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by lolwat
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 192
Views: 17286

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Does it matter if I swap out a recommender for my OSCAR application? About a month ago, I sent in paper apps with Recommenders A, B, and C. I'm monitoring OSCAR as listings open up, and one just recently came up. I applied to this judge previously in a paper application. Would it matter if my OSCAR...
by lolwat
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 192
Views: 17286

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Seminars are fine. You take enough classes in law school before graduation to have some "fluff" while still taking all of the important classes. I took several fluff classes (along with a clinic and moot court which gave credit) and still took Fed Courts, Evidence, and most of the other substantive ...
by lolwat
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: How do you show interest on a cover letter? What if you have no contacts at a firm?
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: How do you show interest on a cover letter? What if you have no contacts at a firm?

I'd mention visiting their offices. Doing that and talking to attorneys there already shows more initiative and interest than probably 70% of their applicant pool. May or may not give you a leg up, but can't hurt. As for those you have no contacts with, I'd guess it's more talking about what about t...
by lolwat
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: D. Ct. Clerkship with few/no trials
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Re: D. Ct. Clerkship with few/no trials

Not a red flag at all IMO. Most cases don't go to trial to begin with, and you're only there for a year.
by lolwat
Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 192
Views: 17286

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Aye or nay on mentioning a CALI for Professional Responsibility (required ethics, MPRE class) in a clerkship cover letter? State judges if it makes any difference (course was based on the Model Rules). CALI awards are fine to mention in general; it's never bad to point out subtly that you got the h...
by lolwat
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS
Replies: 7
Views: 1782

Re: LEGAL SALARY DATAPOINTS

A lot of the information in that spreadsheet is from 2016 to 2018. I think 2016 was when biglaw salaries got bumped to 180k, and last year was when it got bumped to 190k. Smaller firms and in-house obviously don't have to keep up and many may not have, but I would still guess that overall attorney c...
by lolwat
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 192
Views: 17286

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Curious about any insights current/former clerks may have to application strategy with the new hiring plan. I am hoping for a COA position and applying broadly, but naturally there are some that I would prefer over others. That being said, I am guessing I should just send out all my apps on the fir...
by lolwat
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: More spacing or more content for K-JD resume?
Replies: 15
Views: 265

Re: More spacing or more content for K-JD resume?

I see no problem with a resume that just has activities related to law school and post law school . I'm weird and will completely defer to blueapple. :D But personally for me, I don't care what you did in college. I don't care all that much if you worked summers (more impressive if you worked full-...
by lolwat
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: More spacing or more content for K-JD resume?
Replies: 15
Views: 265

Re: More spacing or more content for K-JD resume?

I see no problem with a resume that just has activities related to law school and post law school. I'm weird and will completely defer to blueapple. :D But personally for me, I don't care what you did in college. I don't care all that much if you worked summers (more impressive if you worked full-ti...
by lolwat
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Choosing a Law School
Topic: Vanderbilt ($$) vs. Georgetown ($$) - Last minute
Replies: 3
Views: 154

Re: Vanderbilt ($$) vs. Georgetown ($$) - Last minute

If I had to make a snap decision in your position it'd probably be GULC, since the COA sounds relatively equal, and you'd be in DC for networking in a market where there's probably a fair amount of patent litigation. But I just don't know enough about the difference between the two schools at this p...
by lolwat
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Suggestions for Writing Sample
Replies: 10
Views: 199

Re: Suggestions for Writing Sample

1. Law school paper, no undergrad 2. Interesting topics are actually better than the same shit everyone else in your class had to write about as part of the class or something, but pick whatever is the best written--no typos/other mistakes, good analysis, etc. 3. I'd do double or 1.5 spaced, whateve...
by lolwat
Wed May 29, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 192
Views: 17286

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

I intend to bring my printed app, a notepad, and two pens in a padfolio to interviews. Pretty convenient and unobtrusive. This is super common, super safe, and a good idea in general. Chances are good that it'll just sit on your lap or something for an hour and you'll never use it, but occasionally...
by lolwat
Wed May 22, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Consumer Class Actoin v. Securities
Replies: 23
Views: 1540

Re: Consumer Class Actoin v. Securities

Yeah I don't know if I've seen that w/r/t plaintiff's firms either. I also don't know if biglaw is the best place to start if the goal is a plaintiff's firm, but I'm sure it all depends. A plaintiff's firm still has to do all of the basic litigation stuff that biglaw does, so going to biglaw would s...
by lolwat
Wed May 22, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Trans/Genderqueer/Non-binary Support
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Trans/Genderqueer/Non-binary Support

Yeah--I've only ever met one trans private practice lawyer and I don't think they're very actively practicing anymore. My outside perception (only having attended a couple of their major events) is that the LGBT groups are a welcoming and inclusive bunch. And if they're truly a LGBT group, it's impo...
by lolwat
Wed May 22, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Trans/Genderqueer/Non-binary Support
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Trans/Genderqueer/Non-binary Support

I would recommend joining and becoming involved in one or more of the various professional legal associations for the LGBT community. I only know of Lambda Legal and there's a Lavender Bar Association in Orange County, but I'm sure there are others. I would imagine that knowing and working with othe...
by lolwat
Tue May 21, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 192
Views: 17286

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

One year is a lot better than two. A LOT. That would definitely change things to me. As a very general matter, I do think as a matter of training, experience, and development, even 1 year of actually arguing motions and attending trials would be better than 1 year of clerking, but there's no real su...
by lolwat
Sun May 19, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 192
Views: 17286

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Assuming your goals are to eventually become a trial lawyer at a firm, would it be worth it to leave for a 2 year D. Ct. clerkship as a 2nd year in one of EDNY/D Mass/CD Cal/ND Il? Losing out on 3rd and 4th year salaries and bonuses is a lot. Is the resume boost/cap feather worth the financial cost...
by lolwat
Sat May 18, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: D. Ct. Clerk Hours
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: D. Ct. Clerk Hours

Depends entirely on the judge, as Nony said.

Gut feeling is most competitive districts won't be 9-5 / 5 days a week though. There's just too much shit to get done for that.
by lolwat
Fri May 17, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 192
Views: 17286

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

My writing sample is a draft of the argument section of an appellate brief I wrote as an intern. It's a state case, so all the citations use the state citation convention, which is different than the bluebook. I am applying for federal clerkships. Should I keep them as is, or change them to reflect...
by lolwat
Thu May 16, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Rec Letter Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Re: Rec Letter Advice

This is a pretty common approach for recommenders and, I think, often a good sign all around. If they don't really care and you write a super awesome rec for yourself, then you still wind up with a super awesome rec regardless. If they do take the time to edit, then you have someone who cares about ...
by lolwat
Wed May 15, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Turning down interviews
Replies: 7
Views: 271

Re: Turning down interviews

Good to hear that you came up with a good solution to this! The clerkship process is difficult enough without having all these other things to consider. :)
by lolwat
Wed May 15, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Turning down interviews
Replies: 7
Views: 271

Re: Turning down interviews

Staggering applications would've been the right thing to do. I guess you can schedule the interview "further out" if the judge offers some flexibility but I imagine it sends a bad signal if you're trying to interview like months out, and the position could easily fill before you interview. I think t...
by lolwat
Thu May 09, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Curious re compensation for in-house attorneys
Replies: 3
Views: 275

Re: Curious re compensation for in-house attorneys

Have you looked at the various in-house compensation surveys ? Also, are you thinking of doing the hunt alone or with a recruiter? Nope, but thank you for the links! I'm guessing they'll be much along the lines of the type of info I'm looking for. :) I'm not hunting at this time, but I'm collecting...
by lolwat
Thu May 09, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Curious re compensation for in-house attorneys
Replies: 3
Views: 275

Curious re compensation for in-house attorneys

Yeah, I scrolled through the legal salaries database above, don't worry :) I'm basically curious what a reasonable range of compensation is for in-house positions around the 5-10 year attorney range--and whether there's any significant potential for going up from there. I have a very rough guess bas...
by lolwat
Mon May 06, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Tips for Coffee Chats?
Replies: 9
Views: 493

Re: Tips for Coffee Chats?

Thanks! Just curious do you think most people(lawyers) are willing to look at resume and would that run into some ehtical problems if for some reason whether you know it or not they are on the hiring committee? I was told by my career counsellor to not make it look like I was looking for a job at t...