Finals, and then what?

April 27, 2009
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It’s finals time. Exams have started at two Indiana law schools, with exams beginning next month at the others.

Exams are already stressful enough. Add to that the fact that it seems more students are having trouble finding summer associate positions or jobs for after graduation and this can be a trying time. Some Indiana firms have admitted trimming programs or not hiring students this year because they don’t plan on adding attorneys in the immediate future.

A question for the 3Ls who will be leaving law school in just a few weeks: Are you glad to be done with school or wish you still had another year or two before entering the “real world?” Has the legal world changed at all since you first entered law school?
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  • The legal landscape has definitely changed since I entered law school 3 years ago. While I am excited about graduating, I would be much more secure if I had a job lined up after graduation. And to make things worse, not only am I competing with the 44,000 law students graduating this year, but I\'m forced to compete with more experienced attorneys who have suffered layoffs due to the economic crisis. While I try to be optimistic and upbeat about my options as I job hunt, I have considered going back to school for an LLM or even an undergrad engineering degree thinking that perhaps I could find a position as a patent attorney...

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  1. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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