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grade as earned like they do in every other grad school

Current Law Students / real estate development
« on: January 18, 2007, 11:39:58 AM »
I will be taking on a real estate development position in the very near future (By the way I have an mba from a small school). It doesn't pay particularly well, but the exposure to the business will be invaluable. Real estate development is a passion of mine, but I still have a deep seeded passion for real estate and securitization law. I will not start applying for law school until 07/08. Assuming I get into a great school (strong assumption I know) Do you think I should forego this desire to pursue law and invest those 3 years in my development position or say what the hell and go to law school.

Current Law Students / Parttime Programs @ GULC, GW, GM, American and UMd
« on: November 27, 2006, 08:16:03 AM »
I have an opportunity to have my company completely fund my legal education. What I am wondering is do you all have any peers enrolled in a part time program? What are their thoughts? What might the work load be like?

My field is real estate and construction.
So i would like to work under my in-house counsel in that area

Current Law Students / Question about IP law for current students
« on: November 13, 2006, 04:28:45 PM »
If  i worked in IP law for 2/3 years, would it then be a feasible transition to go in to M&A or real estate if those are my interests or would coming out of IP be too difficult a transistion.

Reason i ask is because if i go to a lower ranked school (not by choice) like george mason having a decent reputation in placing students in IP would i not be foolish to put my personal interest aside in light of job security.

Current Law Students / Question for law students at Top 50 schools
« on: November 10, 2006, 04:37:37 PM »
Is it me or does this notion of a grading curve seem ridiculous? If you have a student body of magna and summa cum laudes with high test scores why bother with a curve, why not just have a grading scale. Also, what makes one student perform better over the other in law school all things being equal. Limme rephrase that. What makes 2 students with 3.7 gpas and 166 lsats perform differently in law school. Why would there ever be a disparity in performance given the previous UG stats

I have come to the conclusion that I will not be as prepared as I would have liked for the Dec LSAT. I have been consistently scoring in the high 150s with one score of a 162 on diagnostics.
What t14s and top ranking schools if any do not have a reputation for slamming the door on candidates who take Feb LSATs
Keep in mind that I have an MBA, job experience, great LORs(boston university law faculty & my undergrad university president), A+ Personal Statement but sub par undergrad gpa

Current Law Students / Intellectual Property
« on: October 25, 2006, 08:27:56 PM »
I have an MBA in finance
and currently work as a project engineer for a development/construction company

is that techinical enough to pursue IP

Current Law Students / At the end of the day its all about securing a job
« on: October 21, 2006, 06:35:34 PM »
I already know based on my stats I am destined to go to a tier 1 (top15-50) school
What i really want input on is a worse case scenario.
i already possess and mba and 4 years work experience
if place dead center of my class upon graduation will my mba an experience make up for my completely unimpressive performance as a jd

Job Search / Big Law Firms (Why is it so hard for everyone to figure out)
« on: September 18, 2006, 03:30:01 PM »
For the life of me, I cannot understand why so many seemingly intelligent and ambitious people continue to perpetuate and regurgitate (if thats how you spell it) this oh so popular opinion that working 60+ hours a week at BigLaw is the only option and absolute end-all if you want to work BigLaw.

I realize that not everyone is not extended the priviledge of going to school at a top 5, 14, 25 or even 50 school. Those individuals are unfortunately *&^% out of luck. However, for those of you who promenade the campuses of such high pedigree schools it is my contention that given the number of firms that visit the schools you attent, you have or can get adequate information about their quality of life thus affording you the priviledge of snobbishly turning your nose on any firm that might want you to work such inhumane hours.

Choosing the Right Law School / Simple question UNC vs GMU
« on: February 03, 2008, 11:52:42 AM »
only determining factor is employablity

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