Law: Bidding

September 9, 2008

Yesterday I submitted my bids for OCI this comming year.  Thankfully our school doesn’t screen which means that we are in the somewhat fortunate position of being able to select who we want to have the chance to at least meet.  The drawback is, firms have to do a day of interviewing kids they had no say in interviewing.  Based on my job search goals and the number of bids we have (35) I allocated my bids according to the following formula. 

22 Bids: Every firm in the city I want to work in with the exception of the IP shops and the real estate only firm (I can’t even pretend to like real estate). 

3 Bids:  Las Vegas firms.  If I’ve got extra bids, I might as well use them.  At least here if I do manage a callback I get to spend a night in the most fun city on the planet.

2 Bids:  San Diego.  See Las Vegas and add the fact that its less clear that my interest in San Diego is fake compared to my “interest” in Vegas.

1 Bid:  A consulting company.  I want to see what a consulting interview is like, this seems like the chance.


Tonight was the first firm reception of the 2L season and I must say, the firm starting the year on a bad foot.  Tonight’s host was A&O,  “Magic Circle” firm with a HEAVY international slant.  If you didn’t know that going in, don’t worry, they mentioned it about 80 times in the 40 minutes I was there.  Before I go through the normal categories, I want to voice one general thought about these types of events:  NO TALKS!  Seriously.  Every once in a while a firm thinks they need to give a little speech (or usually a series of little speeches) to make these things worth it.  Not so.  Just have people hang out, drink, and eat.  It will be better for everybody.  I have yet to see a firm that said one useful thing in a speech.  They all follow the same path:  A partner tells you you can do whatever you want and that the firm is special, then a junior associate talks about all the early responsibility, somebody else promises cutting edge deals (usually with an example) and they conclude by talking about client contact and say you should think about them.  Wow, great job guys… oh wait….. no, boring.  Anyway, on to the normal categories:

Food:  Worst. Food. Ever.  There was table that looked like it was set up for by people that hate meat.  Sushi plus grilled veggies and hummus…. what selection.  Earth to firm, some people like meat. Later on they had a short tray pass, wild mushroom puffs (passable) and bacon wrapped scallops (very good, but should have been on the table). 

Booze:  Boarderline worst ever.  Wine and beer only, low end general stuff.  VERY CHEAP, not very fun.

Venue:  The only cool part about this reception.  The event was held at the Harvard Faculty Club, a neat little place with a lot of history that seemed pretty impressive.  The space was big and open, definately no crowding, but the fact that very few people came might be a part of that.

Attorney Contact:  NONE, this part was great, but then again, I was only there for 20-30 minutes.

Swag:  Gum and sharpies…… blah.  Actually…. super blah.  I may chew the gum, so it beats pens, but still….. lame.

Overall I give this reception a 1 out of 5, worst one yet.

Law: OCI Orientation

September 3, 2008

Today marked a turning point in my year in two ways.  First, it was the last day before classes begin at HLS, which means my summer is no officially over.  Sad day.  Additionally, today also marked the beginning of the job search season.   If you are Harvar Law School, how exactly do you signal the beginning of the job search season?  Simple.  By holding a MASSIVE Pep Ralley informational session in the school gym the Ames Courtroom to talk about how awsome your school is compared to everybody else explain the basics of how the job search works, what the rules are, and how to conduct a search in addition to also calming down students who realize the economy is in the crapper.

To sum up today’s meeting in a single sentence:  We are all on a first date eating fish on a train that cannot be stopped which is currently passing over a series of three year bridges, under which there is a stream connecting a big and small pond. 

Needless to say, the presentation was metaphore-tastic.  Anyway, instead of rehashing the job search details, which is boring as hell, I’m going to note the five things I will most remember from this program:

1.  Harvard Law students get jobs in bad economies, other schools not so much (according to OCS).

2.  The ability to use a computer to place bids and upload a resume is the single most important skill in job searching at HLS.

3. Its a lot easier to search for a job at a big firm and make 160K (or 120, 135, or 145K depending on the market) than it is to work for the government and make 45K.

4. If you don’t care about your search and go with the flow, you will end up in NY with both less free time and less money…. sad.

5. Even after 1L is over, people still cling to their section socially, awkward.

Law: Why Study?

May 9, 2008

I wanted to post a review of my Leg-Reg test today but then I remembered its a self-scheduled exam so I can’t.  Anyway, I’m just going to post two general complaints:

1.  I didn’t do well, which is a complaint in and of itself.

2. Seriously, who wrote the first part of the exam.  I feel like the first half of this exam was SCOTUS-clerk masturbation.  I am sure I did it wrong since my answer amounted to something  a 1L that never took a day of this class could have figured out.  I’m extremely frustrated not because I didn’t do well on the first half (which I didn’t) but because the question itself was dumb! This is up there with “what would you change about Property law” from last semester.

Law: Da Bears

April 16, 2008

This post doesn’t get a category.  It just doesn’t. 

This week the NFL released its schedule for the 2008 football season.  The prime time games are no suprise – a steady diet for 5 Patriots and 5 Chargers games along with a bunch of Cowboys and Colts games.  I can’t really fault the NFL for that, as the difference between teams from year to year gets more and more drastic, it makes sense to go with the small amount of teams that have done it and done it in impressive fashion. 

Additionally, there is a lot of talk about the curse that hangs over the team that goes to the Super Bowl and doesn’t win.  God knowns Chicago Bears fans talked about it so much I almost missed the unexplainably obnoxious Boston fans threw up.  I cannot express in words how much I hope this curse holds true this year.  I’m stuck in Boston with what can only be described as the worlds most self-entitled sports fans (this will be another non-law related post soon) so at least I can see them remember what its like to be where they belong on the outside of the playoffs looking in.

That wasn’t what my post was actually about.  This post was actually geared towards the Bears schedule.  I looked at the schedule and I couldn’t help but think:  “Has there ever been a Bears season/schedule that seemed to be flashing so boldly and brightly that this is an 8-8 season?”  I’m not saying I know this team will finish 8-8, I’m saying when you think about the squad and you look at the schedule, it realy seems like an 8-8 season is right around the cornor.

First, we have the dreaded 3 game road trip.  Additionally, we get the joy of the Colts, Jags, and Titans.  Yey.  Even the Texans/Saints seem like games that will be a challenge.  The only games that I look at right now and say “we should be a favorite” are the matchups with the Falcons and the home game against the Lions. 

Given the fact that I’ll be hanging out in Milwaukee this summer (not that I ever need a reason to say the next sentence), I hope we can beat up on the Packers too, but that will depend on Mr. Rogers.

Happy Birthday Buddy!

April 14, 2008

Everyone please wish a happy birthday to our very own Clegal.

Law: Done

March 25, 2008

Monday I accepted a job offer to work for a firm in Milwaukee.  This of course means one thing – I spent all day today filling out paperwork for he firm and looking for an apartment.  I am proud to report that the paperwork is done except for a digital picture (I assume they are putting together a staff facebook). 

The apartment search on the other hand is not going so well.  I never lived in an apartment before.  I have no idea what to expect and I don’t know where to start.  The fact that I am subleasing only complicates things.  I am almost completely in the mind-set of trying to find an apartment in a safe area that will meet my needs and just going with it regardless. 

My needs are as follows:
1. A lease from May 15 until August 15

2. A bed and desk

3. A bus stop close to the apartment or a garage

4. A safe area

5. Less than a zillion dollars a month rent.

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to make a quick note about our blog to clear something up for those readers that haven’t checked out the ABOUT button above.

Malpractice is a blog written by two different people. Clegal is in law school, while KurzMan is in medical school. I only say this because I was a bit agitated about a comment I just had time to read today after one of Clegal’s posts entitled “What’s In A Name?”:

mommadona said:
March 5, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Stick to medicine.

You ramble and are incoherent.

On second thought, don’t go into medicine.


I don’t really have any clue about the identity of mommadona–maybe she’s just some random person who searched “Obama” and got to our blog. Regardless, one of my pet peeves is when a person calls out someone else on something they consider stupid (“ramble and are incoherent”) while also expressing stupidity themselves.

Maybe you, too, think that Clegal rambles a bit. Fine–you have a right to express your feelings; in fact, we encourage comments on any posts you find interesting and/or troubling. But can you at least do us the courtesy of understanding our blog before criticizing one or both of us? For those too lazy to click “About,” here’s a quick summary:

Clegal: Law student at Harvard. Writes the Law posts and occasional political commentary.

KurzMan: Med student at University of Illinois-Chicago. Writes the Med posts and sometimes discusses medically-related aspects of law.

I know I’m probably overreacting here–and, truth be told, the criticism wasn’t even coming my way (unless momma was implying that neither of us should go into medicine)–but I get a bit defensive when my good friend is attacked.

Law: Quick Note

March 4, 2008

Wish Kurzman luck, he’s got a big exam tomorrow and he’s not too confident.

OK. In hindsight, perhaps I should have realized that my roommate would be weirded out by the fact that I have a human skull in the apartment right now.

I’m not talking about a cute little plastic model–it’s the real thing: loose teeth and all. I guess I’m just programmed to not think about these kinds of things anymore; after all, I spend 2 hours every Tuesday/Thursday in the anatomy lab dissecting a human cadaver. So imagine my surprise as the following conversation ensued hours ago with my roommate, having just returned from a trip to vegas.

Cow: Hey Kurzman, how you been focker?

KurzMan: Pretty good–just the usual med school grind. How was vegas?

Cow: It’s pretty nice…what the heck’s in that weird box?

Kurz: By my desk? A human skull and a couple of vertebrae.

Cow: You’ve gotta be shitting me.

Kurz: Nah, check it out. Open it up.

:::Opens box:::

Cow: WHAT THE FUCK! That’s messed up dude–they gave you skull models?

Kurz: Umm, I mean…kinda. It’s not really a model–it’s the real thing.

::::Shuts box::::

Cow: OK, I’ll talk to you later.

Sure, “normal” people aren’t used to seeing things like human skulls laying around in an apartment. But what was he expecting living with a medical student?