You are finite, Zathras is finite. This..... is wrong tool.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Negotiations seminar or Tax?

Difficult decision to be made by tomorrow: Drop tax to take "Interviewing, counseling and negotiations" or keep tax? It's hard to decide because I think tax is an important class, and yet I have the chance to take it later. ICN is going to be harder to get into again as I lucked out as the first 2L on the waiting list somehow. Yet tax is quickly shaping up to be the only really substantive course I'm taking besides BA Corps.

I'll know by the end of the day tomorrow what I've done. I just won't know whether it was the right decision for longer.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


A couple of decisions have been made, and the firms have all made their OCI choices.

I was granted interviews at seven of the eleven big firms. I was passed over by Dorsey and Whitney which is a bit of a downer, but apart from that, I'm not heartbroken over Gray Plant or Maslon. Briggs I interviewed with last spring, and wasn't surprised to be passed over.

On top of those seven interviews, I was also preselected for nine interviews in the general OCI pool. I've accepted five of them, and one has become moot as the slots are all filled up. I'm debating the remaining three, but it's a bit of a rough stretch to do more than twelve interviews in a week.

All in all, a good showing, I think. Not much to be disappointed about, but the real work starts now.

I've decided to drop Employment Law now. I think. I haven't actually done it yet, but I feel like I should and just be done with it. I've essentially decided to do so, but I still worry about doing it, as it's irreversible. I'm still regretting dropping myself from the Employment Law clinic wait list, and I doubt it even mattered. Perhaps I will be swayed by any changes to registration as they happen. I could get an opportunity to get into another class instead.

Still no decision on the Journal topic, unfortunately. Need to get something going there quickly.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

First Post

I'm setting up this blog as a way to record my thoughts on law school. I intended to start it a lot earlier--in fact, I registered the site almost a year ago--but the rigors of my first year made it difficult, and I was reluctant to begin midway through the first semester. This just ended up making things worse, but at any rate, here begins the blog, about a month before the beginning of fall term of my 2L year. I hope that as I go along, I can go beyond the autobiographical and write more about issues and topics that interest me and arise in class or news. Upcoming thoughts/events for the next couple of weeks:

OCI Selections are revealed on Tuesday August 12. I applied for an interview with about 25 firms, including the 11 "big" firms in town. I hope to get a good number of interviews as I feel like my record is good, and my resume is well put together, but my weakness has always been my cover letters.

Class selection: At the moment, I'm registered for Tax, Employment Law, Negotiations and B.A./Corps. On top of that, of course, I have my research position with Provost Sullivan and Prof. Clary, the staff position on the Minnesota Journal of International Law and then the role as a Supplemental Instructor for Prof. Nussbaumer's Civil Procedure class. That puts me at seventeen credits plus the research position (and journal), which is going to be tough. I'm considering dropping a class, but I'm undecided. The most likely class is employment law, but dropping that would put me very much on the transactional side of things for the fall despite my Civ Pro SSG position, which, while I'm uncertain which side of the line I want to explore more, I don't necessarily want that appearance on my transcript as I apply for jobs.

Research: At the moment I'm working on the edits that Professor Clary gave me for the two sections that I've written already, and once those are done, I'll be looking for case law and state bar association opinions on metadata.

Journal: I'm still undecided and basically completely lost as to what topic on which to write my journal article. We shall see what comes of orientation and whatever other direction I might get, but I feel that it is important for me to figure out something to begin my research as soon as possible.