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Current Law Students / Re: What to do the summer before law school?
« on: March 05, 2007, 01:38:40 PM »
I would say read law school confidential and make sure your finances are in order.  Enjoy yourself as much as you can.

Current Law Students / Re: Is Fordham Law worth 180k in debt?
« on: March 05, 2007, 01:37:21 PM »
No school is worth that much debt outside the t-14, because there is no guarantee that you will be able to secure a job that will pay that off. 

Current Law Students / Re: Best Laptop Notebook for Law School?
« on: March 02, 2007, 09:38:14 AM »
there is no best really.  I would suggest this though
1) Light weight
2) As much RAM as you can possibly afford
3) Best warranty plan you can afford
4) Don't get a dell... they suck and their customer service is lacking at best

tough call!!! I'd say go with either the florida school that is ranked highest or Loyola NO

Current Law Students / Re: Work toward transferring?
« on: February 28, 2007, 02:41:52 PM »
I would agree with the previous posters to an extent.  Being at a Chicago tier 2, I know that it is becoming more and more difficult for students outside the Northwestern, U of C, U of I, and all the other top schools competing for the good jobs in the Chicago Market.  Being at the top of your class will help, as will your interest in IP Law.  But, Being at the top if no guarantee, and not to knock JMLS, but it is the lowest ranked school in the city.  You might not be a prestige whore, but the reality of it is that must mid sized and large firms are.  Not say they would take the bottom of U of C over the top 5% @ JM, however, just look at how many firms come to OCI at your school.  I would transfer.  Some of the top employers wont even look at candidates from certain schools.  The is the sad reality of the legal profession.  Pedigree is factored in.  Plus you never know where life will take you several years down the line.  The higher teh pedigree of your school, the more marketable you are. (Big Firm, Academia, Clerkships, etc)

Current Law Students / Re: Odd Dream
« on: February 26, 2007, 08:38:15 AM »

Current Law Students / Re: Big Firm Salary Increase -- Good or Bad?
« on: February 24, 2007, 06:58:04 PM »
i think 150-200 less in billable hours would be more attractive than a $15,000 raise. (Atleast for people who have been in a firm for a year or two and know the horror of billiables)

Current Law Students / Re: cum laude and other honors
« on: February 23, 2007, 11:58:55 AM »
Just as grades are meaningless absent the context of the curve, Latin honors are meaningless without the context of the school's policy.  I'd be surprised if many attorneys responsible for hiring are going to be incommensurately impressed with honors that don't reflect a genuine high level of achievement.

Not entirely credited.
I think law firms love having lawyers with these distinctions, meaningless or not, because it is easy to sell to clients. Save some highly sophisticated corporate clients, most will not really understand moot court, law journals, etc. But they will know it is "good" and they will want credentialed lawyers.

Agreed.  Most people won't know the difference between cum, magna, and summa but they will all know that it's must be some kind of high distinction because it's in Latin and on the diploma.  As law students, we like to bicker back and forth over these types of things but I think that it's probably receiving a distinction at all rather than the quality of that distinction.

I don't know if that would hold true for clients at a big law firm.  Most of these people, being business people themselves who have gone through college and business schools will know the difference between cum, magna and summa.  I agree they probably won't really know the significant between law review, moot court and other extracurriculars 

Online Law Schools / Re: Stop Hiding behind your ABA school...
« on: February 23, 2007, 09:15:40 AM »
For those who are not using DL schools for career advancement purposes, what is the job placement, do those schools even have some sort of career center if you will?  Whats the median salary in the public/private sector, bar passage rates?  All information is a reflection of the legal education received there, (to an extent)

Current Law Students / Re: top 15-20% from T2
« on: February 22, 2007, 11:10:58 PM »
top 15% and you have a good shot at a mid size or big firm.  I think you can break into a top 20 law school.  Best of luck

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