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Law School Applications / Re: My Chances at Harvard and Stanford?
« on: November 10, 2009, 04:59:45 PM »
I don't get it. You have a B.A in Economics from Chicago and a MPH from Yale.

Why do you want to be a lawyer? 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 3.50/166
« on: November 10, 2009, 04:51:10 PM »
Maybe not at Georgetown, but his question was about Georgetown and Texas.

I really think he has a shot at Texas esp since he is in-state.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 3.50/166
« on: November 10, 2009, 11:46:39 AM »
It will depend on your application; your LSAT score is okay and your GPA is average, but what are your softs.  How long have you been out of school?  Did you write a good PS or do any of the extra essays?


 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Fordham v. UCONN
« on: November 10, 2009, 11:43:26 AM »
I should say this: I know quite a few people we went to UCONN and ended up in good jobs in NYC.  It's a good school and in this economy I don't think there really is a difference between UCONN and Fordham, in terms of reach.  There both regional schools with ties to the NYC market. 

Do you honestly, think that paying full cost is worth it?  Keep in mind, it's not just 30k your saving.

The in-state tuition is $20,500. With your scholarship your looking at 10,500, plus you will probably be living at home (right?), so you cut down on the expense of living costs. You can end up after law school with less than 40,000 (UCONN) vs 195k (Fordham)

And, you will have just about the same opportunities in this economy.  I'd go with UCONN, if it was just between Fordham and UCONN.

But, it's also your choice about where you feel more comfortable.  Do what you want but keep in mind the above information.  Good luck.

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No, JAG does not care what law school you get into. The importent aspect is being able to pass the fitness test for the military.

Keep in mind: If your a good lawyer, you will do well.  If you are a bad lawyer, the military will shift you around to do other types of work - administrative and others and possibly low level civil stuff like wills.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Fordham v. UCONN
« on: November 10, 2009, 11:21:48 AM »
I should say this: I know quite a few people we went to UCONN and ended up with good jobs in NYC.  It's a good school and in this economy I don't think there really is a difference between UCONN and Fordham, in terms of reach.  There both regional schools with ties to the NYC market. 

Do you honestly, think that paying full cost is worth it?  Keep in mind, it's not just 30k your saving.

The in-state tuition is $20,500. With your scholarship your looking at 10,500, plus you will probably be living at home (right?), so you cut down on the expense of living costs. You can end up after law school with less than 40,000 (UCONN) vs 195k (Fordham)

And, you will have just about the same opportunities in this economy.  I'd go with UCONN, if it was just between Fordham and UCONN.

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I'm a little nervous about posting it online but message/post me and ill send it to you.  It's an economic adversity/diversity statement.

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Personal Statement / Please help me with choosing a topic.
« on: October 22, 2009, 04:51:49 PM »
So, I'm probably going to write and see where the two topics I have in mind take me tonight.  I've been thinking of my topic for the past two weeks and I'm having a hard time coming up with something original and interesting.

I think I can do a pretty decent job with the following topics:

1. For the past three years, I've been living in one of the roughest neighborhoods in NYC trying to do community organizing at the local level during my free time from work.  This will be dramatic - gunshots and drug dealers. 

2. I am a first generation college graduate and so I wanted to talk about my frustration when I graduated from a okay public school with only a 3.0 and no internships.  This is really what changed me - for the better, I hope.  I learned a lot from this experience - working two jobs, being humiliated in front of my parents, both of them refugees with barely any education.  My mother didn't go to school and my father has the equivalent of an elementary education but I was working and making the same amount of money as they were only I had a college degree with 50,000 in debt.

I'm not sure about the originality of the two topics.

What does everyone think?

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Studying for the LSAT / Should I retake LSAT?
« on: October 20, 2009, 12:24:13 PM »
I'd like to apply to the following schools:

Hail Mary: Michigan, UT - Austin, Cornell, UCLA
Good chance: U Conn, Brooklyn Law School
Safety: St. Johns

I have a 3.08 GPA and a 164 LSAT.  I've been out of school for 5 years, three of which I have been working at a big NYC law firm.

Do you think it would make sense to retake the LSAT?  Can I apply then update them with my score?  I've only taken it once.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 3.05 GPA and 164 LSAT: What do I do?
« on: October 19, 2009, 09:50:45 PM »
We have similar numbers.

I have a 3.08 and a 164.  Now, I've been out of school for 5 years and have decent work experience but I think the question you need to ask yourself is where do you want to go work?

This may help you:

I went to go speak to the recruiting department at my law firm.  I work at a top NYC law firm and this is what they told me.  If you want to go work BIGLAW outside of the top 14 and UCLA, TEXAS ,you really need to look regionally.  Besides George Washington,  Where you will end up working is where you went to school and in this economy you really need to be in the top 5 to 10 percent to even get an interview.  Now, if you have no plans of working biglaw and are okay making 40,000 coming out of school with 100,000 + debt then sure pick the best school in the region you want to work.

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