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Guys,

You start talking about the future with your girlfriend, and it comes out that she does not want to change her last name, but would rather keep her own name instead.  It's not for an extenuating reason, such as an established career--she'd just rather keep her own name.  How would you feel?  Be honest, and not PC!

My boyfriend and I had a two hour argument about this issue, and I finally relented and agreed to change my last name if we got married.  I know taking your husband's last name is by far the most common thing for a woman to do, I just didn't feel like doing it.  But, I did relent since it was such a big deal to him.

How would you react to your future wife wanting to keep her maiden name?

Thanks! :)

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3Ls, are you planning to practice in Washington, DC, Baltimore, or elsewhere in the DC/MD/VA region? Do you want to take a BarBri prep course in Philadelphia to prepare for the Maryland or Virginia bar exam?

Currently, Barbri doesn’t offer a MD or VA prep course in the Philadelphia area, even though many of us who live in the Philadelphia area plan to take one of these exams to practice in the National Capitol Region.

According to BarBri, 25 students must sign up for a specific bar prep course in a locality for that bar prep course to be offered. If you plan to, or are considering staying in Philadelphia this summer while you prepare for the bar, and would be interested in taking the Maryland or Virginia BarBri course if it were offered here, please send me a personal message ASAP so we can arrange for a course to be offered.

I’m reaching out to students at Philadelphia-area law schools this week to gauge interest, and I need to contact BarBri by April 15 to arrange a course offering.

If you are considering taking the Maryland or Virginia bar and staying in Philadelphia to study, please PM me with: your name, state you want offered (or if you would take either if only one is offered—DC allows members of both state bars to waive in), email address, and whether you are already signed up for BarBri.

Thanks!

Jen

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General Board / Document Review + UNPAID part-time Law Fellowship
« on: March 27, 2010, 01:04:28 PM »
Hello all,

One of my friends from a low-level 2nd Tier law school was telling me about his post-graduation plan. (He graduates in May, his grades are pretty bad). He is almost certain that he will not be employed in the near future, even if he passes the bar.

He has secured an unpaid fellowship at an influential public interest organization where he would love to work one day (or he would someday love to work at a similar organization), and he plans to supplement this unpaid fellowship by doing 30-35 hours of document review a week.  He is locked into this unpaid fellowship for a year and must put in a minimum of 20 unpaid hours per week.

He argues that it will provide him decent money (from the doc review) while allowing him to gain more experience and make contacts in an area he would love to work in (the PT Law Fellowship).

My constructive criticism was that this plan precludes him from getting a full-time permanent position somewhere else for an entire year, and that seems like kind of a gamble.  His comeback: he believes he'd be unemployed for a year anyway!

What are your thoughts?  I've never heard of this.  Thank you!


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General Board / How Hard is the VA Bar?
« on: February 24, 2010, 11:32:57 PM »
Hello,

I go to school in PA and want to practice in the DC/VA/MD area, where I'm from. I'm not sure which bar to take. 

I know that passing the bar in any state will allow me to practice in DC.  So should I take MD or VA?  What makes the VA Bar so hard, and how does MD measure up? The bar passage rate in VA (in the 70s) don't seem that scary, but I have heard it is a really tough exam.  I don't have the best law school grades so keep in mind that I'm probably more likely than most to fail. :)

Any thoughts would be very much appreciated! Thank you.

Jen

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General Board / How Realistic is the book One L?
« on: July 30, 2007, 11:05:17 PM »
I posted this question on the prelaw board too, sorry to repeat myself: I just finished the book (a true account of the author's first year at HLS in the 1970s, in case anyone doesn't know).

I thought it was a fascinating read. It made law school seem intense and very challenging--for me these are positive adjectives. What do people who have been 1Ls think of the book?  How true to real life is it?  How about the portrayal of the other students, and of the professors?

Also, if I am going to a school that is ranked high up in the second tier (as opposed to a school like Harvard), how similar/different do you think the experience would be from the author's? Thanks!

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Studying and Exam Taking / 12 Hours A DAY?
« on: July 23, 2007, 09:01:21 AM »
When I visited a law school over the weekend, one student told me that I can expect to study twelve hours a day. I know law school is a lot of work, but twelve hours a day on a regular basis? Is that right? :) Thanks!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / How Realistic is the book One L?
« on: July 30, 2007, 11:03:35 PM »
I just finished the book (a true account of the author's first year at HLS in the 1970s, in case anyone doesn't know).

I thought it was a fascinating read. It made law school seem intense and very challenging--for me these are positive adjectives. What do people who have been 1Ls think of the book?  How true to real life is it?  How about the portrayal of the other students, and of the professors?

Also, if I am going to a school that is ranked high up in the second tier (as opposed to a school like Harvard), how similar/different do you think the experience would be from the author's? Thanks! :)

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Where should I go next fall? / Job prospects question
« on: July 19, 2007, 06:57:17 PM »
I am deciding between Villanova and Pitt (out of state). I can't believe I got in off ANOTHER WL today, but that's another story. :)

Here's my main question: Pitt is the "big dog" in its job market, but I have heard that Pittsburgh is an imploding legal market anyway.

Nova, on the other hand, is competing with Rutgets, Penn, etc (although I thought that Penn feeds the NYC/DC market more). But Philly has much more opportunity.

So which one comes out on top? (Feel free to correct any of my assumptions, too!)

Thanks!

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Where should I go next fall? / PSU vs. Pitt
« on: July 12, 2007, 02:25:52 PM »
Hi everyone,

This has been an incredibly lucky WL cycle for me, my options are changing by the day. I just got accepted off of the WL into the FT class at Penn State Dickinson (previously, I had been accepted only pt).

I have also been accepted to Pitt, paying out-of-state tuition. I should go to Pitt, right? I don't want to do biglaw (not that it is really a likely option haha) but I'm leaning toward a public service/interest career.

Penn State has an LRAP but it seems kind of iffy as it just started in 2003. As of 2005, only five people were receiving LRAP assistance.

But Pitt is ranked so much higher and the job prospects are better. I feel like I should definitely go to Pitt, I just want to be sure I'm not overlooking anything. I am open to living in Pitt after I graduate, but really I'm not positive where I want to settle. 

Thanks! :)

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Where should I go next fall? / PSU PT vs. Duquesne
« on: July 09, 2007, 01:54:32 PM »
I was all set to go to Duquesne full-time, but today I was accepted into PSU's part-time program. What should I do?

part time Penn State program:  I'd have the opportunity to transfer into the full time program after the first semester if I don't receive any grade below a B (isn't that ridiculously hard to do?). Or I can try to transfer into the FT program after the first year if I don't receive any grade below a C. PSU is ranked around #80 on US News. PSU also has an LRAP that I hope to qualify for, since I want to work in public service/public interest.

Duquesne: No LRAP, and it just fell to T4 this year.

I guess my question is, if I want to work in a low-paying public interest job after graduation, is a four year degree from Penn State better for me than a three year degree from Duquesne? (That is assuming worst case scenatio at PSU: that I am for some reason not able to transfer into FT). I am thinking that the PSU degree is more portable (only 52% of grads stayed instate last year). What do you think? Thanks :)

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