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Choosing the Right Law School / Chicago Real Estate
« on: December 21, 2007, 09:36:36 AM »
I need a little clarification on the best law program in chicago for those pursuing a career in commercial real estate law. I keep hearing mixed things saying DePaul but not clear. Especially when I look at their list of programs/specializations and it mentions nothing about real estate. Anyone?

- And just in case if anyone has specific firms in mind that are notable Commercial Real Estate firms in Chicago Id really appreciate it. Thanks!

Choosing the Right Law School / DePaul Students - Real Estate
« on: November 29, 2007, 10:45:13 AM »
I have seen some people on this board discussing Chicago schools and which of their programs rank higher than others. For DePaul I have seen its Real Estate progam as a good program but when investigating their website it makes no mention of any type of Real Estate program/degree/specialty. What gives??

Studying for the LSAT / JUNE TESTS HARDER??
« on: November 25, 2007, 04:16:18 PM »
Is there any truth to June LSATS being generally harder than the others? Do people taking this one tend to be the "overachievers" that set a harder scale? Is there any truth to this at all??

Ok here is my situation. I am roughly 6 months removed from undergrad and have recently started preparring for the LSAT. I have opted to take the June test because rushing and taking Feb doesn't make sense as I will be applying Fall of 08 anyway.

I am from Chicago and will be targeting the following schools

John Marshall

So, here is my question and keep in mind that I am looking to complete my law degree in as early of an age as possible so Im looking to really get going here.

I have completely decided that the path I want to pursue and the reason entirely for going to law school is to be involved in Commercial Real Estate Law. For that and that only. And of the aboved mentioned schools, John Marshall is the only one that offers a very appealing Joint Degree JD/LLM in Real Estate which really really appeals to me. None of the other school i mentioned offer one in Real Estate Specifically.

Now with that in mind I am definitely aware of the fact that the other schools (Loyola Kent etc.. ) are much more highly regarded than John Marshall especially outside of the Chicago land area.

Would I benefit more from attending a better school like Loyola or receiving a Joint degree with an LLM specialization in Real Estate?? I realize getting my LLM AFTER attending Loyola is an option but I just feel it makes more sense to do them somewhat at the same time. Is a Joint degree JD/LLM in Real Estate from John Marshall worth more than simply a JD from anyone of the other schools?

I realize everything I am saying points me in the direction of John Marshall which many of you may say i am answering my own questions but I am just really unsure of the value of a Loyola/Kent education over the less accredited John Marshall.


P.S. John Marshall offers a spring start for JD in which none of the others do. This plays into my desire to get started because otherwise I am applying fall of 08 to begin in fall of 09 which just seems like forever from now...

Any help/advice is appreciated more than you know. THANKS AGAIN!!

Studying for the LSAT / NEED ADVICE PLEASE
« on: October 29, 2007, 07:24:12 PM »
please give your honest realistic opinion on my situation. I graduated in May, am working full time (8-6). Have not begun any prep work for LSAT at all and plan on taking the FEB test. The only feasible class i can take is Powerscore every Monday Wednesday and Saturday after work. It starts in December and goes until the test in FEB. having done no preparing i was going to

A) buy the both BIBLES now and study them thru november until the class starts to get ahead. Is this a waste of time and money cause the class uses the same books? do they use the exact books?

B)Should I attack these books on my own and just take the weekend course as an inbetween option??

remember i work full time and havent done one thing. I consider myself bright and able I just dont have all day to study so it would have to be a couple hours a night and on the weekends.  Please do not say wait and take June or OCT because I dont want to wait that long as my situation wont change by then and I would like to begin the application process ASAP. VERY GREATFUL FOR ANY ADVICE. PLEASE!!

Financial Aid / Need HELP...Previous loans
« on: October 29, 2007, 06:38:38 PM »
If i have taken out about a hundred grand already for undergrad and want to begin law school soon will this affect my ability to receive loans for law school? Im especially because the ones in specific im thinking about will require hefty loans (50K with cost of living)?? Please Help

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