Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Theocracy 86; Free-Speech 82

Oh man it's going to be a long year. When you get trounced by a school that issues "reprimands" for everything from listening to the wrong kind of music and breaking curfew to having an abortion, you know there are problems. TJ would be upset . . .

NB: The Liberty "Reprimands and Consequences" rules used to be publicly viewable online, but we guess the administration decided that they were sick of people making fun of how ridiculous it was. Thankfully, the cached version is still up. Yay, google. Other not-so-fun things that you can received demerits and/or a fine for (in order from least to most servere):
attendance at a dance,
participation in an unauthorized demonstration,
visting the off-campus apartment of a student who is a different sex than you,
"Sexual misconduct and/or any state of undress" (redundant?),
spending a night with the person of an opposite sex,
No wonder people at Liberty are so good at basketball - if you go to school there, there's nothing else you're allowed to do. Wonder if their OGI uses precscreening . . .

Monday, November 24, 2008

Overheard in Withers-Brown: 1L Firm Jobs?

We usually don't show up on Mondays (no class! or, at least, in one sense . . .) but today was an exception. Did someone just explain to the 1Ls how to do a mail-merge?
1L: I'm going to focus all my energy on getting a 1L firm job!!
Yeesh, good luck. Contrary to the John McCain School of Economics, the Dow being below 8k means something. We'll venture to say that unless you are (some combination of):
(1) a person with kick-ass grades (no way you could know now)
(2) an underrepresented minority;
(3) have crazy regional connections;
(4) personally saved a hiring partner's life at Khe Sahn
You're probably not getting a firm job, especially in this economy.

Our advice: If you have to mail merge, for the love of G-d email (we did this and still got callbacks; they just print the stuff out and give it to the appropriate people) and don't snail mail (is mad expensive, heard of classmates spending hundreds of dollars and getting nothing), and remember that 1L jobs firm jobs are going to be hard to come by. You'd be better served to spend your energy focus on something more realistic (public interest, RA, judicial clerkship), because, remember those jobs aren't easy to get either. Also, for the public interest stuff, you should figure out the ins and outs of how to get funding for it (PILA is confusing; trying applying to other sources for funding, and do it early!)

In other news, we think we've been on Above the Law now more than Mike Stark. Woot.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Dean Mahoney Reaches Out

Just in case you don't bother to read the Law Weekly, or haven't been to school since the last issue came out, Dean Mahoney had some words for students regarding the awful economy, discussing why its so awful and imparting some of his own experiences from previous recessions (aparently the early 80s weren't all rock-and-roll & Reganaughts; who knew?). The summary is keep your head up, your options open, and you'll be OK:
. . . I believe that students should focus their attention on what they really want to do in the long run rather than what is in demand in the short run. It makes little sense to tell recruiters that you are really interested in X when, in fact, you would prefer to do Y. Better to be straightforward about your interests but make it clear that you will do whatever work is available in the short term. Clerkships, fellowships, and other temporary havens can help keep your options open if the economy recovers reasonably soon. Investing in a career, like investing in the stock market, is a long-term proposition.
Virginia Law Weekly: DICTA - Law and Recession

Anymore Questions Regarding My Smile or Wave Need to be Directed Towards My Office

We're pretty sure the AGU actually exists. Just saying.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What OGI Problems, Part III: Prescreening?

It's come to our attention that posting entire articles from the Virginia Law Weekly is a COPYWRONG, even with the permission of the person who wrote them. Who knew? Anyway, last week the Law Weekly published our piece titled "Challenging Times at UVA Law" in which we 1) surveyed the OGI process, which many second year students historically use to get jobs and 2) proposed some solutions for fixing it.

As for the problem, we all already know:

These are tough times at the Law School. Ask around the 2L class, and you’ll get a sense of exactly what I mean. Despite a blithe assessment by the Law Weekly a few weeks ago that the OGI process was going great and that the only real problems were students being unaware that they didn’t need to take the full number of interviews to get a job, the truth is that many, many second-year students are struggling in the job search. I’m not privy to any official numbers coming out of Career Services (although I understand such numbers will be available soon), but the UVA Law Blog website (maintained by myself and others) ran an informal poll a few weeks ago that sheds some light on the situation. Of the nearly 100 local responses, nearly a quarter of respondents were voicing some degree of frustration with trying to get a job . . . . The legal market is contracting, large firms are cutting their summer class sizes, and some smaller firms are eliminating their summer programs altogether.

Now, don't get us wrong - OGI still work pretty well for a lot of people (indeed we think Career Services has done a good job all things considered) - us included -just not everyone. And, of course, the bad economy is just one piece of the puzzle:

The other problems, like everything else in life, are ones of miscalculation, misinformation, and timing. Many students, based on information and statistics from previous years, thought they could rely on the OGI process to get them a job. One explained to me how in the first round he scored 14 pre-screened interviews, and thought that this would be enough to get him a number of callbacks that would result in at least one offer. The result, however, was no callbacks. Others, also relying on the OGI process, indicated to me that they thought they waited too long to start alternate job search tactics, like mass-mailing smaller firms.

Anyway, that's just by way of introduction. One of the solutions we proposed was a serious reevaluation of whether the Law School's unique (by top 14 law school standards) program of prescreening was beneficial to students as a whole:

One thing that I would suggest revisiting is the Law School’s policy of “prescreening” most interviews. Virginia is the only school ranked in the top 15 by U.S. News and World Report that continues to use this practice, by which employers select based on resume and grades which students they will talk to at OGI. Virginia’s peer schools have a different system by which interviews are allocated on the basis of student demand: you rank the firms with which you want to interview in order from most to least, and a computer system allocates available interviews accordingly.

Prescreening is loved by employers (and perhaps one of the reasons OGI is so popular) but has questionable benefits for students. A student at or near the top of the class will get most of his interview selections, a student more towards the bottom will not. A partial lottery system in place helps to rectify the situation somewhat, but most interview slots are still prescreened.

This seems to be (based on an informal survey of people who have flagged us down in the halls) one of the more controversial proposals. People have suggested that prescreening is beneficial to everyone because, as one person put it, "once you get to the prescreened interview, the firm doesn't care about your grades." We think that's probably false, because firms use quotas and are still often making their decision about to whom to give a callback on the basis of grades:

Another major problem here is that a student with good grades can take 25 OGI interviews and wind up with almost that many callbacks, even though he’s not really interested in most of the firms. A student with lower grades (who still may have gotten prescreen interviews under the current system) may not get any. A partner who conducted screening interviews at UVA for a large law firm once explained to me that firms typically have “callback quotas” for each batch of interviews that they conduct at a given school; thus, when interviews aren’t allocated by student interest in the firm, it results in a situation where a small group of students (usually the ones with the best grades) are getting a mass of callbacks at the firms in which they have little interest at the expense of other students with lower grades who are interested in these firms. Switching to the system that other top law schools use would help alleviate this problem.

Prescreening helps law firms (who don't like wasting their time with students they would never hire), and it helps students at the top of the class at the expense of those at the middle, and, especially the bottom of the class. Simply, there is a reason why other top law schools don't prescreen. They trust their students to make appropriate choices about how to rank their firms, and provide the students with information (such as the average GPA granted a callback) such that students do not make to many unrealistic choices. What this means is that the same handful of students at the top of the class aren't getting the all the callbacks (remember, quota!) from 25 different firms. Allocating screening interviews by interest means that the students who are talking to the firm are doing so because they have a strong interest in working therre, not just because they have good grades; at the same time, arming students with information about the firm's GPA cutoffs (which Career Services at many other schools collects) means that students for the most part will still be 'quaified' to work there. The result, we think, is that callbacks will be spread more evenly throughout the class.

Additionally, switching to a non-prescreened interview system like other schools use would allow every student - regardless of GPA - to have a roughly equal number of interviews. Given that we are all theoretically paying the same amount (over $3,000 more this year than last!) to be here, this just seems fair. We don't think that GPA should be used as a determinant to detemine who gets a 30 minute shot at talking to a firm, since some people by necessity are at the top of the class and others are at the bottom (which is which is a matter of circumstance); we think that student interest in the firm should be.

Other top law schools who have the same prestige in the law firm hiring world as UVA agree. The reason that lower-ranked schools don't prescreen is that they can't; less employers would come to their OCIs. However, UVA is every bit as "good" in the minds of employers as Cal, Michigan, Penn, et seq. If employers don't demand prescreened interviews at those schools; they wouldn't at UVA either. Swithcing to this system would show that UVA stands by its students as a whole in the same way that these schools do.

We realize that there's a lot more that could be said about this, but we've got to sign off (leaving these cursory thoughts) and gun for a bit. Commments are as always appreicated.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Wait, There's A Gunner Scale?

this kid in my church and state class cited a case that we haven't' covered yet during an open discussion today. please rate the level of gunnerishness of this move on a scale of 1-10.
We'd say that's a mere 6. For reference, a 10 would involve looking up the professor's decades-old law review article in some secondary journal, and being all "But professor, didn't you argue in 51 Harv. J. Int. Hum. Rts 56 at 31 that religion has substantial interests that need to be protected?" and then following up the exchange with a blue-book formatted email to the entire class.

We've Felt This Way Recently

A sign we're not gunning enough? [XKCD]

Also, for those of you who have wrote in [] to say that you like the blog or that you think we're doing a good job - thanks! To the much greater number of you who have wrote into complain or ask us to cover something . . . working on it.

Don't Not Give Career Services the Informaiton For Which It Asked

Specifically about what your summer plans are, if you are lucking enough to have them. Career services needs info about how everything shook out; then hopefully they will publish said info, which would be useful to everyone.

Monday, November 17, 2008

*Slow Clap* 1Ls are Reading this Thing, So Here Is Some Exam Advice

We were hanging out in Scott Commons stuffing our face with an eight-dollar sandwich when we heard a group who by their conversation were obviously first-year students [zOMG, what's the difference between "intentional" and "knowing"?] and they mentioned something (that sounded a lot like) UVA Law Blog. Well, shoot! If only anyone enjoyed reading this rag as much as we did writing it.

Anyway, with exams approaching we figured it's time to begin our recurring semi-annual coverage of, well, exams. There was a column from the PAs last week in the Law Weekly that gave the following advice: there's no right way to outline, there's no right way to study, but for the love god don't study to much, don't be stressed, etc etc.

Really, that's all well and nice, especially the not getting stressed bit because, believe us, it doesn't help - but [brace for words that will disqualify Rule 12 f from ever being a PA ever] - you got to remember that especially in this economy, there is one major thing that employers will be looking at, and it rhymes with "grades". Remember that (for reasons that are just as unclear as they are unequitable) to us law school grading is hypercompetitive. Every above the median mark you get has to come at the expense of one of your classmates. We don't like it one bit but that's the way we see it, and if you've been following this or any or other law blog at all you know that the we'll-all-get-biglaw-jobs-because-we-all-go-to-UVA mantra is . . . precarious at present.

Remember also that Law exam grading is super-arbritrary and basically not subject to any kind of review. Almost this arbitary. Here's a brilliant idea: put a huge component of your future career (your first year grades) in the hands of a few professors who are judging on a single, three exam, your abilities against those your classmates in a process in which you have no right to review or appeal. What a brilliant system for both allocating your future opportunities and determining how good of a lawyer you can be. So, we're just saying with this disjointed rant if we were in charge, things would be different!

But that was a digression, let us get back on track (to the weird extent that this blog is ever on track). We were going to give some practical advice about exams; we have our own experience, that of close friends, and that of our favorite [redacted] editor, FFJ (whose counsel we gracefully culled whilst he was he was trying to meet girls in Panera). So without further ado:

1) Taking Practice Exams Is Literally the Most Important Thing You Can Do. And we mean taking them under exam conditions, if possible. Approach the practice exam like it is really an exam. Think about it; if you have a road test to get your license, how do you prepare? By "outlining" everything in the road test manual or by actually driving to hone your skills. Which brings us to the next point.

2) Outlining is Unbelievably Overrated and Quite Possibly the Biggest Scam Pulled on Law Students Since Law School Itself, or, Alternatively, Journal Tryouts. We don't know whose idea it was to have law students sit down in November and summarize an entire law school course in a ten page word document. We think a far more useful activity is just organizing your notes by topic in a semi-coherent way so you can access them for exams (you can even hyperlink them and stuff, woooooo gun gun gun); this is far quicker than trying to cull all the important information from the book and condense it into a 15 page summary of the entire class. On the otherhand, some people don't like to leave anything to chance and I concede that outlining has benefits over doing absolutely nothing (but just is not nearly important as #1), but you should remember that the whole point of an outline is to help organize your thinking and have a quick reference during the exam (which is why that I think coherently organizing your notes is the way to go). And yea yea people have different definitions of outline, etc, so take everything here with a grain of salt. We just don't want to see you in the fishbowl for 14 hours the day before the exam with your eyes darting back and forth between the casebook and an indexed word document. We could go on but we think we made the point.

3) Timing is everything in life. You gotta move fast during these things. If you're constantly having to rely on your casebooks and outlines during the exam, there's a good chance you're going to fall behind. Yea, yea it's a marathon, not a sprint - but how do you think Usain Bolt would run a marathon? Really fast, that's how.

4) Grades are very much arbitrary. We've been at the top of the curve in one class and the bottom of another, and we couldn't name a single difference in the two exams. There's really nothing you can do about it (and don't ask me how the Law Review kids manage to get As/A-s on everything; get them to start their own blog. Oh wait, they are too busy cite-checking . . .). One result is that if/when you kick ass this semester it doesn't really necessarily mean you will be a better lawyer or even know the law much better than the person who didn't; it means MAYBE you wrote a better exam and chose the right religion. Our torts professor basically all but admitted his exam grading was pretty arbitrary and not an indication of legal knowledge or application (so why do they matter so much? *shrugs*). So while you should study your butt off to the extent that they are not completely arbitrary and play huge role in the job search process, you shouldn't get too down on yourself if you put in the time and studied smart and didn't get the grades you wanted. Alternatively, an "A" in civ pro, torts, contracts, whatever doesn't make you the man either.

5) Know the Black Letter Law Cold and Apply a Lawyer-Like Analysis. There, we just saved hundreds of dollars from taking that LEEWS course. Because that is what it tells you. Get a commercial outline and it will tell you what the black-letter law is. As for a lawyer like analysis, do the conclusion - issues - rule(s) [there's usually more than one and they often conflict] - applicaiton [look at all the rules, which one is the most persuasive?] - conlusion. Do this right and you will have as good a chance of anyone.

6) Do Not Discuss Grades. We're as nosy at it gets, and we only know the grades of three individuals: our own, and [double redacted]. So don't talk about your grades, it cheapens us all. Or, at least if you do, be round-about and clever about it. tyia xoxo.

BONUS: You will probably notice that the grades start going up on ISIS a few weeks after exams. You may have heard that grades come a few days AFTER evaluations but this categorically false; sometimes they come up before the evaluaitons. One thing that is true is the grades get posted first thing in the morning, so if we reccomend getting up super-early to check, and if they are posted, emailing the rest of the section to make them aware of this fact. The law school gods will appreciate this and reward you accordingly. And your PAs will send you emails reccomending kill-self. Good times.

Also, only about half the advice here was meant to be taken seriously. hth.

OK so we were wrong

Washington definitely won the mental game.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bump This Post When the Redskins Win

Dallas. Washington. Euro-centric land-grab speculators versus the back-on-their-heels indgenous inhabitants. All that is evil versus all that is good. The Cowboys will be desperate realistically needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Washington is banged up and will be relying on second- and, in some cases, third-string players to defend its territory, and number of wash-outs from other teams to fill in losses (like D'Angelo Hall from Oakland and Shaun Alexander from Seattle). Dallas by contrast has the stars (i.e. Tony Romo) back in action, all primed to reinvorgate the long-pass connection with Jason Witten and Terrel "I'm-a-massive-douchebag" Ownes.

Also, never forget what the Cowboys were doing while Darrel Green and Art Monk were giving their time and money to charity:
With the rare exception, the Cowboy who didn't hit the strip club circuit wasn't an accepted member of the team. The same goes for the Cowboy who didn't drink heavily and stay out late; the Cowboy who didn't slink toward the big-breasted hottie in the tight leather pants and strapless top; the Cowboy who didn't smoke a joint every now and then (or, in many case, just every now) . . . . If you were going to be a Dallas Cowboy - a real Dallas Cowboy - you needed to live The Life. That meant partying hard, partying late, and if you had the misfortune of being married, leaving your wife at home and screwing the hell out of whoever caught your eye. It meant loading up on $100 bills, heading straight for the Men's Club of Dallas, and purcahasing the longest, wettest, nastiest lap dance money could buy. It meant turning in your scruples at the door. "If you have a weak constitution, Dallas isn't for you," says Ray Horton, the longtime safrety. "I mean, we were holding position meetings at strip clubs. Position meetings!"
Jeff Pearlman, Boys Will be Boys 141-42.

Once, when Dallas came to Washington, Michael Irvin (aka the T.O. of the 1990s) made these comments about an injured Redskins player:
"I'm going after the arm," Michael Irvin responded when asked how he would treat the cast-encased broken right forearm of Washington Cornerback Darrel Green. "I'm not joking. I'm going after his arm. I don't think the arm is healed yet. I don't think the guy's healthy and I'm going after that arm on every running play. I'm not making threats. Those are facts."

Well, payback's always tough. 8.15, Sunday.

Related: When You Cheer for the Redskins, You Cheer for America

Thursday, November 13, 2008

UVA Law Prof: You aren't learning anything in law school

Professor today during class when on about a five minute spiel in which s/he explained that higher education is nothing more than a signaling game and that we're not really learning anything at law school.

The incomplete transcript (I did my best to quote him/her, but alas my fingers were slower than his/her speech):
You aren’t learning anything here. It’s just a signaling game. There’s no point to higher education. There are some people who are good and others who are bad. The good people say if you want me to stay in school longer you have to pay me more money b/c it takes up my time and is kind of painful. But I’m really smart so I can fake it in class when I’m called on w/o having to do my reading, so it’s worth my time... For the bad types, education is more costly for them so you have to pay them a higher wage to get them to stay in class. So if you’re the good type you can say look employer let’s make a deal: you pay me a higher salary and I’m willing to stay longer in school but the employer says the education doesn’t do anything for me you’re not learning anything but it signals you’re good so I’m willing to pay it. But then the bad types get screwed b/c the employer’s no longer willing to pay the average pay to the bad. In the end we get an equilibrium where the good types spend more years in education and the bad types don’t bother w/ education at all and get paid less.
What do you think?

Also, a pair of funny anecdotes that typifies law students? You decide:

"Classmate" told me to stop looking at her laptop

Classmate rejects classmates request to view rejection

Good times.

11月13日隨即的事情:Black-listed, exams, et seq.

* (EDIT 1.28 PM): Cure for Aids? Really?

* So it looks like we won't be getting that job in the Obama administration after all:

A seven-page questionnaire being sent by the office of President-elect Barack Obama to those seeking cabinet and other high-ranking posts may be the most extensive — some say invasive — application ever.

The questionnaire includes 63 requests for personal and professional records, some covering applicants’ spouses and grown children as well, that are forcing job-seekers to rummage from basements to attics, in shoe boxes, diaries and computer archives to document both their achievements and missteps.

Only the smallest details are excluded; traffic tickets carrying fines of less than $50 need not be reported, the application says. Applicants are asked whether they or anyone in their family owns a gun. They must include any e-mail that might embarrass the president-elect, along with any blog posts and links to their Facebook pages.

The application also asks applicants to “please list all aliases or ‘handles’ you have used to communicate on the Internet.

Righttt. That's one secret I'll never tell. Rule 12 f gets upwards of 10 unique hits a day. That's captive support group we could bring to you for 2012, Obama . . . think about it.

* In other news, with the PILA auction behind us it's that time of the semester again. As alluded to in the previous post, the volume of posting might go down a little bit because we're trying to learn 13 credits worth of the law in the next few minutes. We'll probably still be throwing in the occasional study week fodder (favorite places to study, exam advice, gunnerish activities, and so forth) as well as continuing coverage on whatever we normally cover, so stay tuned.

We'd wish everyone good luck, but given that there is a curve, it's a bit paradoxical. Some of you will do spectacularly, some will do abysmally, most will be some where in between. Where you fall on that spectrum is depends somewhat on a variance of chance/luck and hard work, the relative influence of these alternative factors determined by the professor you have, your own personality, your religion, and so forth. That said, you can't afford not to get super-stressed about exams, especially in this economy. Just remeber that you need to ignore all of that feel-good advice from your PAs, et al, that talk about maintaining a balance: while you are sitting here and reading this someone else is studying, and when it comes time for the exam, that person is going to beat you. HTH and good luck.

* Related note: Anyone else going to see Quantum of Solace tonight? Will be teh sickness.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

We Crave Security and Wealth

From today's NYT on law firm layoffs:
Lawyer departures, whether voluntary or through layoffs, pose special risks to firms. Layoffs scare off law school recruits, who crave security and wealth.

“Students are also very much aware that ‘if they did that last year, it can happen to us again,’ ” said Mark Weber, assistant dean for career services at Harvard Law School. He said that this year, offers of employment are harder to come by and firms are hiring fewer interns for next summer.
Wait, it's been *harder* to get a job this year? Our only problem was not realizing that it was totally unnecessary to take the full number of interviews. Anyway now's a good time for unveiling our proposal of bailout money to student loan forbearance - funded by the People's Republic of China and the taxpayers of tomorrow. Maybe one day, for now the money is locked up in helping the second worst managed firm in Michigan.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

White Knight?

This happened today - the Professor has certain students "on call" to describe cases each day (he informs them by email):

PROF: Now, Ms. ------, tell us what happened in Revlon case.

STUDENT 1: (toward the back): Oh, well, I thought I was going be describing Paramount . . . but I can try to get through Revlon . . .

PROF: Well, we have to get through Revlon to get to lay the foundation for Paramount, so why don't I get you started. The board was the the subject of a hostile tender offer . . .

STUDENT 1: Yes . . . [starts an around-the-median summary the case, the PROF interupts her a few times to clarify some points].

STUDENT 2: (near the front): I did this case [in your other class] this morning. I can help. [NB: This interjection was totally unsolcited].
PROF: Um OK . . . [STUDENT 1] you know where to send payment [meant as a joke].

STUDENT 2: [Proceeds with flawless recitation of Revlon].

Epic gunning or helping a classmate in need? Also, where's our White Knight? Whenever this happens to us we usually just wallow in our ignorance. Also, the PROF handled it well with a joke, we've seen that Professors can get pretty serious about being on-call.

In other news, it's that time of the semester again. We're in gun-mode, at least until the next Redskins game.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Have Fun at PILA Auctions

To answer the many, many, many inquiries on why we will not be there; it's not because that we want to 'protest' PILA's lack of disclosure from last year, or even that we are financially insolvent, rather, we are using this time to GUN. Every minute we study while you are out drinking and having fun is an extra edge on the FINAL EXAMS. You really can't afford to skimp on your finals preparation, especially in this economy. Lock and load!

That said, we hope everyone has a good time and they raise a lot of monies. Our problems with PILA never meant we didn't wish them the best in their fundraising efforts. And did anyone see this on facebook?:
Anti-PILA Pre-Pary
We hate cash bars more than we hate poor people

Normally I would go on some long rant about how PILA is a scam since it subsidizes people who have fun, enjoyable, and rewarding jobs at the expense of those of us who are miserable but make sweet sweet cash, but the election has changed all that. PILA is now obsolete.

In this new Socialist America those of us with real jobs (Big Deal Maker, Securities Litigator) will have most of our money redistributed straight to the poors. Since the rest of our money that doesn't go to the government will go straight to bottle service we won't have any money left over to donate to silly organizations like PILA.

So who is the real loser here? Thankfully its only the Public interest attorneys. Stop being so lazy, get a real job, and take a shower hippies.

Come celebrate the end of public interest law with us at our PILA pre-game. We will have some kegs, pong (paddled and otherwise), along with other fun games like flip cup and chase the dog with the stick. Feel free to bring your own bottles, liquor, or Gin and Joose.

We are about a block away from Fry's Spring Beach Club so you can easily walk from our place to PILA. Since PILA hates fun and is ending at 1am you can also feel free to stop by afterwards for some late night. I am inviting you now on facebook in a classy way so you won't feel nearly as shameful when Sean asks you to go home with him at 1:15 anyway.
We'll assume that is tongue and cheek and give credit where credit is due for brilliant party billing.

In unrelated news, the "Law School Hot" post has mysteriously disappeared! Please speculate wildly as to the reason why.

Con Law II: Religion w/ Schwartzman -- Outlines anyone?

Got a request today for someone to put up a good outline for Schwartzman's Con Law II class on the UVa Outline Bank. Apparently there's only one up at the moment weighing in at a paltry 10 pages.

PILA Sales Down?

From an anonymous person's gmail status (though I think it's safe to say probably a PILA rep):
Come to PILA. In this economy, The Summer Grant you fund may be your own. Sales are down-We need you!
Speculate away on the reason behind any drop: economy, anger over the lack of transparency in the awarding of grants, lack of consideration for our fellow law student?

Friday, November 07, 2008

What OGI Problems, Part II

We weren't the only ones who thought the previous Law Weekly coverage of the OGI process was misleading. A letter from "Three Jobless 2Ls" was published today in the paper:

It was with disbelief and dismay that we read the recent articles on the On Grounds Interview (OGI) process in the Law Weekly. One article concluded merely that, having gone through two months of OGIs and callbacks, students were “happy to have done it.” The other piece concluded with a blithe assessment from Assistant Dean for Career Services Polly Lawson that the administration was “pleased with everything this year.”

Nowhere was it mentioned that many 2Ls, having completed the process, are still struggling to find jobs for the summer, and have to start over at a time when most law firm employers have already filled their summer slots. Indeed, the articles seemed to suggest the usual line to take care with canceling callbacks and accepting offers; in fact, the only 2L interviewed who looked for a firm job this year regretted taking so many OGIs, because it just wasn’t necessary.

Together, the three authors of this letter had about 60 OGIs, nearly 20 callbacks, and zero offers. Two are in the top third of the class; the other is on Law Review. We are not alone. The purpose of this is not to spread panic or sow fear, but to present a more balanced picture of the OGI process, especially now, in a time of economic downturn and uncertainty. The “good-as-ever” coverage of this year’s interview process by the Law Weekly (written, not coincidentally, by a couple of 1Ls), was not only insulting and inaccurate, but it perpetuates the same trusting, sole reliance on the OGI process that helped create the problem for us and other 2Ls like us in the first place.


Three Jobless 2Ls

That's tough. So, maybe Career Services should have advised people to start Mail-Merge in August, at the same time they are doing OGI? Would that help?

Previous Coverage: J'accuse: Law School, Weekly, Paint to Rosy a Picture of the OGI Process?

11月7日隨即的事情: ATL Love - -> Illustrious Journalism Career; Rule 12 f to NYT!

* Yesterday, as many of you saw, we got scooped (again!) in Above the Law for our coverage on the whole rescinded offer thingy. . . Wooooo.

* In other news, today is the annual § H basketball tournament. Last time, § H '10 finished in third place. This time, they hope to meet or exceed that mark. Stay tuned.

* Don't forget - you can get bombed at PILA auciton this year:
Apparently there is a rumor going around that there is a 2-drink limit at the auction. This is not true. There will be a cash bar at the event. While PILA of course encourages and expects everyone to drink and behave responsibly, there is no drink limit at the event.

Please pass the word on ... the alcohol policies at this year's PILA auction are the same as they have always been.

Tickets are on sale NOW in Hunton & Williams for $35 and will be $40 at the door.
Look forward to seeing everyone there, and thanks for supporting PILA!
Woooo! Love the font changes . . .

Our prediction: PILA auction will be fun, hopefully slightly less things will be destroyed as compared to last time. As for PILA fellowships (full thread forthcoming), our prediction is they might have more problems this year, observe this simple formula

President Bush --> Terrible Economy --> Less (no?) 1L Firm Jobs --> More People Going to do Public Interest Stuff --> More PILA Grant Applicants --> More People Dissapointed --> More People Upset.

For those who don't know what we're talking about: 2008 PILA Grant Problems.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


The first polls close in 5 minutes or so - our predictions:

Obama with 349 EVs, 56% popular vote. 

Democrats with 57 seats in the Senate.  

Periello over Goode in a nail-biter. 

Radiohead's "Electioneering": 

Don't Skip Class

We've heard from several tipsters at this point that a certain M and A / Corporations professor who has made headlines before canceled class after he discovered, having lectured for about 8 minutes, that a bunch of people were skipping. The Professor in question was non-plussed.

Details forthcoming.

Details (3.48 PM): 

FFJ: To be fair, he later sent an e-mail to class admitting his theatrics were excessive
On second, and cooler, thought, it's probably unfair to refuse to finish the Time-Paramount assignment because I think it is importnt. At least one of the missing "on call" designees was inadvertently and legitimately delayed, and to hold the entire class responsible for the default of one or two members seems excessive. At the same time, students not taking on-call responsibilities seriously seems to be an increasing problem. If you are on-call and know you will not be able to attend class for any legitimate reason (illness, call-back, etc.), sending me an e-mail to that effect will save us all a lot of grief.
good to know. 

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Samuel L. Jackson Really is in *Everything*

Vote No Prop 8:

Being able to amend your states CONSTITUTION by popular referendum - how TTT?

We say very.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

We're Bad Note-Takers

Looking over notes scribbled in the margin we took from a tax case we read last week.

Text: "The six courses in which plaintiff was enrolled included two English, two Philosophy, one History and one Political Science course. Petitioner justified the deduction under § 162(a) as an expense 'relating to improving job skills to maintain his position as a detective."

Note: "Roflcopter"

It's that time of the semester . . .