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Bar Exam Preparation / What is a good price for one-year-old BarBri books?
« on: September 12, 2009, 02:50:43 PM »
Does anyone know what a fair price would be for one-year-old BarBri books?

I'm graduating this year, and I'm thinking of self studying with the BarBri books from the July 2009 / February 2010 bar exam.  I saw last year someone posted on LSD about paying $150 for the books, but I see on eBay that books from the July 2009 exam are going for $400 - $600 (maybe because it's so soon after the exam, even before results have come back).  I think students can turn their books back in to BarBri at the end of the course for $250.  Anybody have any ideas on what I should pay (and whether I should wait until after the July 2009 results come back to purchase because maybe people will be more willing to sell after they find out they have passed and don't need the books)?

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Texas Supreme Court (Austin, TX)
Will begin accepting applications September 8 for 2010 term.  $44,216 / year.
http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/jobs/LawClerkJobDescription2009-2010.htm

Texas First Court of Appeals (Houston, TX)
Now accepting applications for 2009 term.  $50,000 / year.
http://www.1stcoa.courts.state.tx.us/jobs/LawClerkJune09.pdf

Texas Third Court of Appeals (Austin, TX)
Now accepting applications for 2010 term.  $42,000 / year.
http://www.3rdcoa.courts.state.tx.us/jobs/lawclerkI.htm

Texas Fourth Court of Appeals (San Antonio, TX)
Now accepting applications for 2010 term.  $50,500 / year.
http://www.4thcoa.courts.state.tx.us/jobs/2010LawClerk.pdf

Texas Eighth Court of Appeals (El Paso, TX)
Now accepting applications for 2010 term.  $50,000 / year.
http://www.8thcoa.courts.state.tx.us/jobs/LawClerk-McClure.pdf

Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals (Houston, TX)
Now accepting applications for 2010 term.  $50,000 / year.
http://www.14thcoa.courts.state.tx.us/jobs/Flyer2010-2011.pdf

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Current Law Students / Evidence - Need MBE-type Questions!
« on: May 03, 2009, 12:30:18 PM »
Does anyone have MBE-type questions for Evidence, or do you know where I can find some?  My prof uses a multiple choice test for Evidence, and I'd like some practice.  There are a few CALI lessons, but those are typically subject-specific and not great substitutes for bar exam questions.

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Every so often on this message board someone suggests that the ABA should restrict the number of law schools it accredits (or shut down some lower ranked schools) because the legal market is saturated with lawyers.  The argument is more prevalent on TLS and unavoidable on JDU, and I've seen it universally espoused by 0Ls, students, and graduates. 

On the other hand, I've seen bloggers and legal professionals complain about the ABA engaging in protectionist conduct, and the United States (via the Antitrust Division of the DOJ) sued the ABA for restricting competition. http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/americ1.htm

Where do you stand?  Should the ABA be more active in restricting the supply of lawyers, or should accreditation standards be relaxed (or abolished)?

Would tuition be lower if there wasn't pressure to attend an accredited school?  Would competency suffer?  Would government regulation of law schools increase?

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Law School Admissions / List of schools offering Full Ride + Stipend
« on: April 19, 2009, 01:33:56 PM »
Some schools offer scholarships that include living stipends.  This list is incomplete.  Please help add to the list if you have information about schools that offer scholarships with living stipends. (For reference, I've also added the 75th percentile LSAT/GPA numbers from the ABA).

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School:  Cardozo
Stipend Amount:  Unknown annual
Name:  The Monrad Paulsen Scholarship
Application:  None
Renewal:  Unknown
75% LSAT/GPA:  166 / 3.70
Link:  http://www.cardozo.yu.edu/MemberContentDisplay.aspx?ccmd=ContentDisplay&ucmd=UserDisplay&userid=10344&contentid=1050


School:  Drake
Stipend Amount:  $10,000 annual
Name:  Dwight D. Opperman Scholar Program
Application:  Separate
Renewal:  Top 1/3 of class
75% LSAT/GPA:  158 / 3.72
Link:  http://www.law.drake.edu/admissions/financialAid/?pageID=opperman


School:  Emory
Amount:  $3,000 annual
Name:  Robert W. Woodruff Scholars and Fellows Program
Application:  Nomination letter and interview
Renewal:  unknown
75% LSAT/GPA:  166 / 3.62
Link:  http://www.law.emory.edu/admission/financing-an-emory-law-degree/fellowships-and-scholarships.html


School:  Kentucky
Amount:  $1,000-$3,000 annual
Name:  Ashland Scholarship
Application:  None, must be KY resident, interview if selected
Renewal:  Good standing
75% LSAT/GPA:  162 / 3.79
Link:  http://www.uky.edu/Law/prospective_students/combs_ashland_scholars.html

Amount:  About $10,000 annual
Name:  Combs Scholarship
Application:  None, interview if selected
Renewal:  unknown
75% LSAT/GPA:  162 / 3.79


School:  Mercer

Amount:  $5,000 annual
Name:  The George W. Woodruff Scholarship
Application:  Separate and interview
Renewal:  Good academic standing
75% LSAT/GPA:  158 / 3.69
Link:  http://www.law.mercer.edu/admissions/financialaid/scholarships

Amount:  $6,000 per summer, up to two
Name:  Walter F. George Foundation Public Service Scholarships
Application:  None
Renewal:  Must work in unpaid position for summer, good academic standing


School:  Miami
Stipend Amount:  $1,000 annual
Name:  Harvey T. Reid Scholarship / Law Scholar's Program
Application:  None
Renewal:  Unknown
75% LSAT/GPA:  160 / 3.63
Link:  http://www.law.miami.edu/finaid/ofa_03_04.php?op=3


School:  Michigan
Stipend Amount:  $7,500 one-time
Name:  Darrow
Application:  None
Renewal:  Unknown
75% LSAT/GPA:  170 / 3.79
Link:  http://www.law.umich.edu/PROSPECTIVESTUDENTS/ADMISSIONS/FINANCIAL/Pages/finaid-faq.aspx#scholarships


School:  Oklahoma City University
Stipend Amount:  Unknown
Name:  Hatton W. Sumners Foundation
Application:  Separate and interview, only available to student/graduate of college in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, Nebraska, or New Mexico.
Renewal:  Top 1/3 of class
75% LSAT/GPA:  152 / 3.50
Link:  http://www.okcu.edu/law/admissions/HWSApp.php; http://www.hattonsumners.org/scholarships.htm


School:  Southern Methodist (SMU)
Stipend Amount:  Unknown
Name:  Hatton W. Sumners Foundation
Application:  Separate, only available to student/graduate of college in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, Nebraska, or New Mexico.
Renewal:  Top 1/3 of class
75% LSAT/GPA:  165 / 3.84
Link:  http://www.law.smu.edu/JDFinancial-Aid/Scholarships; http://www.hattonsumners.org/scholarships.htm


School:  Vanderbilt
Stipend Amount:  $5,000 annual
Name:  Law Scholar Merit Awards
Application:  Separate
Renewal:  Good standing
75% LSAT/GPA:  168 / 3.83
Link:  http://law.vanderbilt.edu/prospective-students/costs--financial-aid/scholarship-programs/major-merit-scholarship-programs/index.aspx


School:  Virginia
Stipend Amount:  Varies, up to $20,000 total
Name:  NA
Application:  None
Renewal:  Unknown
75% LSAT/GPA:  171 / 3.87
Link:  http://www.law.virginia.edu/html/prospectives/finaid/scholarships.htm


School:  Wake Forest
Stipend Amount:  Varies, up to $1,000 annual
Name:  NA
Application:  None
Renewal:  Top 2/3 of class
75% LSAT/GPA:  166 / 3.69
Link:  http://law.wfu.edu/admissions/aid/scholarships/


School:  University of Washington
Stipend Amount:  Room and board and incidental expenses
Name:  William H. Gates Public Service Law Program
Application:  Separate, agreement to work in public service for 5 years
Renewal:  Unknown
75% LSAT/GPA:  165 / 3.82
Link: http://www.law.washington.edu/GatesScholar/about.aspx


School:  Washington University St. Louis
Stipend Amount:  $5,000 annual
Name:  Webster Society Scholarship
Application:  Separate, public service
Renewal:  Unknown
75% LSAT/GPA:  167 / 3.70
Link:  http://law.wustl.edu/Admissions/index.asp?ID=74

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Current Law Students / Getting published after your journal passes?
« on: January 31, 2009, 02:18:11 PM »
My law review passed on my case note.  Has anyone heard of a student who had luck getting a case note or article published by another school's journal?  Are there any other publication methods I should be looking at?

Thanks!

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Mercer Law 2L taking questions
« on: December 23, 2008, 06:29:43 PM »
If anybody has questions about Mercer, I'm happy to answer.  

In the meantime... (and I could elaborate on any of these issues if you like)

Pros
1.  Nationally recognized legal writing program (courses are taught by tenure and tenure-track professors; 8 graded credit hours over 3 semesters; and a legal writing certificate program)
2.  Award-winning, unique curriculum (including required ethics course for 1Ls; "intro to law" course, which acclimates 1Ls to reading/briefing cases and taking a law school exam during the week before regular classes begin; upper-level 1 credit hour required courses including client counseling, negotiations, and statutory interpretation).
3.  Great profs (both in my opinion, and recognized by student survey ranking from Princeton Review)
4.  Small, close-knit student body with a student to faculty ratio of about 13:1.
5.  Many large scholarships (including about 6-10 each year that include living stipends).
6.  Large endowment (a semi-old study by Leiter ranks it fourth in the country after adjusting for number of students and COL).

Neutral
1.  Location in Macon.  Lots of people don't like the city, but I personally enjoy it.  It's a small Southern town with a decent amount of infrastructure (about 100K people in Macon, 350K in surrounding areas).  Traffic can sometimes be bad, and it's crime rate is above the national average (last time I checked).  People are generally nice here.  It's about 80 miles Southeast of Atlanta.

Cons
1.  Private tuition rates, which are much higher than resident tuition at GSU and UGA.
2.  USNWR typically ranks it third or fourth in the state.

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Current Law Students / Texas judicial clerkship list - where is it?
« on: June 15, 2008, 03:36:51 PM »
Several months ago I remember seeing a link on these boards to images of a list of where Texas students were working as judicial clerks.

I'm looking for the image(s) now, but I can't find anything on this site or via google.  Does anyone have the link?

Thanks!

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Just wanted to put this suggesting into the aether:

When seeking advice about where to go, please list how much it will cost you to attend the school rather than the amount of your scholarship award.

I suppose this thread will slide to page 2, 3, 4, and out of the LSD realm relatively quickly, but I just had to say it because typically my first post in every one of those threads is "How much will it cost you to attend each school?"  I am a law student, so I am incapable of arithmetic such as dividing by three and subtracting numbers that have more than one digit.  Thanks.   ;)

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I've seen numerous threads on conditional scholarships, but none with a list of what the conditions are at each school.  How about we start a list?  Please specify the admissions cycle along with any requirements.  If the school has a GPA requirement and you know the curve or have confirmed with Admissions roughly what the class rank cutoff is, please post that info as well. Thanks!

Unless otherwise stated, all scholarships are renewable for 3 years.


University of Akron
University of Alabama =  Top 25% (2007-2008)
Albany Law School
American University
Appalachian
University of Arizona =  Good Standing (2007-2008); None (2006-2007)
Arizona State University
University of Arkansas School of Law  =  Top 20% (2006-2007)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Ave Maria -  3.00 GPA (2005-2006)
University of Baltimore
Barry University
Baylor University =  2.60 GPA, roughly top 50% (2007-2008)
Boston College =  None (2006-2007)
Boston University  =  None (2006-2007)
Brigham Young University
Brooklyn
University at Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York (SUNY)
University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
University of California, Davis (King Hall)
University of California, Hastings
University of California at Los Angeles
California Western
Campbell University
Capital University
Benjamin N. Cardozo
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic University of America
Chapman University
Charleston
University of Chicago = none (2007-2008)
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology = 3.25 GPA, curve located here (2007-2008)
University of Cincinnati
City University of New York
Cleveland State University
University of Colorado = 3.00 GPA (2007-2008)
Columbia University
University of Connecticut
Cornell =  None (2006-2007)
Creighton University
University of Dayton
University of Denver  =  3.0 GPA (2007-2008)
DePaul University =  2.7 to 3.5 GPA depending on amount
University of Detroit Mercy
University of the District of Columbia
Drake University Law School
Duke University School of Law  =  None (2007-2008, 2006-2007)
Duquesne University School of Law
Emory University School of Law  =  None (2006-2007)
Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law
Florida A&M University College of Law
Florida Coastal School of Law  =  3.0 GPA (2007-2008)
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Florida International University College of Law
Florida State University College of Law
Fordham University School of Law
Franklin Pierce Law Center
George Mason University School of Law  =  Top 33% (2006-2007)
George Washington University Law School  =  3.00 for Presidential (2007-2008); None (2006-2007)
Georgetown University Law Center  =  Good Standing (2007-2008); None (2006-2007)
University of Georgia School of Law
Georgia State University College of Law
Golden Gate University School of Law = 3.00 GPA (2007-2008)
Gonzaga University School of Law
Hamline University School of Law = 2.90 GPA (2007-2008)
Harvard Law School
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa—William S. Richardson School of Law
Hofstra University School of Law
University of Houston Law Center  =  2.90 GPA, curve is 2.90-3.10 (2006-2007)
Howard University School of Law
University of Idaho College of Law
University of Illinois College of Law = Good Standing (2007-2008)
Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington  =  Top 33% (2006-2007); Top 50% (2005-2006)
Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis = 3.40 GPA, curve located here (2007-2008)
Inter American University School of Law
The University of Iowa College of Law
The John Marshall Law School
John Marshall Law School—Atlanta
University of Kansas School of Law
University of Kentucky College of Law
University of La Verne College of Law
Lewis & Clark Law School = 3.00 GPA (2007-2008)
Liberty University School of Law
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center = Top 25% (2007-2008)
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
University of Maine School of Law
Marquette University Law School = Good Standing (2007-2008)
University of Maryland School of Law
The University of Memphis—Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Mercer University—Walter F. George School of Law  =  Good Standing (2006-2008)
University of Miami School of Law  =  3.00 GPA, roughly top 50% (2006-2007)
University of Michigan Law School  =  None (2006-2007) 2.00 GPA (2005-2006)
Michigan State University College of Law
University of Minnesota Law School  =  2.5 GPA (2007-2008); 3.33 GPA (2005-2006)
The University of Mississippi School of Law
Mississippi College School of Law
University of Missouri—Columbia School of Law
University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Law
University of Montana School of Law
University of Nebraska College of Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
New England School of Law
University of New Mexico School of Law
New York Law School
New York University School of Law  =  None, reduced 3L unless public interest career (2006-2007)
University of North Carolina School of Law  =  Good Standing (2005-2006)
North Carolina Central University School of Law
University of North Dakota School of Law
Northeastern University School of Law
Northern Illinois University College of Law
Northern Kentucky University
Northwestern University School of Law = None (2007-2008)
Notre Dame Law School  =  Good standing (2007-2008)
Nova Southeastern University
Ohio Northern University
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
University of Oklahoma College of Law  =  B- GPA (2005-2006)
Oklahoma City University School of Law  =  Top 50% (2005-2006)
University of Oregon School of Law
Pace University School of Law
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law  =  Top 33% (2006-2007)
Penn State University, The Dickinson School of Law  =  3.0 GPA (2007-2008)
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Pepperdine University School of Law
University of Pittsburgh School of Law  =  None or 3.00 GPA (2007-2008)
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law
University of Puerto Rico School of Law
Quinnipiac University School of Law = Top 33%, full renewal; Top 50%, 80% renewal (2007-2008)
Regent University School of Law
University of Richmond School of Law
Roger Williams University School of Law
Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey—School of Law—Camden
Rutgers University School of Law—Newark  =  3.00 GPA (2006-2007)
St. John's University School of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law
St. Mary's University School of Law
University of St. Thomas School of Law—Minneapolis
St. Thomas University School of Law  =  2.00 GPA (2007-2008)
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law = Good standing, presidential (2007-2008)
University of San Diego—School of Law
University of San Francisco School of Law
Santa Clara University School of Law
Seattle University School of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law
SMU Dedman School of Law  =  Good Standing (2005-2006)
University of South Carolina School of Law = Good standing and nonresident for 1/2 tuition (2007-2008)
The University of South Dakota School of Law
South Texas College of Law
University of Southern California, Gould School of Law = None (2007-2008)
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Southern University Law Center
Southwestern Law School
Stanford University Law School
Stetson University College of Law
Suffolk University Law School  =  3.0 GPA (2007-2008)
Syracuse University College of Law
Temple University—James E. Beasley School of Law  =  Top 50% (2005-2006)
University of Tennessee College of Law
University of Texas School of Law = None (2007-2008)
Texas Southern University—Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Texas Tech University School of Law  =   Good standing (2007-2008); Top 50% (2006-2007);
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
Thomas M. Cooley Law School = 2.00 GPA / good standing (2007-2008)
Thomas Jefferson
University of Toledo
Touro College
Tulane University = 3.00 for some (2007-2008)
University of Tulsa
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Valparaiso University School of Law
Vanderbilt University Law School = None (2007-2008)
Vermont Law School
Villanova University
University of Virginia  =  None (2006-2007)
Wake Forest University
Washburn University  = 3.00 GPA (2007-2008)
University of Washington
Washington and Lee University  =  None for $5K (2007-2008); 3.00 GPA (2006-2007)
Washington University  =  None (2006-2007)
Wayne State University 
West Virginia University
Western New England College 
Western State University
Whittier
Widener University =  3.00 GPA, curved at 2.3 GPA (2007-2008)
Willamette University
William & Mary  =  C average (2007-2008); 3.00 GPA (2006-2007)
William Mitchell College of Law
University of Wisconsin  = Good Standing, 2.00 GPA (2007-2008)
University of Wyoming
Yale 


I've started incorporating information from this thread, and will update as time permits: http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,55711.0.html

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