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General Board / Re: Advice on succeeding Torts??
« on: October 26, 2007, 04:53:09 PM »

USD with Heriot?

Her reputation precedes her.  Are you a fellow Torrero?

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General Board / Re: Advice on succeeding Torts??
« on: October 26, 2007, 01:33:05 PM »
Sue everyone.  Don't forget the intentional torts, eg intentional infliction of emotional distress.  Throw in the Hand formula and Palsgraf.  We were only allowed to use two pages, front and back, for notes so don't worry if your outline is short.

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General Board / Re: False promises at Roger Williams
« on: October 17, 2007, 03:56:05 PM »
They never claimed their graduates would find legal jobs.  McDonalds is always hiring.

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General Board / Re: Going to class as a 1L.
« on: October 08, 2007, 01:04:56 PM »
Make sure absences do not affect your grade.  I've had professors who would automatically drop your grade half a letter for every four absences or drop you from the class if you missed too many classes. 

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General Board / Re: voice recorder
« on: August 20, 2007, 03:06:20 PM »
I recorded every lecture of my first year and only relistened to parts of a couple of lecutres.  I mostly provided copies to people who had missed class.  It was nice to have them to clarify my notes, but I never re-listened to the full lecutre. One guy would re-listen to lectures while he was exercising.  If you get a recorder, get a digital one and save the files in the best quality, usually WAV. 

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General Board / Re: Lunch with a Neighbor
« on: August 13, 2007, 06:42:26 PM »
This is definitely an "interview" and it is the best kind of interview you can get.  I know a couple of people whose invitation for "lunch" resulted in an invitation to be a summer associate.  At a minimum, dress business casual, but you should wear at least a dress shirt and tie, (you can remove the tie if your neighbor is dressed casually).  Make sure you have extra copies of your resume (you can keep them in the car) just in case some of the people you are introduced to request it. 

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General Board / Re: What was your undergrad major?
« on: August 03, 2007, 02:26:21 PM »
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology with a minor in Biochemistry

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General Board / Re: How's my plan?
« on: August 01, 2007, 05:16:03 PM »
Congrats!  You can definitely have a baby while in law school, it just takes a little longer to graduate.  Talk with an academic advisor at your school to work out the details.

We've had a few new moms in my class.  One is due right before classes start up this fall, another one took a week and a half of when she gave birth and finished the rest of the semester and the last one joined our class because she had to go on bed rest halfway through her second semester of school. 



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San Diego / Re: Evening Division
« on: July 31, 2007, 06:13:36 PM »
The evening program starts at 5:30 Monday through Thursday.  For those of you working, this time is perfect because the reserved parking spots are available for student parking at 5 pm.  For those who choose to do so, there is a 4 pm lawyering skills class available.  If you elect to do the 4 pm class, you will have the 4 pm class for both semesters. 

As far as I know any evening student can switch to the day program after completing their first year.  However, because the evening program is a few classes short of the day program, evening students must take the remaining first year classes in the evening during their second year.  After the first year, any student can take classes at any time, you are just broken down by how many credits you take, evening students take less than 12 credits, day students take at least 12 credits.  However, evening students have priority over the day students for the evening classes.

If you switch to the day program, evening students must make up 10 credits in order to graduate in three years.  This can be broken down in a few ways: (1) take 2-3 credits during summer school and then 15-16 credits during the remaining semesters; (2) petition the dean to allow you to take 17 credits during three of your semesters; (3) take 6 credits from another graduate course (e.g. MBA) during the summer and then 14-15 credits during the remaining semesters. 

Yes, working full time and going to school sucks, but it is doable.  You will spend your weekends doing the following week's reading and completing lawyering skills assignments.  What ever you do, do not fall behind as it is almost impossible to catch up.  Most of the professors understand that some students must work while going to school and will give you at least one weekend to get your assignments done.  That is, they will not assign something on Monday to have you turn in on Wednesday, rather they will assign something on Wednesday to turn in the following Monday.  If they do the former, just ask them to revise the due date when they hand out the assignment. 

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Look at schools with part-time evening programs.  Some part-time programs have lower GPA and LSAT requirements than the full-time programs at the same school.  You usually can transfer into the full time program after completing the first year.  After taking the LSAT, Check out lawschoolnumbers.com to get an idea of where people with your LSAT and GPA are being accepted.

You mentioned that you have had an interest in law your entire life, however, this interest does not appear to be a driving force, otherwise you would already be working as a lawyer.  You might want to take some paralegal classes or find a job at a law firm to verify that this is the field you want to go into before going $100-200K in debt.

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