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if firm "highly recommends" that you take a course

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:48 pm

how important is it

i am 3L who really wants a four day weekend

i don't care about making partner

will anyone actually remember/care

if this is a firm where there is competition for groups, could it affect my chances?

imagining they won't even ask for a transcript before they decide that, anyway
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Re: if firm "highly recommends" that you take a course

Postby Bikeflip » Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:51 pm

What's the class? Is the class something you're interested in? Most importantly, why do you care what the firm thinks? Is there an offer contingent on this class?

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Re: if firm "highly recommends" that you take a course

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:53 pm

Bikeflip wrote:What's the class? Is the class something you're interested in?


rather not say since it's specific

i could see myself enjoying it, yes

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Re: if firm "highly recommends" that you take a course

Postby Pokemon » Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:08 pm

Just take the class dude. I mean, it is one class, it is not much to ask. Even if you do not take it, it will probably not affect you, but this is such a tiny request that you might as well take it.

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Re: if firm "highly recommends" that you take a course

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:17 pm

Probably no one will remember or care. But if they do remember, and you don't take it, then you look like you don't give a shit. Also, it is presumably going to be helpful in your career and instrumental to understanding things your firm wants you to know. Basically, just take the class.

Also, re making partner... this is not about making partner. This is about being a junior associate and having at least some clue what they're talking about when they ask you to do something on a matter.

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Postby Myself » Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:00 pm

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Re: if firm "highly recommends" that you take a course

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:16 pm

ajax adonis wrote:How did it come up? Context is important.

Forget what the firm thinks for a minute. Will this course actually help you be a better lawyer in the particular field you're going into?

b/c lawl school classes help you become a better lawyer?

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Re: if firm "highly recommends" that you take a course

Postby mephistopheles » Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:50 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Bikeflip wrote:What's the class? Is the class something you're interested in?


rather not say since it's specific



lol, cmon man

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Re: if firm "highly recommends" that you take a course

Postby Myself » Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:54 pm

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Re: if firm "highly recommends" that you take a course

Postby kalvano » Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:28 pm

If it's so specific that you can't say the class, then yeah, you should probably take it. Nothing says "I want to be here" like ignoring their advice from the beginning.

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Re: if firm "highly recommends" that you take a course

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:08 pm

Ditto^

I think there are law classes that can teach you a lot of the basics and elementary stuff so you don't have to learn on the job.

For example, if I were a PD or prosecutor, I would really be suspicious of an applicant who didn't bother to take crim pro or evidence. Those aren't things you can just learn right away.

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Re: if firm "highly recommends" that you take a course

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:20 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Ditto^

I think there are law classes that can teach you a lot of the basics and elementary stuff so you don't have to learn on the job.

For example, if I were a PD or prosecutor, I would really be suspicious of an applicant who didn't bother to take crim pro or evidence. Those aren't things you can just learn right away.

I actually think this is true of a ton of classes. The whole "you don't learn anything in law school" thing is way overblown. 2L and 3L courses in particular give you a ton of background on relevant principles in that area of the law. I can't imagine how dumb you'd feel talking to a partner about a new assignment on a securities litigation case if you never took corporations. It doesn't mean you know how to actually do anything, but at least you understand the language and the concepts and you're not wasting everyone's time reinventing the wheel.




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