 22, at 2:45:32 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Just received notice that I passed MC for CA. Wanted to outline my experience here since this thread has been such a great resource for me. Passing MC has always been a fear of mine since I have a couple of issues on my records (one was 14 years ago and the other was 8 years ago). Timeline: Mid-September: Sent in paper application overnight October: received notice I only submitted 1 of 2 finger p...
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Re: Typical In-House Salary Package for Junior Lawyer?  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 2:42:46 pm   in: Legal Employment
Any other thoughts here? Much appreciated! Seeking advice on a recently received offer, I'm a 4th year and this is a F500 company in a non-coastal market... Base: $125k Bonus: $45k (target) Benefits include 4% 401K match, PTO, etc. (pretty standard) Is this on the low end? Any advice appreciated. Are you a 4th year at a market paying firm? This seems extremely low. I was the anon who is quoted. I...
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WilmerHale BOS / IP Lit?  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 2:35:23 pm   in: Legal Employment
Can someone provide any insight into what the Boston office and the IP Lit group is like? Any info at all would be appreciated!
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Re: Typical In-House Salary Package for Junior Lawyer?  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 2:33:35 pm   in: Legal Employment
Any other thoughts here? Much appreciated!

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Seeking advice on a recently received offer, I'm a 4th year and this is a F500 company in a non-coastal market...

Base: $125k
Bonus: $45k (target)
Benefits include 4% 401K match, PTO, etc. (pretty standard)

Is this on the low end? Any advice appreciated.

Are you a 4th year at a market paying firm? This seems extremely low.

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Clerkship interview by phone  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 2:30:52 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
I’ve been offered an interview for one of my dream clerkships. However, I’m currently clerking far away from the interview location. They’ve offered a phone interview. Are there any pros to the phone interview? I can only think of cons. Would judges seriously hire someone through a phone interview? I obtained my current clerkship through a video interview, which in itself was a bit strange to me. ...
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: PMan99   on: May 22, at 2:26:10 pm   in: Legal Employment
I was the anon that posted about the 2M. Several points: 1. US citizen, but do big law abroad so I receive a COLA, which increases my income. 2. Although US citizens pay federal income tax on worldwide income, they pay less overall tax than if they worked in the US so I have a lower tax burden (this is only true of course if you work in country with lower overall taxes than the US - working in Sy...
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Re: Legal Apprenticeship (No Law School) vs T14?  
  by: Calibrazy   on: May 22, at 2:18:40 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
I think this is a big problem of the legal industry, and which is in part what attracts me to Reading The Law. I'm not interested in attending an expensive social club, and this is what law schools seem to have become. I'm interested in acquiring concrete legal skills that'll make me a useful lawyer. Also, while I respect the way you view law school — as a means to help you achieve a desired lega...
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Re: 4.17 at Santa Clara: Should I transfer? If so, where?  
  by: QContinuum   on: May 22, at 2:12:57 pm   in: Transfers
I was in a similar situation to you last year. But at a different school with a similar rank. I was accepted as a transfer to H, S, B, C, G. I ultimately regret transferring. I gave up a full ride and am now at the bottom of my class as a transfer. I also struck out at OCI. It is much better to be a big fish in a small pond and have professors willing to go to bat for you. Where'd you transfer to...
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Re: Legal Apprenticeship (No Law School) vs T14?  
  by: QContinuum   on: May 22, at 2:04:24 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
I'm interested in acquiring concrete legal skills that'll make me a useful lawyer. What kind of lawyer do you want to be (beyond "useful")? And I believe status can be achieved in many ways, not solely by buying membership in an expensive social club like law school. Realistically, you're not going to be able to upend the way the entire legal job market works via a one-man/woman rebelli...
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by:   on: May 22, at 2:02:38 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I also found numerous errors in the Cal Bar Tutors Prep Book. And they show no interest in correcting them. Yeah, it's a shame. It forced me to really double check everything, which for me was good because that's how I learn best. But not everyone has the time to spend doing that or the access to quality, third party materials (like full restatements or the California law equivalents). That's why...
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Re: Legal Apprenticeship (No Law School) vs T14?  
  by: lochnessrunning   on: May 22, at 1:53:29 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
I'm a student, so not an expert by any means, but I imagine the decision will hinge on (1) what are the most likely/common options are available to those who read the law and (2) whether those career options line up with your goals. I'm pretty confident that if you want to work in corporate law (or biglaw in general) reading the law is not a viable path. This is a total shot in the dark but I'd s...
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 1:50:33 pm   in: Legal Employment
Anon poster working in Asia big law - are you a US citizen? Don't Americans need to pay income tax globally (net of any local taxes paid)? Just wondering if the 15% income tax in a market like HK really does put you in a way better place if you still hold a US passport (not taking into account any COLA packages).
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South Carolina Bar - out of state MBE score  
  by: Leila19   on: May 22, at 1:50:12 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Hello - I have been trying to find an answer to this online and can't seem to confirm. I know that South Carolina accepts transferred UBE scores, but if my state is not a UBE state, can I transfer just the MBE score and then take the rest of the UBE? I guess this questions applies generally to any UBE states. Do they accept MBE scores or do I need to take the MBE portion again too? Sorry if this i...
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: jman77   on: May 22, at 1:29:33 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
100% certain I paid the fine. I know there was a reason I did not disclose that minor infraction (again, it would be extremely stupid for me to omit such a trivial matter and I don't think I'm extremely stupid) and I'm hoping seeing the actual question(s) jog(s) my memory. Surely someone can confirm whether the lookback period for traffic infractions required to be disclosed is 10 years? Quoting f...
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Re: Best and worst judges to clerk for  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 1:28:12 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships

Anonymous User wrote:Does anyone know anything about the active-status Texas CA5 judges (Jones, Smith, Elrod, Haynes, Willett, Ho, Oldham)?

Willett, Ho, and Elrod are wonderful to clerk for. Don’t know about the others for sure, but have heard good things about all except Oldham (and that’s just because I haven’t heard anything about him one way or the other).
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Re: 100k in the Chicago Market  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 1:24:21 pm   in: Legal Employment
biglaw attorney in chicago now. before law school, worked here and made about 60k a year for 1 year. Sure, i was fresh out of college with no real responsibilities, but i lived comfortably (travelled some, went out to dinner and drinks most weeks) and still saved like >20k in that year. Young biglaw attorney now and I've seen some lifestyle creep, but my yearly expenses are <60k. I'm not clubbing ...
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: jman77   on: May 22, at 1:22:23 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Surely someone can confirm whether the lookback period for traffic infractions required to be disclosed is 10 years? Quoting from section 16 of the printed application: "In answering the following questions, you must include all such incidents and convictions, no matter how minor the incident. Traffic violations which must be reported under this question include Failure to Appear, Driving Wi...
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: jrakoff   on: May 22, at 1:21:32 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I also found numerous errors in the Cal Bar Tutors Prep Book. And they show no interest in correcting them.
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: ReasonablePersonSSC   on: May 22, at 1:21:08 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Surely someone can confirm whether the lookback period for traffic infractions required to be disclosed is 10 years? Quoting from section 16 of the printed application: "In answering the following questions, you must include all such incidents and convictions, no matter how minor the incident. Traffic violations which must be reported under this question include Failure to Appear, Driving Wi...
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Re: Contesting GA Bar Results  
  by: cavalier1138   on: May 22, at 1:17:25 pm   in: Forum for Law School Students
Thank you. I recently found out that you may be able to request a hand-regrade of MBE for a fee and you can request your essay answers and make an argument from there. I've already prepared to retake the exam. I was just curious if anyone was able to shed some light on this. I'm not sure what more you're looking for. If that process is available, you can take advantage of it. But unless you think...
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Re: Contesting GA Bar Results  
  by:   on: May 22, at 1:09:44 pm   in: Forum for Law School Students
Thank you. I recently found out that you may be able to request a hand-regrade of MBE for a fee and you can request your essay answers and make an argument from there. I've already prepared to retake the exam. I was just curious if anyone was able to shed some light on this.
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S.D.Fl. & 11th Cir. Hiring  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 12:41:43 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
Anyone have insight on the credentials needed for a shot at an A3 clerkship in Miami, either S.D.Fl. or 11th Cir.? Most interested in credentials necessary from HYS (with strong ties) as well as if an S.D.Fl. clerkship opens up the door for an interview with Marcus, Jordan, or Rosenbaum
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Re: Anybody know any Medium Size Law Schools  
  by: brebre234   on: May 22, at 12:34:06 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
Hi ! Yes im looking for class sizes ranging from maybe 50-140. I want to study family law and my gpa should be a 3.6 by the time graduation comes. And I havent taken the lsat yet just a diagnostic
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Re: Did anyone apply to the SEC recently  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 12:10:53 pm   in: Legal Employment
I threw a couple of apps, but I don’t expect much. I work at the DOJ doing civil lit, but I don’t have securities experience.
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: Ciedam08   on: May 22, at 11:43:40 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry. Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should? I feel your pain! I got an overall of 1434 :(. So so upsetting? What is hand scoring ?? Are you taking July's?...
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Re: Adaptibar Discount Code?  
  by: a male human   on: May 22, at 11:41:50 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Can someone please pm me the code too? Thanks so much! PM'd you the code! Could you send me a discount code too? My email address is aspencer1976@yahoo.com. Thanks! Emailed you the code! I'd also appreciate a code! Thanks very much :) Email is ... Just sent! could you PM a code as well please Sent the code to all above in case y'all needed it still... Sorry for late response! Overwhelmed with the...
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Re: Contesting GA Bar Results  
  by: notrub14   on: May 22, at 11:40:20 am   in: Forum for Law School Students
What is it that you want to contest? I think Georgia already automatically regrades essays when the person is within 5 points of 270. I don't think there is a formal way to contest. If you think your essay scores are too low, then I think your only remedy is to retake.
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: Ciedam08   on: May 22, at 11:36:18 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
i know i know everyone has their own advice once they pass and it is not always helpful to hear what random things another person has done, but i feel like i studied so differently the time that i passed and maybe it could help someone else never have to take this monstrous exam again!!! But I took the exam in July 2018 and used barbri and it did not work with my learning style. I ended up not pa...
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: lexingtonhr   on: May 22, at 11:29:25 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry. Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should? I feel your pain! I got an overall of 1434 :(. So so upsetting? What is hand scoring ?? Are you taking July's?...
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Re: Themis July 2019  
  by: cavalier1138   on: May 22, at 11:22:47 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I've been finding it's more helpful to create flashcards as I go through practice questions. The stock Themis flashcards cover a lot of the basic stuff, so I'm creating new ones for the weird exceptions and stock phrases the examiners use to signal specific things.
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: Ciedam08   on: May 22, at 11:19:48 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry. Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should? I feel your pain! I got an overall of 1434 :(. So so upsetting? What is hand scoring ?? Are you taking July's?...
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Re: Adaptibar Discount Code?  
  by:   on: May 22, at 11:16:17 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

a male human wrote:
carmodee wrote:
a male human wrote:
lawlzi wrote:Can someone please pm me the code too? Thanks so much!
PM'd you the code!

acs630 wrote:Could you send me a discount code too? My email address is aspencer1976@yahoo.com. Thanks!
Emailed you the code!

I'd also appreciate a code! Thanks very much

Email is ...
Just sent!

could you PM a code as well please
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: jman77   on: May 22, at 11:08:24 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Surely someone can confirm whether the lookback period for traffic infractions required to be disclosed is 10 years? Quoting from section 16 of the printed application: "In answering the following questions, you must include all such incidents and convictions, no matter how minor the incident. Traffic violations which must be reported under this question include Failure to Appear, Driving Wi...
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Re: Best and worst judges to clerk for  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 11:07:45 am   in: Judicial Clerkships
Does anyone know anything about the active-status Texas CA5 judges (Jones, Smith, Elrod, Haynes, Willett, Ho, Oldham)?
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Re: Did anyone apply to the SEC recently  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 10:53:35 am   in: Legal Employment
Nothing yet here
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by:   on: May 22, at 10:45:43 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
a hard part for me with the rules were they were just floating around and i could not pin them down when i needed to use them. doing these templates (flowcharts work too) i was able to put the rules into specific places and recall them a lot better. also during the last two weeks i used a white board memorizing my rule templates for few hours and then would switch to outlining every single essay ...
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Re: 100k in the Chicago Market  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 10:44:06 am   in: Legal Employment
My expenses come out to about $3,500 a month (no student loan debt) and I live comfortably in a trendy/fun neighborhood, albeit without a spouse/kids. I don't ball out every weekend, but I do go out to eat and grab drinks with friends most weekends.
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: ReasonablePersonSSC   on: May 22, at 10:37:54 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Surely someone can confirm whether the lookback period for traffic infractions required to be disclosed is 10 years? Quoting from section 16 of the printed application: "In answering the following questions, you must include all such incidents and convictions, no matter how minor the incident. Traffic violations which must be reported under this question include Failure to Appear, Driving Wi...
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Re: Themis July 2019  
  by: AussieAustin   on: May 22, at 10:37:05 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I'm using the flashcard tool to make flashcards from the outline. It's the only thing I can think to do, because if I just read the outline and watch videos, it won't stick. My school had an excellent bar strategies class that I took, and one thing they hammered in is that you've got to memorize hundreds of rules. I see no way to do this with Themis (or likely any other course) except by using th...
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Re: 100k in the Chicago Market  
  by: BasilHallward   on: May 22, at 10:31:29 am   in: Legal Employment
Short answer is that it depends on your debt obligations. Your take home after health insurance will likely be about 6k a month assuming max out 401k contributions.If you're paying 2-3k a month in student loans, then you won't be too comfortable. If no loans, then yeah, you'll be in a good spot. An extra 1-2k of disposable income a month makes a HUGE difference. Edit: grammar and noticed that 100...
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Re: 100k in the Chicago Market  
  by: Mullens   on: May 22, at 10:25:19 am   in: Legal Employment
I’m from Chicago and the vast majority of my friends (who aren’t lawyers) make well under 100k. You can absolutely live comfortably on half of that.
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Re: 100k in the Chicago Market  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 10:24:16 am   in: Legal Employment
Short answer is that it depends on your debt obligations. Your take home after health insurance will likely be about 6k a month assuming no 401k contributions.If you're paying 2-3k a month in student loans, then you won't be too comfortable. If no loans, then yeah, you'll be in a good spot. An extra 1-2k of disposable income a month makes a HUGE difference.

Edit: grammar
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Re: Any reason not to do a non-continental Art III Clerkship  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 10:23:34 am   in: Judicial Clerkships
I can't speak to Puerto Rico specifically, but I clerked for one of the Article IV district courts (i.e., in Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands). Those courts essentially exercise the same jurisdiction as a federal district court (and there are separate territorial court systems that mirror the state courts in the states). You're likely to get similar experience there to the...
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Re: 100k in the Chicago Market  
  by: HillandHollow   on: May 22, at 10:17:59 am   in: Legal Employment
Sort of depends what "living comfortably" means to you, but the short answer is yes. Friend of mine was making about $55k (not a lawyer), worked in the loop, lived on the north side. Had a nice but older 1 bed, walk up (3rd floor) apartment in a cute but not super trendy neighborhood. She would take the Brown or Red line straight to work, about a 30 minute door to door commute. Still abl...
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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread  
  by: johngotti   on: May 22, at 10:16:45 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

kinseyjo wrote:Hit me with those topics predictions for FL.

No one has a clue but FL Con Law has to hit sooner or later. Property is also a decent bet. Family Law/Dependency/Juvenile Delinquency has been popular recently and is always a good topic for them because they can easily manipulate the scores.
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: ardg12   on: May 22, at 10:16:28 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Hello everyone, I need some input on the local and national percentages. comparing it to my July 2018 scores, it went up. July 2018 I was at 34.6 Local and 37.7 National, and when I plugged in my scores for everyone on the one-timers calc, it produced 121 MC correct........This time around, I scored at 38 LOCAL and 49.1 NATIONAL, but doing the same thing, I am at 119 MC correct. Someone, please ex...
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 10:14:48 am   in: Legal Employment
I was the anon that posted about the 2M. Several points: 1. US citizen, but do big law abroad so I receive a COLA, which increases my income. 2. Although US citizens pay federal income tax on worldwide income, they pay less overall tax than if they worked in the US so I have a lower tax burden (this is only true of course if you work in country with lower overall taxes than the US - working in Sy...
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Re: Solo Practice Q&A  
  by: AVBucks4239   on: May 22, at 10:07:17 am   in: Legal Employment
Thanks a lot for doing this! I work for city/state government on one of the coasts doing litigation, my hours are very predictable (always 8-4, 9-5 etc). I would like to slowly start building a solo practice (part time). I would have zero expenses (a room attached to my house that can serve as an office, internet etc.). So my question is, where and how should I start? What practice area/areas are...
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Re: #1 Gig in Miami?  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 10:01:20 am   in: Legal Employment
Anything to watch out for at KL gates in miami? DLA Piper?
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Re: Any reason not to do a non-continental Art III Clerkship  
  by: Barrred   on: May 22, at 9:57:55 am   in: Judicial Clerkships
OP is referring to the fact that non-US citizens are allowed to be paid clerks in non-continental clerkships (Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Alaska), otherwise they have to clerk on a volunteer basis. (See https://oscar.uscourts.gov/citizenship_requirements ). I don't have much direct experience with non-continental district court clerkships, but my impres...
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: spyke123   on: May 22, at 9:51:33 am   in: Legal Employment
how are people in this thread saving like 140k per year?....
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Re: #1 Gig in Miami?  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 9:48:28 am   in: Legal Employment
Is akerman still at 160 for first years?

Also, is there are specific firm(s) that have connections with the USAO? I know H&K has ferrer but unaware of other shops I should be looking at if interested in S.D.Fl.
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 9:43:39 am   in: Legal Employment
I was the anon that posted about the 2M. Several points: 1. US citizen, but do big law abroad so I receive a COLA, which increases my income. 2. Although US citizens pay federal income tax on worldwide income, they pay less overall tax than if they worked in the US so I have a lower tax burden (this is only true of course if you work in country with lower overall taxes than the US - working in Syd...
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 9:22:08 am   in: Legal Employment
Left law school with about 150K in debt and maybe 3k in savings. On track to quit law after 8th year with nearly $2 million net worth. Fingers crossed that I can make it to that mark.... How is this possible? I have a spreadsheet to track my big law and NW progression/estimates and don't see how you can hit 2M from 150k in debt in big law in 8 years without including your spouse. I had 0 debt and...
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Re: Solo Practice Q&A  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 9:13:37 am   in: Legal Employment
Thanks a lot for doing this! I work for city/state government on one of the coasts doing litigation, my hours are very predictable (always 8-4, 9-5 etc). I would like to slowly start building a solo practice (part time). I would have zero expenses (a room attached to my house that can serve as an office, internet etc.). So my question is, where and how should I start? What practice area/areas are ...
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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread  
  by: Jmart082   on: May 22, at 9:05:47 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Hit me with those topics predictions for FL. I'm thinking that after the Torts topic that the examiners threw into the exam came as an unexpected shock to most test takers, they'll probably try to test another foundational topic at the very end of the written portion. My best guess is either property or contracts. Con Law is almost a certainty too. Disclaimer: the torts question is most likely th...
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: jman77   on: May 22, at 9:05:32 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Surely someone can confirm whether the lookback period for traffic infractions required to be disclosed is 10 years?
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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread  
  by: kinseyjo   on: May 22, at 8:54:53 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Hit me with those topics predictions for FL.
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Re: Solo Practice Q&A  
  by: AVBucks4239   on: May 22, at 8:46:00 am   in: Legal Employment
Thanks for doing this! Just one question for right now (I’m sure I’ll have many more lol): Where can I find templates for my practice area (real estate)? Is there some kind of database (westlaw?) or do I just reach out to other attorneys... Thank you. Your local bar association should have online access to practice guides. Here is Ohio's on landlord tenant, for example: https://store.legal.thomso...
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Re: Solo Practice Q&A  
  by: AVBucks4239   on: May 22, at 8:44:26 am   in: Legal Employment
Thanks for doing this. I plan to go out on my own next year. I'm in my fourth year of biglaw and have a bunch of burning questions: 1) How hard is it to get criminal appointment work? I have a couple of civil trials, but not much criminal experience otherwise? Can you move up from misdemeanor appointment work to felony work? How long does it take? 2) Do you market at all? I have a decent budget f...
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Re: Solo Practice Q&A  
  by: AVBucks4239   on: May 22, at 8:37:40 am   in: Legal Employment
Thanks for doing this! (1)Where did you practice before hanging a shingle (I.e. small firm, state agency, midlaw, biglaw, etc.) (2) did you have clients day one or did you make the jump without any regular business? 1. Practiced at a 20-25 lawyer firm for about 3.5 years, then practiced with a solo for three months. The firm was a great experience, the solo was horrible and kind of forced my hand...
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Re: Harvard Student(s) Answering Your Questions  
  by: cannonballer   on: May 22, at 8:29:21 am   in: Ask a Law Student / Graduate
Anyone care to kick off speculation about when upper level grades will start being released? A few days before graduation, I take it? I'll bite. Last year, grades were released on 5/21 and the year before, on 5/22. Both of those were Mondays (and 5/22 was probably because grades would not be released on a Sunday). Both times, grades were released between 1 and 2 pm. Grades were officially due 5/1...
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: Blueplanet   on: May 22, at 8:27:42 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
My moral character was considered as being submitted in Dec 18, received email they have all docs in Feb 19 and received positive assessment last week. All plain sailing no additional questions or queries. I never chased them. Quite frankly, couldn't be bothered to do so. Congratulations. Did you receive an e-mail, updated on the admission website, or a letter? I submitted my application when you...
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by:   on: May 22, at 8:10:42 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
i know i know everyone has their own advice once they pass and it is not always helpful to hear what random things another person has done, but i feel like i studied so differently the time that i passed and maybe it could help someone else never have to take this monstrous exam again!!! But I took the exam in July 2018 and used barbri and it did not work with my learning style. I ended up not pa...
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Re: Adaptibar Discount Code?  
  by:   on: May 22, at 8:03:10 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

a male human wrote:Sent the code to all above in case y'all needed it still... Sorry for late response! Overwhelmed with the inquiries with the new bar season starting

Could you please PM me a code as well? Thank you.
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: lexingtonhr   on: May 22, at 7:57:33 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry. Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should? I feel your pain! I got an overall of 1434 :(. So so upsetting? What is hand scoring ?? Are you taking July's?...
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 7:50:39 am   in: Legal Employment
Left law school with about 150K in debt and maybe 3k in savings. On track to quit law after 8th year with nearly $2 million net worth. Fingers crossed that I can make it to that mark....
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: jptx   on: May 22, at 7:50:35 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry. Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should? I feel your pain! I got an overall of 1434 :(. So so upsetting? What is hand scoring ?? This is one MBE questi...
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Re: Any reason not to do a non-continental Art III Clerkship  
  by: Quichelorraine   on: May 22, at 7:21:14 am   in: Judicial Clerkships
Non U.S. Citizen here. Recently completed 3L. Don't want to put too much more information because I don't want a "chance me" war. Don't really wanna volunteer clerk, and probably don't have the grades for NY Court of Appeals (certainly don't have the grades for Del. Chancery) - would like to stay in the NYC metro area for the near future. Is there any reason I should be aware of for why...
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Re: Student loan payments: get advice and actual numbers here  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 6:49:23 am   in: Legal Employment
Real talk- anyone know any banks/ credit unions that still have low interest rates. I’m trying to refinance but everything is 5%, even for 5 year terms. My credit score is over 800 so that’s not the issue. The only place I got even a half reasonable number is First National, but I don’t live in one of their markets (live in DC) so they wouldn’t help. Bid the companies against themselves (I did th...
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Re: Stories of extreme frugality in biglaw  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 6:04:20 am   in: Legal Employment
Anyone have similar stories of massive savings in biglaw whilst having crippling student debt? I’m trying to stay positive that FIRE is possible for me even with 200k+ of student loan debt
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Re: Harvard Student(s) Answering Your Questions  
  by: hlsboi2020   on: May 22, at 5:57:06 am   in: Ask a Law Student / Graduate
Anyone care to kick off speculation about when upper level grades will start being released? A few days before graduation, I take it? I'll bite. Last year, grades were released on 5/21 and the year before, on 5/22. Both of those were Mondays (and 5/22 was probably because grades would not be released on a Sunday). Both times, grades were released between 1 and 2 pm. Grades were officially due 5/1...
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Re: Brooklyn vs Howard  
  by: cavalier1138   on: May 22, at 5:00:32 am   in: Choosing a Law School
The number is close to 35 percent for a class that is usually around 150. No, the number is 30%, and that's a new peak. Prior years saw roughly 15-20% of the class landing biglaw, which is about what you'd expect from a strong regional school. Those outcomes are not remotely comparable to schools which are actually "biglaw academies" (e.g. the T13). It's great that you like your alma ma...
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: Ciedam08   on: May 22, at 2:55:00 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

lexingtonhr wrote:
rcharter1978 wrote:
lexingtonhr wrote:I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed

Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry.

Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should?

I feel your pain! I got an overall of 1434 . So so upsetting? What is hand scoring ??
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: DodgerBlues1991   on: May 22, at 2:13:21 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

lexingtonhr wrote:
rcharter1978 wrote:
lexingtonhr wrote:I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed

Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry.

Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should?

I was at a 1420, how exactly does an appeal work? and do you have to be a certain amount away to appeal?
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Re: 4.17 at Santa Clara: Should I transfer? If so, where?  
  by: hopesprings1   on: May 22, at 1:52:15 am   in: Transfers
I was in a similar situation to you last year. But at a different school with a similar rank. I was accepted as a transfer to H, S, B, C, G. I ultimately regret transferring. I gave up a full ride and am now at the bottom of my class as a transfer. I also struck out at OCI. It is much better to be a big fish in a small pond and have professors willing to go to bat for you.
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Re: 100k in the Chicago Market  
  by: RedPurpleBlue   on: May 22, at 12:50:55 am   in: Legal Employment
100k salary is easily enough to live comfortably in Chicago. Money goes farther in Chicago than pretty much every major city in the northeast and California. The only place you could get a better bang for your buck is in one of Texas' big cities.
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Re: Unofficial Logic Games Books?  
  by: enz2103   on: May 22, at 12:32:02 am   in: LSAT Prep and Discussion Forum
You can buy old homework books from the major test prep courses that divide them up by game type. This is actually the ideal way to study when you aren't drilling full sections and tests to either track your progress or get the timing down. Years ago, the major courses all had print books for everything with no online material. For many test-prep companies, particularly those with weaker instruct...
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Re: Themis July 2019  
  by: RioGrandeLaw   on: May 22, at 12:29:20 am   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I'm using the flashcard tool to make flashcards from the outline. It's the only thing I can think to do, because if I just read the outline and watch videos, it won't stick. My school had an excellent bar strategies class that I took, and one thing they hammered in is that you've got to memorize hundreds of rules. I see no way to do this with Themis (or likely any other course) except by using the...
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100k in the Chicago Market  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 22, at 12:19:29 am   in: Legal Employment
is a 100k salary enough to survive you in the chicago market? enough to live comfortably?
after taxes
cost of living

midsized firm - 50attys
no billable requirement
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Re: 3.2 GPA/172 LSAT; Chances at T20?  
  by: Vosem   on: May 22, at 12:18:09 am   in: What are my chances?
I had stats very similar to yours (3.1/173), with one year of very unimpressive work experience. I was accepted with a free ride to WUSTL but did not get in to any school better than that (though I was wait-listed at many schools -- Penn, Michigan, UVA, Northwestern, UT, UCLA, Vandy -- and accepted at a variety of T1s mostly in the 20s, though my only free rides were from WUSTL and UMN). Unless y...
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Re: UMiami, Vandy, or Texas WL  
  by: CommonLawTort   on: May 21, at 11:35:51 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
I understand the mobility and big law opportunities that Vandy opens. Is 100k worth the mobility if you are sure you want to at least start practice in FL and even put that money towards a future solo firm? Also, if I was interested in running for a circuit or county judge, wouldn't networking in FL be more advantageous? Short answer is no. Collective TLS wisdom is that FL firms place little to n...
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Re: How to Raise MBE Score?  
  by: FutureLawyer2   on: May 21, at 11:31:52 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I agree. Critical pass mbe flashcards are a must. They helped me pass the bar exam, especially with a strong mbe score. Remember, the bar exam is essentially a memory exam. They are testing how well you can remember elements so flashcards are great at doing just that. I attached a 10% off discount code for you to use. Best of luck!
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Any reason not to do a non-continental Art III Clerkship  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 21, at 11:13:27 pm   in: Judicial Clerkships
Non U.S. Citizen here. Recently completed 3L. Don't want to put too much more information because I don't want a "chance me" war. Don't really wanna volunteer clerk, and probably don't have the grades for NY Court of Appeals (certainly don't have the grades for Del. Chancery) - would like to stay in the NYC metro area for the near future. Is there any reason I should be aware of for why ...
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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread  
  by: Allegedly88   on: May 21, at 10:53:18 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

johngotti wrote:I think the commercial bar prep classes start today or very soon so might have a few more people posting here soon. Just study all 542368 essay subjects and you'll be fine.

Hahaha i second that!
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Re: Brooklyn vs Howard  
  by: Section18   on: May 21, at 10:41:37 pm   in: Choosing a Law School
Howard is literally a big law Academy for African Americans. They are ranked 20th in country for the percentage of a graduating class that attain big law position. The number is close to 35 percent for a class that is usually around 150. You will see at least 1 or 2 summer associates at Craveth and the most elite firms every summer from Howard. If you are interested in big law go to Howard. If you...
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Re: Leaving the law for greener pastures  
  by: icansortofmath   on: May 21, at 10:37:17 pm   in: Legal Employment
My guess is urban housing.
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Re: Akin/Paul Weiss Restructuring  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 21, at 10:19:38 pm   in: Legal Employment
Is Willkie considered a bigger player in BK? Don’t seem to see them often. Willkie has appeared on a few of my matters but not often enough to see a pattern. I've seen them rep everything from sponsors to revolving lenders, to bondholders. Never seen them rep the debtor They do a bit of middle market debtor work, for instance they're repping Aegerion Pharm which filed yesterday, but that's about ...
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Re: 3.2 GPA/172 LSAT; Chances at T20?  
  by: albanach   on: May 21, at 10:05:57 pm   in: What are my chances?
I had stats very similar to yours (3.1/173), with one year of very unimpressive work experience. I was accepted with a free ride to WUSTL but did not get in to any school better than that (though I was wait-listed at many schools -- Penn, Michigan, UVA, Northwestern, UT, UCLA, Vandy -- and accepted at a variety of T1s mostly in the 20s, though my only free rides were from WUSTL and UMN). Unless y...
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: lexingtonhr   on: May 21, at 9:38:57 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

rcharter1978 wrote:
lexingtonhr wrote:I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed

Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry.

Thanks. I cried for like an hour. I'm not sure if I will, do you think I should?
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: rcharter1978   on: May 21, at 9:36:17 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

lexingtonhr wrote:I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed

Damn. I'm not sure how MBEs are graded, but do you think you'd be close enough to want to request hand scoring? It's a long shot, but geez that really sucks, I'm sorry.
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Re: 3.2 GPA/172 LSAT; Chances at T20?  
  by: Vosem   on: May 21, at 9:22:26 pm   in: What are my chances?
I had stats very similar to yours (3.1/173), with one year of very unimpressive work experience. I was accepted with a free ride to WUSTL but did not get in to any school better than that (though I was wait-listed at many schools -- Penn, Michigan, UVA, Northwestern, UT, UCLA, Vandy -- and accepted at a variety of T1s mostly in the 20s, though my only free rides were from WUSTL and UMN). Unless yo...
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: apprentice2020   on: May 21, at 9:17:11 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
When I called the Bar to check on the status of my application, I got the impression that I hadn't been assigned an analyst or investigator yet. The analyst I did speak to told me to call back when I'd hit 180 days.

I called 30 days before the 180 day mark. I guess you won't know what's going to delay your determination until they contact you.
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Re: Akin/Paul Weiss Restructuring  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 21, at 9:14:17 pm   in: Legal Employment

Anonymous User wrote:Is Willkie considered a bigger player in BK? Don’t seem to see them often.
Willkie has appeared on a few of my matters but not often enough to see a pattern. I've seen them rep everything from sponsors to revolving lenders, to bondholders. Never seen them rep the debtor
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: Noobmaster69   on: May 21, at 9:07:47 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

lexingtonhr wrote:I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed
did you find out your score breakdown?
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Re: Themis July 2019  
  by: lolabear727   on: May 21, at 9:04:07 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

AussieAustin wrote:I started today too. Are people making their own outlines as they go along? I find It so time consuming but others have suggested it’s better to create your own condensed outline.

Yes, I have my condensed MBE outlines from FL, so that is what I will be using. But that is what I did the first time in FL. Then I just studied those over and over over.
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Re: 4.17 at Santa Clara: Should I transfer? If so, where?  
  by: nrthwst4now   on: May 21, at 8:51:51 pm   in: Transfers
Transfer to Harvard.
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Re: The "Ask @JoeSeperac" Thread  
  by: scarletpiggy   on: May 21, at 8:31:04 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Dear Joe, Apparently, you are genius. I suck at math and I can't figure it out myself so I need your brain. I just passed the Feb bar as a first timer. I never actually looked into this scoring system other than just trying to aim at 70 or so over all. Now that I passed and I learned I will never receive the score, I am dying to know how I did and I requested the advisory score. I thought my essa...
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Re: Do ADAs have to be OK with capital punishment?  
  by: andythefir   on: May 21, at 8:30:40 pm   in: Legal Employment
Would a view that addiction should generally be treated with rehab instead of incarceration be problematic for getting hired? Also, are we talking possession with intent to distribute or possession for personal use? And does the drug matter? (I.e. possession of marijuana with intent to distribute v. Possession of fentanyl w/ intent to distribute v. possession of marijuana w/o intent to distribute...
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Re: Do ADAs have to be OK with capital punishment?  
  by: morrissey   on: May 21, at 8:28:59 pm   in: Legal Employment
Would a view that addiction should generally be treated with rehab instead of incarceration be problematic for getting hired? Also, are we talking possession with intent to distribute or possession for personal use? And does the drug matter? (I.e. possession of marijuana with intent to distribute v. Possession of fentanyl w/ intent to distribute v. possession of marijuana w/o intent to distribute...
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Re: The Vale of Tears (3L Job Hunting) (No advice for 0/1/2Ls)  
  by: andythefir   on: May 21, at 8:20:38 pm   in: Legal Employment
Had a call back with a firm over a month ago, still no news... hoping they would at least get back to me before Thanksgiving... At least one day out of a week I feel this unbearable sense of despair that I will never get a legal job. Today is one of those days. Being a 3L at a T14 with nothing lined up is truly the worst. I don't look forward to my classes next semester at all, nor graduation/bar...
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Re: 2019 February California Bar  
  by: lexingtonhr   on: May 21, at 8:06:21 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I got a 1415 overall... I'm so annoyed
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Re: The "Ask @JoeSeperac" Thread  
  by: Mdala008   on: May 21, at 7:55:19 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Hi Joe, I’m just curious about how my performance stacked up on game day, especially given how nervous I was going into it as a foreign taker. I ended up with a score of 155.1 in the MBE and a total of 315. Cheers! Sorry, the prior statistics mistakenly assumed you passed a July exam. Following are the stats for passing F19: Based on your scaled MBE score of 155.1, your estimated raw MBE score wa...
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NY Ethics CLE by Tomorrow  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 21, at 7:37:09 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
So I just became aware that I need to complete an ethics CLE credit by tomorrow. I'd like to avoid seeking an extension. Any ideas on where I can get an ethics credit on short notice? Unfortunately I can't use a PLI on-demand class because I'm newly admitted---It has to be either in-person or simulcasted. (PLI also doesn't appear to have anything with ethics credit coming up tomorrow.) It's been y...
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Re: 3-5 years experience . . . what mean?  
  by: miskellyjohnson   on: May 21, at 7:34:23 pm   in: Legal Employment
Nothing magical happens in the few months between the time you have 2.7 years experience and the time you have 3.1 years experience. If you are close to the experience requirement, you send in your resume and if they are interested they call you. You dont need to parse the meaning of every word someone haphazardly wrote in a job description.
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: jman77   on: May 21, at 7:26:29 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Can someone kindly let me know what the lookback period is for disclosing traffic infractions? I believe it's 10 years? Truly appreciate it. I received a follow-up question asking why I didn't disclose a minor traffic infraction (turning left onto a no-left turn street from the university center) that happened 13 years ago. Traveling internationally, so I don't have access to my application. By t...
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Re: Lateral from niche Government practice to BIGLAW - Salary negotiations  
  by: splitmuch   on: May 21, at 7:12:58 pm   in: Legal Employment
If you are brought in as an associate you will almost certainly be paid the salary the firm pays to associates of that class year. So what you are really negotiating is class year (plus signing bonus, which you should indeed negotiate). Depending on the firm's progression path there could be advantages to taking a drop. For example, if the firm is up-and-out with a call in year 8, you might want t...
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Re: Akin/Paul Weiss Restructuring  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 21, at 7:01:08 pm   in: Legal Employment
Bump
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Re: Harvard Student(s) Answering Your Questions  
  by: Dcc617   on: May 21, at 6:59:12 pm   in: Ask a Law Student / Graduate
Anyone care to kick off speculation about when upper level grades will start being released? A few days before graduation, I take it? I'll bite. Last year, grades were released on 5/21 and the year before, on 5/22. Both of those were Mondays (and 5/22 was probably because grades would not be released on a Sunday). Both times, grades were released between 1 and 2 pm. Grades were officially due 5/1...
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Re: Background check question  
  by: Barrred   on: May 21, at 6:58:41 pm   in: Legal Employment
If your "background check" is a security clearance, you will have to fill out an SF-86 form. The only question that I can think of that would potentially require you to disclose that incident is 13A.6, which asks "For this employment, in the last seven (7) years have you received a written warning, been officially reprimanded, suspended, or disciplined for misconduct in the workplac...
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Re: Mid-Year Bonuses  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 21, at 6:48:21 pm   in: Legal Employment
I'm at a V10, and have it on good authority that performance is materially up from last year and that the person who provided information indicated the same is true largely across "peer" firms. The follow-up question regarding summer bonuses was met with our firm's traditional response of "we don't lead on that type of thing but if others do we will match." This isn't to say th...
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Re: ANY WOC ATTENDING BERKELEY LOOKING FOR A ROOMMATE?  
  by:   on: May 21, at 6:27:09 pm   in: TLS Class of 2022 Forum
CONGRATULATIONS on getting into and choosing Berkeley Law. My years at Boalt have been the most memorable.
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Re: 3-5 years experience . . . what mean?  
  by: UnfrozenCaveman   on: May 21, at 6:25:59 pm   in: Legal Employment
If a posting calls for 3-5 years of experience , are firms looking for 3rd to 5th year associates or 4th to 6th year associates? For example, I can be a 3rd year but have only 2.3 years of experience . I can be a 6th year and have 5.5 full years of experience . Is that beyond the scope of the experience they're looking for? Only a lawyer could ask this question with a straight face. It’s not that...
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Question answered  
  by: Anonymous User   on: May 21, at 6:18:41 pm   in: Legal Employment
Thanks for the advice
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Re: Adaptibar Discount Code?  
  by:   on: May 21, at 6:08:16 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Thanks!
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Re: Regrets leaving/moving to Boston or moving to NY?  
  by: objctnyrhnr   on: May 21, at 6:07:08 pm   in: Legal Employment
So, with awareness of the tiny risk that this question might destabilize the thread (though I think there’s a counter argument that the question actually keeps it on point), why do it? Why go nyc biglaw when you could go biglaw anywhere else (well often just major cities I suppose) and make the same? Is QOL that much better in nyc than it is in, say, boston? Everything costs more, it often smells...
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Re: California Bar Moral Character Application  
  by: jman77   on: May 21, at 6:04:25 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Can someone kindly let me know what the lookback period is for disclosing traffic infractions? I believe it's 10 years? Truly appreciate it.
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Re: Harvard Student(s) Answering Your Questions  
  by: Lolstudent   on: May 21, at 6:02:08 pm   in: Ask a Law Student / Graduate
I'd like my lps and ps now please.
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Re: Adaptibar Discount Code?  
  by: PrissyG   on: May 21, at 6:00:45 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum

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Failed CA Bar 2nd Time/But improved tremendously  
  by: DodgerBlues1991   on: May 21, at 5:55:24 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
I wanted to write a post here asking for some advice. This past F19 I took my second bar exam. I did about 85 points better than my last attempt, J19. In July 18 I scored a scaled total of 1339, with 1319 on MBE. In Feb 19 I scored a scaled total of 1419 with a 1341 on MBE. The first time around I studied using Themis, watching lecture, etc. felt like it was a complete waste of my time, and perfor...
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Re: CA Swearing-In: How to get sworn in by a judge  
  by: sala5150   on: May 21, at 5:45:15 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
You have to find a judge willing to swear you in. Usually it's because they externed for a judge. you can possibly e-mail local judges and see if they'll be willing to swear you in. Otherwise go to a notary public and get sworn in. It won't be picture pretty, but it gets the job done. Do we need an attorney sponsor present? I know some state require one but I can't find any information regarding ...
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Re: CA Swearing-In: How to get sworn in by a judge  
  by: xonimi   on: May 21, at 5:21:36 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
You have to find a judge willing to swear you in. Usually it's because they externed for a judge. you can possibly e-mail local judges and see if they'll be willing to swear you in. Otherwise go to a notary public and get sworn in. It won't be picture pretty, but it gets the job done. Do we need an attorney sponsor present? I know some state require one but I can't find any information regarding ...
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Re: The "Ask @JoeSeperac" Thread  
  by: JoeSeperac   on: May 21, at 5:17:32 pm   in: Bar Exam Prep and Discussion Forum
Hi Joe, I first want to say you're a tremendous resource to this community and thank you for that. I have two questions for you. First, do you know if each state applies its own scoring scale to the MBE? For instance, would the same number of wrong/accurate answers that received a particular score in UBE jurisdiction State A receive a different score in UBE jurisdiction State B (the scaled score,...
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