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Incoming 1Ls / I'm thinking I'm gonna go for a smaller firm
« on: April 22, 2007, 08:40:29 PM »
I hear that practicing law in Florida is already a bit slower paced than in the larger cities like NYC and DC, but this piece written by a ND professor and former Biglaw partner has me really, REALLY spooked about midlaw or biglaw:

He says that everything we fear and all the things we deny will happen to us will happen to almost all of us if we are able to attain and choose to practice in Biglaw.  What about midlaw?  What about smaller firms in general?  All the lawyers I know, off the top of my head, are happy, and none work for large firms. 

Should we believe the average starting private sector, smaller firm salaries in the 60k range?  That'd be just dandy by me if this essay is true, and I'm guessing it is.

Anyone else rethinking Biglaw goals?

Those people are effing DEPRESSED!  Are most of them just middle-of-the-road performance lawyers from TTTs, specifically ones in New York?  I hope those of us going to T1s and T2s don't have this kind of pessimism to look forward to.

Any thoughts?

Okay, so, I got a 165 on my LSAT and will be attending UF in the fall.  Now, UF's 75th percentile LSAT is around 160/161, which places my score somewhere within the top 15%, probably, maybe even higher.

My question is this: might my higher LSAT score correspond with a higher class rank among my peers, seeing as how their scores are lower and, in some cases, much lower?

Does anyone have the full stats for T1, specifically UF?  I want to see what their at-graduation employment rate is.

Incoming 1Ls / So, UF is giving me 8k in need-based aid.
« on: March 20, 2007, 08:07:26 PM »
Over two semesters, equally divided. 

It's because I went there for my undergrad, but never could declare residency (long story).  However, I'll be getting married at the beginning of my second semester, meaning it will essentially be free. 

Point is, if you're in at UF, and are getting ready to ask for need-based aid, just write a really convincing letter.  Here's mine, just so you can see how I did it.
"To whom it may concern:

During my undergraduate education at the University of Florida, I was classified as an out-of-state student due to my parentsí decision to remain Alaskan residents while my father was still on active duty in the U.S. Army.  I could not declare residency, as I was fortunate enough to have my parents pay for my out-of-state tuition, making me a dependent student.

Since my graduation, however, my parents have retired from Army life, leaving them with many new, large financial burdens.  As such, they cannot afford to pay for my law school education.

In light of my full four-year undergraduate enrollment at the University of Florida and my intention to remain in the state of Florida to work and live as an attorney after law school, I am appealing to the Student Affairs office to reduce my out-of-state tuition fees to resident levels until I can lawfully declare state residency.


I've read all these horror stories and comments about 70 or 80 hour weeks being the norm, the rule, at big firms.

I'm about to go to UF Law, and I remember seeing a website that had the average hours (worked, not billed) for each firm, and most were between 40 and 50 a week. 

Which is it?  I wouldn't want to get into a profession that would destroy my (coming) marriage.

Law School Admissions / What are my CHANCES at Florida?
« on: December 24, 2006, 01:45:01 AM »
3.33 GPA (trends up)
165 LSAT
5.77 Ad. Index (UF: 5.5- 5.8 )
Bachelor's from UF (although out-of-state resident...Army brat)

Good internships, work experience, etc.

Pretty good shot?

« on: December 21, 2006, 09:10:37 AM »
I promise I am not kidding.

I got the fake score email, and it was a prank.  Someone did this, and it wasn't me.  Here's mine:

Please do not reply to this email.  E-mail sent to this address cannot
be answered.
Please contact us with your comments, questions, or concerns at  Please provide your LSAC account number in all

LSAC account number:    L 24857984

Your December 02, 2006 LSAT score is 153.  The percentile rank is 59.

A copy of your LSAT Score Report will be available in the LSAT section
of the MY DOCS folder in your Online Services account at
Other test related documents (in accordance with LSAC disclosure
policies) may also be available in the folder.

Law School Admission Council

This email message and any attachments it contains are confidential and
are intended solely for the laughs of the sender. If you are not the
intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you received this email
message in error, and that any use, dissemination, distribution,
printing/copying, or forwarding of this message and any attachment is
strictly prohibited. If you received this email message in error, please
notify immediately, kill yourself, and delete the
message and any attachment from your system.  Thank you for your

I promise this isn't a joke on my part.  Did anyone else get this?

Studying for the LSAT / I got my score.
« on: December 21, 2006, 08:31:16 AM »
It sucks.  A lot. :(

Studying for the LSAT / LSAC just told me no early score
« on: December 19, 2006, 11:53:56 AM »
I know they could be giving company line, but the guy said, "due to the holidays."

For whatever it's worth.

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