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Job Search / Re: How important is the name really?
« on: November 03, 2006, 09:00:53 AM »
It does help, but of course my goal is not to take a low paying all.  In fact, I want to go into M&A Law, Securities, basically business law in general.  I also wouldn't mind being part of a corporation that is just starting and growing with them.  But it is not at all my goal to work for the government, and getting a clerkship hasn't yet crossed my mind.  I won't have any debt when I leave, but I am not going to take any job that pays less than 75K just because I am debt free.  The only reason I ask is that I have a great possibility of transfering, but I want to make sure that would be a good choice.  I only got a good scholarship to Brooklyn Law (besides Hofstra of course), and the best schools I got into simply did not offer any money at all.  I just am not sure that the reason why I would be turned down is where I went to school.  And in terms of every school wanting to improve their rankings, of course that it true.  BUT Hofstra has a brand new Dean (who is in fact my Torts prof) and he has already started the improvement process.  I actually am a part of it, because I among many of my classmates, are the recruits he wanted to get so much.  My class is filled with Ivy Leaguers and people who scored within the 160's range.  They are there for the scholarships.  Hofstra had been a top 100 school for a long time until last year's report, which was heavily criticized by the ABA by the way. 

Thanks for your replies.  I really appreciate it.

Job Search / Re: How important is the name really?
« on: November 03, 2006, 06:57:39 AM »
Look, first of all, when I was looking at Hofstra for the first time it was ranked #87, and I am sure it will go up far above that in the next few years because it is their objective and they are working hard towards achieving their goal. 

I can't predict how well I will do, but I have gotten A's on my memos, on my midterm for civ pro, I am the SBA 1L rep for my section, I am in the Deans Academic Advisory Committee and I feel like I have settled well within the school so far. 

My point with my post is not to be modest or a show off, it is to state the facts so I can get an objective analytical opinion.  I guess if some of you are lawyers already that point should not have been so hard to grasp. 

It is not the first time I made a choice that is questioned and frowned upon by others.  I went to the University of Maryland over two Ivy League schools in undergrad because I wanted to be close to home.  Still I again got into highly ranked schools when I applied to Law School.  I just think big law firms know better than to shun people from a chance only because of where they went to school without taking into account their class ranking and without an interview. 

So to make my question narrower, let's assume I graduate in the top 3% of my class.  What would my chances be then?

Job Search / Re: Law Firms with Offices in South America
« on: November 01, 2006, 08:08:29 PM »
That is a great question, I am very interested in that as well (I am in fact from Brazil).  I am looking into M&A, with that said, many big firms have offices in Brazil and other parts of S.A.  If you can get into those you should be set to work there from time to time or even gain representation.  As far as staying there permanently, I would try working with internation corporations from those countries and work in their legal department. 

Job Search / How important is the name really?
« on: November 01, 2006, 08:01:49 PM »
You know, I have heard too much for too long how important the name of the law school is on your diploma.  I have heard that the name can sometimes be more important than the ranking within your class.  But why?  I know some people say that it's because behind the name and the reputation comes excellent education, and even if it doesn't things are how they are and it's not I who will change it.  But I wonder if firms will really turn me down because I didn't go to a top 50 school.  I got a 169 on my LSAT, I had a 3.5 cum. GPA in my undergraduate school, I got in all but one out of 10 schools I applied to, 3 of them in the top 50 and one in the top 5...yeah...but I chose a school ranked 87 by the infamous US News and World Report for the full ride.  I thought it was an honor that a school bet so highly in my success that they said I don't have to pay to go there, that it is my name that may help build theirs up and not the other way around.  You know, I think that there is a lot more going for lawyers than a fancy law school.  I think that if you have additional, relevant attributes you are much better off than the stereotype anti-social Ivy-Leaguer.  I speak five languages, hold dual citizenship and American Residency, have traveled the world, volunteered abroad, worked at the Maryland General Assembly, was a crucial help on the passage of a really important child-welfare bill, I am outgoing, smart, persevering, persuasive, diligent, and yet somehow I hear that because I chose to go to Hofstra, and emphasis on the word "chose", I am doomed as far as jobs.  So my question to you, who have the experience required to answer my question, is whether it is really true that going to Hofstra Law is going to affect my job choices negatively.  I am not sure whether it is relevant, but my field of choice so far is M&A and other types of business law.  Thanks in advance for the replies. 

Current Law Students / STANDOUT CASES
« on: June 01, 2006, 07:55:23 AM »
HI guys!  Ok, I am starting Law School in the fall, and I was wondering what cases really stood out (or traumatized you so much) that you still remember the name today.  Also, does anyone here go to Hofstra? :)

Thank you BigPimpin BU!  Yeah, if I don't get into a great law school I will try to transfer later.  I am currently enrolled in a testmasters course, that is why I have taken so many diagnostics, they are the ones that give it out.  My first diagnostic ever was from Kaplan and I got a 173...I don't know if it was bigginer's luck or what, but I followed my instincs and took the course anyways. 

Hey A.J.!  Sorry to overwhelm the law students area with my question.  I did post it in the pre law forum too, but I figured law students know just as well if not better how to address my question.  So it didn't hurt to try!  :D

Well, I hope to improve the reading's really the only thing I need to improve.

Thanks again!

Hey everyone! I don't know what it going on.  I have taken major tests in my life before, I have a good undergrad record, a 135 IQ, I am finishing up testmasters as a prep course for the Oct LSAT, but still I cannot get past the low 150's on my diagnostics.  Worse of all, I get basically all the games right, a lot of the logicak reasoning right, and basically most of the reading comp wrong.  I am not sure what to do.  I tried everything.  Reading fast I can't absorb the info, reading slow I can only read 2 passages, reading the questions first and trying to find it in the passage just sux in general...what should I do?  Is anyone in the same boat?  I am not American and English is not my first language, but I do speak it fluently so I don't know if that has something to do with it.  I am only applying to schools is NYC and Long Island, and those are often hard to get into.  Could I get into NY Law School or St Johns or cardozo with a 153 and a 3.4 GPA?  Or maybe someone can just give me a tip on how to improve the reading comprehension part of my test taking.  Thank you so much!

This should be a no brainer.  Unless you want to become a professor, you should go to NYU.  Congratulations and good luck!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Pacific versus Hofstra
« on: June 22, 2006, 07:19:57 PM »
I got into higher ranked schools than Hofstra but Hofstra was always my first choice...Hofstra has a great faculty and students get great jobs.

I am happy with my decision to attend Hofstra; I went to an Ivy for's not everything you think it is. I know a lot of people who are still struggling to get decent jobs.   I know it isn't the same for law, but I have come to learn that name isn't everything.

Choose where you'll be happy, and the place you feel is the best for you. In the end, it's really your own comfort level and happiness that matter the most.

I am so sick of hearing about rankings. I believe they cause too many people to make the wrong decision when it comes to what school they should attend - your concern when making such a decision should be yourself, not some magazine's ever-changing formula.

 :)indeed! :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Pacific versus Hofstra
« on: June 22, 2006, 04:17:59 PM »
I was kind of in the same situation as you a few months back (Yale vs. NYU$$$). If I had to choose between those schools, I would have to say TAKE THE LSAT AGAIN!!. Please take my advice to heart. With some real dedication you can get that LSAT score you really want. Remember, "Rome wasn't built in a day", so set those goals a little higher and aim for Ivy!

Mmmm...well, I respectfully disagree.  You see, I had a high LSAT, got into some amazing schools (including one Ivy) but opted to go to Hofstra and not pay anything instead.  You would be surprised at the placements for last year's class!  Hofstra Law is a fairly new school, established in 1970, so I think it has a lot of potential, and it is a group of talented students that can help it achieve a higher status.  Plus, Ivys are more crucial if you are planning on becoming a Professor than if you want a corporate job.  As to the original question, I would go to school where I feel the most comfortable and think you would do best in. 

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