Law School Discussion

Deciding Where to Go => Choosing the Right Law School => Topic started by: vegasdood on October 16, 2007, 08:50:03 AM

Title: Questions about UNLV? I have answers.
Post by: vegasdood on October 16, 2007, 08:50:03 AM
3L answering questions here.
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Post by: Whoaz on October 16, 2007, 09:02:00 AM
How do you maintain focus in such a distracting city?
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Post by: vegasdood on October 16, 2007, 09:02:42 AM
It is difficult for many, especially those new to the city. I already lived here so have been there, done that.
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Post by: TheMaddRapper on October 16, 2007, 09:37:25 AM
Is the legal market there as good as people say it is?
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Post by: maryceleste on October 16, 2007, 09:50:13 AM
How are the admission chances for an out-of-state student?
How affordable is the cost of living in the area around the school?
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Post by: vegasdood on October 16, 2007, 10:50:39 AM
Is the legal market there as good as people say it is?

It is very good for laterals. For newly minted JDs, though, firms are becoming much more selective with regards to class rank, school rank, etc. which correlates to Vegas becoming much more viable for graduates of top tier schools. This is bad for Boyd people as you'd generally need to be top 10-15% to get a top firm job. 
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Post by: vegasdood on October 16, 2007, 10:53:06 AM
How are the admission chances for an out-of-state student?
How affordable is the cost of living in the area around the school?

Out-of-state is very tough as the school has a mandate to be something like 75% in-state. So, for a class of 100, that means 25 out-of-staters.

COL around the school is pretty cheap, around $650 for a 1-bedroom. That having been said, the area is not the greatest and not many people live around there. It is a commuter campus so most people go to class then get into their car and drive to the 'burbs.
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Post by: vegasdood on October 16, 2007, 10:55:14 AM
To what extent do OCIs involve hookers, blow, and/or roulette?  TYIA.

None of the above. The firms are pretty weary of people who would be persuaded by such things. It's not generally good for business. In fact, some of the larger firms actively recruit older/married students with kids so that they don't have to really worry about such things.
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Post by: I hate 20 dollar bills, I like 100's!!! on October 16, 2007, 12:36:17 PM
I am very interested in UNLV. In fact I met Mrs. Lyons at a law fair yesterday. Can you tell me anything about there spots/entertainment law program?
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Post by: maryceleste on October 16, 2007, 12:45:20 PM
How are the admission chances for an out-of-state student?
How affordable is the cost of living in the area around the school?

Out-of-state is very tough as the school has a mandate to be something like 75% in-state. So, for a class of 100, that means 25 out-of-staters.

COL around the school is pretty cheap, around $650 for a 1-bedroom. That having been said, the area is not the greatest and not many people live around there. It is a commuter campus so most people go to class then get into their car and drive to the 'burbs.

75% ouch, that is disappointing for this out-of-stater.
Thanks for your answers.
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Post by: vegasdood on October 16, 2007, 12:47:51 PM
I am very interested in UNLV. In fact I met Mrs. Lyons at a law fair yesterday. Can you tell me anything about there spots/entertainment law program?

What entertainment and sports law program? There is an entertainment law class and a student organization but that's about it. There is a sports management department in another college but it's totally unrelated to the law school. At any rate, no matter what school you go to it is a very limited field.
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Post by: vegasdood on October 17, 2007, 08:28:32 AM
How are the admission chances for an out-of-state student?
How affordable is the cost of living in the area around the school?

Out-of-state is very tough as the school has a mandate to be something like 75% in-state. So, for a class of 100, that means 25 out-of-staters.

COL around the school is pretty cheap, around $650 for a 1-bedroom. That having been said, the area is not the greatest and not many people live around there. It is a commuter campus so most people go to class then get into their car and drive to the 'burbs.

75% ouch, that is disappointing for this out-of-stater.
Thanks for your answers.

I would think if you were in the 160 range or above, you'd be competitive coming from out-of-state.
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Post by: vegasdood on October 23, 2007, 01:13:21 PM
Forgot to mention that UNLV seems to like to reward splitters. They can get plenty of in-state people with good GPAs so they tend to focus on LSAT for out-of-staters since the average in-state LSAT is pretty low. Of course if you are instate with a good GPA and LSAT you are gold.
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Post by: vegasdood on January 20, 2008, 07:46:35 AM
bump
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Post by: MikeBZ on March 25, 2008, 02:38:13 PM
What do you think about a 157 lsat score for an out of stater
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Post by: vegasdood on March 25, 2008, 02:47:45 PM
Depends on your GPA but in general I think it'd be tough since like 80% of the class has to come from in-state and Nevada applicants are generally not that strong. So they make up for that by giving lots of money to relatively high performing out-of-state candidates.
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Post by: MikeBZ on March 25, 2008, 02:55:42 PM
Depends on your GPA but in general I think it'd be tough since like 80% of the class has to come from in-state and Nevada applicants are generally not that strong. So they make up for that by giving lots of money to relatively high performing out-of-state candidates.

Well my GPA overall is around a 3.3, but that's because my freshmen semester I did really bad. My gpa after that was a 3.5 my freshmen and sophomore year and 3.98 my junior and senior year....so I dunno.

UNLV seems like a great school though, I like how it's the only law school in the state and its dispute resolution program  seems to be top notch. 
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Post by: vegasdood on March 26, 2008, 11:20:44 PM
I think you are borderline. They take lots of instaters with high gpas/low lsats and have to make up for that with the out of staters.

Be warned, also, that Vegas has recently become much more viable for graduates of higher ranked schools. This was historically not the case and is what led to the formation of the school. So, the market is not as rosy as the school would make it sound. You really need to be top 10-15% to get Vegas "big" law and even then some of those people are working in smaller firms. And dispute resolution is cool and all but it doesn't get you jobs.
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Post by: twh2008 on March 29, 2008, 12:07:20 PM
Out-of-stater in at UNLV with 50% scholarship. Just some hope for Mary. My numbers weren't stellar but I had some really great intern experiences and letters of rec. GPA: 3.8 LSAT: 153

I did have a question for Vegasdood if he wouldn't mind. I heard something about how unlv is bar exam applicable in nv, az, ca, ut... what does this mean?
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Post by: vegasdood on March 29, 2008, 01:27:27 PM
153? Wow, that's below the 25th percentile!

Not really sure what "bar exam applicable means". As an accredited school, you are eligible to take the bar in any state.

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Post by: twh2008 on March 29, 2008, 04:50:36 PM
haha, yea I know where my numbers fall, thanks for pointing out HOW LOW it is though.

It may shed some light on the situation to call attention to the other things that helped out my overall package. I had five 3-6 month internships with legislators at district, sacramento capitol, and d.c. offices. Had letters of rec from a senator, congressman, president of my university, and the pre-law advisor at my campus.

As far as my lsat, what can i say, it stunk, haha but took the lsat the day before leaving for d.c. for 6 months. My only point is that, contrary to everything you've heard, the LSAT isn't EVERYTHING, especially at a great school like UNLV where they really make an effort to look at your entire app.

W/regards to bar, I am aware what ABA means, I think this is something different. Will let you know if I figure it out. Maybe having to do with the MBE, they way I understood it, it meant that if you were a UNLV grad your ONE bar exam would allow you to practice in ca, nv, ut, az. Ucla has something similiar for ca, ny, nv and USD for ca, nv, az, ny, md
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Post by: vegasdood on March 29, 2008, 05:13:19 PM
Sorry not meaning to imply that you shouldn't be at UNLV or anything, just surprised.

The NV Bar does not have reciprocity with any other jurisdictions. I did a quick check and UT and AZ do not offer reciprocity for NV bar members

http://www.utahbar.org/admissions/reciprocity_jurisdiction_table.html
http://www.supreme.state.az.us/admis/

If I were to take a guess, I would say it is a recruiting tactic. I remember when I went to admitted students day they bragged about being able to take the bar anywhere in the US with a UNLV degree. This was in response to someone asking if UNLV students can get jobs outside of NV. Typically spin.

At any rate, I'd be interested in understanding what they mean as well.
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Post by: MikeBZ on March 29, 2008, 07:49:15 PM
Thanks for the information. I have another question if you don't mind, what is the commute like going to UNLV if you want to live in apartments in a nice area? Thanks.
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Post by: vegasdood on March 29, 2008, 07:51:42 PM
Traffic is really bad these days so 30 minutes if your commute is during rush hour. Otherwise like 20 minutes.
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Post by: MikeBZ on March 29, 2008, 10:20:36 PM
Eh, that's not too bad. Hows the midtown project coming along? Is it facing bureaucratic tie-ups? Or is the community really in support of the urban revitalization project?
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Post by: vegasdood on March 30, 2008, 08:40:44 AM
It's gone nowhere AFAIK. No one in Vegas really cares about that stuff. There is also a downtown revitalization project that is similarly situated.
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Post by: rebelfan286 on March 30, 2008, 11:40:30 AM
Most of us who live in Vegas do everything we can to stay away from the strip.  Sometimes it takes me an hour to get home from UNLV depending on traffic.  15 minutes max if there is none.
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Post by: oh noez on May 17, 2008, 04:45:58 PM
I know this thread hasn't been active in awhile, but I have some questions about UNLV.
I was on the waitlist, but was informed on Thursday that they'd like to admit me to the part-time evening division unless a full-time or part-time day spot opens up. I have $$ at Gonzaga and had planned on going there, but now I'm not so sure.  ??? 

Is anyone able to give me more info about the evening program? I'm wondering about quality of faculty/classes and if it will significantly impact my abilities to participate in stuff like law review since you need a certain number of classes to be accepted onto law review/journals. I'm also looking for general info that I can't find on the website--are the students in the evening division typically older? Do they have the same job prospects? If nobody has answers to these questions, I understand. Just curious if anyone has some info.
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Post by: vegasdood on May 18, 2008, 08:18:25 AM
I'm wondering about quality of faculty/classes and if it will significantly impact my abilities to participate in stuff like law review since you need a certain number of classes to be accepted onto law review/journals.

>> You can fully participate in LR and SOA as a part-time student. The only complaint I've heard (from a part-time student on here) is that there are not as many electives available in the evening.

I'm also looking for general info that I can't find on the website--are the students in the evening division typically older?

>> Yes

Do they have the same job prospects?

>> Yes, understanding that the job prospects in general are not really great.