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Bar Exam Preparation / Re: Tennessee micromash and/or Micromash MBE
« on: June 09, 2006, 08:24:40 AM »
The new version of Micromash in absolute junk so becareful you get the older version.  I used it on previous bar exams and it was great.  Since they've "updated" and more fully merged with Thomson, tons of errors.  Buyer Beware!

Current Law Students / Re: I AM A LAW CHOOL STUDENT IN CHINA
« on: May 23, 2006, 12:33:02 PM »
come on, can't we have a discussion without criticizing everyone? 

Current Law Students / Re: Would you rather be......
« on: May 23, 2006, 12:31:25 PM »
definately lsat.

Current Law Students / Re: Bar Exam Structure.....
« on: May 17, 2006, 11:58:41 AM »
"Some professors will change the answers to certain multiple-choice questions on their final AFTER it has been given to students -- this way the "correct people" will have scored higher overall than the "incorrect" ones"

^^^^sounds to me like someone couldn't admit they are wrong.  and just HOW does the professor know which mc belongs to which student so they can pick the "correct" one?

Current Law Students / Re: Is law review really worth it?
« on: May 16, 2006, 01:14:35 PM »
Depends on the school you are at.  If you are already at a T1 school, no, why bother, you'll get a job without.  Two friends went to 2 different Tier 1's (Georgetown and Stanford) and neither one did law review.  Both are at big firms making big bucks because of the school.  If you are in a low tier school, then definately do it, unless you've a job waiting, because it shows that you can write even if you are at low tier school

Your law school app asks for this??   Look again, I think you're giving up wayyyy more informatin that needed, unless your going to school in Wisconsin where you get bar admission by graduating from a law school there, which means you have to be morally fit starting law school. otherwise, they don't ask for that info until you are taking the bar because the school doesn't care.  check again!  also, with the bar app., if you keep your nose clean while in law school, then the bar doesn't care, they are just looking to see that you disclosed

Current Law Students / Re: Any thoughts on this?
« on: April 25, 2006, 07:33:25 AM »
here's the thing, students who don't have excess money coming in don't take the LSAT prep classes, which DO make a difference on the LSAT score.  plus, the students without excess money also were more likely to work throughout undergrad, which also affects their gpa.  while this isn't true for everyone with lower lsat's and gpas, it is true for some and has nothing to do with intelligence.  there is also something to be said for years of prepping for the standardized tests while again, the poorer people don't have the years of prepping so for them, the soft factors do not set them up for failure. however, reality is, while the 'soft' factors should look at poverty, they really only look at race, and the right race like black and hispanic.  so the soft factors, as is, do set them up for failure if they came from a family with the same resources as everyone else getting in.  if they came from a family without the resources, and they happen to be the right race, then no reason they can't excel

Current Law Students / Re: poor lawyers
« on: April 22, 2006, 10:33:41 AM »
Rock on giraffe, I spoke before I looked. 

Current Law Students / Re: What's good about being an attorney?
« on: April 19, 2006, 04:29:29 PM »
ESQ now has a great, honest perspective.  I'm a practicing lawyer in a mid-sized firm.  I'm in a smaller firm and agree with all except, the support staff aren't neccesarily helpful and the boss doesn't allow much flexibility in the come and go.  I was a paralegal for two years before going to law school, and a friend of mine still is, pulled in $109,000 last year.  she worked long hours, but didn't have to.  only the bigger firms in the bigger cities will pay that, but the plus is, as a paralegal you can start counting the extra money in the paycheck with each OT hour.  also, paralegal doesn't bring the work home with them, you have more flexibility to say, 'i'm going on vacation', and during the work day you have a lot more fun because you don't exactly engage your mind doing bates stamping, copying, etc.  the downside of that lifelong paralegal is, you never have control over who you work for whereas after you've been practicing awhile, you can decide you aren't working for the jerk client or jerk boss and go do it on your own (or from the start).  and, a 60 year old attorney practicing is prestige, a 60 year old paralegal, not so much

another perspective.  if you get into a I or II tier law school, you will probably get into a mid to large size firm with great benefits.  if you go to a lower tier, you'll start out lower tier firm, or the solo guys who are difficult, and the benefits aren't so good because of size.   if you are a good paralegal with smarts but not the money or lsat to go to a top tier school (the lower tier schools will throw more scholarship money your way if you have a top tier lsat), but don't care about the office, the prestige, or the choice of who to work for, then paralegal at a top firm is a good route.  especially if you are beyond, say later 20's because you will be out of the job market for 3-4 years, and your first year or two will not be making big bucks.  throw in the law school debt, and it'll take a good 6 years or more to recover from the law school debt to get back where you were as a paralegal pre-law school.

if you get into a top 20, no brainer, go!  anything less, depends on what's important to you.

Current Law Students / Re: poor lawyers
« on: April 19, 2006, 02:06:47 PM »
I agree on the NALP postings, especially is you are in a lawyer tier school.  If you are at the lower tier, which is most law students, then NALP firms only allow the top 15% of the class to even apply.  If you get into Stanford, Georgetown, etc., then NALP is more accurate to your situation.  If you didn't, then remember, NALP firms aren't hiring the lower tier, middle of the pack class rank students. 

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