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It really depends on your hair. I've seen a few women in the courtroom who had long hair down that looked pretty unprofessional because it was either frizzy or not styled well. This area is incredibly hot during the summer so it can be hard to keep a long hairstyle looking neat and crisp. A nice, neat ponytail may be the way to go.

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2L job search / Re: Probability of Interview leading to SA Position???
« on: August 07, 2007, 04:52:53 PM »
It really depends on the school. Some firms intend to take 1-2 people from a school and will do 40 screening interviews. If you're interviewing solely with those firms, you'll be extremely lucky to get a callback 25% of the time.

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General Board / Re: OCI and Night students
« on: August 03, 2007, 06:15:08 PM »
From what I've heard, PT students on that schedule still have to abide by the 12/1 rule and are not eligible for OCI until their third fall.

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I would research the schools before you apply. My school's law building is old and doesn't seem well-suited to wheelchairs because the main entrances both have stairs, the hallways are tiny, and even the main lecture rooms seem like they'd be a challenge with a wheelchair, unfortunately. I'm sure schools with new buildings don't have these problems, but you're not going to know that unless you explain to them upfront what your needs are.

As for sleep, you shouldn't have any problems as long as you use your time wisely.

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It probably depends on how they are interviewing for OCI. If each office is interviewing separately, then you probably want to make sure to highlight one city specifically. If it's just one interviewer for the firm generally you can still designate a preference, but make it clear you're interested in the firm generally, regardless of city.

If the Web site lists Columbus, you should probably stick to Columbus. For whatever reason, Akron may not be hiring summer associates from your school or at all.

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ok cool, someone on some other thread was saying something about professor, no exams on file, unfair advantage blah blah.

Very few of mine kept anything on file, but I think that's primarily because of the 8 main classes I took, only 3/8 had professors who taught that particular course at all recently at my school. Only one that I saw had an exam available that was in the same style as the current exam.

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General Board / Re: Having a 17 inch laptop for law school?
« on: July 22, 2007, 12:02:32 PM »
I did fine with a 17 inch, it can get heavy when you have a lot of books but it is manageable.  A lot of classmates had 17 inchers too, don't sweat it.

cool! Hopefully all those years of lifting will come in handy.  :) The other issue is the battery life on these things is supposed to be very poor. Is it safe to assume that most schools will have power outlets for each desk in the classrooms?

My school has power outlets at every seat, I would imagine this is the norm at most places.  Occasionally I would come across a dead outlet and have to use the battery, I would just dim the screen half way and it will last 3- 3 1/2 hours on the battery.  That should be more than enough to get you through a class, plus you can always buy an extra battery if you are really concerned.

My school just got outlets in the library's main reading room last October. In terms of outlets in the classrooms, the big lecture halls have one outlet for every 2-3 seats so you do need enough battery power to last through one to two classes depending on where you end up sitting.

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General Board / Re: Having a 17 inch laptop for law school?
« on: July 21, 2007, 10:34:07 PM »
My old 14.1" ThinkPad has a full-sized keyboard so I am sure you can find a laptop that's comfortable to type on without being too bulky. I sat by a classmate who had a 17" laptop and he had no fewer than 3 bags during the semester, all of which were colossal and really hard to maneuver into the center of the row.

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General Board / Re: Important question for current law students.
« on: July 20, 2007, 02:15:48 PM »
You get your refund check (whatever is left over from grants, loans, etc.) when school starts. I think finaid offices think you'll use money you made during the summer to pay for moving expenses, whether or not that's realistic. 

If you need the money, most places should be able to forward you some money, or give you a "loan" which they will then take out of your refund check. Best bet is to contact your finaid office and see what they have available.



Good luck with that. The people I know who've tried at my school have been told to take out a regular loan because there's nothing financial aid can do until after school starts. Most people typically end up using credit cards until they can pay it back with the loan money.

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Look at schools with part-time evening programs.  Some part-time programs have lower GPA and LSAT requirements than the full-time programs at the same school.  You usually can transfer into the full time program after completing the first year.  After taking the LSAT, Check out lawschoolnumbers.com to get an idea of where people with your LSAT and GPA are being accepted.

You mentioned that you have had an interest in law your entire life, however, this interest does not appear to be a driving force, otherwise you would already be working as a lawyer.  You might want to take some paralegal classes or find a job at a law firm to verify that this is the field you want to go into before going $100-200K in debt.

That's not necessarily true. I considered law school for years prior to attending but never applied because I was clueless about the application process and wasn't sure whether I really had a chance of getting into a good school. Like the OP, I tried teaching for a while and generally disliked it. I didn't decide to apply to law school until I was 100% sure I had exhausted any other options that didn't cost $100K+ to pursue.

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