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Law School Rankings / From someone who's been there ...
« on: March 08, 2006, 10:36:34 AM »
I checked out LSD again for the first time since last year, after my admissions cycle.

I just wanted to wish everyone here good luck at whatever school they go to.

Not everyone can go to law school, and I had a few friends who got blanked at all of their choices. Go to the best school for you and be happy with your decision.

I also wanted to say I was reading the admissions/ranking thing and laughed a little. I remember reading the exact same questions last year, everyone making the same types of predictions, and everyone freaking out when the new rankings were released.

From someone who's been there, they just don't matter that much. I go to a pretty good school and I love it. I wouldn't trade it for anything. The friends I've made along the way and atmosphere made my school a great choice. Sure employers know of the "t14" and "t1" schools, but who doesn't? They're pretty much the same schools that have always been there. If you don't go to a T1 school, and most people don't, it's not the end of the world.

It's really no big deal if your chosen school drops a few spots. Once you're actually in law school, you won't care. Trust me. You'll have bigger things to worry about like trial briefs, appellate motions, and the d*mn law journal write-on competition. That thing ruined my spring break.

So in a nutshell, my advice to all of you would be to take the rankings with a grain of salt. If you're smart and work hard, you'll rise above everyone else and employers will see that. In the end, that's what matters.

Again, best of luck to all.

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Wait List / St. John's Update - FYI
« on: August 04, 2005, 01:00:59 PM »
St. John's currently has no open seats for the PT or FT programs. 2-3 may open up after orientation (15 Aug.)

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General Off-Topic Board / Cheap laughs
« on: July 26, 2005, 12:00:20 AM »
Vin Diesel can solve everything.

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Wait List / Catholic WL - FYI
« on: July 19, 2005, 01:00:31 PM »
To anyone interested about the WL at Catholic.

Next week they will be releasing people from the WL, people who stay on will be on the WL up until Aug. 16, which i'm told, is orientation.

To Abe or anyone who's gotten off the CUA WL, did they call, e-mail, or snail mail you the acceptance?

End transmission.

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Where should I go next fall? / New Posters - Odds of getting in
« on: June 26, 2005, 07:30:36 PM »
If you're new to law school discussion, welcome. I hope you find it helpful. But please refer to www.lawschoolnumbers.com as well if you have questions about acceptance with your particular numbers. There is a search feature by school/user/gpa/lsat  to gauge your odds of acceptance.

Thanks

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To anyone who's interested. I met another attorney last night, and his advice for law school and jobs seemed pretty good so I thought I'd share it with you.

1) Everyone in law school is smart
2) There are some people who are geniuses that do poorly on exams because they don't know how to take them. There will come a point when it just "clicks" for you, and you suddenly know how to take the exams, best bet is to take old practice exams.
3) The attrition rates for lawyers in large firms is about 30% (he left a large firm making 130k a year to go to a small 10 person firm for 60k)
4) Keep your debt down! He emphasized this a lot. He turned down some great schools because he got a full scholarship at U of Oregon. Having a large amount of debt will force you to take jobs you may not want. Especially if you're interested in public interest law.

That was the gist of it all, I'm sure there was more, but I drank a lot, so I can't remember

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All, below is a pasted excerpt from cq.com

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WL? Accept? Reject?

Thanks ...

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Where should I go next fall? / On or Off campus?
« on: March 31, 2005, 11:08:56 AM »
I filled out my FAFSA forms as if I was living off-campus. But since some of the schools I applied to I've never seen, I don't know which living situation I'll do.

What about you guys? Any thoughts?

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