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Choosing the Right Law School / Minnesota vs. Rutgers
« on: April 25, 2008, 07:13:18 AM »

I have put a seat deposit at Rutgers Camden already.  I have family on the east coast (as does my future wife), and they offered me a generous package that would leave me with little debt when I graduate.  I have no qualms with living in South Jersey/Philly for the forseeable future.

This is all well and good, but the other day I was informed that I was admitted to UMN.  I'm not sure about $ offers yet as I haven't received a packet in the mail.  I know that UMN has a better reputation than Rutgers, but I am concerned about debt and mobility once I graduate.  Minnesota is nice, I've been there several times, and my fiancee could get a great degree at the school as well in her profession. 

Any thoughts?  From the looks of it, Minnesota's Big Law hiring isn't that much better than R-Camden's, but a job in Twin Cities would be virtually guaranteed for the top 50% of the class. 

I'm not honestly sure what kind of law I want to pursue at this time, so debt is definitely a factor.

Law School Admissions / Citations - Do I have to report them?
« on: September 12, 2007, 12:27:41 PM »
Since moving to NYC, I have gotten three tickets:

1) Open Container in a public area, back in 2002.  I had to show up to court and pay a fine the next day. 

2 and 3) ridiculous littering tickets for $50 each.  I had to mail in payment.

I got busted for pot possession in 1998 and completed my probation and had my record expunged.  I realize I have to report this, but the other ones are iffy. 

I mean, they were tickets, for christ's sake.  I have no idea how I'd track down the details if I have to report them.  It also seems silly, seeing as they were bullsh-t tickets in the first place.

Law School Admissions / Timing of Application - When is too late?
« on: September 10, 2007, 10:54:46 AM »
I am taking the Dec. 1 LSAT, so I will only have my completed applications ready around Christmas time.

I know that applying early is preferable, but will sending in apps in late December have a marked negative impact in my chances for admission and scholarships?

I graduated college in 2001, and did not keep in touch with any of my professors.  At the time, I had no inclination to attend grad school of any sort, much less law school.  I ended up with a 3.1 GPA, which thankfully is not bad enough to kill my hopes of going to law school now.

My question is this:  I have done well, professionally, since I left school.  I've had two jobs, both in the same industry and in a similar role, and have risen from temp worker to Coordinator to Manager (and by the time I send in my applications, possibly Senior Manager) in that time.  I am leaning toward getting LOR from one of my old bosses at my previous job and a LOR from my boss at my current job, who has told me herself that Law School would be an excellent choice for me.   Both are Vice Presidents, so I feel that they have enough seniority to make their words of recommendation credible.   I am also certain both would write very solid LOR on my behalf.

The problem is that I would then have no academic LOR.  I've heard some people say that one academic LOR is required, but I sincerely can't think of any prof. who could give me anything better than a generic LOR, and even then I wouldn't be comfortable.

What do you think?  I could probably get a LOR from the university registrar, who knew me well in college as I worked for him for 3 years, but that's not the same as a professor, although it is academic-related.


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