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General Board / Chicago-Kent
« on: October 03, 2009, 11:08:27 PM »
Hi
I am still new and sporadic to the board, but just attended an open house for Chicago-Kent in the downtown Chicago area...is there anyone on the board currently enrolled in the part-time evening program? They did have a person on the panel that was currently enrolled but the auditorium was full and I didn't get a chance to pick his brain as much as I wanted. I am curious to know the amount of homework I should expect to do, and if this is different as a first year student versus subsequent years. This particular college has a heavy emphasis on legal writing, or an above average(I think it is 5 semesters) as compared to others.

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Hi there

I am fairly new and also pretty sporadic to the board because I have kids, a job and am also studying for my MBA currently. I am planning on applying to law school, though in the next year or so and wanted to see if there are any students out there attending a part-time evening program at Kent or any of the Chicago area law schools?


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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Chicago-Law Schools
« on: July 22, 2009, 10:02:41 PM »
Thank you to everyone who gave me some good things to think about. I suppose I should clarify my reasoning behind pursuing this degree so late in life! I have always had this in mind-however, as life can sometimes be, things happen and three kids and 15 years later, I have tried to go back and continue on with my education. My background is in finance, primarily in the risk/credit field. I realize that this is a huge undertaking-but if I allowed myself to be discouraged I would have not gotten this far...I have had people tell me already that the younger lawyers will "eat me alive"..I am not afraid of that, or how hard anything will be. I am pretty determined! :)

I do believe, however that I can incorporate a law degree into my current experience-so I am not looking for a career as a prosecutor necessarily, but focusing on something geared more towards my field-bankruptcy, corporate law, M&A, etc. I may not go to the highest ranking school on the map, but I have confidence in my abilities to see it through, whatever it ends up being.

I personally believe that employers look at both experience as well as education,and I am not trying to break into the most prestigious or well known firm. I just want to obtain my degree and use it to compliment my life and fulfill kind of a long time pursuit.

Again,thank you all for the advice, and I will take it to heart.

Best,

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Chicago-Law Schools
« on: July 22, 2009, 07:56:17 AM »
Well I think all three of these schools have reputable programs.  They have strong regional reputations.  They are all within the Top 100 of the US News Law School rankings.  Accordingly, Loyola and Chicago-Kent do well salary wise in terms of private practice (this, according to the current US News salary data).  It is my understanding that most programs (including part-time evening programs) meet four out of the standard five day week. 

According to US News, Chicago-Kent's part-time program is rated 10th in the country.  Loyola's part-time program is rated 16th in the country.  Depaul's part-time program is rated 21st in the country.

It is untrue that "big law" is out of one's options at these schools.  And as for government work, the most recent data shows that very few graduates (in terms of a percentage) are in this sector.  Most are in the private sector.  If you are interested in large law firms, you can do your own research at large firms in Chicago like Mayer Brown and Winston Strawn, do a search of the graduates from any of these schools, and see the current number of associates and/or partners.  In my view, it is always problematic to rely on advice from users on message boards.  It would be better to talk to actual admissions officers at these schools to help you figure out what you want to do.  Do your own research of law school graduates from these schools at firms of all sizes to get an accurate assessment of what options are available, pursued, and granted.

I hope that helps.

PS: No matter what you decide, it is never too early to begin preparing for the LSAT.





Thank you-I appreciate your feedback and honesty.



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General Board / Part-Time Evening Law Classes
« on: July 22, 2009, 12:07:45 AM »
Hello:

I am new to the board and wanted to find out if anyone is currently enrolled in a part-time evening program?

If so, I'd be curious to know your thoughts on the schedule in combination with your current job and/or family.

Your input would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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Distance Education Law Schools / Chicago-Law Schools
« on: July 21, 2009, 10:10:11 PM »
Hello,

I am new to the board but have been contemplating Law school for a very long time. I have a BA degree and am about a third of the way through my MBA studies through Keller Graduate/Devry. I have two issues I'd appreciate some input. Up until now, I have taken the majority of my classes online, with the exception of the second part of a double major I took for my BA. I realize that after a lot of research, their are a couple if any reputable law school programs online. I have three children and have been able to get this far, but I know Law will be a much bigger challenge.( I also have a full time job)My GPA is a 3.8, thus far.

I have looked at Chicago Kent, De Paul and am getting ready to investigate a third-I believe that Loyola also offers a part-time program. So far, Chicago-Kent and De Paul both offer dual degree programs.

I am wondering if I should continue with my MBA studies, gain that degree and then begin studying for the LSAT or start now. I am also wondering if any of the part-time programs are less than 5 nights a week. At this point, it would be tough taking the train downtown for 4 years straight every night.

Any thoughts would be appreciated, and sorry for the long post.


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