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by Nony
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Cover Letter Word Limit- how strict?
Replies: 13
Views: 165

Re: Cover Letter Word Limit- how strict?

Dude, just do what your CSO and the associate say. Or look to cut language elsewhere if you’re that concerned.
by Nony
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Choosing a Law School
Topic: Dropping Out and Reapplying
Replies: 21
Views: 261

Re: Dropping Out and Reapplying

While I have negative personality traits just like anybody else, my assessment is that the main issue with my interviews was that I often wasn't formal enough and I also rambled, which made me seem like an ineffective communicator. But it's really difficult to tell...especially since there were man...
by Nony
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Choosing a Law School
Topic: Dropping Out and Reapplying
Replies: 21
Views: 261

Re: Dropping Out and Reapplying

I mean this respectfully, but median grades at CCN shouldn’t be a death sentence for your goals. Getting a federal clerkship with median grades? I am quite skeptical. But that is also far from my concerns at the moment. This overlooks what I said about improving your grades in 2 & 3L and clerking w...
by Nony
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Choosing a Law School
Topic: Dropping Out and Reapplying
Replies: 21
Views: 261

Re: Dropping Out and Reapplying

I mean this respectfully, but median grades at CCN shouldn’t be a death sentence for your goals. It’s mid-August; you may not have got anything through OCI, but my understanding is that it’s still possible to get a biglaw job before next summer. Or abandon biglaw and pursue a government or other PI ...
by Nony
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Choosing a Law School
Topic: Dropping Out and Reapplying
Replies: 21
Views: 261

Re: Dropping Out and Reapplying

Why did you come to regret going to the CCN?
by Nony
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Memo due at Summer Job
Replies: 7
Views: 157

Re: Memo due at Summer Job

Let her know.
by Nony
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Cover Letter Word Limit- how strict?
Replies: 13
Views: 165

Re: Cover Letter Word Limit- how strict?

You are overthinking this. There is no official word limit. No one is going to count the words. The only real convention is under one page. I do tend to think a shorter letter is better, but if your OCS wants you to add the materials that make it longer they probably have a good basis for that. If y...
by Nony
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Name Drop
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: Name Drop

Sure. Chances of anyone even asking Nicholas if he remembers you are almost non-existent, so there isn’t really any risk. You making the effort to talk to someone is good, but it’s not really going to move the needle unless that person does remember you and go to bat for you though.
by Nony
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Name Drop
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: Name Drop

Because that is the worse thing, and it’s not bad. That is, there’s no real risk in doing it. No one's going to claim you’re lying about it.
by Nony
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Cover Letter Word Limit- how strict?
Replies: 13
Views: 165

Re: Cover Letter Word Limit- how strict?

What word limit? Does the firm you’re applying to actually impose a word limit? Otherwise there’s no stated word limit out there that I’m aware of. Keep it to less than a page, but nothing beyond that.
by Nony
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: LSAT & GRE Preparation
Topic: Has anyone ever filed a complaint about testing conditions? My test fell apart
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: Has anyone ever filed a complaint about testing conditions? My test fell apart

I believe that even if you file a complaint with LSAC, though, your remedy would be a free retake at a later date. (I also believe you only have 6 days to cancel your score so you may have missed your window on that, if you haven't canceled already.)
by Nony
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Show not tell Question
Replies: 16
Views: 333

Re: Show not tell Question

Yeah, so I would say don't copy adjectives used on the company website. A website is marketing for clients as much as (if not more) than trying to appeal to job applicants. Lawyers selling themselves to lay people isn't the same as how they sell themselves to other lawyers. Or, to nuance this a litt...
by Nony
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: "Top Choice" on Cover Letter
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: "Top Choice" on Cover Letter

I think partly that's because people at networking events know you're there because you want a job but don't really want to talk to people who are actively trying to sell themselves during that kind of event. The point is to meet some people and make a good impression, but saying they're your top ch...
by Nony
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Would you spell out LIBOR on a resume?
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: Would you spell out LIBOR on a resume?

🤣🤣🤣

We were totally cross-posting and I figured since I’d written that all out I’d just post it anyway.
by Nony
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: "Top Choice" on Cover Letter
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: "Top Choice" on Cover Letter

Why is it your top choice? what actually distinguishes it from all the other big law firms? I would probably just say these things directly and not say it’s my number 1 choice, mostly bc I think 2Ls rarely have enough information to make realistic distinctions and saying a firm is your #1 choice jus...
by Nony
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Show not tell Question
Replies: 16
Views: 333

Re: Show not tell Question

I think “short cut” above means using “cutting edge” rather than describing what you actually did. Also, “unclear area of law” isn’t necessarily the same as “cutting edge” - it may just be something no one has really cared much about in the past. The useless adjectives can hurt you because they’re e...
by Nony
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Would you spell out LIBOR on a resume?
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: Would you spell out LIBOR on a resume?

Legal research is transferable. The finance etc is just describing what subjects you happened to research while you were improving your legal research skills. It doesn’t much matter what you researched - a few summer assignments as a 1L aren’t going to make you an expert on a subject nor are they go...
by Nony
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Thoughts on expressing a specific niche interest?
Replies: 19
Views: 266

Re: Thoughts on expressing a specific niche interest?

No, you don’t need to start adding substantive info about aviation finance to prove you worked in that area. That’s not the purpose of the cover letter and a few sentences on that would be too much info.
by Nony
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Would you spell out LIBOR on a resume?
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: Would you spell out LIBOR on a resume?

Again... actual practicing lawyers are telling the OP that they don't need to spell it out. What is your basis for saying someone should?
by Nony
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Would you spell out LIBOR on a resume?
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: Would you spell out LIBOR on a resume?

You can say "researched [or whatever] on legal issues including issue X, issue Y, and LIBOR." It's fine. The point is more that you got experience doing legal research, not that you're claiming you're an expert on everything you researched. Because your job had you research LIBOR doesn't mean that's...
by Nony
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Show not tell Question
Replies: 16
Views: 333

Re: Show not tell Question

I’m sure it was fine. Some of this conversation is really getting into the weeds and it’s hard to say what would/wouldn’t work without seeing what the letter actually says. (Like I agree generally with the advice not to use adverbs but it’s impossible to say whether what you describe really works or...
by Nony
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Show not tell Question
Replies: 16
Views: 333

Re: Show not tell Question

To be honest I just wouldn't say that at all. I would say "conducted [or carried out] legal research into [issues/practice area]." I wouldn't say disputes at all, let alone "high-stakes disputes." Every law firm wants you to think their work is "high stakes." I suppose you could say what made the di...
by Nony
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Views on Reapplying?
Replies: 29
Views: 591

Re: Views on Reapplying?

Employers aren’t family members, and they’re also not in the same position as law schools - you’re offering them something more concrete (your labor) than students offer schools. And even pre-select systems may not follow the same procedures for school pre-selects as they do for mass mail, so the sa...
by Nony
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Would appreciate a second opinion on my cover letter structure
Replies: 7
Views: 118

Re: Would appreciate a second opinion on my cover letter structure

No, there aren’t any hard rules and no one’s going to deduct points for the teamwork paragraph. I’m just not sure the point about teamwork is worth its own paragraph - it’s certainly a good point to include, but a paragraph seems slightly disproportionate. That’s just a gut reaction though - it migh...
by Nony
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Would appreciate a second opinion on my cover letter structure
Replies: 7
Views: 118

Re: Would appreciate a second opinion on my cover letter structure

I probably wouldn’t put a whole paragraph about teamwork, especially from undergrad. Like one sentence in your experience/qualifications paragraph is fine. I think you’re overcompensating on the KJD thing. I don’t think trying to “match” what people with different experiences have done is going to h...