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Job Search / Victory!
« on: November 25, 2009, 06:34:45 AM »
Well, I would consider this a victory anyways-got a paid (GS 7) gig at Citizenship & Immigration Services this summer. Woo hoo! Paid legal work + getting to stay in DC = victory. Hollah!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Really no jobs for T14 grads?
« on: October 30, 2009, 05:15:36 PM »
So unlike most people on here, I'm actually in law school and see what's going on with my classmates/recent graduates.  I go to a top 50 school (lower 40' DC) may be able to deduce which one it is. I don't know anyone who just graduated and is unemployed.  I'm not saying the job climate doesn't suck..because it does. You probably won't get some 160K private firm job with any level of ease if you don't go to a t-14 school.  I know plenty of people who have secured great jobs in DC whether in government, public interest, or lower-level private firms.  There are jobs...maybe not the 160K jobs that require you to work 80 hours a week. There are jobs, though. Don't let these pre-law people scare you. They don't actually know what being a lawyer entails, much less what the job market is actually like.  If you are fine with making 80k in the government or 50k in public interest, no worries. If you won't settle for any less than 100k on Wall Street, maybe reconsider law school if you can't get into a T14.

Current Law Students / Commercial Outlines/Hornbooks
« on: May 24, 2009, 07:29:47 AM »
So I have nothing to do this summer...and I don't plan on "studying" for law school (I'm starting this Fall) but I want to at least have in my mind a plan of action for when I do get into study mode. These may be dumb questions but I've heard so much talk of commercial outlines and hornbooks. What are they? Where do I get them? Which ones should I get? When should I get them? What do I do with them when I get them? Thanks.

I'm not sure this is exactly the best place on the forum for this; but I wanted to see what some upcoming law students thought of my situation.  I am a 32-year-old over-the-road truck driver who has an undergraduate degree in history, as well as 24 hours toward a masters (I was trying to work two and sometimes 3 jobs and do grad school, did well in classes but never had time to write my thesis).  My undergrad GPA was about 3.9, I graduated magna cum laude from U. of Arkansas.  My graduate work was also at UA, and I had a 4.0 in my actual classes; I realize the failure to complete the degree will loom larger however.  I have no idea who to ask for references; the professors who loved me as an undergrad are the same ones who saw me fail in grad school.  I haven't really started studying for the LSAT (looking to begin LS in fall 2010), but I took a practice test and made a score of 166; there was no scoring of the writing section.  Since I was in school, I have had several jobs, but none that are considered "professional"; I worked in a warehouse, was a shift manager at Taco Bell, and for the last two years have been a truck driver. 

So, my question is this:  How do you think law schools will see this varied and admittedly spotty record that does have some pretty high points?  I am more interested in getting a scholarship from a "decent" school than I am in getting in to one of the very top schools.  Any comments, suggestions or advice would be appreciated.


Just out of curiosity, why did you take these jobs with a college degree? I think if you got a 166 on your first ever practice test you could raise your score enough to make none of that matter but is there another relevant reason why you had to work at taco bell despite your college degree and masters work?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: third tier toilet Ranking
« on: March 29, 2009, 03:58:07 PM »
Regent University in Virginia! They darkened my mailbox, unsolicited of course, with some of their sectarian fundamentalist trash one day--oh what a joy it was to be invited to join their law school/cult and help them undermine the foundation of secular democratic government...

hahah SO true!

OP's entire post is reminiscent of one of those creepy cult propaganda things that everyone knows is crazy...yall know what I'm talking about?

Law School Admissions / Re: D in Calculus...major problem?
« on: March 28, 2009, 07:18:07 PM »
Alright, question.  My overall GPA is a 3.48.  However, if you only look at my first semester freshman year, sophomore year, first semester junior year, and my senior year (everything but second semester freshman and second semester junior), I have a 3.75.  The reason is this:

Freshman year, after a strong first semester, I got into a serious relationship, caught the freshman year party animal bug, got cocky about school, didn't go to required recitations, and was thus penalized with a C and a B-.  I got A's in my two other classes.

The next year and a half went really well, and I decided I needed to challenge myself.  I hadn't taken a math since high school, when I got a 5 on Ap Calc.  I decided to take the next level of calculus as a Pass/D/Fail course, as I had no need of the class, knew it was statistically the hardest class offered at UNC (meaning most failed, not hardest material), and would be taking 18 hours, including Calc.  Unfortunately, despite receiving above average scores on the midterms and homeworks, I was looking at a D going into the final.  They do not curve, so, just to clarify, the average grade in the class was a D. I studied my ass off for the comprehensive exam, so much so that I didn't have time to study for my other classes, which I had been doing A work in.  I ended up getting a D on the final and a D in calculus, along with many others in the class.  My grades in the other classes suffered because I allocated so much time to calculus.  I ended up with a D, a B, 3 B+'s, and an A-.  I did well last semester and am looking at all A's this semester.

So, my question really is, does this completely screw my upward trend?  Will they analyze the numbers and look leniently on me, or am I screwed for getting a D.  I was trying to challenge myself and go beyond the required to prove myself.  Instead I just proved that I'm a moron.  Should I write a letter with applications?  Just let it go?  A 3.48 doesn't look that bad, but I really don't think I'm a 3.48 student.  6/8 semesters I've been a 3.7 student, and it would have been 7/8 if I'd not been a moron and taken calculus and 8/8 if I hadn't turned into a worthless scumbag my second semester freshman year.  Advice?

Where are you trying to go? What's your LSAT? 3.48 is a respectable GPA regardless and as long as you do well on the LSAT you're fine. I only have around a 3.3 and got a D in LOGIC of all things  and I got into a top 50 (i'm not a URM either) so you should be a-ok. I would say you may not be able to go to a t14 but if you get in the 170's you probably could even swing that from what I've seen around here.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Mason or American?
« on: March 28, 2009, 02:40:36 PM »
American is better, but GM is cheaper. How debt adverse are you?

Why is American better?  It looks like GM has a placement edge and costs less.

Do you have a personal aversion to American?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / What to wear?!
« on: March 25, 2009, 10:42:33 AM »
Ok I know this topic has probably taken place before...but I can't find it. First of all, I'm a girl. I was looking at the itinerary for the ASD at American this weekend and it says "business casual recommended." Now, I know what this means in a general sense...but what do people usually wear to these things? I don't want to look like the doucher that shows up more dressed up (or less so) than everyone else.  I know it may seem juvenile that I'm asking this...but at least I'm not bringing my parents or anything. Does that give me any street cred? haha

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Tulane ($$$) vs. American
« on: March 24, 2009, 08:25:50 PM » B. Got some intensity there bot bot?

Too much bold?  :)

At least you back up your stats. I would agree that OP should go to Tulane, btw. The money thing at American is annoying but I desperately want to be in DC.

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