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November 26, 2004




Someone else beat me to the punch, but yeah, as I read your "put Pro Bono hours on the transcript" suggestion, I immediately thought "Columbia _does_ that -- and I'm not sure it makes much difference."

Re: You friend who didn't make law review -- tell him to stop complaining and start writing, ASAP. If he gets two or three pieces published in halfway decent journals, he'll have as good of a chance as most people (except for superstar, Supreme Court clerk types) of landing an academic job. And it's a major (very major) added bonus if he's writing intelligent stuff (and has a teaching interest in) underserved areas like Tax, T & E, Bus Orgs, Evidence, or Bankruptcy. I mean come on, every school needs someone to teach evidence ( . . .Tax, T & E, etc.).

One final reason to write write write -- if he _does_ want to get onto law review, at many schools (including Columbia) he can write on.


Great essay.



You write:
"For instance, if a school truly wants to emphasize pro bono work, put the number of pro-bono hours a student has worked right on the transcript--and put it first."

Maybe you haven't gotten around to doing your pro bono requirement yet. No rush. But when you do, please note that the Columbia transcript format does put pro bono at the top. Well, almost the top. After the header information (your name and SSN, the degree awarded and the date of graduation), the transcript lists your honors (e.g., James Kent Scholar), and right below that it lists your pro bono hours, breaking it down into the 40 mandatory that you are required to do, and "Voluntary Pro Bono" - anything above 40.

Brief survey - for all readers out there who have done pro bono at other law schools - do your transcripts reflect pro bono work?

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