Transferred...What Now?

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Oglethorpe
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Transferred...What Now?

Postby Oglethorpe » Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:22 pm

So I transferred to the T-14, now what? I have a great SA position lined up for next summer. Things look good. What do I need to do now? I didn't even try to get on a journal. I have not joined any clubs. Do I need to develop my resume? What needs to be on my resume? I am definitely concerned about getting decent grades, but my grades will never show up on my professional profile, so what should I do that will transfer into future $/permanent job offer?

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby KirkwoodGAO » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:31 am

Oglethorpe wrote:So I transferred to the T-14, now what? I have a great SA position lined up for next summer. Things look good. What do I need to do now? I didn't even try to get on a journal. I have not joined any clubs. Do I need to develop my resume? What needs to be on my resume? I am definitely concerned about getting decent grades, but my grades will never show up on my professional profile, so what should I do that will transfer into future $/permanent job offer?


You can do very obvious things, such as cultivate relationships with influential professors, do externships with important organizations or agencies, take clinics or specialized classes in your field of interest...
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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby vanwinkle » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:37 am

Oglethorpe wrote:So I transferred to the T-14, now what? I have a great SA position lined up for next summer. Things look good. What do I need to do now? I didn't even try to get on a journal. I have not joined any clubs. Do I need to develop my resume? What needs to be on my resume? I am definitely concerned about getting decent grades, but my grades will never show up on my professional profile, so what should I do that will transfer into future $/permanent job offer?

Work hard at your SA so they give you a permanent job offer. That's the only thing that matters from here on out. Get the job and you're golden.

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby IAFG » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:38 am

Oglethorpe wrote:So I transferred to the T-14, now what? I have a great SA position lined up for next summer. Things look good. What do I need to do now? I didn't even try to get on a journal. I have not joined any clubs. Do I need to develop my resume? What needs to be on my resume? I am definitely concerned about getting decent grades, but my grades will never show up on my professional profile, so what should I do that will transfer into future $/permanent job offer?

Latin honors often appear on firm bios.

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby vanwinkle » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:38 am

KirkwoodGAO wrote:By the way, you sound like an insufferable striver and a braggart...

This was kind of rude and uncalled for, IMO. The reason TLS exists is for people to ask this kind of advice.

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby KirkwoodGAO » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:50 am

vanwinkle wrote:
KirkwoodGAO wrote:By the way, you sound like an insufferable striver and a braggart...

This was kind of rude and uncalled for, IMO. The reason TLS exists is for people to ask this kind of advice.


OP appeared to be primarily gloating about his successful transfer and SA position

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby vanwinkle » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:56 am

KirkwoodGAO wrote:OP appeared to be primarily gloating about his successful transfer and SA position

I guess? He said what he's done and asked if he was missing anything. Sounded like typical insecure law student to me.

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby shock259 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:01 am

Do well at your SA, join some clubs, meet your new classmates, get decent grades, have fun. I'm in the same boat and this is generally what I'm doing.

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:47 pm

Internships & externships.

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby quiver » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:08 pm

Like others have said, pretty much just do well at your SA, don't bomb grades-wise, and have fun.

Oh yeah, and get your graduation requirements out of the way so you can do nothing all 3L.

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby drmguy » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:15 am

I'm going from a letter grading system to a non-letter grading system. How do I know if I am doing well enough?

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby lisavj » Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:31 am

drmguy wrote:I'm going from a letter grading system to a non-letter grading system. How do I know if I am doing well enough?

I'm curious about this as well...

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby Big Shrimpin » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:43 am

vanwinkle wrote:
Oglethorpe wrote:So I transferred to the T-14, now what? I have a great SA position lined up for next summer. Things look good. What do I need to do now? I didn't even try to get on a journal. I have not joined any clubs. Do I need to develop my resume? What needs to be on my resume? I am definitely concerned about getting decent grades, but my grades will never show up on my professional profile, so what should I do that will transfer into future $/permanent job offer?

Work hard at your SA so they give you a permanent job offer. That's the only thing that matters from here on out. Get the job and you're golden.


This. Your grades probably don't matter for your permanent offer, so unless you really want honors for your firm bio, try to enjoy your time: hang out with friends, pick up a hobby, go on a road trip, etc.

Once you start biglaw, and you're issued your blackberry leash, your time is never really YOURS anymore.

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby patrickd139 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:05 pm

I'd suggest taking some golf lessons in your spare time.

Totally serious.

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby Big Shrimpin » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:48 pm

patrickd139 wrote:I'd suggest taking some golf lessons in your spare time.

Totally serious.

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby Oglethorpe » Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:32 pm

KirkwoodGAO wrote:
vanwinkle wrote:
KirkwoodGAO wrote:By the way, you sound like an insufferable striver and a braggart...

This was kind of rude and uncalled for, IMO. The reason TLS exists is for people to ask this kind of advice.


OP appeared to be primarily gloating about his successful transfer and SA position



The primary reason for asking this question was to see whether I could relax and enjoy this experience after a hellish year of gunning to get here. I did not intend to hurt your feelings.

And yes, I am insecure. I will be insecure about my resume until I have a permanent job offer. I don't know how any law student could ever feel secure in this market with 150k of debt hanging over their head.

If my question offended any transfers, then I am sorry. I know what you're going through. This was by far the most stressful experience of my life.

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby TTRansfer » Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:06 pm

KirkwoodGAO wrote:
vanwinkle wrote:
KirkwoodGAO wrote:By the way, you sound like an insufferable striver and a braggart...

This was kind of rude and uncalled for, IMO. The reason TLS exists is for people to ask this kind of advice.


OP appeared to be primarily gloating about his successful transfer and SA position


If that is what you call bragging, perhaps you aren't cut out for law school or the legal world. What a ridiculous assumption.

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby IAFG » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:53 pm

TTRansfer wrote:
KirkwoodGAO wrote:
vanwinkle wrote:
KirkwoodGAO wrote:By the way, you sound like an insufferable striver and a braggart...

This was kind of rude and uncalled for, IMO. The reason TLS exists is for people to ask this kind of advice.


OP appeared to be primarily gloating about his successful transfer and SA position


If that is what you call bragging, perhaps you aren't cut out for law school or the legal world. What a ridiculous assumption.

Wait, really? I have never met people as sensitive to the appearance of bragging as law students. Seems like KirkwoodGAO found his true calling.

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby drmguy » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:54 pm

lisavj wrote:
drmguy wrote:I'm going from a letter grading system to a non-letter grading system. How do I know if I am doing well enough?

I'm curious about this as well...

Anyone?

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby patrickd139 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:06 pm

drmguy wrote: How do I know if I am doing well enough?

Twist: by graduating, you've done well enough.

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby JO 14 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:52 am

IAFG wrote:I have never met people as sensitive to the appearance of bragging as law students.

I’ve noticed that sensitivity too. Even the littlest things trigger an onslaught of smackdowns. It is not that way in LS (or on the private LS boards), but it certainly exists on TLS. What is up with that?

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby IAFG » Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:59 am

JO 14 wrote:
IAFG wrote:I have never met people as sensitive to the appearance of bragging as law students.

I’ve noticed that sensitivity too. Even the littlest things trigger an onslaught of smackdowns. It is not that way in LS (or on the private LS boards), but it certainly exists on TLS. What is up with that?

:?

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby tww909 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:29 pm

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Re: Transferred...What Now?

Postby lisavj » Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:21 pm

tww909 wrote:
drmguy wrote:
lisavj wrote:
drmguy wrote:I'm going from a letter grading system to a non-letter grading system. How do I know if I am doing well enough?

I'm curious about this as well...

Anyone?


Well enough for what? No one can answer this question unless they know what your goals are.

If your goal is to do transactional work at a law firm and you have an SA then there is no point in worrying about your grades from now on. If your goal is a prestigious clerkship or some similarly competitive thing that simply going to HYS isn't going to get you then the answer is different.

There is a consensus about a number of Hs (or at Berkeley there's an actual calculation you can do) that approximates certain class ranks. If you search around the boards enough you can find some threads discussing figuring out your class rank at schools that don't rank. Nevertheless that is not the only thing that matters for clerkships or other prestigious things. Professor connections are the most important thing (other than grades) and are often significantly more difficult to make than people realize before they transfer.


Thanks. :)




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