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General Board / Re: Seeking wisdom from current students...
« on: November 15, 2007, 01:43:15 PM »
Don't try to explain away your LSAT score.  It is above average and high enough to get into all but the top 25 law schools.  If you try to explain it away as a problem with standardized tests, the school will wonder if you will be able to pass the bar exam.  Many schools will turn you down if they think it's a possibility because the higher pass rates keep their reputation up.

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General Board / Re: The Toll on Dropping Out
« on: November 13, 2007, 01:25:55 PM »
Based on what you have just said, maybe you should drop out.  You haven't bothered to take the time to find out if your grades are good or not. Nor have you bothered to see what options you would have with a JD.  If all you do is listen to other people and never do research, the law is definitely not for you.

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General Board / Re: Reasons For a Law School Degree
« on: November 12, 2007, 12:29:32 PM »
  Going into law school, I was guaranteed a job making 160K. 

Really????  You had a guarantee of a job making 160K before you started school? <said with sarcasm>

There are no guarantees in life, especially when it comes to making that kind of money straight out of school.  That is NOT the norm.

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General Board / Re: LRW/ curve questions
« on: October 15, 2007, 12:09:15 PM »
You are supposed to be writing on an 8th grade level.  The majority of people read and comprehend at that level.  That is why journalist are supposed to write for the 6th to 8th grade level reader.  Just because an attorney CAN read a memo written on a higher level, doesn't mean he or she WANTS to waste their time doing so.  The point of a memo is for an attorney to read through it quickly and have an answer.  If you make it technical and use complex sentences, it's not a quick read and defeats the purpose.

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General Board / Re: Non-law professorship possibilities?
« on: October 02, 2007, 07:08:28 PM »
I had a professor that was a JD and that is how he was a Dr. and able to teach and eventually become head of the department.

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General Board / Re: Taking the bar in 2 states?
« on: October 02, 2007, 02:36:06 PM »
It's impossible to take them at the same time.  You could take one in Feb and one in July though.  You should check with Barbri and see if you can take the course in both states for the price of one, or some sort of discount.  It depends on where you go to school and which bar is more important as to which course to take if you have to choose.  But I think I would go with Texas as it is a harder exam.

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General Board / Re: Lexis Nexis and West Law points
« on: September 24, 2007, 01:49:33 PM »

if the points expire then lexis seems to be more useful on the simple fact that they're so easy to rack up, even though their prizes suck compared to west.

Do your really think this?  You should talk to your lexis rep about what prizes are available.  I've found Lexis to have much better prizes that are actually attainable.  But, to each their own.

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Here's my take on the traditional ranking:
1) Law review
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2) moot court

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3) Trial team
4) research assistantships
5) student organization leadership roles (college council, BLSA, JLSA, etc)

Who's tradition?  I have always heard moot court or mock trial, doesn't matter which.  And, if your up for a litigation job (although I know almost no new associates are except in criminal law) mock trial is way more beneficial.

But as Cesco said, it depends on the type of job your after as to what they prize the most. 

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General Board / Re: what is the purpose of outlines?
« on: September 24, 2007, 01:41:23 PM »
They are for organization and time management.  Some people take so many notes in class that they need the outlines to make their notes manageable to study.  Some take such few notes that the outlines are all they have to study.

Personally, I don't outline.  I just use the table of contents from my book and my notes because I don't really take notes.  My notes are more a direction the professor went and any hints the professor gave in understanding the material.  I then use that with the table of contents of the book to figure out what I need to learn.

It's all a matter of preference.  If you don't want to outline, don't.  We all study in different ways.

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General Board / Re: Loans
« on: September 23, 2007, 02:15:31 PM »
Depends on your credit.  I received lawloans through Sallie Mae without a co-signer.

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