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Incoming 1Ls / What's a fellow?
« on: July 26, 2005, 06:49:21 PM »
One of the stipulations of my scholarship is that during my second and third years at law school I become a fellow.  What's a fellow?  They say I'll receive a small stipend, but other than that, I don't have a clue.

Any help appreciated.

While perusing various law school prep books, I came across an obscure tip that makes a lot of sense.  It recommends that during the summer before you start school (read: now) that you should get a passport.  You probably won't have time to deal with it once law school starts, yet there's always the small chance that the firm you're interning for will ask you to fly with them to London or some other place for a few days.  It would suck to be the loser who had to say, "Uh, I don't have a passport."

Note:  This is probably more relevant to the individuals who will be attending T1 schools, but it doesn't hurt for everybody to get one, just in case.

General Off-Topic Board / Anybody else get this weird letter?
« on: June 27, 2005, 08:21:05 PM »
I left town for a few days and found the following in my mailbox.  I found it quite curious- someone might have already posted on the matter, but I'm too lazy to check.

Here are the salient points of the letter:

"You have been selected as one of a few individuals Rutgers School of Law-Camden would like to admit in the Fall of 2005.  The Law School is currently engaged in an extensive study to establish that individuals with your LSAT become some of our most successful graduates."

Note:  My LSAT is 162, which although not pathetic, is way below Rutger's top 25%

"To encourage you to participate in this Academic Excellence Scholarship program, we are waiving both the application fee and the $300 deposit fee.  Should you be accepted, you will also be awarded an $8,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship...This program is limited to approximately twenty students."

I'm not going to do it, but why would they send it so late- it was dated June 21.  Are they having trouble filling seats or do they honestly believe that someone with a lower LSAT score might make- somehow- a better student?

Incoming 1Ls / We should all be quite proud.
« on: June 18, 2005, 09:13:45 PM »
I was wading through the numbers today, and it appears that roughly 48,000 people enrolled in first-year law school classes last year.  The number for our class should hover somewhere around that one, give or take a few thousand.

If you take into account historical attrition rates of 5,000 to 6,000- that leaves about 42,000 people who will graduate with a J.D.

42,000 out of almost 300 million Americans.

1 out of 7000 people go to law school in America every year.

If you got in, whether it be Harvard or Cooley, you've achieved something and deserve to pat yourself on the back.  You've gone farther than most people you'll ever encounter.

Can we all agree on that?

Incoming 1Ls / Best Pencil for Law School?
« on: June 18, 2005, 10:55:56 AM »
Does anyone have any tips as far as what type of pencil to bring to law school?  I've spoken with mine, and there exams are incompatible with retractable leads, so I'm going to have to go with the old schools.  Is Black Warrior any good?  I really like the feel of natural wood but they lack the springiness of the composites.


Incoming 1Ls / Just Read Turow's One L
« on: June 17, 2005, 08:45:03 PM »
Thought it was a great book- a little outdated, yes, but there is much in it that remains timeless.  I'd suggest everyone read it before starting law school.  The key tip I picked up from it was to buy highlighters in multiple colors and organize your notes chromatically.

That's right, I said chromatically.  So sue me.

General Off-Topic Board / See if you can beat my MineSweeper score.
« on: June 02, 2005, 07:32:27 PM »
13 seconds on Beginner

81 seconds on Intermediate.

General Off-Topic Board / Awesome!!!!!!!!!!
« on: May 12, 2005, 04:54:46 AM »
Yesterday I received a phone call from the dean at Mississippi College.  He told me that a local law firm had asked him to send over "4 or 5 of their top files" in order to be considered for a stipend, and he asked for my permission to send mine.

I would love to be chosen, but I'm just glad that a) I have one of the best files in the incoming class, and b) the law firm (one of the city's largest) will now be familiar with my name.

General Off-Topic Board / What besides Courtroom Law?
« on: April 29, 2005, 05:27:27 AM »
For the longest time, I've been contemplating becoming a defense attorney.  Now, I'm not so sure.  I don't think I have the "chutzpah" to do it.  Now, my question is this- what other types of lawyer jobs are there out there that pay decently?

How much do Real Estate lawyers make?  They guy who told us where to sign when we brought our house drove a really nice car.

Do most partners at a firm do courtroom work?  I'd be happy with hours and hours of "boring" research work and writing.  Because I'd love that?

What about patent law?

General Off-Topic Board / How is this a bad plan?
« on: March 17, 2005, 06:07:03 AM »
I'm going to be attending law school in the fall, and I think I've found a way to make a lot of money while doing it.  Listen to my idea (in your area it might not be a bad idea either) and see if you see any flaws or weaknesses in my thinking.  I've worked it over in my head a few times and I can't see why it couldn't be done with a little bit of effort.

I think I'm going to attempt to undercut Kaplan's prices on the cost of ACT prep classes.  I would hold 8-hour workshops on the weekend at local colleges (for a cut of the profits, of course) for 20-25 students.  I would charge roughly $100 for the day, which is roughly half of what Kaplan charges.

Here are my credentials:

1.  Scored a 33 on ACT.
2.  Full scholarship to undergrad and law school.
3.  Taught ACT/SAT prep classes in high school.
4.  Sylvan SAT Prep Instructor
5.  Certified English Teacher with 3 years experience.

At $100 a pop, I could easily make $2000 dollars a day, once I got the thing up and rolling.  Even if just five kids showed up, I'd make more than enough to make up for a regular job.  And since the crop of new test-takers is constantly changing, my market would never be exhausted.

I would have a program created and business cards printed up- and would ensure that the course was done as professionally as possible.

Is anyone else thinking about attempting this?  I really feel Kaplan charges too much and I can do what I do well (teach kids) for a lot less than they do.

Please comment.

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