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L.L.M. Board / Re: Undergrad seeking advice
« on: September 04, 2008, 02:49:57 PM »
This is poor advice on here.  Try to find an alumnus of your UG Accounting Program who is now a Tax Attorney and ask him/her for advice.  I know several tax attorneys who went straight into an LLM program and a few who are CPAs and LLMs.  If you can't find advice this way, if your school has a law school attached see if you can set up a short meeting with a tax professor (in the law school not an accounting-tax prof) to seek advice.

The general trend is that the LLM is not worth much EXCEPT for an LLM in Tax or for foreign lawyers. 

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Law School Applications / Re: Casting the Net
« on: September 03, 2008, 03:20:55 PM »
Apply to three "Reach" schools, four targets, and three safeties.

Probably should go: 1) HYS as reach; 2) your choice of four in the high T14 3) your choice of 2 in the low T14 and the best school in the state you wish to practice.
 

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Transferring / Re: Thrown to the wolves
« on: August 29, 2008, 08:18:41 PM »
Its kind of ridiculous, I went to a 40s T1 and the best school in the state.  The non-transfers had the attitude that they were better qualified to be there because of the LSAT, whereas we only had done well in 1L.

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Transferring / Re: Thrown to the wolves
« on: August 29, 2008, 05:33:23 PM »
Yes, two years ago this was my experience.  People really look down at transfers because they think you have somehow not earned it.  This is ridiculous but quite prevalent.  Luckily my law school admitted upwards of twenty transfers so we hung out a lot.

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General Board / Re: Not Taking Evidence in Law School?
« on: August 29, 2008, 05:31:24 PM »
I would recommend you take evidence.  It is the hardest part of the MBE (lowest national avg score among all subjects).  Secondly, you still need to know evidence even if you are not a litigator.  You will need to be able to evaluate what evidence will be admissible if something goes wrong to better structure transactions.

I would strongly advise taking it.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: August 29, 2008, 11:34:16 AM »
The debates are going to be hilarious!!

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Law School Applications / Re: Majors
« on: August 28, 2008, 06:26:08 PM »
I generally agree that law schools don't much care about your UG major.  However, they will likely evaluate your GPA based on this.  For instance, a 4.0 in criminal justice is not as impressive as a 4.0 in physics.

Another point to think about is getting exposed to areas in UG that may help you with practice.  For example, if you want to work in BIGLAW it may be helpful to get a degree in business/accounting/finance because a lot of big firm work is large business transactions.  A background in financial statements and similar would give you a slight edge in your career (but probably not in OCI/hiring).

Similarly, if you want practice criminal law maybe look towards sociology or similar.

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In regard to the marriage amendment, he said it doesn't belong in the Constitution because the purpose of the constitution is to limited the powers of government with respect to individual liberties.  Amendments that guarantee equal protection of the law, criminalize slavery and grant female and black suffrage are in line with this principle-they limit the government's power to deny these rights.

(an interesting aside, while I certainly agree that slavery should be illegal, an argument can be made that it doesn't belong in the Constitution as it is the only part of the document that prohibits private, as opposed to government action).

Any proposed amendment to define marriage is antithetical to this notion.  First, it would be defining an institution which has been traditionally a states' rights issue.  Secondly, it would seek to expand the government's power over the individual to deny homosexual marriage.

If republicans were consistent in their beliefs, they should staunchly oppose such a plenary expansion of government power.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Another Tier 3/4 question
« on: August 26, 2008, 10:02:28 AM »
Advice from a recent low T1 grad:  Go to a T14 if possible otherwise go somewhere offering you $$$ or a cheap in-state school.  I promise. 

So, you're saying either go to a top 14 school, if that doesn't work, go to the least expensive one, even it's a T4?

Yes, kinda.  As a general rule, I would recommend going to either a T14 or the least expensive school.  However, look into the school's reputation in the area you want to work.  Don't go to Cooley or other school with a poor rep under any circumstances.  A state school with in-state tuition in the area you want to work would be ideal.

Also, if you end up at a lower-ranked school, make sure to stay close to where you want to work.  Many attorneys will not have even heard of some T4s that aren't in their state.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Another Tier 3/4 question
« on: August 26, 2008, 12:48:33 AM »
Advice from a recent low T1 grad:  Go to a T14 if possible otherwise go somewhere offering you $$$ or a cheap in-state school.  I promise. 

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