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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Why Hate Tier 4's?
« on: May 19, 2005, 08:53:53 AM »
The way that I see it is that it doesn't really matter what law school you go to.  Everyone will be making millions of dollars.  Because, come on, that is why we want to become attorneys.....

Joking aside, it's all about your reputation after law school and who you know that really matters.  They are many people from T-4s that make more then people from the T25.  Everyone knows this.  So just remember that this is a forum and people display what they are thinking.  It doesn't mean that it's right so just put your mind on filter with everything you read and consider the information that seems reasonable.  So stop getting riled up about things people say and filter just as you normally do throughout your day.  Thank you.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Negotiating with schools for $
« on: May 17, 2005, 08:52:21 AM »
Who would be better to email or call in regards to obtaining some scholarship money.  At this point, I have not received any from a particular school.

Choices are:

1) department dean (met her with some other students during a visit to the school, didnt get a chance to speak with her personally)
2) my faculty 1L mentor (haven't spoken with him but got a letter stating that if I have any questions, contact him)
3) admissions office
4) financial aid office

I have other office for $2k from another school that I can in negotiation (probably not going to mention the amount though).

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: something to think about
« on: March 22, 2005, 11:39:05 AM »
That's only if you assume that all the 1Ls whom expect to be in the top 10% and don't make it will be disappointed and if the top 10% is comprised only of 1Ls whom thought they would be in the top 10%.

Choosing the Right Law School / scholarship Qs
« on: March 22, 2005, 11:17:46 AM »
I have heard ppl mention that they have written letters to bargin scholarship money with schools.  Does this actually work and when in the process is the best time to do this?  What do you say?  "Hey, give me more money and maybe I'll go to your school."?

Also, what are the chances that if you get awesome grades your first year that schools will increase the amount of money they are giving you for future years?  Does this happen at all?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: what should I do?
« on: March 21, 2005, 02:09:47 PM »
I thought about that option, but I'm not sure if it's totally cost effective if I wait another year and take another crack at the LSATs.  And that's if I perform better on the LSATs the second time around.  My practice tests were higher but as others can attest, the actual test can be totally different and lightning can strike twice.  But I guess the only way it wouldn't be cost effective is if I can't get a job right out of law school due to a crappy school.  That would really suck.  I guess I should do a cost analysis excel spreadsheet and see what results.

And in the mean time, I'll just cross my fingers for Southwestern. 

Choosing the Right Law School / what should I do?
« on: March 21, 2005, 11:58:33 AM »
Basics:  I'm looking to go into IP Law and stay in Southern California.  I majored in electrical engineering (3.05/151).

Whittier with no money (applied for the IP Fellowship ($4k/yr))
Thomas Jefferson with $2k/yr (kinda doesnt matter cuz the amount is so small but whatever)

I am waitlisted at Cal Western and waiting to here from Southwestern and USD (long shot).

Where should I send my seat deposit and do I have chances at the waitlisted/pending schools?

Any help would be must appreciated.

Law School Admissions / Re: job change, send in updated resume?
« on: January 10, 2005, 02:09:36 PM »
thanks mfitz and paperback writer.  I shall simply sit back and wait then.

Law School Admissions / job change, send in updated resume?
« on: January 10, 2005, 01:12:03 PM »
I worked at a law firm for two years throughout my undergrad.  Once I graduated, this past December, I got a new job for an engineering firm (I majored in electrical engineering).  My conflict is that in my ps, I mentioned how I loved working at the law firm and was just wondering what the adcomms would think of this change right before law school (is he having second thoughts or something to that nature).  The change is mainly to gain engineering experience before law school (I want to go in to intellectual property) and more money of course.  What do you guys think?  Will sending in an updated resume hurt my chances?

Law School Admissions / Re: error on applications
« on: January 10, 2005, 08:49:01 AM »
thanks.  yeah, I will call correcting the unit problem and I might just let the ps error slide (I forgot the word "a") unless admissions offices are opened on wkends cuz it will be a drive for me.  And yah, is replacing a ps good? Do you think they would just look at the new one?  They are busy people, right?

Law School Admissions / error on applications
« on: January 10, 2005, 08:05:21 AM »
I made a last minute correction on my ps and I guess I was stressing a bit and sent it with a gramatical error.  Ya, I know..very dumb.  I caught the error on the next application though.  Is there anyway to correct this problem?

And as I perused through another one of my apps (after I sent it of course), I saw that it asked for semester hours and I accidently put quarter hours b/c I'm on the quarter system and forgot to convert.  Should I just send them a letter explaining the mistake?

Thanks in advance.  And no criticism is necessary cuz I already know they are stupid mistakes.

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