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General Board / Re: Salaries-- Different fields of law??
« on: April 17, 2005, 11:48:32 AM »
try the pre-law board.  you're more likely to get a response there, since it's more active than this board.


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?

Connecticut / Re: No one has anything to say about UConn???
« on: April 11, 2005, 12:13:11 AM »
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.

General Board / Re: Who here actually likes the law?
« on: April 06, 2005, 12:48:44 PM »
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?

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

Connecticut / Re: No one has anything to say about UConn???
« on: April 01, 2005, 04:02:26 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).

General Board / Re: Social life in law school
« on: April 01, 2005, 04:00:35 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).

Connecticut / Re: No one has anything to say about UConn???
« on: March 29, 2005, 12:58:46 AM »
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...

General Board / Re: Massachusetts School of Law
« on: March 26, 2005, 10:42:14 PM »
I don't know anything about the school, but I'm from Andover.  I live right down the street from the school, though I've never actually been there (I'm home in Andover now for Easter too).  I can tell you about Andover if you want.

Connecticut / Re: No one has anything to say about UConn???
« on: March 12, 2005, 10:59:40 PM »
UConn is a great school.  There are so many good things about it: beautiful campus, small student body, etc.  I like the location a lot and it's Tier 1 too!  I still haven't heard back though, unfortunately.

It seems there is a real lack of UConn students around. I guess it is a pretty small school though. I'll probably be a 1L there is a few months.

Good luck with your application!

Connecticut / No one has anything to say about UConn???
« on: March 03, 2005, 10:53:09 PM »
Hello... I'm not into UConn, but I'm hoping to get in!  Are there any UConn Law students around this board somewhere?

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