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Hello~

I am really interested in international law such as international business, trade, etc. U.S. News only gives up the top 10 schools that have strong international law programs. I was wondering if anybody has the full list, or anybody has a better idea than I do about nice interntaional law programs. The description of Fordham excites me, too, but it is not in the top ten ranking, so I wonder if there are other good international law programs that are not widely noticed.

Thank you, thank you!

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LSAC and LSDAS / Help with LSAC Expiration date?
« on: September 02, 2012, 04:03:20 PM »

I opened my LSAC account determining to apply for law schools this year and suppose to enter in Fall, 2013. However, I changed my mind and need to push everthing back for one year, which means I will be applying next fall. But on my LSAC says my expiration date is May 20th, 2013.

I played around my account but couldn't find anywhere to correct my application cycle. Any help, plz?

Thank you

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Okay, I have been thinking about these two numbers and what they can say about the students.

I think GPA is a reflection of students' studying strategies, ethics, and his or her consistency of studying and getting certain grades, and maybe his level of mastering his subject? When people say, oh, he is B student, what does is really mean? That he is not good at using certain study strategies, that he probably partied too much, that he probably went to the wrong school, that he probably do not really like his class? Or, that he is just not smart enough - he is a B-tier student. I like the idea that GPA is the "average" grade of one's entire academic performance. Then, the theory of "he is just not an A-student" seems to be more appropriate since we don't know what other classes that he got A and A+ and what other classes that he might got C or D. So, what does GPA really tell us? Without looking at the transcript, how would you really tell what kind of student this one is?

In addition, transcript does not necessary represent the challenges that the student might overcome. For example, different professors can teach one same class, and as a result, different professors will propose different difficulties of the same class. So, the transcript viewers would not know if the professor is what we students call "hard," or the other for the same class is what we call "easy." With this factor in mind, how can a GPA reflect the true strength of a student? And let's say a student who constantly gets "easy" profs and getting a lot of A's in his transcript. GPA is high, and he gets into a top law school. What will happen later? He realized that he does not seem to be ready for the rigorous classes and thus fail the tests. Are these failures the admission offices wish to see? My final question is, what does GPA really tell about us? and can rely on it?

Now, let's say GPA proves one to have a better study ethics, and then how about LSAT? I heard people say LSAT tests the skills necessary for law school such as reading comprehension, logic thinking, etc. I agree, because I think the test is fair. It does not matter who has a richer dad, neither who went to a good school, and neither who is a teacher's pet, you and I, having nothing but our brains, answering the same test under the same pressure. The one who performs better is said to have better skills for law schools. (yes, circumstances come up and some people might not perform well, so they can retake.)

This is where my question comes in: can you say one with a lower GPA but a high LSAT is ready for law school? How about one with higher GPA but lower LSAT? How about higher in both? (I guess that is what we say a true genius, isn't it?)

I guess this is why we need personal statements, letters of rec, and other stuff. Oh boy, I am just thinking aloud...

But, final question: what really determines our skills and potential to succeed in law school, at least the possibility to survive in law school? GPA, LSAT, PS, L of R, or anything else?

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I thought law students always get internships during summer, yet I came across with schools offering summer classes which will allow students to finish law school earlier. So, what is a better choice for summer, accelerate law school or find an internship?

Thank you!

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How does study abroad, participating in a journal, being in one student club, and doing clinic affect your study at law school? Will it be too much?

What do you do if you are in a journal team? How many hours a week do you usually dedicate to it?

What do you do in a clinic? How many hours a week do you usually put in there?

And in a student group, how many hours a week you will need for it?

Study abroad: is study abroad encouraged in law schools? Some schools have really limited study abroad programs...

Thank you!

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You know, undergrad all have the same GE requirement and then differ in upper dips. Are law schools the same thing? Do they have the same requirements for 1L and then different areas and number of electives later?

If the answer is no, what kind of 1L requirement will be the most beneficial for a law student in terms of passing the bar and practice as a lawyer later on?

Thank you! 

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Some schools how a comparatively lower ratio between professors and students, but does that necessarily mean you will get better attention from the falcuties? I mean, can we completely rely on the number? I had experience that the reality was somewhat different from these numbers on paper. Please suggest.

How about facilities? Why do some schools give a huge section to talk about their new buildings? Is there something about buildings I should look for? I mean, are there any special features about certain kind of facilities will affect law students' study and life? Or, is there certain features or services I should be looking for in a school that will help my life?

Thank you!


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I heard people say that you want to secure a job before graduating from law school. However, nobody would take the bar and pass it before graduating, then how do people hire you? What do they look at when hiring someone who is still in law school and we are not sure if he or she is going to pass the bar?

What if the law student is hired, signed contract and all that, what if he did not pass the bar, will he be dismissed?

This question also lead to: what should you present and how should you sell yourself while seeking an employeement before graduating from law school?

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While reading the descriptions of law schools, I realized that many have a emphasis on their libraries, talking about their wireless, or 24-hours opening, or large volume, and so on. My questions, how does a library affect your life in law school? Do you study a lot in the library? Do you do a lot research in law school? Should I consider library as one major factor when choosing a law schools? If so, why and what should I be looking for about their libraries?

Thank you thank you!!!

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Concentrations is generally better than non-concentrations, isn't it?

I am trying to define which one is the best between: Certificate program, concentration, and JD/MA. Can someone explain the differences and effects between the three?

Thank you!

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