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General Board / Long-Term Jobs
« on: June 25, 2007, 02:36:29 PM »
What are some of the pros and cons of having a summer-through-school-year job? I accepted a clerking position that is 1L summer up to the time I graduate. I'm kept quite busy - memos, serving notice, administrative stuff at the courthouse, and I go on arbitration/oral argument "field trips" with staff attorneys now and again.

I'm happy to have a stable job and I'm glad the work is diverse and practical, but am I better off here than if I had taken an internship with the AG or a small firm where I had other offers?


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General Board / Paul Finkleman
« on: April 05, 2007, 10:06:27 AM »
Has anyone had Paul Finkleman for Con Law I? He just came to my school and he's refusing to give out sample exams, his reading assignments are really scattered and he changes them all the time. Anyone have an outline for his class or know where I could get one. Thanks.

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General Board / What are "good grades?"
« on: March 25, 2007, 10:25:47 PM »
Is there a cutoff? Obviously, there may be a difference depending on where you go - a 3.0 from T3-4 is could be seen as crap compared to a 3.0 from a T1-2, but generally. what's good? Rank factors in as well, I'm sure. How does it all play? How can you say, with any confidence, that you have done well?

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General Board / Ow, the loans!
« on: March 25, 2007, 07:51:07 PM »
When I graduate I'm going to have about $200k in student loans ($35,000 private from shittybank, the rest subsidized, unsubsidized, and Graduate PLUS). I go to a strong regional T3 and just landed a sweet summer through academic year job through an OCI. I'm in the top 33% of my class. Assuming I land a marginally decent job upon graduation, will I survive? Or will I have to rent a cardboard box behind Kmart?

I just want to know that I'm not alone. That other people in my situation don't end up in boxes or lean-tos or in bad apartments their entire lives. It's godawful scary. Right now, if I dropped out, my loan payments would be $1100 a month. Good lordy.

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1L job search / Interview tips you wish you knew before you went!
« on: February 27, 2007, 01:24:35 PM »
I've been lucky to garner a few interviews even though I'm just skirting the edge of the top third of my class. I've had one rejection, and two more coming up. I've read through the career center pamphlets on interviewing but I feel like I can do better, I'm just not sure how.  Any tips?  ???

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Financial Aid / More fun with EFC and Parent Contribution Questions!
« on: March 22, 2006, 10:39:09 PM »
Because this board hasn't been beaten to death already..

Anywy, my EFC is bupkus. I got my financial aid "package" from Albany Law a while ago (just found out now from my parents, gee thanks) and I got the full stafford business and private loans of $32344 or whatever it was. Now, they never asked for my parents' information. I *did* fill out the NYS Tuition Assistance Program thing (which the top amount they give is $550, but I guess I didn't get any.) My parents' AGI was less than $60,000 (more than $55,000.. I forget).

So.. did I get squat in aid because ALS doesn't have any to give? Or, am I generally in a position in which I should expect to have nothing? I already knew I'd be $200k in the hole (I've got $50k undergrad loans, a mix of private and subsidized only) so I'm not too flipping-out about it.. just curious. ???

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Law School Applications / Email from Quinnipiac.. ?
« on: February 17, 2006, 12:42:54 PM »
Dear Katherine:

We are very pleased that you have applied for admission to Quinnipiac University School of Law, and we thank you for your patience with our admissions process. At this time, I want to provide you with a progress report on your application and our admissions cycle.
Over the past few years both the quantity and quality of our applicant pool has improved significantly. This year is again proving to be a very competitive one as we anticipate receiving approximately 2,500 applications for only 130 available seats. Thus, we are faced with the challenge of thoroughly reviewing many qualified applicants in a timely manner and deciding who among this competitive group should be offered admission.
From what we have learned about you in the course of reviewing your file, we believe that you would be a positive addition to our student body. In an effort to get to know you better, we have planned a special Information Session on our campus for you and other select applicants. This program will allow us to become better acquainted with you and for you to get a closer look at Quinnipiac Law, including the opportunity to meet faculty, current students and admissions officers.
We also can discuss other possible enrollment options with you. For example, our part-time day program allows students to begin the fall semester with a slightly reduced course load (4 classes instead of 5).  A number of our current full-time students chose this option. They quickly, easily and successfully moved into the full-time program after one semester and are on track to graduate in three years.
We invite you to join us on March 3 for this Information Session. A tentative agenda is attached, and you may use the response form below to RSVP.  Please respond by February 27.
Feel free to contact us via email or phone at 800-462-1944 or 203-582-3400 to discuss any questions you may have regarding the Information Session or the part-time day program.
I look forward to meeting you on March 3

Sincerely
Edwin Wilkes
Executive Dean for Law School Admissions
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Does that mean I'm sorta waitlisted? I'm not really sure. :)

I'm going to Albany's open house on March 4th (and bringing my $500 deposit!), and have no interest in going to Q.. but, I thought this email was sorta strange.  ???

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Summer before Law School Jobs?
« on: February 02, 2006, 03:43:50 PM »
So I've got a summer job -- working in the Tax Department of a hyuuge company -- but I want to know if I can do better. I worked there last summer as an intern, over winter break, and they'd like to have me work again over the summer, but it only pays $10 an hour. They're budgeted and I'm technically emplyed by a temp agency, so I don't know if I can ask for more money or if I did if they could give it to me. Aside from that, I'd like to work in a more interesting field. I work with all lawyers and do legal research on RIA Checkpoint, but it's tax law and I'd rather watch paint dry.  :)

What are your experiences, if any, working in a law related job pre-1L? Are there jobs out there that might pay more / be more related to law? Is it worth a shot? I've got the fallback plan of interning again, but if I can make more money and enjoy my job a little more I'd be all over it. Thanks :)

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Where should I go next fall? / How the hell will I pay this off?
« on: December 30, 2005, 10:24:31 AM »
I'm already in debt ~$35k from subsidized (non-interest until I graduate, aroud 12k total) and the rest from shittybank in which most of the interest is paid off each month by my parents (yay!).

Law school, assuming I don't get any scholarships (my grades aren't exactly fabulous.. maybe I'll get some aid since my brother is entering college in the fall) will rack up ~$90k in loans, since I can't pay for a dime of anything ever.

I've talked to a few people, and they say if I want to be a lawyer to just go for it. I'm 21 years old and I'm not ready for the real world yet. :) However, what are my chances of not living in a cardboard box when I graduate? I don't care if I have to live home for a few years and work (I've got some connections at firms, and I currently work for a great company and my boss and most of the directors I work for are attorneys), but I'm frightened by the prospect of having $130,000 hanging over my head and never affording like, a mortgage or more than bread and cheese sandwiches.

I know some schools (Albany, I think?) will forgive 10,000 or so a year of loans if you work in the public sector. I'm not sure what I want to do with my law degree per-se (however, if I get into albany I'd like to stay and do the dual ma in medical ethics at union medical), but I'm hoping I don't live at home forever.

Any tips to working back to the black after law school? What's my best plan through law school, in terms of financial aid and loans?

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Hi. :) I'm applying to law schools in New England and NY:

Suffolk Law
New England
Quinnipiac
Vermont Law
Albany Law

I've got a 3.44 and a 153 and a metric crapload of goodies after that (although I know they don't really count all too much, I've worked in both corporate law and in a small law firm.) I'm mostly curious about if I've got a good chance of getting in, and also if people have heard anything good/bad about the places to which I'm applying, or could even give recommendations on where I should check out. Thanks in advance :)

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