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Before applying to law school, please read the following:

I graduated from a top 50 law school last May in the middle of my class, passed my stateís bar exam, and Iíve been having incredible difficulty just finding legal jobs that I can apply to.  Iím certainly not alone, as about half my graduating class is still unemployed.  There is so much press coverage about the shortage of legal jobs, I canít understand why flocks are still enrolling in law school. 

I strongly urge you (because I wish someone would have urged me before I went to law school):  if there is ANYTHING that excites you other than law, go do it instead of law school. 

Please, before you start 1L, understand what you are getting into.  With the exception of going to a T-14 school, chances are good that you will have extreme difficulty landing a job.  And even if you do land a job after graduation, chances are pretty good you wonít be that happy or be making that much money (only the top top students get 6 figure jobs).

Law schools are money-makers just as much as they are educational institutions.  Donít trust each schoolís published employment statistics, as so many are fraudulent.  For example, my school claimed that the average starting salary for 2010 graduates was $92,000, but very fine print at the bottom of the page stated that that was only based on 45% of the class reporting. 

Going to law school was honestly the worst mistake of my life, and I hope you donít make the same mistake as me.    

If you have any individual questions, I will happily respond to them.

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General Board / Venting about Bar Exam
« on: June 26, 2011, 12:30:22 PM »
Hi,

I just graduated from a fairly good law school (one of those tied for 35th in USNews) and am now, like many of you, studying for the bar exam.  I'm doing the barbri online course, and am very overwhelmed.  Prior to law school, I thought the largest hurdle to overcome to becoming a lawyer would actually be completing law school, but I'm finding bar review to be much more difficult than anything I ever faced in law school.  I'm amazed that the pass rate is so high (I'm taking the bar in Michigan, where there's a first time pass rate around 85%), and have no idea how I will be able to cram enough of the information into my brain in time for the exam. 

A friend of mine from my law school suggested that law graduates from lower ranked schools tend to have an easier time with the bar exam because their schools teach to the bar, which ours does not.  My school focuses a lot on theory, and therefore a ton of the black letter law on the exam is new.  I'm studying everyday, basically going as hard as I can, but worry that I'm moving at too slow a pace to be ready.  Does anyone else feel this way about studying?  Anyone have any tips on how to feel more optimistic?  Right now I feel like there's a 50-50 chance I will pass. 

I greatly appreciate any advice anyone can give me.  Thank you.     

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General Board / MPRE
« on: March 01, 2011, 06:37:41 PM »
Hi everyone,

I'm taking the MPRE on Saturday.  How many hours do you think I need to study?  The state where I'm taking the bar requires an 85.   Thanks

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General Board / Quick MPRE Question
« on: January 10, 2011, 02:56:53 AM »
Hi everyone:

For those who have already taken the MPRE, is there a lot of time pressure?

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General Board / Avoiding Burnout
« on: September 20, 2010, 02:57:32 PM »
What do you guys do to avoid burning out during the year?  I'm at a point where I'm worried this is happening to me.  Thanks for your advice

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General Board / Work Outside of Law School
« on: September 08, 2010, 02:31:46 PM »
Just curious,

How many hours do you think the typical 2L or 3L works during the semester outside of law school (like at a firm or agency)?

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General Board / 2L Summer Reflection
« on: May 18, 2010, 04:41:35 PM »
This week I started working for a small firm (for my 2L summer), and although I have done fairly well at a top-50 school, I really do not feel like law school has prepared me for actual legal practice.  Does anyone sympathize?     

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General Board / Immaturity of Law School Students
« on: July 20, 2009, 08:00:32 PM »
After a year in law school, I have found a handful of very mature and friendly students.  However, the high proportion of immature and unfriendly students boggles me.  Do you guys think there is something about law school that attracts people lacking social skills?  Although I go to a very decent law school, I still feel like I am back in high school.  I also feel frustrated by the degree to which everyone's social life is consumed by drinking (I like to have a few beers a couple days a week, but many law students at my school binge drink often)  Can others relate?

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General Board / Too many girls are in long-distance relationships
« on: February 28, 2009, 11:00:45 PM »
I'm a 1L, at a law school with an abundance of attractive girls.  The catch is, they are almost all (probably around 90%) in relationships!  For a single guy such as myself, this is frustrating.  When I started school in the fall, many upper level students told me that many of the girls would break up with their longtime boyfriends within the first month of law school - but virtually none did.   What's the deal with this?  Also, since they know I'm single and physically attracted to many of them, these girls don't like to hang out with me as a friend, which makes the available people to hang out with much smaller.  What's a guy in my situation to do? 

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Anyone know of a great hornbook on estates and future interests (in property)?  I could really use some help in this area, thanks! 

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