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« on: January 14, 2013, 03:58:37 AM »
I don't disagree that you're likely to find quality Professors at law schools of every rank, but what's different at higher-ranked schools is typically the student body quality and the level of discussion and understanding that potentially creates. There's also economic signaling.
While that Professor who teaches at multiple schools may use similarly difficult exams, that doesn't mean that his teaching style or the in-class experience is the same. Supposedly, higher-ranked schools teach theory more and lower-ranked schools teach the black letter law. At a higher-ranked school, with an objectively higher student quality, it's more likely the Professor doesn't have to go over the basics but can talk about nuances or theory of the law because it's assumed the students can learn it on their own. Students in class at other schools may need more black letter law training, which could help them more with the bar exam.
I guess the point is there's no right or wrong answer to this question because it's whatever you think will serve your needs best. Just my two cents.
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:49:45 AM »
That sounds fine. Obviously the most important thing is keeping your grades up, but 2-3 solid things to list on resume as an undergrad is fine, especially if they are for more than a year.
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:46:37 AM »
To be honest, if your only real goal was to get into law school, I would advise you find a decent 4 year college and get the easiest (and cheapest) degree you can find while studying for the LSAT. A 3.8 GPA and 160 LSAT out of a no-name 4 year college is much better than a 3.4 GPA and 160 LSAT out of a good state school.
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:34:44 AM »
got news: aba not responsible regulating legal profession.
Technically true, but I think we know that OP meant the ABA is the biggest gatekeeper to the legal profession in the sense of being the most commonly accepted accepted accreditation agency and setting the standards for law schools.
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:32:54 AM »
Honestly, there's so many variables, including the fact that there's no guarantee in this market that, even after becoming an attorney, you'll make more money, that we'd need to know more about your situation to even begin to analyze it.
The variables would include your age, current salary, expected salary/area of law, how likely that is to get, promotion potential at current job/as lawyer, etc. Sorry I can't be more specific.
One way I've heard to look at is that you're losing your last year of work, which generally is among workers' highest-paid, so each year can make a difference.
« on: January 11, 2013, 03:31:27 PM »
3.15 is at or above the medians at many schools outside the top 20. See if you can obtain the grading policies from the schools from which you've received scholarship offers. If the median at a school is at or below the scholarship requirement, that means there's at least a 50% chance you could lose it.
According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_law_school_GPA_curves
the Widener GPA curve is a 2.3 to 2.75, which does not bode well for maintaining a 3.0. Similarly, UBaltmore is a 2.86, which also does not make maintaining a 3.15 easy.
Remember, unlike undergrad, your Professors are virtually required to give Cs, and, depending on the severity of the curve, Ds and even Fs.
« on: January 11, 2013, 01:45:20 PM »
Agreed, but no one wants to take a 151 guy and put him with a bunch of 175s, even if he was getting straight As before around a bunch of other people who got 150s. I know a couple people who transferred up and regretted it because they had a big GPA drop.
« on: January 11, 2013, 12:04:21 AM »
I think the reason the OP heard it was difficult was because even top grades from a lower-ranked school won't help if your LSAT isn't up to snuff or they don't need more people. Law schools accept very few transfers, usually only to replace people they lost through attrition or transfers out.
« on: January 11, 2013, 12:02:49 AM »
I think it really depends on your goals. If you want BIGLAW or something at all costs, the prestige of your school is going to matter. If your goal is to be an attorney, assuming your law school doesn't have an unreasonably low grading curve that flunks people out, it might be worth it to go to a lower-ranked school with a full ride, assuming the scholarship is guaranteed.
Be careful of the conditions of your scholarship—some schools, particularly lower-ranked ones, have conditions on the scholarship like that you maintain a certain GPA average, and if they also happen to have an unreasonably low grading curve, they may be virtually planning on some people losing their scholarship.
« on: January 10, 2013, 11:59:12 PM »
From what I've read the only law schools that really care about "softs" are Harvad, Yale, and Standford simply because they are so competitive. Even the other lower T14s don't care about softs that much. Not everyone can be a the student body president, after all.
To be fair, softs are not as important as numbers, but you've gotta have something to put on your resume or law schools are going to notice. I guess it's better to have a 4.0 with no clubs than a 3.5 with tons, though.
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