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Saturday, December 14, 2002  

Admissions update:

December 12, 2002

Dear liable:

I am pleased to inform you that you have been accepted for enrollment in the 2003 entering class of the MidWestern University College of Law.


posted by elle | Saturday, December 14, 2002 |

Thursday, December 12, 2002  

Women & Love

An interesting assortment of stories lately regarding women and love...(not women in love):

From Salon: A review of Emma's War by Deborah Scoggins. The teaser states: "When a beautiful, idealistic Western aid worker fell in love with a Sudanese warlord, a terrible tragedy of hunger and violence was set in motion."

Also from Salon: "Sex, lies and revolution" by Suzy Hansen. The Teaser: "Gioconda Belli talks about leaving her marriage for Nicaragua's Sandinistas and a tumultuous life of love affairs, espionage and power struggles."

And from the South Bend Tribune (as linked by Jurist): "Students Question ND Law School Policy" by Margaret Fosmoe. A female Notre Dame 3L questions the validity of Notre Dame's residency requirements in light of her upcoming nuptials.

posted by elle | Thursday, December 12, 2002 |

Wednesday, December 11, 2002  

Good luck...

... to all the exam-laden law schoolers out there!

Paper-writing break

I took a break from completing my own end-of-semester research paper by dropping by the main branch of our local library. Although the good books are usually reserved pretty quickly after their release, I managed to borrow Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber, and Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. I assume that the social obligations and duties of the holidays have kept the usual lot of new-fiction-reservers from dropping by the main branch.

Having recently binged on a number of Buffy episodes, I also picked up an assortment of Anne Rice novels. I may not read them, but it was the closest literary approximation that I could think of. (Minus the general smartassery, I'm assuming.) All the books are due after Christmas, so hopefully I'll have plenty of time over the next few, assignment-less weeks to finish at least a couple. At the very least, I'm glad I forewent the $70-something bookstore price and stopped by the library first.

Literature review woes

I'm a little insecure about turning in my paper, which has made it to the editing stage. I worked very hard to research the topic and establish a reasonable design, but I'm not sure if I came even *close* to the professor's expectations in terms of the literature review. She has been a great prof with whom to work, but I know that she has high expectations of our work, especially since she has cancelled classes for the last couple of weeks to give us additional time for our papers. I think I generally hit on all the important theoretical works relevant to the topic, but it was quite a bit of work to tie in the assortment of books and articles into a literature review that flowed logically from one section to the next. I'm also not sure if I included too much background information on the general topic, as the research design essentially involves an update of some prior empirical work (conducted by scholars with much longer vitaes (latin plural, anyone?) than mine), so the topical information was probably not essential. Oh, well. I suppose it's better to have too much information in a paper than not enough, at least as far as thoroughness goes. I just hope the paper seems focused enough. Either way, I guess we'll know in a couple of weeks.

posted by elle | Wednesday, December 11, 2002 |

Monday, December 09, 2002  

More on schools and rankings

I've been getting interesting comments and e-mail regarding the rankings/job market comments and posts below. I appreciate the very honest feedback, particularly as they offer a fresh perspective on the value of the rankings system and the ability of graduates from the "lower tier" schools to be viable candidates in the job market. JMB comments (under "Fourth Tier School" post below) that big firms may be the only organizations that focus keenly on which school a JD came from. Other comments are similar in tone, suggesting that the legal education is what you make of it, and that in terms of job marketability, the school you attend is secondary in importance to (in varying degrees): the skills you gain, the networking connections you've made, your class rank, your interview skills, and the other job experiences (etc.) that line the pages of your resume.

I have noticed within the few states that I have lived a penchant for firms/agencies/organizations in the area to hire primarily from the state's largest public school. This is probably due to a few factors, including the fact (a) that there are simply *more* graduates in these states from the relevant State U. than from other schools and subsequently that (b) their alumni networks are larger. Additionally, many of these schools have strong regional reputations, even if not strong national ones, so firms in the area are usually reasonably confident that graduates from the State. U. received a solid education and will be able to meaningfully contribute to firm life.

While we're on the subject, I don't know think I've outlined my career interests. I am primarily interested in administrative law and public policy, and I would like to work as counsel within a government agency. Generally, I can't imagine that I would want to work at a big firm. Of course, as is probably evident, my knowledge about law schools/law careers is narrow at this point (and comes from an admin law perspective), so I'm sure law school will be eye-opening in many respects. As a side note, I've gotten advice from some current exec. branch counsels that working briefly at a firm before joining a government agency provides you with more job market flexibility than trying to move from government agency to law firm. Thoughts on this?

More link thanks...

Also, thanks to JMB for the link...

posted by elle | Monday, December 09, 2002 |
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