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Law School Applications / Re: P's on Transcript
« on: March 11, 2009, 02:23:52 PM »
i remember a few years ago when I applied the P's affecting my LSAC Gpa... The lower it by .01 for each P... So for instance if you had a 3.6 from your school and 2 pass/fail classes your LSAC gpa will be a 3.58... I know it sux... It was so annoying when I noticed that... Hopefully things are different and changed... If you have a lot and your LSAC gpa and school's gpa has a huge discrepancy you may want to add an addendum explaining it.

Good luck.

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Acceptances / Re: Accepted to Temple University Beasley School of Law!
« on: March 07, 2009, 01:25:12 AM »
I attend Temple and live in Philly.

You're right to say that Temple is less expensive than other alternatives. One can also live inexpensively in the city, unless one's determined to live in Rittenhouse or Society Hill.

Anyhoo.

Jobs: Well, the job market is in the crapper everywhere, and Philly's no different. City budgetary constraints have dropped new govt hires (in legal positions) to near zero or zero, and some firms are hiring smaller classes or letting more tenured associates go.  Many get frightened by this, but it's all a matter of perspective. There are legal jobs to be had; one merely need lower his expectations and he'll likely find what he needs, even if it's not what he wants.  I will say that Temple offers some useful assistance through our career services folks. The door always remains open for job counseling, no matter what the market. A minority of students obtain positions outside Philadelphia in NY, NJ, DE, and "everywhere else."

Culture: The culture in Philly is food and drink, mostly. We have great places to hang for cheap beer and karaoke as well as high end joints (that one probably can't afford as a student anyway). Great ethnic food, the cheesesteak, and more snack food per capita than any other place on earth. We've got all the historical jazz, theaters, and a great selection of museums, too.

Student Life: I could be wrong, but I think the students at Temple are more friendly and welcoming than at some other law schools. It wasn't hard to find a group I felt comfortable with and have fun with. The faculty are generally very approachable, which helps. The administration and financial aid, though with their hiccups given the size of the university, is also approachable and helpful.

On the whole, I couldn't have picked a better school for me. Temple is more diverse in age and race than many other schools, too, which is really nice. I don't feel as cloistered there as I might at other schools.

Oh, and Temple just raised its curve to a 3.05 from a 2.85, so that it'd more in line with the schools in our area ( I think that's the reason). Doesn't help me (3L), but it's not a bad deal; more folks get to slap their GPAs on resumes now, I gather.


Likewise!! Hows it going buddy!! You know... I'm finally gonna get my hands wet with Temple this May.haha I was accepted to and decided to attend there for an LL.M in their super fine Trial Advocacy program...  ;D
   
   I'd have to agree with everything "likewise" said about Philly... Actually i'v met a lot of students in Philly from California... I'm currently at Villanova as a 3rd year visiting student and we have a pretty decent bunch from Cali... so i'd expect about the same amount of people at Temple.
   
   
 

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http://zerolblog.com/?p=414

Two conflicting opinions about this question...

Wow that is a cool website!! haha
  And I like my answer... Do both.. haha do AAMPle and if you are not accepted you still have cooley to lean on to! haha

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I know it is very unorthodox, but can't I simply secure a seat at Cooley and begin rigorously studying for the June LSAT? If my score does not improve dramatically then I maintain my seat, but if it does I withdrawal my seat and wait a year at most and apply to a school in my desired area. Right?

Sure you could do that...  You can technically withdraw from law school whenever you want... I think the june LSAT scores come out a month after the exam... so whenever the LSAT is... the scores will come out about 30 days later or so... You should have your score by the time classes start at Cooley... which isn't till August I would guess...

It is a viable option ... good luck

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As Matthies has said, location is very important, in addition to the curve/requirements to keep the scholarship at each school.

Also, regarding Delaware, does the state really have that much business?  I thought it just has lots of corporations registered there without much physical presence.  Dallas has a pretty heavy business concentration: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_major_companies_in_Dallas/Ft.Worth

Widener has a very very harsh curve... i think like a 2.5 or something... But there are a lot of opportunites on the east coast, widener grads are all over PA, DE and NJ.. But what hurts is the amount of competition they have to face from the tons of other law schools in the region.

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You may have a chance at Cooley Law... They use an admission formula... you should call them and tell them your numbers and see what they say... Also apply to the schools I got into (via my LSN profile).. You may have a chance at them.. Good luck! I feel your pain...  Don't give up if it is what you want to do... - ciao

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3L job search / Re: ONLY One Year on Law Review
« on: March 05, 2009, 11:15:35 AM »
Latin Lord,  Where did you get published and can you offer any advice specifically?






Just make sure you get the chance to publish something, a note, a case review, something before you leave so you get a publication out of it. That will help more than just being staff for one year since you can't go for board.

yea definitely publish something! and if your law review doesn't want to publish it find another law schools' law review who does...
   My law school had a 2 year commitment for law review AND I couldn't do it after my first year b/c i was an evening student and didn't have enough credits to do the write on... So then when I could do the write on after my second year.. i chose not to b/c i knew that I was going to leave for my third year to visit another law school for my final year near the city i want to practice. So i decided to do a supervised research paper and then when I finished my article I sent it to law reviews all over the county.. there are websites that make it easy to send to law reviews throughout the country... within one week, i was offered publication for my article... so I get all the advantages and more of law review without all the stress of it.

publishing something something worthwhile... to the OP.. don't worry about it... it doesn't matter as long as you can put the law review on your resume... i think it is great you were even able to get on after you weren't able to get on after your first year... Great job!


Sure... I recommend writing an article on your own working with a professor for supervised/directed research.. then finding a law review specific to your topic... This website is awesome... it allows you to send your manuscript to multiple law reviews at once... http://law.bepress.com/expresso/ 

      Good luck!!


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3L job search / Re: ONLY One Year on Law Review
« on: March 03, 2009, 03:13:05 PM »
Just make sure you get the chance to publish something, a note, a case review, something before you leave so you get a publication out of it. That will help more than just being staff for one year since you can't go for board.

yea definitely publish something! and if your law review doesn't want to publish it find another law schools' law review who does...
   My law school had a 2 year commitment for law review AND I couldn't do it after my first year b/c i was an evening student and didn't have enough credits to do the write on... So then when I could do the write on after my second year.. i chose not to b/c i knew that I was going to leave for my third year to visit another law school for my final year near the city i want to practice. So i decided to do a supervised research paper and then when I finished my article I sent it to law reviews all over the county.. there are websites that make it easy to send to law reviews throughout the country... within one week, i was offered publication for my article... so I get all the advantages and more of law review without all the stress of it.

publishing something something worthwhile... to the OP.. don't worry about it... it doesn't matter as long as you can put the law review on your resume... i think it is great you were even able to get on after you weren't able to get on after your first year... Great job!

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"I interviewed with an attorney who went to cooley, he now makes close to a million a year and has a very sucessful personal injury firm."

And I know a guy that became a professional baseball player. Does that mean I should tell people that pursuing sports is a good career move? The fact is that Cooley is a scam and most of its grads end up with a big pile of debt that they can't pay off. But hey, if you are willing to take that kind of a risk, best of luck.

Some people will suceed, some people have no other choice, for those people I say go for it. If you want to be a lawyer bad eough you will find a way to make it happen. If you only want to be a lawyer if you can get into school X, that's an option too. Some folks are just willing to take more risks for thier goal than others, if they are the kind of person that can pull it off, then I will suuport them. Most arn't, just like most won't become a profesional baseball player, but a few will, and a few will be good lawyers even out of cooley.
So will this be the situation even if I transfer to a better school T2-T3? Hypothetically, What If I earned a high enough spot within the class, to transfer to one of these Tiered schools. Would I still face the same turmoil simply because I transferred from Cooley? Or is this in in the assumption that I graduate from Cooley? On the former, Would you think top 10% of my class would suffice on transferring to UMiami?

Yes you alwasy want to try to make things better for yourself in your situation... Miami would be good.. especilaly if you want to work in Florida. I'm just simply saying that right now... no one is really 100% safe, the economy is hurting everyone no matter what school you are going to.. it is becomming less about school name as about your own networking ability and goals. If I were you I would transfer for other reason like... location of school, price of school and programs of school instead of the simple stated so called "ranking of the school"


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"*In clinical studies, Matthies was well tolerated, but women who are pregnant, nursing or might become pregnant should not take or handle Matthies due to a rare, but serious side effect called him having to make child support payments."


HAHA  ;D


PS: Cooley... as always is the center of so much drama.... I honestly don't see what the problem is... I go to a tier 2 school and sadly a lot of people are stuggling to find jobs. In this economy.. unless your ivy league.. you are going to have to hussle a little to get jobs... So it isn't about your degree for the rest.. .but what you can do with it and the networking you are able to pull off. So from my standpoint... seriously... honestly... i think everyone after top14 without a job is in the same boat! This economy sux... 


   

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