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Current Law Students / Re: full scholarship
« on: July 29, 2005, 04:51:01 PM »
My numbers are lower than yours and my scholarship covers most of tuition...  I'm going to need to come up with three thousand dollars for the year but I got a grad assistant position which makes up the difference.

which school?

Transferring / Re: HELP! Big decision to make and I'm so unsure...
« on: July 28, 2005, 05:28:33 PM »

Here's the situation:

I finished my first year at Tier 4 school ranked top 5.1%

I applied to USD, Loyola, UCLA, and USC as a transfer.

Then my own school offers me a 3/4 tution scholarship, automatic on for law review, and a job as a tutor for 1st year students. This would save me about $50k over the next two years off of the tuiton, albeit I would be graduatiing from a Tier 4 school.

Loyola and USD both accepted me (haven't heard back from the other two). But neither of these shcools (Tier 2) offer scholarships to transfers (or at least not to me).

So.... should I stay at a Tier 4 with all the perks and the $$$ scholarship (so my tuiton would be $7k a year instead of $30k) or should I transfer to a more prestigious Tier 2 school and pay full price???

Thank you for all responses, and for taking the time to read this!


This really depends on what you want to do and where you want to practice.

Current Law Students / Re: What's OCI like?
« on: July 28, 2005, 09:57:32 AM »
The Yale Career Development Office site has some great resources that will answer many of your questions about how to prepare, what to wear, what to say.  You don't need a password to access the info and there are PDF's you can save right onto your computer.

Current Law Students / Re: Legal Fraternity (PAD) worth it?
« on: July 28, 2005, 09:55:26 AM »
So is joining PAD (Phi Alpha Delta) as a 1L worth the $70 or so bucks?

Hmmm, well that depends on what you expect from it.  If you expect that mentioning PAD on your law school resume will be the tie breaker that will get you into the "yes" pile, you will probably be disappointed.  PAD, like many other student organizations is non-selective and non-presitgious.  You pay the dues and you're in.  Accordingly, for resume purposes, your money would be much bettter spent on a membership in Phi Beta Kappa, if you get invited.

PAD can, however, be an invaluable source of information and networking.  Many PAD chapters have a mentorship program with law students from the law school affiliated with the chapter's undergrad.  Also, they often administer free LSAT's, have LSAT turoing, study sessions and workshops and have examples of law school resumes and statements submitted by the chapter alums. 

Basically, it depends on how good your PAD chapter is.  If it's nothing more than a few guys that get together for beers once a month and talk about their dreams of Yale law school, then you should probably pass.   ;)

Current Law Students / Re: Ladies- where are you suit shopping?
« on: July 27, 2005, 03:46:53 PM »
I didn't say there was anything wrong with being a six -- just that people who are size 6 should wear size 6 clothes.  Banana Republic is purposely cutting things large so that people who are actually a 6 can wear a BR 2 or a 0.  Where does that leave those of us who are *actually* a 0?

Current Law Students / Re: The Grade Wait
« on: July 27, 2005, 12:02:47 PM »
First year Cs...straight Bs!!!!!!!!!!

You mean to tell me that I lost 15lbs and tons of hair for this?!?!?!

Screw law school.  Next year I'm not even taking my laptop to school.  I'll be up in class with a legal pad, a pen, and a past outline to follow the lecture.  No more carpel tunnel for me!!!  No more making outlines!  I'm going to enjoy the next two years.

At least you have grades.  I look at my transcrip and can't really make sense of all the non-A through F letters there.

Current Law Students / Re: Ladies- where are you suit shopping?
« on: July 27, 2005, 08:20:22 AM »
It would be great if clothes came labled with actual measurments.  But then we would all have to admit our actual measurements.  Which would be less than great.

that would be fabulous.  i don't have a problem with my measurements, so i would be happy.  those who do, however, would be more inclined to go to the gym and do something about it than if they continue to take their size 6 ass to banana republic and buy clothes labeled 0.

Current Law Students / Re: What's OCI like?
« on: July 26, 2005, 01:44:47 PM »
I think your ranking becomes more important as the school ranking gets lower.

So, I am in the top 5% of my class in a school ranked about 25.  Not on Law Review, but I will be on Moot Court.  I was also chosen to be a teaching assistant.  I wonder what my chances are.... Am I in for BigLaw?

you should be fine.

Current Law Students / Re: What's OCI like?
« on: July 26, 2005, 01:20:27 PM »
Grades are important, but I can't imagine folks from Yale or Harvard not getting interviews just because they are not in the top 25% of their class.

Current Law Students / Re: Ladies- where are you suit shopping?
« on: July 26, 2005, 01:18:44 PM »
i got a gray skirt suit from  banana republic, but it will need a lot of tailoring.  the top is a 0 but fits like it's really a 6.  i wish they would stop flattering women and make the clothing the size it actually says on the tag.  that way i wouldn't have to tailor every darn thing i get! >:(

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