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Before law school, I thought I would be kicking butt at it.  But I essentially got straight Bs my first semester, and one C my second.  That put me at about the 50th percentile. 

Boy, I was totally unprepared for that reality. Luckily, I had planned to do public interest work anyway, but if my heart was set on a six-figure salary, I would have been royally SCREWED.

I decided to stick it out and my grades steadily improved, but I was lucky.

What will you do if you are in the bottom half of the class after your first year of law school?

It's a good idea to think about this now, before it actually happens to you!

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In case you all have had your heads in the sand, this is a terrible time to be thinking about law school, unless your parents are paying for it or you have a full scholarship.  The job market is terrible, and will continue to be for several years with the near collapse of the BIGLAW hiring model.  And since most people don't practice in BIGLAW, I thought you would all like to take a look at this article that sums up salary distributions among law grads

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2009/06/30/the-dawning-of-the-end-of-the-bi-modal-era/?mod=relevancy

Essentially, you will probably take on $100K in debt, and earn between $40,000 and $65,000 per year following graduation.  (If you can even find a job)

With all this being the case, why are so many people still lining up to go to law school?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Need a description of OCI process
« on: January 05, 2008, 10:37:18 PM »
I need a good source with general information about what OCI is like at most schools.  (Not a Wikipedia article)

Does anyone have a good internet source that I could cite for a journal article?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Book sales, auctions, trades, etc. / Law School Confidential 99 cents
« on: January 02, 2008, 11:07:42 PM »
I am selling an almost new copy of LSC for 99 cents on ebay.  Auction ends in 2 days, so act fast!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=270199595426&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=017

Students from Harvard, Cornell, Yale, Stanford, Northwestern, Boalt, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Adcomms everywhere love Law School Confidential. 

Baff tag

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For those who are worried that you won't be able to repay your student loans unless you take a high paying Biglaw job, the College Cost Reduction and Access Act will save you (kind of)

Passed this fall, the CCRAA provides that you can use an Income Based Repayment scheme to repay your federal loans (Stafford, GradPlus) at only 15% of your discretionary income over the poverty level.  It also provides loan forgiveness for public interest lawyers after 10 years.

For an IBR (Income Based Repayment) calculatory, go to www.finaid.org.

For more info on the CCRAA, go to www.equaljusticeworks.org

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Check out my ebay auctions:

Going to Law School? By Erlich and Hazard http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=270199590930&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=017

Law School Confidential (2004) by Robert Miller http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=270199595426&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=017


Also:
Black's Law Dictionary
Property: Examples & Explanations
Legalines: Civil Procedure
Get Into Law School
Property: Gilbert's Law Summaries
Property Textbook: Durkeminier

Check out the Ebay auctions here: http://tinyurl.com/2kvpa5

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Selling PLS II. No writing on it.  Like new.   Retail is $25, you can get it for $15 plus shipping (which should be about $3)

Start saving cash now by getting this book cheap!

This will be done via a private ebay auction to ensure that everything is fair.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Great advice for pre-law students
« on: February 27, 2007, 12:21:03 AM »
Check this out: http://3lepiphany.typepad.com/3l_epiphany/2006/05/advice_for_inco.html

There is some great advice here!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Sarcastic 1L taking questions
« on: February 26, 2007, 11:15:55 PM »
I will be giving periodic sarcastic politically incorrect responses to your questions about what law school is really like, including information on how to avoid common social issues in law school. 

Go for it!

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Book sales, auctions, trades, etc. / LSAT Prep books for Cheap!!!!
« on: July 10, 2006, 02:14:23 PM »
http://cgi.ebay.com/LSAT-SuperPrep-10-Actual-Official-PrepTests_W0QQitemZ270004436877QQihZ017QQcategoryZ2228QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Auction includes:

    * 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests (Pen marks on cover, but unmarked inside)
    * LSAT SuperPrep (Excellent unused condition)
    * Barron's Guide to Law Schools (2003)

Ends in 8 hours.  I owned all these books, and they are in great condition.  Getting all three for so cheap is an awesome deal.  (Right now the auction is at $11)

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