Thursday, August 28, 2008

Finally, A New Character: Introducing Prof. Tree Dweller

Prof. Tree Dweller teaches pretty much every Environmental Law course offered at this school.  I took Enviro II with him last semester, but I didn't pay enough attention most of the time to get the good lines.  I pretty much tuned in just in time to catch all the CERCLA stuff that was on the exam.  I refuse to miss another opportunity this semester in Enviro I, so I will write these things in my notes as I did with the original character, Prof. Son of a Bitch.

"They built a huge ski lodge out in California with all this secondary development.  You know, restaurants, bars, all those things people want when they ski.  If I went to a ski lodge, I would be sitting in a hot tub with my brandy watching people break their legs as they came down the slopes.  I guess then I would probably chuckle and get some more brandy."

I didn't even know they had hot tubs in trees!

Edit:  This is my first post in over a month...yeesh.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

GPA Destroying Post

Here are the things currently destroying my GPA:

Free Tetris

Free Space Invaders

Free Frogger

Free Pacman

Quick, give me something else before I start studying.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Last Best Hope

Well my last, best hope for staying in the city I now call home was just flushed. I got a letter saying the firm would not be able to make a decision before BigLaw needs an answer from me. I'll try to find something in town but I can't turn away that much cash on the hope that someone will come to their senses in the spring.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Fun Quotes

Here are some things overheard/spoken to me today:

"What is the sunken cost of sex?" - Prof. Suave

Talking about placing library books in the law review carrel: "So are you going to put the books in the carrel or are you going to make those little shits do it themselves?"

Friday, August 8, 2008

I've Had Enough

I'm sick of trying to build my resume. I want my life back. I'm a law student, not an associate at a New York sweatshop firm.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

All Against All Roundtable: Salaries, My Take

I think the difference in Salaries is that some firms have a guy with an eye patch working for them--a Number 2, if you will-- and some of them don't. Those who have hired a guy with an eye patch (Number 2) are more in trend with the times, thus, they pay more. Those who don't have a guy with an eye patch don't have anyone to update them on the current salary trend (i.e, how much more a J.D. is worth than an LL.B.).


Personally, I think I'm worth $100,000,000,000.


Nalp is reporting what we've known all along. New lawyer salaries are bimodal. Quite a few people graduate law school and make a lot of money. About the same number graduate law school and make very little money. Both have to pay off the same amount of debt. Almost no one comes out and gets what they truly deserve.

In our area what this means is, there are a limited number of $100,000 jobs. If you get one, good for you. If you don't, your first offer will probably be between $35k-50k. I honestly feel like I'm worth somewhere between $60k-80k. Much more is lagniappe and much less is not worth the debt (or effort) incurred to get the degree. Unfortunately, those jobs don't exist. The difference between big and small law firms in this instance is staggering.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Successfully teaching an old dog new tricks!

As the crazy Russian guy, Borris (go figure) in James Bond used to say, "I am invinceeeeeeeeeble!" Finally, after a year of subtle hints, I got the professor for which I research to learn proper usage of em dashes and serial commas!