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General Board / Commercial Outlines
« on: April 05, 2009, 02:41:55 AM »
What exactly are they?  Where do you get them?  School-specific? 

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General Board / Where do you get E&Es?
« on: April 04, 2009, 01:36:43 PM »
Where do you get them? Does what school you go to have any bearing on which ones to get?

I will be attending Georgia State and the Fall classes will be Contracts, Property, Torts, and Civ Pro.




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Better or worse?  Any thoughts?

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Mercer Law Full-time Program (Ranked 100, 33k Tuition, no scholarship)

vs.

Georgia State Law Part-time Program (Ranked 77, 9k Tuition, no scholarship)

I have less than 48 hours to make a decision...well, at least a seat deposit.  The answer might seem obvious, but I'm having trouble because of the following:

1)  3 years at Mercer vs. 4-5 years at GSU.  I'm 28 years old atm.

2)  Mercer has less attrition and significantly higher clerkship placement, although Georgia State places more grads into the NLJ 250 by a very small margin.

3)  Mercer has the #1 Legal writing program in the nation.  (Which I actually care about)

4)  I don't think there is much of a difference between 77 and 100 in the rankings.

5)  I feel like my chances for moot court and law review would be enhanced at Mercer both from the standpoint of competitiveness and the distinction between PT and FT.  I'm not sure about the latter, I'm hoping someone can fill me in.

6)  I went to GSU as an undergrad and their law campus leaves much to be desired while the Mercer Law school building is much more inviting.  I know this isn't all that important, but it deserves some attention.

All comments and advice will be appreciated.  Please spare me the "don't go to law school" comments.  I know it's bad out there but I'm much more concerned about a long term career than instant NLJ 250 success.  By the way, I'm looking at roughly 75,000 in debt coming out of GSU as opposed to 150,000 out of Mercer.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« on: March 16, 2009, 11:26:53 AM »
USNews currently ranks Mercer at 100 and Penn State at around 77.  Without considering location and where you plan to practice...which do you think is the better law school?  I know PSU ranks much higher, but I've read a lot of negative posts about that program in contrast to the positive posts about Mercer.  Since I am an out-of-state student who doesn't plan to practice in either state, location has no bearing and tuition will run about the same. 

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Law School Applications / Judicial Clerkships (Merc vs GSU)
« on: March 08, 2009, 04:36:47 AM »
Does anyone know why Mercer Law places so many more students into judicial clerkships than Georgia State Law?  The following 2008 chart shows around 9 percent for Mercer grads and 1 percent for GSU grads...

http://pdfserver.amlaw.com/nlj/20080414employment_trends.pdf

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Law School Applications / Mercer LRAP?
« on: March 07, 2009, 05:51:51 AM »
From my understanding, Mercer may soon have a Loan Repayment Assistance Program(LRAP) available for students.  The link is here.. http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/lawschools/pi_lrap.html

Does anyone have any more information about this?  How long do you think the committee will take?  Do they already have the program? etc.. 

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Law School Applications / Am I accepted?
« on: March 01, 2009, 03:34:22 AM »
I recently checked my application status on Mercer's website.  It said "Complete and ready for review" (2/24/09).  So I am assuming that a decision has yet to be made.  However, on the left side of the page, there is a listing of all mail sent out by the admissions office that includes both subject matter and date sent.  The most recent mailing listed is "Acceptance letter mailed" (2/27/09).  Am I accepted?  The status still shows "Complete and ready for review."    ???

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Law School Applications / HELP ME PLS!!! 2.65gpa 158lsat
« on: October 30, 2008, 12:09:38 AM »
Hey People,
So again,  2.65 gpa and 158 lsat.  I have great recommendations.  Here are the law schools I am applying to:

Mercer University
Georgia State University
University of Georgia
Suffolk University
Howard University
Syracuse University
St. John's University
University of Baltimore
Seton Hall University
Santa Clara University
Penn State University
University of San Diego

What do you guys think?  Any advice?


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