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Current Law Students / How to find new case filings?
« on: July 10, 2011, 01:53:37 PM »
I would like to start a newsletter that summarizes new case filings in California.  The problem is that I don't know how to find these new complaints, other than by going to the clerks office.  Does anyone know any other way that I can find these filings, ideally i would like to find them online...  I'm looking for the complete filing that I would then summarize into a simple paragraph.  Any help is greatly appreciated.

Awesome, thank you.

I'm also looking for a way to get an updated list of all new litigation complaints filed in a particular state.  Take California again for example.  Any ideas?

I'd like to start making a network of lawyers and could use a list of lawyers contact information, especially their e-mails.  I don't mind writing down each one by myself, I just don't know of a place that would list their e-mail addresses...

Law School Admissions / Re: Advice Needed
« on: March 23, 2011, 03:59:00 PM »
1.)  Law schools will absolutely take an upward grade trend into consideration.  I wouldn't worry too much about it, a 3.5 is still a decent GPA.  Once they take a look at your transcript it will pop out right away to them.
2.)  If it makes you feel more comfortable you could include an addendum in your application that explains your grade trend in three or four sentences.  Try not to make it a negative sounding thing either.  Like for example, I wouldn't mention to them that it took a toll on your social life because you'll be doing a lot of studying in law school and schools might interpret that as though you may have had a hard time balancing work and play.
3.)  That's completely fine.  You don't need to have any law experience to apply to law school.  In your personal statement you'll explain why you want to be a lawyer.  Especially since your coming right from undergrad and haven't had a ton of time to get real work experience and figure out what you like.

So I applied to UC Hastings in mid-January.  It's a real toss up school for me, I have a 163 LSAT and 3.5 GPA so I'm right on the cusp.  Right after applying I received this automated e-mail saying...

"From this point forward, we kindly request that you not submit supplemental application materials (e.g. updated resumes, revised personal statements, or additional letters of recommendation) as we will not be able include them as part of your file. This request does not pertain, however, to addenda or corrections related to the four character questions on page two of the application. 

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in mid-January. Please note that although we make every effort to review applications in a timely manner, it may take several weeks before the Admissions Committee is able to evaluate your file. We kindly ask that you not contact the Office of Admissions to ascertain the status of your application, as this will only serve to slow the process down. All other inquiries are welcome."

Hastings is one of my first choice schools and if I got in I would likely go.  So my question is: Can I contact them somehow to let them know I'm still very interested without getting on their nerves?  Or is it best to just wait for the application decision?


Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Is Pepperdine Worth It?
« on: March 18, 2011, 02:08:20 PM »
Thanks BikePilot.  I'm 22 and a senior in my undergrad so at the moment I have no cushy super lucrative job to speak of.  And just to add to your comment, my older brother is pursuing a PhD in astronomy at Colorado free of charge.  In fact, I think he makes something like $40,000 per year while he's there for doing research and stuff like that.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Is Pepperdine Worth It?
« on: March 18, 2011, 07:48:17 AM »
Why do you say that Jwebony956?

In addition to borrowing the $20,500 in Stafford loans per year, I would need to borrow $32,816 per year to go to Pepperdine and $21,297 per year for Ohio State.


Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Is Pepperdine Worth It?
« on: March 16, 2011, 01:01:48 PM »
I'm having an extremely hard time deciding whether or not Pepperdine is a worthwhile investment.  After paying interest on all my debts I'll be paying back $250,000 over ten years.  Are there any current Pepperdine students or recent alums out there who can offer some realistic insight?


Thanks for your input Mike.  I'm from the Boston area but have lived here all my life.  I did my undergrad at a business school close to Boston and just don't want to look back at my life 10 years from now wishing I had left for California.  Having just received my financial aid package from Pepperdine I am pretty worried now about the debt I would take on.  The price tag for Pepperdine altogether is $68,316.  When you take out my $15,000 scholarship and do some time value of money calculations on the debt I would have to take on I would be paying back a total of $227,642 to go to Pepperdine, $67,694 of which is just interest I would be paying for.

If I go to Ohio State, after factoring in the $8,500 scholarship I have from them I would be paying back a total of $177,558 to go to Ohio State, $17,386 of which is interest.

So I guess the question is whether or not it is worth paying an extra $50,000 over the course of 10 years (how long the loan-repayment is) to head to California instead of Ohio.


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