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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cal Western Sholarship
« on: March 18, 2008, 10:10:55 AM »
First year, they cover everything
Second and Third year they cover half, assuming you're over a certain GPA
If you fall below, they start reducing the amount.

I did find out that if you do really really well, they'll increase it to a full ride for all three years.

Hey, Cal Western has a really strong criminal law focus, they have an area of concentration in it (which I guess is like a major).

But yeah, outside of the top tier, you're looking to be at a regional school.  So, study where you want to practice.  Because your internship opportunities at the T4 schools will be local only, so you'll get experience there and presumably job offers.

So if you want to work in California, arguably your decision is made for you.
Likewise with New York.

Take a video of the chapel and the cathedral at mass.

Depending on how your school allocates credits, you should be looking right around the 15/16 mark give or take.
Most people can petition to take more in their second year.
1L is a tradition and an institution.  Every school wants everyone 1L to go through the same rite of passage.

Also, for the record, California Western ($$$$) for the win.

Law School Admissions / Re: Amend and Disclose?
« on: March 16, 2008, 05:51:43 PM »
I agree with Lime.

If the implication is that you worked during school, then that is less than honest.  And that should be rectified.
Most schools will appreciate your ethics more than a few months of work experience.

Publication is the surest path to Professorship.
Graduating from a prestige school is right up there in importance.
Having an advanced degree, LL.M, SDJ, Ph.D, M.A. (in a very specific field) will help too.

Being top at a lower ranked will help you more than being middle of the road at a middle ranked (T2) school.
Now, if you're comparing top at a low school with middle of the road at one of the elite schools, that's a different story.

One thing to consider, the lower the ranking, the more "Regional" the school will be.  So if you decided to be #1 at a Tier 4, make sure you're comfortable practicing in that area of the country.

Your friend worried about the dual degree program and lack of humanities hurting him should really just focus on the LSAT.  If he's got the grades for law and med school, and crushes the LSAT, then no worries.

Law School Admissions / Re: Uh oh.
« on: March 16, 2008, 12:14:58 PM »
To recap:

LSAT and GPA matter the most, in that order.  Based on your past success with grades and standardized testing, you're pretty much where you want to be.  That being said, if you can go from 95% to about 97% you'll really increase your odds of the top schools dramatically.

Great GPA from a good school will trump good GPA from a great school, for admissions.   The better UG reputation may help you land internships and jobs if the UG has a really strong alumni network, and a good history of sending people to law school.  I.E., if you can get into an Ivy, then go for it.  But, if you're picking between USC and UCLA, no one really cares.

Law School Admissions / Re: Bachelor Degrees for Lawyers and Schools
« on: March 16, 2008, 12:10:00 PM »
Here are a few things to consider.  #1 What kind of law would you like to do?  #2 What jobs are you planning on taking during college?  #3 What is your plan B if you decide law school isn't for you?

For instance:  I dated a girl who was a Philosophy major.  She graduated in 3 years, and went straight to law school, and utterly destroyed her classes and has a great job as a prosecutor that she loves.
               One of my best friends was a Biology major.  He graduated in 5 years, and had jobs at various biotech companies because of internship opportunities at his school.  He's currently interning at an IP firm, and will be hired there once he passes the bar, and he'll make loads of money.
               Me?  I majored in Community Studies.  I also took a lot of undergraduate criminal justice classes.  I've done ok in law school so far (Top 10%), and at job interviews my major always comes up.  Now, I want to work in public interest and lobbying, so having a degree in Community Studies shows that I've always cared about "the people".

Generally, your major matters less than your GPA, the only real exception being if you want to go into a specialized area of law, like IP, or government.  Then having a UG degree in those areas will help.

Good Luck.

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