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Transferring / Should I transfer/Apply?
« on: April 10, 2009, 10:32:20 PM »

Not sure whether I should even apply...input?

I ended up with a 3.78 last semester (deep into the top 10%) at USC.
I want to work (BigLaw) in Los Angeles. I love LA, my entire family and friends are here. I have no desire to ever practice or live anywhere outside of LA.
I went to USC as an undergrad and am completely comfortable and happy at the law school.
I have been offered a prestigious job with the law school tutoring future 1Ls (includes $$ and credit)
Im externing with a federal judge (also a USC alum) over the summer
I would hate to leave my apartment or roommate
Basically everything is smooth. .............However people have recommended I at least try to transfer to HYS simply because it will open more doors for me in the future etc

Not sure what to do ... apply? transfer? stay at USC? what am I losing by staying at USC over HYS (assuming i get in)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: GW vs. USC ($$)
« on: March 04, 2009, 12:20:51 AM »
GW is a factory. It pumps out armies of law grads into this tanking market... go to SC

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: PREPPING FOR 1L -- HELP
« on: February 19, 2009, 02:11:22 AM »
Don't waste time prepping for law school. Do not bother reading "Getting to Maybe"...you wont understand it before getting to school and you will forget it by finals time. Don't read PLS either its only value is recommending supplements (i wasted so much money following PLS...I bought the UCC for gods sake! The UCC!!!). Read Law School Confidential to panic and get a sense of how serious things are (which is needed so you dont cruise in thinking its going to  "pick up" pace...the show starts from day one).

If you are really crazy about getting your hands on some material, get the E&Es for the core courses you will have in the FALL only. I skimmed through the E&Es and they were of no value to me other than calming my nerves. If anything, your professors will teach you their version of the law so "prepping" could actually mess you up because you will have to unlearn things.   

So the only thing to do during the summer: compile a list of employers/judges/government groups etc you will be sending your resume + cover letter to and start drafting cover letters...

I can safely say that I ended up with my 3.78 after first semester (at USC) without any assistance from summer "prepping". Go to class, take good notes, if you dont understand something, immediately meet the professor to discuss it and start prepping for finals early.

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Transferring / Re: Transfering from USC to GULC
« on: February 08, 2009, 12:47:44 AM »
I think i'll apply to GULC and maybe some others to at least use the acceptances in obtaining additional scholarship money from USC. 

On another note...I had to accept one of those "exploding offers" (for externship - summer) from a judge last week. School policy dictates that I CANNOT say anything but yes (not even "may I have a day to think it over") to a judge...which is a little harsh. 

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Transferring / Transfering from USC to GULC
« on: January 18, 2009, 06:30:56 PM »
Hi, I just received my first semester grades from USC and I have an A in torts (2nd highest grade in section), A+ in civ pro (highest grade in section), A- in contracts, A in legal writing (highest grade)... They haven't released the law, language and ethics grade yet (course unique to USC i believe) but I am pretty sure I did well.

I know that GULC has an early action program where you can transfer based on 1st semester grades and I was wondering whether it would be worth transferring.

The largest pro is that it would be a safety move in case I dont do as well in the second semester and my chances of transfer get diminished...

I would like to practice in a large law firm setting in the LA area after graduation, and would transfer to Georgetown simply because i have better BigLaw opportunities at Gtown (particularly given this downhill economy)...would appreciate the advice. 




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Sounds like your relationship sucks and you'd both be better off apart, regardless of law school. 

TITCR

If you're so willing to just break up with her for no real reason, you shouldn't be dragging her along for the ride - no matter how good the consistent action is.

Well...unless it's REALLY good.

Reason: I want to avoid the risk of a mid semester breakup or worse during finals. Who knows how a girl will react to suddenly losing a bf to the library...I'm just thinking it would be wise to breakup now vs. taking the risk

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Having a girlfriend during 1L
« on: May 02, 2008, 02:58:59 PM »
Ive been with a girl for roughly a year. Shes a drama queen but still a lot of fun, caring etc. Im thinking about just breaking up with her this month because i dont know how i feel about having a gf during 1L year... that way i have the summer to get over the breakup and i can focus only on school come fall, otherwise i would risk a mid semester breakup which I assume is detrimental to your performance during first year.

Thoughts on relationships during law school? 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Why choose USC over UCLA?
« on: April 30, 2008, 04:22:28 PM »
Koobideh hasn't even been back to check on his/her thread. :D

I've been checking the thread religiously! and I definitely appreciate all the feedback!!

Here are my personal pros/cons for each school:

USC:
1) I went there for undergrad and am familiar with the area and campus so no time is wasted "adjusting"...also the hundreds of dollars spent on USC merchandise wont go to waste :)
2) I know who my roommate would be (a good friend of mine from high school who has chosen USC Law), I would live with a random at UCLA
3) I pretty much know where i would live at USC(down to the apartment complex), I'd have to go apartment searching at UCLA
4) I know a handful of 2Ls and 3Ls at USC (including former fraternity brothers), I dont know a single person at UCLA
5) USC alumni are hard core, UCLA alumni have a mediocre rep
6) I think the general consensus in LA is that USC is the less competitive school with more laid back students (probably due to the rich kids at USC stereotype)
7) I can live in a luxury apartment in downtown LA for the same price as an average place at UCLA (westwood premium)

UCLA:
1) Academic reputation is superior. no dispute.
2) More public interest focused students makes competition for BigLaw less? (not confirmed)
3) Firms recruit deeper into the class due to higher ranking/rep? (not confirmed)
4) Area is so much better than USC...there are actually places to eat other than fast food!! (SC)
5) National reach
6) Bigger school, meet more people...as a poster stated earlier

Personal Info:

* LA native. Plan on practicing and living in LA.
* Ideally like BigLaw for first career (ideal!!)...looking at entertainment law / litigation in the future

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Why choose USC over UCLA?
« on: April 28, 2008, 10:53:18 PM »
There are people who say UCLA is more competitive than USC, longer study hours etc and there are people who claim the opposite.

I would feel so much more comfortable in a less tense and competitive atmosphere...but honestly, after visiting both schools and talking to a lot of people i seem to get mixed reviews.

Can anyone speak on this topic?

Also...I know USC does not rank (other than top 10% distinction) and career services has a lottery system for assigning interviews...any UCLA peeps know what the system at UCLA is like?

Thanks for all the feedback

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OP=UCLA troll?

No certainly not. My bad if it comes off like that to some readers, i just had to get to the point.

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