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Current Law Students / Re: "preparing" for law school
« on: April 24, 2009, 09:08:31 AM »
I did nothing other than read "Law School Confidential."  I'm really glad I didn't.  If you feel like you must do something, the wikipedia articles about the general subjects that someone else suggested should be more than sufficient.

The only thing I wish I'd read before school started was "Guerila Tactings to Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams."  Anything else would have been a waste of time, at least for me.

In my experience, the stuff you learn in class is what's on the exam, not the stuff out of E&E.  If you pay attention to the prof and  her or his hypos, you'll know what's coming.  It might not be like that at every school, but it certainly is at mine.

Esquire -- I grew up in central Arkansas.  I never thought I would settle down here, but I moved away for a while and really wanted to come back.  Go figure.  One thing I love about Little Rock is that the city is really trying to improve; building hiking trails and bike lanes and revitalizing older areas of the city.  Plus if you want to visit a big city, Memphis is only 2 hours away.  Dallas is also within reasonable driving distance.

I've really enjoyed being at UALR so far.  I've only had one professor that I probably wouldn't take another class from; the rest have been great.  Even the scary ones are really approachable outside of class.  The academic dean is also excellent, but he's leaving at the end of the summer.  Career services is kind of hit or miss sometimes, but they're getting better.

There are tons of opportunities around the city.  There are large firms (for the area), medium and small firms, as well as about a million different courts since it's the state capitol.  You have to be proactive sometimes, though, if you're not trying to get a job through OCIs, just like anywhere else I suppose.

As far as the students go, I haven't felt that people are really adversarial.  There's competition just because people are competitive, but it's all friendly.  I'm in the PT program but I know lots of the FT students through organizations and clerkships, and the vibe seems pretty similar.  The biggest difference is that the PT program has a lot more older and second career students.

I hope that kind of answered your question.  If it didn't or if you're wondering about any thing else, just let me know!

I'm a current student at UALR.  Just registered for my 3rd year in the PT program.

It sounds like some of you might already have friends there, but if you don't know anyone there and you have any questions, feel free to PM me or just ask them here!

For those of you going FT, I had your torts, contracts, civ pro, and property professors.  Torts, contracts, and property profs are all excellent.  The civ pro professor is a little iffy, imho.

Arkansas - Little Rock / Re: Anyone considering UALR this fall???
« on: April 21, 2009, 10:25:52 AM »
I know this was posted a long time ago, but I figured I'd respond bc I'm currently at UALR.

Campus -- Not beautiful.  Far(ish) away from the main campus, but you never need to go to the main campus any way.

Faculty -- I've LOVED almost every prof I've had.  For the  most part, they've very approachable, even though a few of them are socially awkward.  There aren't a lot of profs here who are super scary.

Students -- ?? not sure what you want here.  There are really nice people and total d-bags.. just like any where else.  I'm in the PT program and the atmosphere for us isn't super competitve.

Location -- The school itself is in a slightly sketchy area, but most of the rest of Little Rock is fine.  I love that Little Rock is actually trying to improve (expanding and remodeling historical sections of town, trying to incorporate things like bike and walking trails into the city).

Job prospects -- Excellent, especially if you want to stay in central AR.  Not sure how well the degree would travel initially unless you had some connections somewhere else.  Many, many attorneys in LR went to UALR, and I haven't felt disadvantaged at all in any of my job searches.  There are a few big (for the area) firms, many mid-sized firms, and lots of small employers.  Since this is the state capitol, there are also lots of courts, including the AR Supreme Court and the 8th circuit.  Then there are government jobs like the AG's office and the US Attorney's office and all that jazz.  I have some friends who work with the legislature, editing the text of bills, too.  So, there's a wide variety of jobs here.  There are OCIs each spring and fall.  The career services office is also trying to bring in some smaller employers to make students aware of those opportunities, as well.

Diversity -- Racial diversity?  The city is diverse.  I didn't look in to any other schools (knew I wanted to be in this area), so I'm not sure how diverse UALR is as compared to other schools.  There are lots of women in our class, lots of people of different ages, and a few different races.  We have a very active black students' association and women's student association.

Weather -- HOT and humid in the summer, comparatively cold in the winter.  We don't get much snow, but there is an ice storm every few years.  The spring and fall are excellent, but unfortunately, they each only last a few weeks.  Then it gets hot.

You've probably already made your decision (what was it?), but I really like UALR, and I feel like it's gotten better, even just in the 2 years I've been there. 

Arkansas - Little Rock / Re: Little Rock
« on: April 21, 2009, 10:13:13 AM »
You may have already decided which school to attend.  I love LR, and I think it's a fine place to raise a family, though NW AR would be, too.  I initially worred about going to UALR because it's not highly ranked generally, but if you know you want to stay in AR, it's perfectly fine... tons of the lawyers in the area went there and I definitely don't feel disadvantaged.

Having said that, I agree with the PP who said that those outside AR who don't know anything about the law schools would probably like UA better.

Which school did you decide on?

I'm at UALR right now.  I don't know much about the other schools, because I knew I wanted to end up in Little Rock so UALR is the only place I even applied.

It's excellent if you want to stay in AR, but I probably wouldn't recommend it otherwise, just because it's a regional school.

Also, don't come to law school just because you decided against med school.  You'll hate your life unless you actually want to be a lawyer.  Seriously.

I'll be happy to answer specific questions... feel free to post them here or PM me. 

Current Law Students / Re: Talking to Professors About Grades
« on: July 01, 2008, 11:45:58 AM »
I probably wouldn't go in and argue about the grade.  However, if you're going to have her again, you should definitely go talk to her.  I went to talk to my contracts prof after the first semester's grades were out, and he showed me exactly what I could have done to get more points. I got top paper in that class second semester, so I'd say it helped.

Current Law Students / Re: Evening Student Stigma
« on: June 19, 2008, 07:38:17 AM »
I'm at a T3. 

I worked 40 hours/week throughout my whole first year.  It was challenging, but worked out in the end.  I think employers also really liked the fact that I could manage my time well.

My situation is similar to Killjoy's.  I took a full scholarship at a Tier 3 because I knew that I wanted to live in my city, and almost all the lawyers in this city graduated from my school. My LSAT/UGPA was one of the highest in the class. I just finished 1L, and I'm 2nd in my class.  Just like Killjoy said, the very top students at my school are the good writers.  It also helps to be extremely analytical.  #1 is a computer programmer.  I was a history major, but also have strong interests and abilities in math and science.  As far as I know, most of the students at the very top also had excellent LSAT/UGPAs.

Just like every else has said, consider all the factors in your decision, not just money or ranking.

Current Law Students / Re: Evening Student Stigma
« on: June 19, 2008, 07:09:30 AM »
I'm an evening student, too.  I just finished my first year, and I'm second in my class (including the full time students).  I did 5 OCIs and got offers from 4 of them.  I'm going to be working for the biggest firm in my state come fall semester.

The only people who have an attitude about the evening students is SOME of the full time students who feel that we have it easier.  Prospective employers loved the fact that I would be able to work more than 20 hours per week for them during the school year.

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