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Current Law Students / Re: Who here f#$#@#g! hates law school right now
« on: February 21, 2007, 06:11:37 PM »
I have days where I can barely tolerate most of my classmates. As far as hating law school goes, I like law school but I hate whoever is in charge of scheduling for this semester.

We had mock trial last weekend, client counseling comp this weekend,  journal competition is over the whole next weekend (which is the first end of spring break) THEN the week after spring break our appellate briefs are due AND the moot court competition begins. All the big events this semester are compounded into a 3 week period. It kinda pisses me off, but I guess it's better than having any of it right before finals.

Anyway, just wanted to get that off my chest.

In four weeks you'll be able to congratulate yourself for a job well done and treat yourself for a weekend

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Current Law Students / Re: "Our firm pays $xxx,xxx and a 'bonus'...."
« on: February 21, 2007, 06:01:50 PM »
I do hear that Jones day associates (in certain offices) tend to be happier than their counterparts and have better hours.  I'll take better hours and enjoyment over a large bonus check any day!

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Job Search / Re: 1L going back for 2L summer
« on: February 20, 2007, 04:00:06 PM »
They will want to take a look at those second semester grades!  Why would a firm take a person who rocked the first semester, and let their performance second semester drop tremendously?  It shows a lot about that person!

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Transferring / Re: Transfer Friendly Schools?!?
« on: February 20, 2007, 11:44:43 AM »
Georgetown and WUSTL!  They consistently have large transfer classes

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Current Law Students / Re: Things you wish you would have known...
« on: February 19, 2007, 03:52:58 PM »
I recommend Law School Confidential.  It is a pretty good read, discussing the inns and outs of law school.  Definetly get a laptop with as much RAM as possible, and buy the best warranty plan you can get!

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Transferring / Re: In Need of Some Advice
« on: February 18, 2007, 09:32:36 AM »
If you get get your GPA a little higher, you have a shot at any of the schools you just mentioned (depending on how big their transfer class will be).  If you are not sure where you want to practice, go where you would like to spend a few years.  In terms of schools that will carry you best geographically, if your not sure... try and break into t-14 and you will be good.

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Time apart from the fiancee could be problematic.  If you want to go the academic route, Going to a t-14 school would make life a little easier (assuming you do well there).  The top 5% at a tier two, is arguably more marketable (in Philly) than top 20% at (UCLA).  Since you said that you want to go the academic route, regardless of where you go you would have to do very well.  Ultimately you would have to ask yourself 2 questions:
1) Do you want to be in Philly for the long run
2)  Do you want to be in academia for the long run

Since you have personal reasons for wanting to be in Philly, I guess being as close as possible to the area would be in your best interest.  Going to the better school would open more doors for you.  If you decide after your second or third year that you want to do big law, or clerk at the federal level, you would have a better chance if you come from one of elite schools. It would give you more options than a local school would. 

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If you want to stay in Philly.  I would say to apply to the highest rank school that you could get into regardless.  You should never assume you will be at the top of your class.  As a safety precaution, you should get into the highest ranked school that you can, because if you do happen to be lower on the rankings, you would have a better chance ant breaking into the Philly legal market, than if you were to fall lower in the rankings at Temple. 

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Transferring / Re: thoughts
« on: February 17, 2007, 01:38:07 AM »
Perhaps.  This is the best assessment me or anyone else on this board can say.  Who knows what the committee reviewing transfer apps will be looking at?  Just try and get your grades up.  I don't think you being waitlisted will have any impact on their decision.

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Online Law Schools / Re: Stop Hiding behind your ABA school...
« on: February 14, 2007, 08:36:48 AM »
I personally have no problem with distance learning and applaud anyone who goes that route.  I will say however, schools like harvard, yale and most other tier 1 and most tier 2 schools tend to have a higher bar passage rate than DL schools.  It is probably easier to get a job coming from a traditional school.  A lot of people are into big law, big law lite, and government jobs, which are competitive enough to get into. I don't think those kinds of jobs generally hire DL students; at least not yet.  In addition, I think it is harder to network at a DL school and rely on an alumni database, which another key factor in getting a good job.  I am sure that things will start to change in the next 10-15 years with the evolution of the internet as well as the curriculum as DL schools.  You seem to be quite accomplished, and this JD is merely another degree to help further your career.  People who don't have an MBA or CPA to fall back on are in a slightly different boat than you.   

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