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Current Law Students / Career focus
« on: September 28, 2004, 08:12:48 PM »
I'm taking the LSAT next week and I will be applying for Fall 2005 admission.  I'd like some advice from people who already have a semester or two under their belt.  My problem is that I don't know of any specific area of law I would like to practice.  Also, I don't want my choice of law school to limit my employment options geographically after graduation.  How realistic are these things?  I consider law school as a means to achieving career focus.  What percentage of L1's had a sepcific area of law in mind when they applied to law school?  Of those who didn't, how are most law schools about providing such guidance along the way? Also, how much does the school you attend affect the area of the country you can work in after graduation?  I won't be applying to Yale or Harvard.  I will be very lucky if I get into a Texas or Michigan, but will more likely end up at a school somewhere in the top 20-30.  Does this mean my employment prospects will be limited to the state I went to school in?  Thanks in advance.

Current Law Students / Employment opportunities
« on: September 07, 2004, 07:46:18 AM »
Does working in a government position for a few years after graduation hurt your chances of migrating to a private firm later on?  I've been considering the loan forgiveness programs offered by many schools.  If I spent 3 or 4 years as a prosecutor or defender after law school, would that experience make me more or less attractive to top firms later on?

Current Law Students / Regional employment after graduation
« on: September 04, 2004, 10:15:49 AM »
If you don't go to a top-15 school, to what geographic extent are your employment opportunities limited?  Should knowning what area of the country you want to work in after graduation be a siginificant factor in choosing a school?

Current Law Students / Transferring after L1
« on: September 04, 2004, 07:56:15 AM »
I'm a 26 year old computer engineer who will be applying to law schools next month for admission in Fall 2005.  I'm taking the October LSAT, and I expect my score to be in the low-to-mid 170s.  My undergrad GPA at Penn State was only 2.86.  I've been crunching the numbers, and even with the most optimistic assessment of how any of the top adcoms would weight my major, work experience, LSAT, LOR's, and personal statement, it really looks like my undergrad performance will preclude me from getting into any of the top schools.  I hadn't planned on going to Yale or Harvard, but someplace in the top 15 would have been nice.  It does look like I should be able to get into a couple schools in the top 30 though.  So my question is, would it be possible for me to transfer from a top 30 school to a top 15 after my first year, assuming I aced all my classes, had solid extracurricular activities, etc?  How do transfers work?  Will any of the top schools allow you to transfer in after your first year at a lesser school?

Current Law Students / No pens for LSAT?
« on: May 31, 2004, 01:17:09 PM »
I've been practicing for the October LSAT for a couple months already. I just picked up the 2004-05 LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book from my university's undergrad pre-law advising office.  I was shocked to read the following regulation:

"You may use only a No. 2 pencil or highlighter pen to underline passages in the test book.  Ink or ballpoint pens are not permitted."

Are pens really prohibitted?  I had been using 4 or 5 pages of scratch paper on the games sections until I found out that was prohibited.  I managed to adjust by using a pen to make an initial diagram for each game problem, then using pencil to fill in specific details/conditions and quickly erasing for each question.  This technique has dramatically boosted my scores, because I spend less time redrawing diagrams.  I can't imagine why they would prohibit pens during the test, unless to prevent exactly this technique.

First no scratch paper, then this.  I'm afraid to find out what my next surprise will be - Does the writing sample have to be done left handed?

Current Law Students / LSAT format question
« on: May 04, 2004, 05:51:28 PM »
Hi all,

Is scratch paper provided during the LSAT?  I've been burning through about 10 sheets per games section in the practice exams I've been taking.

Hi all,

I'm a first time visitor to this forum - It looks great!  I've been considering law school for the past few months, and wish I'd known about this site sooner.

I'm 26, and I have a BS in electrical engineering from Penn State.  My undergrad GPA was around 2.9.  I've been working in the engineering field since I graduated in 1999, but I've always known that engineering wouldn't be a career for the rest of my life.  I'll skip the details of my motivation and rationale for deciding to pursue a career in law, but it's something I love and know I could excel at.  I just wonder how difficult it will be for me to: A) Get accepted into law school with a 2.9 undergrad GPA and B) Pay for it with little existing savings.  I've done very well on the practice LSATs I've taken so far.  I haven't taken the actual exam yet, but if the practice tests are anything like the real thing, there's a high probablity I can come close to acing it.  What kind of LSAT score do I need to get into a mid-tier law school?  I'm not expecting ivy league, but I'd like to do better than Penn State's Dickinson School of Law  :)

Assuming I gain admittance to a mid-tier school, is there any realistic hope of funding virtually my entire education with "no money down"? I'm willing to accept debt later on in life, but how much money can I expect to receive/borrow from the government or other aid sources?  I assume any federal aid will be based solely on my income from the year prior to applying? 

Also, do any schools offer 2 year programs?  From my limited research so far, most law programs seem to be 3 years.  Since I'm starting "late" in life, time is a valuable commodity to me.

I appreciate any insight!  Thanks in advance.


Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Current NU 2L taking questions
« on: January 29, 2007, 06:08:36 PM »
It has probably been about a year since I logged into LSD, but the upcoming admissions season prompted me to see how things were going in the land of law school applicants. 

I noticed some people from other schools taking questions about their schools, and I'd like to do the same.

Questions about NU, the city of Chicago, or law school in general?  Hit me up.

Incoming 1Ls / LSD people are REAL!
« on: August 17, 2005, 06:46:44 AM »
I never imagined that anyone would be able to recognize me from the 125x125 pixel headshot in my avatar, but in the past 2 nights no less than 4 of my new NU classmates immediately picked me out from my LSD persona.  For the past year I've spent so much time talking to so many of you about so many different things, law school related and not.  But up until now, I guess none of you seemed "real".  Putting a few faces to LSD screen names in the past couple of nights has retroactively given an increased sense of humanity and personality to everything I've ever posted and read on here.  Anyone else have any similar experiences at orientation?

Incoming 1Ls / Holy *&^%! I moved to Chicago!
« on: August 11, 2005, 09:42:10 PM »
Wow, here I am.  I guess I really am going to law school.

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