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I agree with Bored 3l.  Small to medium firms love to hire people with biglaw experience.  Look at the job lists and you will see biglaw experience preferred.  What the other poster misses is that biglaw offers training to their attorneys, most small firms simply can not afford that and through the attorneys into court without training.  Although in court experience is great, training is also very helpful, and well lawschools just do not provide it.  Biglaw is hard to get into, and quality of life can be horrible, but it will open the doors down the line.

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Current Law Students / Re: 6 weeks in.
« on: October 02, 2006, 12:26:52 PM »
I did not mind law school but studying for the bar is horrible.  Luckily I passed the first time after doing barbri and pmbr.  I am glad to hear you guys are doing good in 1st year, that is by far the hardest until the bar.

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Online Law Schools / Re: Concord Law School
« on: September 27, 2006, 09:29:32 PM »
I am almost positive that the states that allow you to transfer in after 5 years only apply to ABA graduates and will never let a non-aba grad practice.

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Current Law Students / Re: Student loan default rates
« on: May 20, 2006, 07:03:35 PM »
I would agree, also remember that gov't backed loans now have to be paid back no matter what, so even claiming bankrupcy will not erase them.  Also you can get bar exam loans which will most likely have a lower interest rate than your credit card.

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Current Law Students / Re: Loans Available to Pay off Credit Cards?
« on: May 20, 2006, 07:01:01 PM »
if your credit is good try calling your cc company and ask for a lower interest rate. 

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Transferring / Re: Transferring from NYLS (3rd tier)
« on: May 19, 2006, 04:17:29 PM »
I am not familiar with the particular school, but most require top 15%.  I highly doubt you could go from top 30% at a t3 to a low t1.  Keep your ranking in top 15% range though and you should be fine transferring to a t2.  Honestly though most applications run about 50 bucks (plus lsac fees) so it is not that much money to apply. (They almost always if not always want a transcript saying you are in good standing and eligible to continue, but most schools have a box on the transcript request to ask for this). Check the websites first though, many of them have a link for transfer students and on what scores are competitive.

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Current Law Students / Re: Can "nice" and "lawyer" coexist?
« on: May 19, 2006, 10:39:01 AM »
you dont have to be nasty but some times things can turn really ugly and only the tough survive.  Remember though that despite large cities the legal communities tend to remember eachother so being professional goes a long way in the future as most likely you will face lawyers more than once.  I have heard of firms timing court filings so the case gets filed at the last possible second before the xmas holiday, forcing the other attorney to work through xmas and new years.  There is also a famous deposition from a top lawyer in Texas I believe, and well it shows you how nasty things can turn.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e12sqYYLJxA&search=deposition

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Current Law Students / Re: First Time offender act and Law School.
« on: May 15, 2006, 10:40:00 PM »
I agree, it all depends on the severity and the number of violations.  I have heard of a person with over 100 parking tickets, which were all paid, not being admitted to the bar.  The rationale was that he clearly did not respect the law.  Many people have had small violations, such as MIP (minor in possession) or even DUI's and still been admitted.  Those with drug or alcohol convictions stand a much greater chance of being admitted if they admit to there problems and seek professional help.  Some more violent crimes will be a complete road block to admission.  Most notably a convicted murderer was paroled, went to ASU Law, took and passed the Arizona bar, but failed the moral character fitness.  He admitted his crime and took his case all the way to the Arizona S.C. but still lost because his crime was so violent.  Time can certainly help but it really depends on the infraction, with lesser infractions they are willing to look past it, while more violent and serious infractions will most likely prevent admission. 

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most schools allow pt to transfer to ft.  I am from So Cal so I know long commutes but that is one hell of a commute.  If you can use the time on the train though to study then it seems reasonable, but I think I would be inclined to not go to class with that type of a commute.  If you can get yourself to class and use the time on the train to study then I say go for it.  Plus if you get burned out after a year you can always move closer.

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Current Law Students / Re: How long to repay student loans
« on: April 29, 2006, 05:30:54 PM »
3 years to pay off all your loans seems kind of optomistic, with taxes and cost of living it will take many years to pay off the loans.

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