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General Board / Re: Teaching College Level After Law School
« on: January 17, 2009, 01:18:10 AM »
They usually require that you have graduate hours in the field you want to teach.  To teach at the community college level you usually only need a master's degree.  I was teaching last semester with the Master's I have not the JD I have.  A current position at my UG school says JD's with 18 hours of graduate work in the field are welcome to apply.  So, a JD is usually not enough unless you are teaching law classes.

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General Board / Re: Job market question
« on: December 02, 2008, 09:30:06 PM »
Most federal agencies do not hire attorneys straight out of law school unless you were an honor program student.  That means exceptional grades. 

But the income range you are looking at would probably be accomplished by local government positions and many non-profit type jobs.  Heck, I know defense attorneys that make that on their court appointments alone.  Maybe you can hang a shingle yourself and then your grades wouldn't matter at all.

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General Board / Re: Interesting Courses v. Bar-Preparation Courses
« on: November 29, 2008, 06:41:08 PM »
It all depends on the professors approach to the class.  If it is a bar topic and the prof teaches you toward the bar exam, then it is good.  Also, if it is a difficult subject, such as Evidence, it helps to have a familiarity with it going into Bar study.  It also depends on the importance of the topic to the bar your taking. 

What I did was find out what is tested the most in Texas.  Family law almost always has one of the two questions on marital property, so I took that course in school.  I also checked into what UCC courses were more important.

After taking the bar exam, I highly recommend Secured Transactions.  There were a lot of property questions on the MBE that were actually secured transaction questions.  They don't tell you that in either Barbri or PMBR, but they clearly were.  In Texas, I recommend marital property or at the very least a general family law course.  It's tough to learn it all in barbri alone. 

I found payment systems, UCC 3 & 4, to be a waste of time.  Business associations was required at my school.  I recommend it if you are a business dummy like me, but if you understand the make up and formation already it's probably a waste if not required.

But, we all learn differently and the professors all approach it differently so the advice will vary.

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General Board / Re: NY/NJ Bar
« on: November 07, 2008, 03:52:57 PM »


for the MPRE NY requires a score of 85
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That's it?  The lowest score is a 50 and the highest a 150 lol.  That's a pretty low bar haha.
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Most states only require a 75 or 80.  85 is actually a high score requirement.  But at least they require you get tested on ethics and rules of behavior.

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General Board / Re: Failed the MPRE!
« on: November 07, 2008, 03:38:55 PM »
Question - if I take the mpre and fail it and take it again before the bar exam and I pass it - will employers be able to see that i Failed it? Just wondering, I am supposed to take it tomorrow but haven't prepared all that much.


I seriously doubt they will even ask about the MPRE.  Everyone I know wasn't even asked about the bar exam much less the MPRE.  You have to pass it to get your license so if your licensed they don't care.

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General Board / TX Bar results out
« on: November 06, 2008, 11:18:18 PM »
Thank goodness, that is finally over.  Texas has finally released the pass list.  Congrats to all that passed, see some of you in Austin for the swearing in ceremony.

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General Board / Re: Who else is STILL waiting on bar results?
« on: October 09, 2008, 10:33:02 PM »
TX has a target date of Nov. 7th.

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General Board / Re: Westlaw
« on: October 03, 2008, 03:54:39 PM »
You need to contact them and ask.  They are extremely expensive and cost prohibitive for beginning attorneys.  However, Lexis has special rates for new lawyers, so I'm sure Westlaw does to so they can stay competitive.  Call them and tell them your situation and they should find the best plan for you.

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General Board / Re: What did everyone think of the MBE?
« on: August 07, 2008, 01:01:19 AM »
Everyone I have talked to has said the MBE was ridiculous and likely our downfall if we fail.  I did see a lot of PMBR type questions, but I also saw a lot of questions unlike anything I've seen before.  I went into autopilot for awhile there.  Partially because a stupid siren went off outside for a long time distracting us.  I don't know if it was harder than normal, but it was ridiculous for sure.

I think it will only be one's downfall if there is a set minimum score in that person's state.  I am so grateful that Nevada has no such requirement - overall score is what counts.  Thank goodness for small favors...

Well, in TX it's a combination score but it has a percentage for each day.  So, although you can use points from other days, 40% of the points come from the MBE.  So, if you do really bad on the MBE, you better do exceptional on other parts to make up the points.  The MBE has been known to be the downfall of examinees here.

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General Board / Re: What did everyone think of the MBE?
« on: August 05, 2008, 07:09:38 PM »
Everyone I have talked to has said the MBE was ridiculous and likely our downfall if we fail.  I did see a lot of PMBR type questions, but I also saw a lot of questions unlike anything I've seen before.  I went into autopilot for awhile there.  Partially because a stupid siren went off outside for a long time distracting us.  I don't know if it was harder than normal, but it was ridiculous for sure.

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