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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: New Orleans or San Antonio?
« on: May 13, 2008, 11:50:22 PM »
I live in SA. It's a pretty fun place, but it gets a bad rep.  I just don't know too much about Loyola.  It seems like it's the Texas Tech of Louisiana.  I just know that the common law division prepares you to practice in any state. I just don't want to get stuck practicing in Louisiana if I can help it. 

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: New Orleans or San Antonio?
« on: May 07, 2008, 09:50:11 PM »
OK, OK, Spurs in 7.  But back to original point.  Which school? Please tell me what you know about them if you can. Thanks.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: New Orleans or San Antonio?
« on: May 03, 2008, 07:18:50 PM »
Fine, I'll decide on whoever wins the series.

Guess that means I'm going to St. Mary's in 5 games...

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: New Orleans or San Antonio?
« on: May 03, 2008, 05:25:52 PM »
Thanks for the info on New Orleans.  I am not necessarily aiming to practice in New Orleans, but if all else fails, it's good to know there's mobility within the city.  Even if I stayed, I'm not one of those people trying to get into the BIGLAW scene.  I am aiming more for public interest or government I guess. I signed up for the common law division, which apparently prepares you for other states besides Louisiana.  But you can get a certificate in the civil law division as well if you want to practice in Louisiana.  I am trying to do what I can to keep all options open.

Hal - I guess I am looking for both.  I would like info about both schools as far as which SCHOOL would provide the better resources, connections, faculty, maybe even location to suit my interests stated above, namely the desire to work overseas, better than the other, given what anyone knows about either school.  But I understand that overseas jobs are extremely competitive and the routes to them a lot more demanding and obscure, so if that doesn't work out, then plan B, I guess which CITY would be the better legal market to be 'stuck' in so to speak?  Sorry, I know I am aiming for an unconventional route and for that these might be weird questions.  I know I am asking for a lot and I appreciate the help thus far.

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Choosing the Right Law School / New Orleans or San Antonio?
« on: May 03, 2008, 12:54:11 PM »
Loyola New Orleans (28k scholarship per year)
St. Mary's (24 k Scholarship over 3 years)

I am not concerned about the rank of either of these schools, only their strengths, focuses and their location's relation to my career interest.  I am interested in doing legal work internationally in Latin America, focusing on human rights in immigration law - yes, I know I'm not that focused yet, but I know I want to be mobile beyond the borders of just the U.S.  I am possibly looking at NGOs in foreign countries or even U.S. embassies/State Department work.  I have been practicing my Spanish in my time off between college and law school in preparation.  I have received generous scholarships from both St. Mary's and Loyola New Orleans, both of which have pretty decent emphases on the international human rights, immigration law clinics. 

Louisiana's Civil law code is supposedly very similar to the legal systems of other countries, and so a certificate in Civil Law would prepare one to study not just in Louisiana, but in other countries (supposedly).

St. Mary's has a Terrorism Law center that is working to establish the definition of some of human rights and civil rights issues in the wake of this time of war. 

Both schools have programs that interest me. Although Loyola would actually be cheaper in the long-run, I would pay more for a school that could best help me realize my career goals of working abroad.  Since I have lived here for about 10 years, I know San Antonio pretty well, but I'm not too familiar with the New Orleans job market, location, or connections overseas.  I know the odds are greatly stacked up against me, but I'm going to do what I have to do to make these things happen. 

Can anyone tell me anything about New Orleans?  It doesn't have to be job market related, even crime statistics, cost of living, anything really that anyone knows from experience or something.  Also, if anyone has any insight about San Antonio's legal market, I would greatly appreciate it as well. Thanks.     

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Yes, I have already disclosed these things.  I would just like to make the case that being in such a position could prove useful later in service of others' need for defense in court, not for competence, but for the ability to understand, relate with, and appeal to future clients.

But yeah, I could see how emphasizing this one thing could be viewed as a generic 'cover-my-ass/tie my loose-ends about my mistakes' kind of ploy, which sucks because that's not true...but how do you know if you don't know me? 

It would not be as powerful as emphasizing strengths I've acquired than to seem to erase weaknesses.  I think this'll be my new strategy, but if you care to share any other thoughts, they're more than welcome.  Thanks for the input, both of you.


 

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Don't get me wrong, I've wanted to be a lawyer since early college from taking classes discussing immigration policy.  But I was arrested last year, a couple months before I took the LSAT for a misdemeanor and am still actually awaiting trial because I'm fighting the charges.  The whole experience has genuinely made me want to focus on civil rights and criminal defense law. 

Since this is a part of what I've been dealing with on a monthly basis since I sent in my application, should I actually talk about this in a LOCI to a school in which I've been waitlisted? 

I've considered talking about how 'being in this situation has given me a unique perspective in which I would be able to empathize with future clients, which is something that would drive me to serve them better.  That is why I find my aspirations in line with your school's Innocence Project/Criminal Defense Clinic/Public Defender's office program (...or something to that effect).' 

Is that a bad idea? Can you see it in any way shape or form as turning a negative experience into something that inspires me to study and focus on a certain area in law/program at a school?

....Or should I focus on something else about what attracts me to the school?  I am open to all suggestions about and/or criticism of this idea, so please fire away.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How screwed am I?
« on: February 29, 2008, 07:41:51 PM »
I've already applied everywhere, I'm just waiting.  I am mostly curious about what kind of chance I have for Seattle U, since I didn't apply Part-time there.  They take in a decent percentage of people with 3.5s and 155s, but the recent 152  makes me think I will be passed up by all the other 3.5/155ers (not to mention everyone else who got higher than both those numbers).

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Choosing the Right Law School / How screwed am I?
« on: February 29, 2008, 07:30:38 PM »
So I took the LSAT in Sept. and got a 155, but then I took it in Feb and got a 152. I was getting 160s a week beforehand and simply bombed the day of I guess. I've already gotten into St. Mary's, but I am trying to get into Seattle U (FT) and Part-Time at U of H, U of New Mexico, and Lewis and Clark this fall, all of which I would prefer over being stuck a T4.  With a 3.5 GPA, can anyone tell me what kind of chance I might have at any of those schools?  This is just a really depressing situation and I could use any advice right now.  Thanks.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: This might be a weird question but...
« on: December 01, 2007, 04:35:13 PM »
I have to admit I didn't look up when he called time, but it went something like 'TIME!..1 one thousand, 2 one thousand' and the next thing I know the guy is already looming over me, like he was aching to bust someone.  I guess I started bubbling simultaneously with the beep, definitely not after, because the guy stated like 3 times before the test that he wasn't going to give us an extra second to bubble, so I was already on my guard and thought I was following the rule and being too careful.  I just didn't know how hardcore he was going to take that, because I definitely would've just put my damn pencil down and bubbled it later had I heard the beep - hindsight is 20/20.

My last score was a 155 (about 67 questions correct raw) and judging by the fact that I didn't even read the last RC passage and essentially guessed on a good 15 (maybe got like 8 - 10 right tops?), even if I miraculously averaged about 20 right on the rest of them, I am looking at about 68-70 questions raw - too close to gamble on being lucky, when clearly I was unlucky and ultra paranoid about bubbling.  This sucks because by about 1 weekend before the test, I was averaging 76-78 questions right and looking to get a lock on U of H, but now I don't think I will even make Part-time.

Whatever, this blows.  I guess you can either drink out of celebration or drink out of mourning after the LSAT - the end result is still the same.  I'll be on the latter - All I wanna know is....who's coming with me?...

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