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Law School Applications / Re: work experience question
« on: July 21, 2008, 02:29:57 PM »
I don't think it will matter, unless the new job is lower on the food chain.  Then it might look like you were punished or forced out.  Otherwise, I don't think they care.  The only time I've ever heard of job switching being a problem was when someone got a new job every six months or so, and without any sort of strategic plan. 

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Capital U or Florida Coastal
« on: May 11, 2008, 02:13:29 PM »
I'm from Columbus, so I know a bit about Capital.  The only thing I know about FCSL is that it is a for-profit school, has some shady practices in regards to scholarships and attrition, and that their admissions office was e-stalking me for a while. 

Capital is a good school if you want to practice law in Central Ohio.  They've had one of the best bar passage rates in the state the past few years, and there are some pretty good faculty there.

IMO, go to Capital or wait until next cycle and reapply other places.  They're doing a lot of work aimed at improving the school's rankings, and they've attracted some pretty good faculty. 



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Depends on what state you're taking it in.  There are usually extra hoops for a non-ABA school; even if they let you take the bar, you'll have to probably take the "baby bar" or do other stuff.

I'd call the office of bar admissions wherever you want to practice and check with them. 

Additionally, I can't imagine the job market for grads is very good, especially if you want to practice in Boston or someplace like that. 


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Case Western Reserve / Re: CWRU Class of 2011
« on: April 25, 2008, 10:06:11 PM »
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You do know the fat surfer has been replaced with the sunburst/mission patch? (and good riddance!)

Fat surfer?  Was someone stupid enough to surf in Lake Erie?

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Case Western Reserve / Re: CWRU Class of 2011
« on: April 25, 2008, 08:58:03 PM »
I'm here. 

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Law School Rankings / Re: University of Cincinnati?
« on: April 15, 2008, 02:12:31 PM »
Placements seems to be pretty good from southern to central Ohio.  Not sure about north of here-it gets a lot more crowded with Case, CSU, Ohio Northern, Akron, and Toledo.  I'm in Columbus, and I don't think I'd have any trouble finding a job around here. 

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Law School Rankings / Re: University of Cincinnati?
« on: April 15, 2008, 11:23:52 AM »
I went to Cincinnati's ASD last week.  I was pretty impressed by it, and my impression from talking to folks here in Columbus is that it's got a good reputation here.  The career services people talked a lot about the market, and it sounds like they place well in Ohio.  We have both UC and Case people in the firm I work at-their advice is go to the cheapest school you can find in the area you want to practice and work your ass off.  Unless you go to a T14 school or are related to the managing partner, you're gonna have to be ranked high to compete anyways, so save your money.

It seems like UC is much more geared towards corporate law than Case, from what I've seen at both of them-CWRU does a lot more international law stuff, UC does a lot more corporate/business type things. Of course, UC also has the Urban Morgan Center and the Innocence Project, and CWRU does have a fairly good BigLaw placement, so that's not a hard and fast rule.


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How many years in a govt position before pension, 20 or 25?  I assume it would max out 5 before that, and pension at 3/4 for that.  However, going into government for money seems to be a questionable proposition in the first.

Depends on the Agency, doesn't it?  I think White House and Congressional non-civil service staffers (ie not GAO, military, secret service, etc) qualify pretty quickly. 

Another useful tip about government work-an LLM is an automatic bump to the next paygrade, so you'd start at GS-12 instead of GS-11, GS-13 instead of GS-12, etc. 

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CRAP I got a huge warning from my work IT regarding that site!!!  I'm flagged now!

That'll teach you not to hunt for a new job on company time.

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They got a huge donation a few years ago from the Moritz or Drinko families, I think it was something like $50 million or something.

I don't think that's caused a big bump in the rankings, though-they actually dropped a few spots this year. 

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Case Western has been brutal to my GF. She has received no less than two HUGE envelopes from them and a number of emails, all of which get her poor little heart racing. The school is her top choice and she went complete in November, but she is definitely a bubble sitter, so I can understand why they are taking their time. But seriously, they need to rethink sending huge envelopes out to applicants who they aren't necessarily accepting. It can really make for a heinous period of extreme joy followed by intense frustration/anger.


Yeah, Case is horrible.  I think my favorite of their funny little jokes was when they mailed me a login and password for their financial aid site, and told me to go to the "admitted students" page.  I hadn't received an acceptance letter yet, so I called the admissions office and asked about it.  Their response was "Oh, yeah, we send those out to all our applicants.  Your application is before the committee, and you'll hear back from us when you hear back."  I called back last week to check on my status-I've already heard back from everywhere else that I applied to, and I've even gotten my scholarship packages from schools ranked higher than Case, and that I applied to after I applied to Case.  Their response?  "We won't be finalizing the class until May. You'll hear back from us then."

Not to mention the fact that they just sent me an email saying that although the admissions deadline has passed, they're still accepting applications to be reviewed on a "case by case" basis.

So, yeah, Case sucks.

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