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Current Law Students / Socratic method & law school preparation
« on: February 22, 2006, 04:02:01 PM »
I've been told that it helps to take a Constitutional Law (or other law) class prior to law school to prepare for the Socratic method. I'm a prospective law student and am deciding whether to take such a course. Has anyone done so or know of someone who has? Was the class worthwhile?

Also, I have heard that taking a legal writing course and a course on the American legal system are helpful. Any thoughts on these? Thanks for your advice.

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Pursuing an LLM / Reasons for LLM
« on: February 21, 2006, 12:56:47 PM »
In a nutshell, what would you say are the main reasons that one would pursue an LLM? Also, must one have a JD before pursuing an LLM?

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Job Search / Does age limit law career options?
« on: February 20, 2006, 01:10:57 PM »
Is anyone aware of any limiting conditions imposed on older-than normal law school graduates because of their age? For example, if one graduates from law school at age 29, do you know if one's age would in any way limit one's professional options (i.e. private practice, professorship, clerkship, public interest law)?

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Job Search / Partner Track, Clerkship, & Public Interest questions
« on: February 20, 2006, 01:07:40 PM »
Three questions regarding Law Careers:

1) Is there a certain age limit for the Partner Track or other such notable career tracks? (For instance, a similar situation is that some universities require/highly prefer that one be under a certain age to be given a tenure-track position. Do law firms/judgeships have similar stipulations?)

2. Must a clerkship be completed immediately after law school - can one work in private/other practice for a few years then complete a clerkship?

3. Public interest lawyers oftentimes are able to invoke loan forgiveness by their law school due to their career track. My impression is that completing a clerkship is not a "public interest" position; nor is working in the DA office one. What exactly constitutes public interest work and do these fields fall within that category (allowing me to qualify for loan forgiveness)?

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Three questions regarding Law Careers:

1) Is there a certain age limit for the Partner Track or other such notable career tracks? (For instance, a similar situation is that some universities require/highly prefer that one be under a certain age to be given a tenure-track position. Do law firms/judgeships have similar stipulations?)

2. Must a clerkship be completed immediately after law school - can one work in private/other practice for a few years then complete a clerkship?

3. Public interest lawyers oftentimes are able to invoke loan forgiveness by their law school due to their career track. My impression is that completing a clerkship is not a "public interest" position; nor is working in the DA office one. What exactly constitutes public interest work and do these fields fall within that category (allowing me to qualify for loan forgiveness)?

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Do any of you believe that majoring in philosophy, politics, or economics prior to law school gave you a distinct edge over peers that had different majors? What about other majors - help or hurt?

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Current Law Students / please help a prospective law student
« on: February 13, 2006, 02:19:09 PM »
For those who have successfully completed the application process:
What do you think is the best way to strengthen one's application beyond improving one's GPA or LSAT score? [Extracurriculars? Further Formal or Independent Study? Post-school work/volunteer experience? Something to improve one's uniqueness as a candidate? Something else?]

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Current Law Students / YOUR advice for prospective law students
« on: February 13, 2006, 02:03:03 PM »
What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to future law students regarding the law school experience?

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Current Law Students / Question on YOUR law school experience
« on: February 13, 2006, 02:01:47 PM »
What would you say are the 2-3 main pros and cons of law school and/or being a lawyer (feel free to mention more)?


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