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  1. Gallant Knight

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    i just pay when i file. i also don't pay quarterly. i just pay the penalty. i usually pay some in april, depending on my last year, and then the rest in october. i figure i can make more money investing than the penalty costs
     
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  2. Sammy Meatballs

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    I’m going stir crazy being in the office so much while I file enough lawsuits to keep me busy. I don’t know how people spend all their time in the office.
     
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  3. RJF-GUMP

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    I hold it back. Created a savings account labeled “tax account” and just put 22% of all draws into it.
     
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  4. RJF-GUMP

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    The worst is “phantom income.” Hold back some profits to keep in your war chest....you’re going to get hit hard on that.
     
  5. Bricktop the white

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    How much notice should I give? Two weeks is fine right?
     
  6. Gallant Knight

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    yeah and just make sure your files are in decent to good shape when you leave
     
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  7. Bricktop the white

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  8. Oranjello

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    *reasonable salary
     
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  9. Oranjello

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    In law school, I interned for the Capital Litigation Division of the Alabama Attorney General’s office. My political persuasions have completely changed since then and I now question some things, but nevertheless the reasons I wanted to work in that specific office weren’t political but rather intellectual curiosity in an environment of extremely high stakes appellate work. Literally life or death. It was an incredibly interesting and unique experience. I bring it up because there was an execution in Alabama today, and a timeline posted to AL.com is absolutely insane and worth pointing out from a legal perspective and if anyone gives a fuck I could talk about what’s going on in the background. It’s a good cocktail party story, so figured I’d offer it here.

    Assuming AL.com is accurate, here’s the timeline of the legal proceedings today:
    • 5:30 PM - 11th Circuit denies a stay of execution due to an untimely challenge claiming procedural defect
    • 5:38 PM - SCOTUS grants temporary stay
    • 7:06 PM - Woods files second petition to SCOTUS over ineffective assistance of counsel
    • 7:10 PM - AL AG responds
    • 7:52 PM - SCOTUS lifts stay and denies review
    • 9:01 PM - Defendant pronounced dead
    I realize briefs are written in advance but it’s still crazy to me that it went from denial of stay, appealed to SCOTUS who granted and then lifted the stay, to dead in 3.5 hours.
     
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  10. Nelson

    Nelson Can somebody please get Ja Rule on the phone
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    these types of nights are without a doubt the strangest part of appellate work (aka appellate clerks’ work)
     
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  11. Z

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    And four years after this wonderful journey began, case settles.

    It's amazing what the whites of a jury's eyes will do. :chatzy:
     
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  12. Z

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    I do capital defense on the trial end. I started out this journey fairly pro-death penalty. After what I've seen, no more.
     
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  13. Fudd Gates

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    I took my 2nd practice test yesterday exactly a month after my first. I raised my score 5 points and am now at or slightly above the 75th percentile score for the schools I'm considering.

    I'm less than halfway done my prep class and there is a large amount of material I haven't studied yet, which bodes well, but I think more than anything I have been unprepared for the time constraints during the test. In my entire academic career I never once had to worry about running out of time, but I think for 4 of the 5 sections I was forced to skim over the stimuli and answer choices and make essentially an uneducated guess for 3 of the final questions.

    I've kind of come to the conclusion that I really need to do a better job at not wasting an inordinate amount of time on questions that are very difficult for me and instead move on and have time to more thoroughly answer the questions at the end of the section that I have essentially been forced to guess on. I also need to work on my reading skills because in a lot of cases I have to reread sections of the stimuli multiple times, also wasting time.
     
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  14. Z

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    Managing time is so huge. I had to take the LSAT twice. First time, I got to the last question of the first logic game before I realized I had read a clue wrong and done the inverse, and had to start the whole section over when I thought I was deep into it. It was awful.

    Second time, didn’t make that mistake and score went up 12 points. Difference in barely getting into school I wanted and having a full scholarship.
     
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  15. Bricktop the white

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    you said you have family money backing you up, take the LSAT as many times as you want. Schools generally only care about your highest score.

    Taking it 5x and getting a 175 is worth far more than taking it once and getting a 168.
     
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  16. Nelson

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    I’m a testament to the notion you can study for the thing, and funnily enough it was only after I stopped taking the prep course that I got better.
     
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  17. Fudd Gates

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    I agree with this sentiment, but my options for schools are bound to NYC and immediate vicinity only. The only 2 schools to which this would apply are NYU and Columbia and even if I was able to get a competitive score, I don't feel confident about being accepted there for reasons other than the score.
     
  18. BamaNug

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    While it would be a lot with LSAT prep, one way to increase your chances would be getting involved in some community/volunteer programs.

    I only know what you’ve posted, so I dont want to make any assumptions, but if you could demonstrate a strong period of recovery, plus ‘soft’ factors (volunteering, etc.), it could go a long way
     
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  19. GoS

    GoS Saul Motherfucking Goodman

    Going through due diligence as an in house counsel is a unique form of hell.

    Especially when you have minor amounts of shares/options (giving you little transaction upside)

    1/10 do not recommend
     
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  20. pez

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    do they not average it any more?
     
  21. Bricktop the white

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    I've heard rumors that some do. Most just accept your highest score.

    The tls forums are full of people who end up at t14 schools after getting a 175+ after double digits attempts
     
  22. BamaNug

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    I just threw up in the back of my mouth.

    First time I took it mostly blind (taught myself the logic games tips), scored a 165. Decided to take it a 2nd time and signed up for an intensive prep class, took a ton of practice tests, basically busted my ass for a few months as a senior in college. Got the exact same score.

    My hardest part was always the reading comprehension. The topics were so fucking boring that I would have to re-read it a few times to retain the substance.
     
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  23. Gallant Knight

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    i took it without studying on basically the last day possible because i didn't know what i wanted to do. got a 159 and pretty sure i got 0 logic games questions right.
     
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  24. Bricktop the white

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    I took it just to prove my girlfriend I could beat her at it (165 to 159) :mulletsmug:
     
  25. Nelson

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    half of my job is chasing in house people on diligence items and I just want you to know I don’t take any joy in making your lives miserable
     
  26. GoS

    GoS Saul Motherfucking Goodman

    Oh I am a fucking ninja at that shit and as GC I shut down the department when we get deep into DD so I can focus.

    It's just without that option/RSA cash out it's hard to get inspired. I get to work 70-80 hr weeks for 2 months so I can, what, pay off my car loans? While everyone else makes 7 fig? It sucks. But it's more a timing issue as I came into the company part time and it is only after 1 year full time that the transaction is occurring. feelsbadman.jpg
     
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  27. Nelson

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    what did you do before?
     
  28. GoS

    GoS Saul Motherfucking Goodman

    i have been in house since 2000, mostly small upstart companies/growth orgs

    Also do regulatory compliance and privacy
     
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  29. Ignatious Thistilewhilte

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    Contacted mine over a month ago. Got something in the mail a week ago stating the charges would be dropped.

    well hell, what if I don't believe them; what do I do, and where do I go? I mean forget my mistakes and all, but I'm just trying to maintain a sense of peace and wellnes. And whithout that -- I'm no one.

    Done did so much time in jail and prison.. Sure, some of it was fun, I mean being slammed to curb felt bad at first, then they gave me water to drink, and then I felt a little better. I can't afford anymore trouble these days, cause I'm tryna do right by everyone. I am not a freakin failure. Promise you that. And I'm a damn seminole fan, So if you have a problem talk to the misses. She kinda nice, just don't piss her off!!!
     
  30. BamaNug

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    Sir, this is a Wendy's
     
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  31. AHebrewToo

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    There is no chance I'd be where I am today if I hadn't perfected the games sections. It's such a dumb test.
     
  32. Gallant Knight

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    yeah it sounds like the games are pretty easy if you put the time in. i barely even knew there was a logic games portion of the test.
     
  33. BamaNug

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    Once you figure out the tips and tricks, it's not difficult to get a perfect score on the logic games.
     
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  34. AHebrewToo

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    My academic career is a reflection of monetary privilege.

    Neither of my parents went to college and I had no clue people prepared for the SAT (we couldn't have afforded a class, but at least I could have studied some prep books from a used book store or library). I took the SATs once, blind, and did moderately well but not exceptionally. Got some need-based grants, but no scholarships.

    Got married after college and my wife's parents (both with professional degrees that knew how important the test was to our future) fronted us the cash for my LSAT prep course while I worked a few shifts a week as a server and spent the rest of my time grinding on LSAT prep. Did exceptionally well and got a scholarship. Best few thousand dollars my in-laws ever spent.
     
  35. Z

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    I had no clue people actually prepped for the ACT/SAT.

    Just took the test. Did well, but I would probably think actually studying/learning tricks would have helped. LSAT I didn't take a course, but I bought the PowerScore Bibles and I thought they were pretty good. Bar exam--again no course, BamaNug sold me some books which I studied about 2 weeks before the test.
     
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  36. AHebrewToo

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    I took the PowerScore live class and it was great. My instructor had been an admissions counselor at Boalt (Berkeley law) and he helped a ton on my personal statement.

    Bar exam is different because there is no point to getting anything above just passing.

    I'd be interested to see how I did on the bar exams I took. I bet it's pretty mediocre but I passed them both. :)
     
  37. CoastalOrange

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    I have never wanted to know how I did on the bar exams. I passed and that was all I cared about. I was an idiot during the bar summer and partied for all of it then studied for 2.5 weeks. I am partially convinced that I might have actually failed and somehow they messed up the scores. So I never want to know if that concern is a true one or not.
     
  38. Nelson

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    Logic games were my worst so I did the free 7Sage videos until I had them down pat

    what made my score shoot up wasn’t any kind of prep course, it was just grinding prior tests and reviewing my wrong answers. I’d go to the library and take one a night for a month
     
  39. Bricktop the white

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    this is also on hold as the world succumbs to the plague / i got 3 interviews with plaintiffs firms out of the blue in the week following posting it.
     
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  40. bro

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    this is me.

    Wish I would have prepped for the ACT so I could have gotten well into the 30s. Crazy that my HS didn't have a mandatory prep course.

    LSAT bibles are the way to go.
     
  41. ukcats8

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    Anyone here do social security disability hearings? I have been swamped doing these hearings this year. For reference, I just did my 50th hearing so far this year, and the volume of hearings will be similar for me until at least May. Super high volume practice. Anyway, it feels like my role at hearings are pretty meaningless/useless, and I'm sure there is more I can do to help my clients win other than poke holes in the VE's testimony.
     
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  42. RJF-GUMP

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    I used to do these probably 5-6 years ago. Haven't done them in forever. I've only done a few of them. I'd agree with your assessment.
     
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  43. RJF-GUMP

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    Settled a med mal at mediation for $230,000 today.
     
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  44. electronic

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    This covid stuff is going to be fascinating for contract attorneys. Better start brushing up on your clients' force majeure clauses.
     
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  45. CoastalOrange

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    We already received a letter from BMW slightly changing their FM clause. Now they state that it'll only apply for "official" shut-downs and what not. I laughed bc not only are they attempting to change things unilaterally at this time, "official" is not defined so technically we could "officially" shutdown their line and still be within our rights for the FM.
     
  46. Tilly

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    Are yalls offices doing anything over covid? There's an outbreak in the county over from us (I actually met with a nurse on Tuesday who apparently treated a few of the covid patients,so I'm probably more paranoid than most right now). Basically we're just doing telephone conferences instead of in person conferences if we can, have our receptionist wiping down door knobs every few hours, got hand sanitizer/tissues everywhere, and telling sick people to stay home. Anything else we should be doing?
     
  47. Gallant Knight

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    I’m legit thinking about buying my whole office laptops and vonage in case shit gets shut down
     
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  48. Sammy Meatballs

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    I’m telling my clients I heard it can be transmitted through the phone too so please stop calling.
     
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  49. Sammy Meatballs

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    But in reality, I’m assuming we are working from home starting soon. Which is fine because I’ll get more done, but it’s going to be impossible to move cases without taking depositions.
     
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  50. Oranjello

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    I added "pandemics" to one yesterday and thought about defining what exactly a pandemic is (e.g., declared so by some official body), but as I was making the edits the WHO declared this a pandemic, so opted not to. :gocho:

    Cleaning the office more, flexible leave policies, and we've been told to do whatever we need to get a home office up and running because mandatorily working from home is all but inevitable. Already have dual monitors, so in the next few days I think I'll take myself home a color laserjet because why not?
     
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