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Brigham Young / Re: BYU 1L Taking Questions
« on: February 24, 2009, 10:43:23 AM »
***this is a question I just answered on another board and I though I should post it here.*******


BYU Law has a reputation for being ultra competitive, as there are a lot of students who pass on higher schools for the BYU experience and want to make it worth their while. Do you find this the case? It seems that there are more highly talented students at BYU than there are great job opportunities.


There are definitely plenty of students who pass on higher ranked schools to come here making the curve tough to beat, but at any school beating the curve will be tough. About jobs...two thoughts

1. As you probably know not too many 1Ls get paid gigs their first summer any way though I do know of fellow 1Ls that are getting paid the big bucks this coming summer. That said BYU has one of the best externship programs in the country. Around 50 of us are going to work abroad at firms in the coming summer, at least 10 of us will be at Baker and McKenzie offices (literally all over the world.) If you aren't interested in international, there are still many many domestic firms who want 1 or 2 BYU 1Ls for externships during the summer. So it seems from my perspective that at least for the first summer there are plenty of opportunities.

2. I just got back from NYC where I was doing informational interviews and a few real interviews. One partner at a large firm said something that stood out. He said that their firm was having a tough time getting BYU students because they only interview from the top of the class and then he said that BYU students at the top of the class can pretty much work at any firm so they lose out to the more prestigious firms. From what I have seen this seems to be true. BYU is now placing students in the largest firms all over the country. Friom what our career service office has said and other lawyers, the next step for BYU is to get big firms to interview from deeper within the class.

This said, there seems to be plenty of opportunities, primarily because of the tight network of attorneys associated with the school around the world, though the next year or two may be different with the economic climate the way it is. So far I am greatly pleased with job prospectives.

On a personal note, I wasn't sure if I would come to the school until I met with the career service office. They are amazing and are able to give you all the personal help that you need. You can just walk into their office when ever you need.

Brigham Young / BYU 1L Taking Questions
« on: February 24, 2009, 09:57:41 AM »
If there are any admitted students that are thinking about BYU feel free to ask some questions and I can give you my perspective.

Current Law Students / Re: I start my exam in 15 min. any Last Words
« on: December 10, 2008, 08:25:10 AM »
I might need more than luck...maybe some divine intervention.

Current Law Students / Re: I start my exam in 15 min. any Last Words
« on: December 10, 2008, 08:17:16 AM »
its Torts...1L

Current Law Students / I start my exam in 15 min. any Last Words
« on: December 10, 2008, 08:16:49 AM »
I'm a little nervous....but I think prepared.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: My advice to the starting 1Ls (LONG)
« on: August 07, 2008, 03:59:12 PM »

Brigham Young / Re: BYU Law for non-LDS
« on: July 22, 2008, 03:18:46 PM »
I am LDS and I am an incoming 1L so I'm sure my perspective will change a bit.

First off let me suggest that like all Law Schools right now "diversity" is the token word. Consequently, BYU is all about having non-LDS people in the school. So much so that my non-LDS friend was permitted to apply after the deadline. She ended up not applying but the point is that she could have.

Also keep in mind that no matter where you go you will probably be different than most. Isn't that just a part of life. The undergrad is probably much more lacking in the area of tolerance and acceptance, though there are students from around the world that come to BYU. The grad school is full of LDS people who are married and/or served missions in other states and countries having to learn other languages. This suggest and I am one of those that the LDS students in the grad school are mature for their age and are open to not just other cultures but to other religions and ways of life. I think the hardest thing for a non-LDS student would be the Honor Code.

Other than the Honor Code, which shouldn't be a major problem if you are a human being of integrity and morals, the school is great for anyone.

Incoming 1Ls / BYU Law - Class of 2011
« on: July 21, 2008, 10:00:05 PM »
Alright there have got to be some of you out there. I know there are only about 150 of us but let your voice be heard. There is no love for BYU Law on these boards but I got plenty of love for the school. Speak up. Let us know who you are. Classes start soon and you should  have already registered online. Let us know what section you are in. Also there is a facebook group for us so check it out. Go Cougars.

Current Law Students / Re: Anyone doing Dual MBA JD degrees?
« on: May 29, 2008, 03:16:09 PM »
I plan on starting my jd/mba this Fall. In my research I have read and heard a lot of pros and cons to the jd/mba.

Kim B Clark, the former Dean of the Harvard Business School, said most people who get the jd/mba end up doing work where an mba is all that is needed.

I also read an article stating why mba's are so needed in law firms.

I have come to the conclusion that it depends on what you want to do. My thinking is that having both can't hurt me. It only allows for more options. Why not just add the extra year now, instead of 10 years down the road deciding to do the MBA and have to spend more time on it?

That's my line of reasoning

Current Law Students / Best Laptops
« on: May 27, 2008, 01:52:31 PM »
    *  Thinkpad T61
    * Thinkpad T400
    * Thinkpad T500

These are one of the laptops I need to buy for school. Which one is the best and why? Which one would you choose to buy?

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