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Job Search / Should I leave Law School?
« on: January 03, 2009, 10:32:40 AM »
ok, I'm a student at T10, grades are below median (top 65%).  I could leave and make $90,000 (have a job offer in hand) returning to my former career.  Many students below median at my school are not getting any offers.  Should I just leave now and cut my losses?  I think about this every day. 

I realize that I took a gamble in coming to Law School, and it looks like that gamble may end up being a loosing one.  I figure that if I can't get a decent paying job, then it doesn't really make financial sense to continue.  Let me know what you think. 

Job Search / Grades Needed For Market Pay From Michigan???
« on: December 15, 2008, 11:09:20 AM »
Hey, I know its pretty bad out there in the job market.  I'm hoping maybe I can stop stressing out so much about grades, but I am just stressed out that I wont be able to get a job that justifies the tuition that I am paying when getting out of here.  I am a 1L...but what grades do I need to get so I can get a job that pays 135k +???   Doesn't need to be a prestigous law firm, just a decent salary so I'm not drowning in debt.  Wasn't worried before I came here, but now I'm pretty worried.  Anyways, any thoughts you guys have would be helpful! 

Thanks.  Any other perspectives that I'm not thinking of why I shouldn't stress out would be helpful.....

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Michigan Class of 2011: where you should be
« on: January 15, 2008, 10:59:21 AM »
Has anyone received thier information packets in the mail yet?  (Housing, Financial Aid, Admitted Students Weekend, etc.)?  I'm a summer starter that deferred from last year, and I got my materials last year, but they said they would be sending them again this year....

Also don't forget the Personal Statement and Diversity Statement

How can you asssert that they have to be qualified?  The bar is essentially "lowered" for URMs so that they can be considered qualified.  Does AA really hurt or help minorities?  In Undergrad, URMs are admitted with far lower SAT/class rank...this possibly leads to lower College performance relative to peers (assuming that SAT class rank is a predictor of college performance)...and the cycle continues into Grad School. 

I think if the Bar wasn't lowered, I think URMs may naturally get admitted to elite schools anyways, because they would adapt and raise their qualifications - after all, there are plenty of brilliant URMs out there, but why study harder for a standardized test when you reach a point where 170 basically = 180 for you?  I know I wouldn't!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Michigan Waitlist
« on: July 22, 2007, 09:15:10 PM »
Hey nasche, quick question for you.  I think you said you were in-state @ UT right?  In that case - would you be willing to pay the additional $$$ at UM?  UT is a great you want to practice up north or something?  Maybe the pyschological pain isn't worth it?  I'm just trying to help out - as I can probably think of quite a few scenarios where UT may be preferable over UM (like financial reasons, and wanting to stay in Texas, being afraid of cold weather, etc.)....So maybe it's time to start celebrating?  Again, just trying to help lower the general anxiety of being on the waitlist...

Okay, just to give you some background...I am a minority, but I don't consider myslef a URM.  Nevertheless, most people when looking at me are very confused by my race, becacuse I'm mixed.  I could pass as mexican american if I wanted to, based on the color of my skin and the way I look.  Anyways, that really has nothing to do with my question:

Is there any negative consquences if you "check the box" saying that you are some kind of URM (African American, Native American, Mexican American, etc.) when you aren't when you are applying to law school?  I mean, law schools don't define what these different races mean.  Could you still qualify as a Native American if you grew up in a primarily native american community and identify with native americans and their culture?  The law school applications don't provide a specific defintion, so it seems like it's open to interpretation....and if you take it to the most liberal extent, maybe anyone can consider themselves to be a URM given the proper context, regardless of the color of their skin.  Also, it's not like law schools check the color of your skin, or verify your race somehow - since it's all self selection.  So why not check the box?  The advantages are too great to pass up, in terms of admissions and scholarships...depending on which URM you are its equivalent of getting a 6-9 pt boost on the LSAT.  And, they aren't going to revoke your acceptance just because you dont "look" like a particular URM right? 

This is a serious question - I have always wondered this.  I am not necessarily against affirmative action, but, I have always wondered what prevents people from just cheating - since there seems to be no or little verification that the person is infact the race they claimed to be.  Let me know your thoughts on this.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Michigan Waitlist
« on: July 16, 2007, 12:46:12 PM »
law school data seemed to support the notion that it increases your chances quite dramatically...but hmmm maybe it doesn't???  That letter from Zearfoss makes it seem like getting in deferred is harder!  That's quite strange...since they waitlisted me, but then accepted me after I offered to defer.  I even said in my deferrment offer that I would prefer going this year, but I am willing to be considered for next year if there isn't a spot for this year....

Nasche...I was in the EXACT same position as you.  I was accepted at UT , and then this Michigan thing came along...I still don't know if it is the right decision, but I ended up picking UM, despite the significantly higher tuition......

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Michigan Waitlist
« on: July 16, 2007, 08:48:31 AM »
Why don't you guys asked for Deferred admissions....that seems to do the trick right?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: 8?
« on: June 29, 2007, 05:09:25 PM »
I give up...not checking again till Monday

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