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Job Search / Should I leave Law School?
« on: January 03, 2009, 10:32:40 AM »
ok, I'm a student at T10, grades are below median (top 65%).  I could leave and make $90,000 (have a job offer in hand) returning to my former career.  Many students below median at my school are not getting any offers.  Should I just leave now and cut my losses?  I think about this every day. 

I realize that I took a gamble in coming to Law School, and it looks like that gamble may end up being a loosing one.  I figure that if I can't get a decent paying job, then it doesn't really make financial sense to continue.  Let me know what you think. 

Job Search / Grades Needed For Market Pay From Michigan???
« on: December 15, 2008, 11:09:20 AM »
Hey, I know its pretty bad out there in the job market.  I'm hoping maybe I can stop stressing out so much about grades, but I am just stressed out that I wont be able to get a job that justifies the tuition that I am paying when getting out of here.  I am a 1L...but what grades do I need to get so I can get a job that pays 135k +???   Doesn't need to be a prestigous law firm, just a decent salary so I'm not drowning in debt.  Wasn't worried before I came here, but now I'm pretty worried.  Anyways, any thoughts you guys have would be helpful! 

Thanks.  Any other perspectives that I'm not thinking of why I shouldn't stress out would be helpful.....

Okay, just to give you some background...I am a minority, but I don't consider myslef a URM.  Nevertheless, most people when looking at me are very confused by my race, becacuse I'm mixed.  I could pass as mexican american if I wanted to, based on the color of my skin and the way I look.  Anyways, that really has nothing to do with my question:

Is there any negative consquences if you "check the box" saying that you are some kind of URM (African American, Native American, Mexican American, etc.) when you aren't when you are applying to law school?  I mean, law schools don't define what these different races mean.  Could you still qualify as a Native American if you grew up in a primarily native american community and identify with native americans and their culture?  The law school applications don't provide a specific defintion, so it seems like it's open to interpretation....and if you take it to the most liberal extent, maybe anyone can consider themselves to be a URM given the proper context, regardless of the color of their skin.  Also, it's not like law schools check the color of your skin, or verify your race somehow - since it's all self selection.  So why not check the box?  The advantages are too great to pass up, in terms of admissions and scholarships...depending on which URM you are its equivalent of getting a 6-9 pt boost on the LSAT.  And, they aren't going to revoke your acceptance just because you dont "look" like a particular URM right? 

This is a serious question - I have always wondered this.  I am not necessarily against affirmative action, but, I have always wondered what prevents people from just cheating - since there seems to be no or little verification that the person is infact the race they claimed to be.  Let me know your thoughts on this.

Hey, I'm posting this for a friend - who is on the Waitlist @ SMU.  He wants to know if there is anything he can do to get in.  Has anyone here gotten in so far?  How did you find out?

I need your help!!!  Trying to decide between UT - Austin, which will only cost me 8k per year after scholarships, and U-Mich for which I got in off the waitlist, and will probably not give me anything. 

Some Considerations:
- I want to work in Chicago (or have the ability to work there) after I graduate, and want to work in Biglaw. 
- Engineering background, wanting to practice IP law.
- 5 years of work experience.
- If I decide Michigan, I have to wait until Summer '08, if I decide UT I can start this fall. 

Let me know what you guys think.

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