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September 1, 2008

Back to the grind.

Hello all, sorry about the delay in posts. I have been really busy with the start of classes and researching for the law journal, I haven’t had much time to do anything else. Second year of law school so far is much different than first year. Everybody’s attitude toward his or her schoolwork, and in class is much more relaxed. The main thrust now is toward getting a job for next summer, which for some people seems way to far ahead in the future.

So far I have sent resumes and cover letters to more than 30 large firms in New York City and have only been formally rejected by one, the rest probably have tossed my application aside. I did go through a mock interview with one of the firms that I was applying for. Despite the fact there was no chance of getting a job, it was a very good experience. I suggest that anybody going through the job search process should attend a mock interview. It is a great way to hone your interview skills and get solid feedback on the way you present yourself. The best thing about a mock interview is that it allows you to calm your nerves before the real ones.

Other than looking for a job, I have begun research on the note I have to write for the Transnational Law Review. This is a year-long process of researching and writing a paper with the hope that eventually it will become published in the journal. My topic thus far is China’s new Anti-Monopoly Law and its effects on U.S. investment. Over the next few weeks I will be narrowing that down into a well-articulated thesis statement and begin developing my position in a 20 to 30 page paper.

On top of all this I have three classes that I will be attending and doing work for. Needless to say, I have my work cut out for me this year. I will be trying to update this blog at least once a week from here on out but don’t hold me to it.

September 29, 2008

Falling into Routine

After the first few weeks of my second year, I have fallen back into a steady routine of class, library, and gym. I have slowed down on my search for a summer associate position; my assault on the large firms of New York City has left me with around 16 rejection letters and close to 10 more in the mail. Toward the end of the semester I will begin the next wave of cover letter writing, directed at the mid-sized firms that have yet to determine their employment needs.

My work on the Transnational Law Review is taking up most of my time. The work consists of cite-checking articles that are going to be published and working on a note article that will need to be submitted at the end of the year. The basic premise of cite-checking is to edit articles, making sure all the footnotes that are referenced in each article are referring to the correct authorities and are in the proper format. I cite-check four hours a week on Wednesdays.

While cite-checking is meticulous and time consuming, it is terribly boring and does not require too much intellectual attention. My note, on the other hand, can be exciting at times and has and will involve a lot of thought. Basically, I am writing a thesis paper, with the only requirement that the topic must be based on a legal theory or argument that has never been written about before (also with a transnational theme). I will not go into detail to the extent of my topic (for fear that I will be pre-empted) except for the fact that it deals with the legal implications of large scientific experiments and possible global catastrophes. My goal in choosing that topic was to make it interesting enough, so that there is a high possibility it will be published. With 26 staff members competing for three publication positions my chances of being published are somewhat low, so I need all the help I can get.

Other than the work I am doing on the journal, my second year of law school, so far, has been much easier than my first year. The classes are not necessarily easier or harder, the books are the same size and there is about the same amount of reading assigned for each class. There is just much less pressure and anxiety about how well you do after your first year. After that grueling first year, most students are barely phased, if at all, by the amount work that must been done their second and third years, and have acquired the skills to get the work done more efficiently. So, I have fallen into a nice and slowed-paced routine, where I can get all my work done and still have time to relax. I hope it stays like this all year.

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