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General Board / Re: Post bar exam doldrums
« on: August 05, 2008, 07:06:32 PM »
Sitting around bored to tears.  I don't know what to do with myself now that there is no studying to do.  Trying to figure out temporary employment options as I don't have a job as most prosecutor offices don't hire pre-bar its not really an option to find a full-time real job.

Not feeling unproductive, that is nice for a change, just feel strange because I don't know what to do. 

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Sounds like your on the right track.  I did summer school and an internship my 1L summer.  I also did summer school with part of it being an externship my 2L summer.  But, I was making up time for going part-time the first year, so I was trying to get out in 3 not 2 1/2 like you.

If you are seriously considering the PD's office, look into an externship with them.  Most of those offices, like the DA/CA's offices, will hire interns before they hire any other baby attorneys.  In addition, many of those offices will only hire people with experience and they count interning as experience.  So make sure and check into that with your local office to see what their policy is so you will be prepared.  You may even need to apply for that internship/externship early in the fall semester for next summer, so check into it now.

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General Board / Re: TTT
« on: April 07, 2008, 09:07:00 AM »
Don't listen to the nonsense.  It just refers to the fact that the school is considered third tier in ranking by US News. 

It DOES NOT mean the school is bad.  It's this kind of nonsense talk that perpetuates the ridiculous attitudes and bad rankings that don't really mean anything.  But as long as people keep buying into it, we are stuck with the nonsense.

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General Board / Re: Bar review courses
« on: April 07, 2008, 09:03:15 AM »
Depends on what your trying to accomplish.  There are numerous other bar prep programs (Micromash, passyourbar.com are two examples) out there that are online.  From what I am told by the people doing the online classes, they have check ins with someone occasionally to keep them on track.  Plus barbri has the at home ipod option for a little more.  If you are wanting to save commute time and expense and are motivated to do it on your own, these are viable options.

If your wanting to save money, then buy the books and study on your own.

However, I personally, would not risk the NY bar on a study on your own method unless you know you are really good at self-study.  CA, TX, and NY are notoriously hard bar exams and that's a big risk with self-study alone.

As far as PMBR goes, the 3 day is a good review and practice session for the MBE with last minute tips.  I did a dry run with the 6 day and it's a great review to get you started, and I proctored the 3 day and it was fabulous for last minute review of problem areas.  I'm taking both and ordered the cd's to listen to in the car on my commute to PMBR and BARBRI classes.  I'm also taking BARBRI because I'm not motivated enough for self-study and I know it and taking the TX bar I'm not willing to risk doing anything else.

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Thorc has it right.  It all depends on what exactly your connections and plans are as to the answer.  But the best idea is to combine the two and do an externship where you get course credit and legal experience at the same time.  The amount of credit varies as the most you can get at my school is 3 hours as opposed to the 6 at thorc's school.  It will mean you don't get paid for the work, but you get the course credit and out of school faster.  Since you were planning on school instead of work anyway, the pay shouldn't be an issue.

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General Board / Re: Mandatory Attendance
« on: April 03, 2008, 01:45:22 PM »
My school has an attendance policy and yes they pass a role.  However, our attendance policy is based on ABA requirements.  The school is so new, they are still scared to veer off the ABA guidelines and get in any trouble.  I can't say that I blame them even if the attendance policy is a pain in the butt.

If your attendance is based on anything other than a percentage of the credit hours, then it's your school's policy and don't let them get away with blaming the ABA.  Our's is that if it's a 3 or 4 hour class you can not miss more then 7 classes.  If it's 2 hour or less, you can not miss more than three classes.  The subject of the class makes absolutely no difference to the ABA, they just want the students to attend class, all of the classes.

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General Board / Re: Law School Chances...
« on: March 31, 2008, 10:23:30 AM »
I made a 144 the first time I took the LSAT.  It was a miserable testing experience, but I was dumb enough to keep the score instead of canceling it like I knew I should.  It was not even close to representative of my practice scores.  I had a higher GPA than you do and I could not get in anywhere.  Not even the provisionally accredited schools with low entrance numbers.  Of course you have the military and minority factors to help you, but I don't think they are enough.

You need to take the LSAT again and do well.  You are lucky in the fact that they no longer combine the scores like they did to me.  I finally got accepted to a couple of schools when I had a representative LSAT score that was still low because of the combo of my two scores.  So the moral of my story.  Don't even try for law school until you have at least a 150 on the LSAT which is what my average was that got me in.

With the new "ranking" factors, more schools are likely to be harder on entrance criteria focusing on test taking thus the LSAT score.  Not fair, but that's life.

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General Board / Re: Can You Have A Life in Law School?
« on: March 31, 2008, 10:09:17 AM »
It all depends on you.  We all require different amounts of study time.  Personally, I didn't care to be at the top of my class, I was extremely lazy throughout the whole process.  I stayed in the top half until last semester when I had some health issues that caused a really bad semester.  However, I have friends that study like crazy.  Constantly reading, preparing, etc.  They are barely staying in school with really low grades.  They constantly talk about how they hate me for being able to be so lazy and still do ok.

I also have friends on law review that don't spend that much time studying.  They are complaining that they actually have to spend time doing school stuff now thanks to law review when they used to be out at the ball game, etc.

The only thing I can tell you is, study at least as hard or harder than you think you need to the first semester and see how your exams play out.  If you do good, then you can keep it up or even slack off a bit.  If you do average, same thing.  If you do bad, you need to either study harder or more likely smarter the next semester.

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General Board / Re: Student Loan Cosolidation Questions
« on: March 26, 2008, 07:07:57 PM »
Interest rates do vary but they will never be more than 8.25% for federal loans.  Right now they aren't great.  If you can afford to wait, you might want to.

As far as information about consolidating, go to any of the lenders websites and they give you all the information you need about the process.  If your lender doesn't do them, or you are willing to go elsewhere and have never consolidated before, you might want to shop around for a better interest rate.  Some are higher than others, some charge fees where others don't, etc.

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General Board / Re: Internship at State PD or Federal PD
« on: March 11, 2008, 01:54:35 PM »
If your looking for prestige, then Federal.

If your looking for good experience, then State.

But ultimately, it depends on what you want to do with the internship.  If you want to do PD work in that state, then State is a no brainer, and vice versa for Federal.  If you are looking for a federal job in any area, then pick Federal PD.  If you aren't going to do criminal law, then I'm guessing prestige is better.

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