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Transferring / Would you transfer if...
« on: May 30, 2009, 09:20:00 PM »
...you were at a strong T2 regional school, had a scholarship for 2L and were in the top 20%. sincerely like your school and would not mind doing a Tax LLM after graduation BUT you realized that you want to eventually go into academia (adjunct or faculty) and during practice you don't want to feel constrained to the geographic area where your school clearly dominates?

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Where should I go next fall? / Temple ($$$) vs. Davis
« on: May 22, 2008, 03:06:54 PM »
So I decided to enroll in Temple after getting waitlisted at Davis.  Temple gave me full tuition.  Funny thing is that, the same day I send my second deposit to Temple, Davis mails me the letter stating that I got off the waitlist.  I'm quite happy with the idea of going to Temple, but I really like Davis.  I don't care much if I end up in the east or west coast but I would love to go into public interest.  What do you think?

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Transferring / Re: Transferring from Puerto Rico
« on: March 10, 2008, 07:32:53 PM »
This is funny.  I pondered this exact same question a year ago.  I'm also from the island but I went to school stateside.  Before you enroll at UPR Law, keep in mind that UPR teaches in Spanish and their courses focus on PR civil law and some federal common law. 

Spanish:  during your first year, you will learn the law and the legal jargon in Spanish.  You will learn legal writing in Spanish.  After a year, when you head to the states (if you do transfer), you will be challenged to do your legal writing in English as well as learning the same legal jargon in another language.  I can see this being a challenging transition.

Civil/Common Law:  the PR law schools will teach you the law, both civil and common law, but their focus will be in the PR civil law system even during your first year.  Read the course offerings and you will notice that most course offerings are in civil law and that your first year will focus on this legal system. 

Now, if you want to study in the states, you should do one of three things.  Study better for the LSAT (which I know is a very hard test for Puerto Ricans and Spanish speakers) and aim for an American school.  You can wait a cycle, apply to schools in the states with your numbers and add a addendum (which is what I did and got me to T2 and some low T1, but had higher numbers than yours).  You could go to UPR Law, get good grades and either transfer or do one of the joint degree or study abroad programs UPR has with UConn, U of A, Chile, Canada or Spain.  I pondered the third option a lot and almost did it but chose the second option because of my career goals (and the fact that UPR loves to go on strike every year or so and their infrastructure sucks).  Think of what you want to do and where you want to practice.  Do you want to practice in PR?  Then UPR is your best bet.  La Inter is really for UPR rejects and la Catolica... just tell me who in their right mind wants to live in Ponce.

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any other opinions??

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I think AU would be a good fit.. they are very PI oriented but I have friends who have also gotten into BigLaw. Did you apply for the PIPS Scholarship?

No, I did not apply for the PIPS.  Wish I did but at the time, I thought I would not get it.  Oh well.

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I got into those three schools and from the rest, UC Davis is the other school high on my list.  I am interested in public service positions, particularly in criminal, immigration and international law, but I want to keep my options open (I also have an unexplained interest in taxation).  I'd like to study in a school that is strong in their region and offers practical experience. 

Temple - They gave me a full tuition scholarship that, if I keep it, I would have more freedom when choosing a job.  I love that they are in a big city, but I have never been in Philadelphia and don't know the city.  They also have a strong litigation and writing program, which for me, are very appealing.

Northeastern - I've worked with Northeastern graduates and can see firsthand that the school produces attorneys with practical experience.  I like the opportunities that the coop program can bring the students but I do not like the fact that every three months, I would start a new job search and have to find housing if I get a coop out of Boston.  I also love that the school has a strong focus on public interest but am afraid that Northeastern's strong focus on public interst could close doors should I decide to go a different route. 

American - At one point, it was my top choice but it is very pricey.  The other schools have given me a scholarship but I have heard nothing on that regard from American.  However, American is strong in international law, particularly with Latin America.  I've focused on this region at work and at college and would love to also pursue it in law school. 

(maybe) Davis - Ok, I have not gotten into Davis yet (they take too darn long to review an application).  Davis seems to have some good clinics (particularly the immigration clinic).  Also, the school seems to be pretty laid back and could open doors to more jobs than the other schools.  I am not a California resident but I would make arrangements to become a resident after 1L.

Which school should I choose if I get into Davis?  If I do not get into Davis, which school should I choose?  Opinions? 

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Acceptances / Re: accepted to UCDAVIS!
« on: February 23, 2008, 08:15:38 PM »
Davis takes a long time because unlike most schools, Davis really does look at EVERYTHING. You're not just a set of numbers =D

I sure hope so.  Those schools that actually read my application beyond looking at the numbers are the ones I've been accepted.

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Acceptances / Re: Accepted to Temple!
« on: February 23, 2008, 08:09:01 PM »
hopefully the flame is gone and I can ask a very general & open question...

What, in your opinion are the best, the worst, and the most irritating things about Temple law? 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UNLV, Depaul, Northeastern
« on: February 23, 2008, 07:53:52 PM »
I'm between UNLV, Depaul, and Northeastern.  Money isn't a major factor in my decision.  My main desire in going to law school is to have the ability and tools to stick it to the man as a full time career.  I'm not sure where in the country I want to settle in and would like the ability to have a JD that "travels".  My stats are 3.1/166 so if anyone has any other schools to consider, feel free.

To me, that right there just screams "Northeastern" to me.  DePaul is certainly a regional school with lots of competition around.  UNLV, I'm honestly not familiar with it.  But Northeastern travels some... within the nonprofit world.  For one, the coop program gets students to work in various nonprofit around the country.  Also, the Northeastern brand is fairly strong within the nonprofit and public interest world.  You can find Northeastern graduates and coop students in many parts of the country working on these fields.  However, outside those fields, I don't think the Northeastern brand travels much.  Good luck with your decision.  I'm thinking about Northeastern.  It is one of my 3 choices right now. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Is Drexel hard to get into?
« on: February 22, 2008, 09:50:09 PM »

That's pretty cool.  I was under the impression Temple wanted mid-160s and 3.5+ GPAs to offer that kind of money.  Drexel's deadline is May 1st, which is one of the latest I've seen.  So like I said, I'm not so sure I'd be SOL for Drexel considering their application process continues through March and April.  My letters of recommendation are in, and my personal statement will be finished this weekend.  I plan on having my applications out before March 1st.  As for working after college, I've been planning on doing law school for the better part of thirteen years, and I've never really had a back-up plan.  I have absolutely no idea what I would do, what I'd enjoy doing, or what I'm even qualified to do, but I bet I wouldn't enjoy it since I know it's not what I want to do with my life.

I still don't see why I can't bust my ass and try to transfer to a school like Temple.  That's not unheard of.

You have no idea what you are qualified to do, what you would enjoy doing?  Even more reason to take a year off to explore what is out there while preparing for the LSAT.  You could take a legal or nonlegal job and see firsthand what you can or cannot do.  Who knows, maybe you would enjoy something else or discover that there is a niche in the law that you feel passionate about and would enter law school with a better idea of where your legal career will take you.  I took 4 years off.  The first year, I thought it was gonna be just one year and then head to a PhD History program but I liked the legal job I took that decided to change career paths.  After that I worked more because, honestly, I got lazy about the LSAT.  But the point is that the one year, apart of being able to help you prepare your applications and improve your LSAT enormously, can help you professionally. 

And law school is an investment in every sense of the word.  Invest more time in the test.  I'm sure if you do that and improve, your chances at getting at a better regional school will improve, as well as the likelihood of scholarship money that could reduce your final debt load.  You could always try to transfer, but that is never guaranteed to occur.  If you want to transfer to a school, you might as well fight as hard as possible to get into that school. 

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