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Law School Admissions / Re: Michigan State 1L
« on: December 23, 2007, 05:41:35 PM »
I'm from CA.  I chose MSU because it was my best option $$ wise. MSU was fairly generous with their scholarships and they also gave away free Dell laptops to some students.  Another plus was the jump back into the 3rd tier.  I think by dropping the Detroit College of Law name and aligning with MSU, we'll be jumping in the rankings again.  My hunch is we'll eventually end up in the 2nd tier. 

Job wise - I'm not too sure about the prospects in state.  I haven't talked to any 2 OR 3Ls about it since I'm looking to head back to CA once I graduate.  I know like any law school, paid summer associate positions are rare for 1Ls.  The majority of the firms only hire 2Ls.  A select few reserve 1-2 spots for 1Ls.  So most 1Ls will do unpaid internships/externships, summer school, or study abroad.  As for me, I'll be returning to CA this summer and will sort through my internship options during spring break. 

Law School Admissions / Re: Michigan State 1L
« on: December 23, 2007, 05:08:48 PM »
Employment prospects are good.  MSU has the unique Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute and a ranked IP program.  If you're looking to be a trial atty or a patent atty ...I highly recommend MSU.  Our career services office is also helpful, they'll sit down with each 1L to go over goals and your resume and whatnot. 

I think every law school is competitive but it's not cut throat here.  I think everyone is pretty friendly and if you miss a class, you can usually find someone to give you class notes. Overall, I don't regret going to MSU 1 bit.  You have to go to law school for the right reasons.  I found that the students who came directly from undergrad had a harder time adjusting.  We had a few who decided to drop out because they couldn't hack it...

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: 3rd tier schools
« on: December 23, 2007, 05:03:43 PM »
I'm a 1L at MSU.  If you're serious about law school, then MSU might be the place for you.  Law school is tough, don't enroll with thinking you will be able to transfer.  Most schools will accept transfers who were in the top 5% of their class.  When 1 final comprises your grade for the class, you kinda have to have everything workin for you otherwise if you get 1 C and kiss the transfer dream goodbye. 

Mid 150s?  If you have at least a 152, you have a shot at Chapman and Cal Western.  Chapman will probably waitlist you like they have in the past.  You might want to give Pepperdine a shot but you'll have to complete an essay on God.  It's kinda ridiculous. 

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: La Verne
« on: December 23, 2007, 04:55:55 PM »
They are provisionally approved.  Some advice to anyone considering La Verne .... don't apply, it's a waste of $30k.  If you're even possibly thinking about attending then transferring, most ABA schools don't accept transfers from a provisionally approved ABA school. 

Law School Admissions / Michigan State 1L
« on: December 23, 2007, 04:46:34 PM »
Feel free to ask any questions.......

hey ms, yeah it's Thursday 7/26 and I'm still stalking my mailbox for a Chapman decision.  Good luck to you.  It's almost August, I hope we hear soon!

Congrats newkirk!!  I hope I get some good news too!  :)

Congrats to eveyone who got into Southwestern!  Has anyone heard from Chapman? 

Are they like LSAT scores and only considered good for 3-4 years? 

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