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Current Law Students / Re: Advice for New Law Students
« on: April 25, 2005, 06:16:13 PM »
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Connecticut / Re: No one has anything to say about UConn???
« on: April 24, 2005, 09:14:12 PM »
What are your numbers?

were you on the wait list, or just hadn't heard yet?

I was on the WL for FT Day, but I already had known that I had gotten in the PT Evening Division. 



Have you all looked into housing already?  I can't head up to poke around campus for another 2-3 weekends, but I saw some good spots listed already on craigslist.com.

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Suffolk / Re: Any Suffolk Students out there?
« on: April 24, 2005, 09:45:44 AM »
I recently put my seat deposit down at Suffolk and would like to hear any feedback about it or know if anyone else is attending. I will also put in my two cents on this question posed above:

Suffolk is generally well-regarded in the Boston area. However, its reputation does not really carry anywhere outside of Boston.  So, if you plan on working in CA, for example, your job prospects will be limited unless you place in the top 10% of the class.  If you plan on working in Boston, you should have ample (decent) job opportunities in the Boston area, as long as you do reasonably well at the school.

It is true that you are next in line after BC, BU, and possibly Northeastern when trying to get a job out of Suffolk. On the other hand, there are Suffolk alumni in top positions all over the Boston area, and top firms/employers recruit from Suffolk regularly (they will most likely be looking for the top students).  As a result, Suffolk is very competitive (or at least it is known to be, I don't know the truth of this yet).

It really depends on what your goal is (i.e. where do you want to work upon graduation).  If you want to go for the "prestigious" large firm job, you do have that opportunity, but it won't be as easy to get one as if you were at the other schools in the city.  If you want to work for the government, I'd assume that would be easier (e.g. the DA's office).

In addition, I'd like to add that I was very impressed by Suffolk's facilities - they were extremely nice.  I know this is not everything, but there is an argument to be made that you will essentially be living at the law school you chose because you are spending so much time there.  I think this is true and I want to have a nice, comfortable (and even aesthetically-pleasing), environment/facilities/atmosphere in which to learn the law.  I think this type of atmosphere will help to facilitate my learning to some extent and to at least make it a more enjoyable experience.

What are the job prospects like at Suffolk?  It was one of my first acceptances, but I have not considered it because the way the prelaw board makes it sound, it is competing with so many other schools for the Boston market that there are few jobs left.

Can you demystify this for me?

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Current Law Students / Re: Salaries-- Different fields of law??
« on: April 17, 2005, 09:48:32 AM »
try the pre-law board.  you're more likely to get a response there, since it's more active than this board.

Bump..

I would am interested to know how many of you went in knowing exactly what kind of law you wanted to do...  If you didn't how do you know now?

That is what I am trying to figure out right now.

As I said, I think I am interested in Corporate/real estate law, but I don't want to pigeon hole myself too early..  Or do I have to do that?

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Connecticut / Re: No one has anything to say about UConn???
« on: April 10, 2005, 10:13:11 PM »
Great post - I really want to go to UConn!  So they really do place well in Boston?  I thought so...

I am a 3L at UConn (day) and someone told me about this thread so I thought that I would toss in my 2 cents. I was originally admitted to the evening and waitlisted for the day. I gave my deposit because I knew that I could transfer to day after the end of the first year without any problems (I wanted out in 3 years). I di not get off the day WL but several of my friends who had also been admitted to the evening did so I know it happens.

Frankly, UConn was the smartest thing I cold have done. I pay in-state tuition, most teachers know me by name and often stop by the picnic table just to shoot the breeze, and I actually like the people I am in class with. I don't find it high school at all, or even college. It's high stakes grad school but in a humane environment. That does not bother me in the least. My friends at other LS don't have a lot of good to say about their class as a whole.

I am from NY and wanted to practice in the city and was worried about my ability to do that from UConn. I have a good NY job after a good summer associateship in NY. I am going to be in a big firm, but I really did almost change my mind because lots of other (interesting) option were open to me. I never thought about most of them before law school because I just was unaware of what else I could do. I have to disagree with anyone who says that Career Services here does not go out of its way to help with NY or in biglaw. Just wrong. The school is pretty small, and a lot of my classmates already had good leads, connections and strong ideas about what they wanted to do after graduation. CS helped them with resumes and oci, etc, but spent as much time as needed with people like me, who had an idea but nothing else. Last year 10% of the class wenrt to NY....that is almost everybody who wanted to. Let's face it. If you are last in the class and can't interview well and still think that someone owes you a job in NY or anywhere you are mistaken. And I don't care if you are at H/Y.

Some people in my class who started wanting NY have found out that they did not want to be there after all, not that anyone expected them to become Red Sox fans, of course. Some completetely changed their interests because of a class otr clinic, or they fell in love or they have a clerkship and want to be in a different place. Anyway, Career Services is all over the NY market, and has events both on campus and in NY that give us lots of exposeure to everything from the big firms to many non profits and international organizations and companies. Same for Boston and other places too. It is really easy to run down CS when you don't get a job and to be pretty sure that you sold yourself on your own when you do.

Anyway, everyone should go to the place they get into that best suits them. I think I made the right choice (and hardly owe any money because of the cost of tuition and living here. But it is not for everybody so check out all your options.

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Current Law Students / Re: Who here actually likes the law?
« on: April 06, 2005, 10:48:44 AM »
good post

I'm going to enter 1L at HLS in the fall and feel a little anxious at the prospect of a life that seems so competitive and also derivative of other people's standards and opinions.  I'm apprehensive that one year into the whole process I'm going to be as obsessed about rankings or prestige as many of the people I've seen on certain law school forums.

I have friends in law school, and many of them, even very successful ones, seem cynical and miserable.  Some of them. who are really brilliant, make law school sound like an intellectual wasteland.  I've also noticed that the online chatter among law students is mostly about prestige, ranking, grades, salary, lifestyle... and very little about actual issues of the law.  I've been told that it's uncool to talk about the law outside of class, and that your classmates will shun you or resent you if you appear too interested.

What about the law as an intellectual discipline?  Which aspects of it do you like or dislike?  Do you find people who share your passion/interests in law school? Do you and your classmates talk about issues of the law outside of the classroom?

Who here can genuinely say that they enjoy studying the law? Or did most of you choose to go to law school because you wanted a career that pays a lot of money but couldn't get through your organic chemistry class or something? (Nothing wrong with this -- I have to say that I'm perhaps a little bit the same way, but I also look forward to being genuinely excited about the material).

Did law school change you? Did it change you for the better?

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I'm interesting in knowing what materials are good to prep with.

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Connecticut / Re: No one has anything to say about UConn???
« on: April 01, 2005, 02:02:26 PM »
Good luck.  UConn is a popular school and I believe that, according to an adcom, no one was removed from the waitlist last year. With a 155 LSAT, I think you've been told "thanks but no thanks."


I spoke to the Assistant Dean of Admissions on Wednesday.  She told me they admitted 10 people off the wait list last year (out of approximately 100).

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Current Law Students / Re: Social life in law school
« on: April 01, 2005, 02:00:35 PM »
Good question - I'd like to know more about this also.

I spent my undergraduate with my face in a textbook, so I might like to develop some semblance of a social life in law school (maybe).

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Connecticut / Re: No one has anything to say about UConn???
« on: March 28, 2005, 10:58:46 PM »
I don't know (a lot of things?).  UConn is my number one choice - I'm actually going down for a tour on Wednesday, which is in less than 2 days.  I recently got wait listed, so I'm hoping to stop by the Admissions Office and match a name with a face.

How do you like it there?  How competitive is the student body?  It seems it's not too bad, from what I've read...

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