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Messages - Groundhog
« on: December 01, 2012, 05:49:54 PM »
« on: November 30, 2012, 08:59:42 PM »
At many firms the work you do before and after passing the bar/getting sworn in is no different. There will be a senior attorney signing off on your work. Obviously until then, you can't go to court or do anything like that without supervision.
Take symbolic logic, because it prepares you very well for the LSAT and parsing dense sentences to their meaning.
Other than that, as the above poster said, classes that focus on writing and reading are good. Some undergraduate professors in Political Science and Philosophy use socratic method. Law-related undergraduate classes won't impress anyone but they can give you an idea about the various fields of the law and what it's actually like.
http://www.uic.edu/cba/cba-depts/economics/undergrad/table.htm has a list of average LSAT scores by major. While I'm not suggesting you pick your major based on what gets the highest LSAT scores, you could certainly use it as a good list of classes that require critical thinking. Note that pre-law and criminology majors do the worst, suggesting those classes aren't particularly good at teaching the kind of critical thinking required by the LSAT and law school, if you believe the LSAT is a good indicator of law school success.
I believe so. It seems like arising out of the same T&O is the key. See
Note it does not have a particular requirement that the plaintiff claim relief from everyone.
Compare with below, the procedure for adding defendants:
So I think if you had A suing B and C, because they arise from the same O&T, D can join.
If you had D suing C and D does not have a claim against B, obviously he couldn't add B, but then A could join and then get B involved.
« on: November 30, 2012, 08:37:25 PM »
Luckily, I'm not applying!
« on: November 29, 2012, 10:00:06 PM »
Unfortunately, what you're talking about sounds like the unauthorized practice of law, at least with respect to wills and contracts, probably employee benefits. I imagine investment businesses are regulated in some way, but not by the state bar unless it's some sort of finance law. Not sure what you mean by negotiations. Immigration work is not necessarily the practice of law but anything involving immigration law would be off limits.
I agree with the above poster that you should take the bar examination. Even if you are in a tough state like CA or NY, there are options. I also agree that some background or paralegal work, under the supervision of a licensed attorney, might be a good way to get your feet wet.
« on: November 29, 2012, 09:53:03 PM »
Class rank is definitely considered via CAS reports. You can look and see how your GPA stacks up against other law school applicants from the same university. As the above posters said, the LSCAS GPA is what is reported to USN&WR, but your relative rank will show up.