What is the utility of this forum?

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meshtdagn
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What is the utility of this forum?

Postby meshtdagn » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:00 pm

Seems like most threads contain almost nothing but misinformation and/or ignorance. Have people found this forum useful for anything other than sharing the pain of waiting for offers with others? These "polls" that people run---anybody actually base a decision off them? Never came here until OCI season, and now that I have an offer, thinking I'm never going to come back. But, I am curious if people think this is actually a useful forum and why.

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby luthersloan » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:05 pm

Without in anyway disputing that this forum is an imperfect source of information, I am curious as to your basis for saying it is all ignorance and misinformation.

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby Citizen Genet » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:09 pm

Hugely useful for me. I decided in early July that I wanted to apply to firms instead of just going into public interest (what I originally planned). After about 2 hours of searching threads, I knew what I needed to say in cover letters, when I needed to submit applications, and general strategy for applying to firms. Similarly, I've learned more about the clerkship process from GTL then all of my other research from every other website combined and my career services office.

Utility = high. Sure there's misinformation and prestige-whoring like nobody's business, but I've learned to parse that from the actual useful information.

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby Grizz » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:12 pm

meshtdagn wrote: Never came here until OCI season, and now that I have an offer, thinking I'm never going to come back. But, I am curious if people think this is actually a useful forum and why.

See ya, no one cares.

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby meshtdagn » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:19 pm

luthersloan wrote:Without in anyway disputing that this forum is an imperfect source of information, I am curious as to your basis for saying it is all ignorance and misinformation.


Just a hunch.

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby meshtdagn » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:19 pm

Grizz wrote:
meshtdagn wrote: Never came here until OCI season, and now that I have an offer, thinking I'm never going to come back. But, I am curious if people think this is actually a useful forum and why.

See ya, no one cares.


Your wit I do appreciate :).

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby rayiner » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:23 pm

meshtdagn wrote:
luthersloan wrote:Without in anyway disputing that this forum is an imperfect source of information, I am curious as to your basis for saying it is all ignorance and misinformation.


Just a hunch.


The information in this forum is a combination of:

a) people synthesizing available information from public sources (Chambers, Am Law)
b) people recounting personal and friends' experiences at various firms

Which of those do you think is ignorant or mistaken?

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby Heartford » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:32 pm

Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby Grizz » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:34 pm

meshtdagn wrote:
Grizz wrote:
meshtdagn wrote: Never came here until OCI season, and now that I have an offer, thinking I'm never going to come back. But, I am curious if people think this is actually a useful forum and why.

See ya, no one cares.


Your wit I do appreciate :).

You give me too much credit.

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby Julio_El_Chavo » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:48 pm

part of its use is an outlet for people to brag

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby 23402385985 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:51 pm

The risk of this forum < the utility of this forum

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby MrAnon » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:51 pm

I found the taking questions thread by the UIUC dean of admissions to be tremendously helpful.

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby lolwat » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:54 pm

joncrooshal wrote:The risk of this forum < the utility of this forum


This.

There's very little risk of this forum ... so long as you understand its limitations.

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby DoubleChecks » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:57 pm

ITT OP's choice firm was bashed heavily on TLS, and after talking to his lawyer friends/ppl at said firm, realized that the firm does not deserve this TLS bashing

edit: and i will add, i have found this forum extremely useful; if you know how to use it and navigate it (and i dont just mean the search function), it is an excellent resource -- and a good source of entertainment at times as well :P
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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby quiver » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:58 pm

lolwat wrote:
joncrooshal wrote:The risk of this forum < the utility of this forum


This.

There's very little risk of this forum ... so long as you understand its limitations.
Agreed. Also,
Citizen Genet wrote:I've learned more about the clerkship process from GTL then all of my other research from every other website combined and my career services office.
This.

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:21 pm

Any internet forum is gonna have a certain of noise. There is some here, but it pales in comparison to the picture of the job market that I see in through this place.

I do wish there were more practioners/professionals posting though.

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby desertlaw » Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:45 pm

Any deontologists out there that would like to discuss the value of this thread/board outside of a simply numerical number? Kant > Bentham > Mill

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby romothesavior » Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:48 pm

For reals? This may be the most helpful of all the forums on TLS.

Take your hunch and...

Heartford wrote:Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby meshtdagn » Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:52 pm

romothesavior wrote:For reals? This may be the most helpful of all the forums on TLS.

Take your hunch and...

Heartford wrote:Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.


I think I've been convinced to stay :mrgreen:

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Re: What is the utility of this forum?

Postby vanwinkle » Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:15 pm

meshtdagn wrote:I think I've been convinced to stay :mrgreen:

Too late.




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