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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Atticus Falcon Rant
« on: June 30, 2004, 04:30:16 PM »
Since we've talked about this before, JeffJoe, here's a student who supposedly used LEEWS and did extremely well his first year (although that's not the entire method that PLS promotes).

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/students/index.php/topic,456.0.html

Also, here's a post by LawGirl - who suggests reading up on primers before school starts (another "component" of the PLS method).  BTW I think this is probably the best thread I've read on LSD and I wish we could recommend posters (sounds like a good idea, Andrew?)

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/students/index.php/topic,481.0.html

All in all, different facets of PLS seem to work.  I couldn't see how it could hinder - which gives Atticus some credibility in that if you're gonna divest that much time/energy/money into a law degree - why not go all out?

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Pre-law magazines
« on: June 30, 2004, 03:57:10 PM »

usually i don't find too many things funny enough to make me laugh out loud but that made snot come out of my nose at work.

kudos, GreenEqsnHam, you have officiall made me the office boob of the day.

 ;D

I think the publication "barely legal" is what you are looking for.



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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Pre-law magazines
« on: June 30, 2004, 03:47:25 PM »
cbriody,

anything to help out a fellow Canuck (unless you're not Canadian - in that case you're not allowed to read my post).

just kidding.  i'm from Toronto and am going to a law schol in Long Island in August.  here's a board i trolled a bit when i applied to Canadian law schools.  lots of good stuff on specific schools.

http://p210.ezboard.com/bcanadianlawschools

if you have any general questions about the process (i'm pretty familiar with the Canadian schools too) than you can always e-mail me.  the best thing to do is find someone who's practicing right now in Toronto or Calgary (the two hottest markets) and ask them what it's really like.

hope this helps.


if you want info on just the legal industry and general stuff, i suggest going to www.nylawyer.com.  click on the advice columsn like "Advice for the Lawlorn", "Crossroads",  "Work/life Wisdom".  Search past questions and answers and it'll give you a general feel.


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Where should I go next fall? / Re: NY/PA Schools/Corporate Counsel
« on: June 28, 2004, 02:48:31 PM »
It's okay.  Us Canadians are real polite and we're use to the unabashed arrogance of our neighbours from the South.   ;)

If BigLaw (that's those big firms) isn't your main goal then both Syracuse and Buffalo will be just fine. 

Buffalo's incoming class of 2003 looked like this:  GPA (25%-75%) 3.16-3.66.  LSAT (25%-75%) 153-158.

Syracuse's incoming class of 2003 looked like this:  GPA (25%-75%) 3.17-3.55.  LSAT (25%-75%) 150-155.

So again, if you get a 158 you should be fine.  That being said, Buffalo is ranked higher and is much cheaper so if you're not going to BigLaw - you might want to lessen your debt load (unless you're not taking out loans).  My friend just graduated from Albany last year and even his school (a tier 3) saw many people place well and in the higher end of the salary range you're looking for.

Good Luck, Stray.


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Where should I go next fall? / Re: NY/PA Schools/Corporate Counsel
« on: June 28, 2004, 02:07:23 PM »
I applied to both and your GPA is high enough that it should off-set a lower score on the LSAT.

That being said, I think if you shoot 158 or higher, you'll probably seem some dollars from them in the form of scholarship.

Best bet is to check out this site:

http://officialguide.lsac.org/search/cgi-bin/lsatgpa.asp?WhichScreen=KeywordSearch

punch in your GPA and several LSAT scores.  Then look for Cuse and Buffalo.  I'm guessing you want to stay in upstate New York - but if you want to go into Corporate Law, you have a decent shot at higher tiered schools like Cardozo and Brooklyn with your grades.  And if you do extremely well on the LSAT, you could try for the top schools like NYU, Columbia and Fordham.

That's why if you want to do Corporate work, it's best to go the highest ranking school possible - because that's where the biggest law firms go to recruit and they handle the most corporate work.  Just MHO but goodluck!


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How did you get into an LLM program without a law degree (LLB)?  Are you from England?
Which program are you referring to?

I don't understand some finer points in your e-mail.  Are you expecting to graduate with a JD/LLM in the US and sit for a bar and immediately return to your country?  Or do you plan on working afterwards?  Won't you have to sit for the bar exam in your home country as well?  and if you eventually plan on working there, what's the point in sitting for the NY bar?

Please clarify and it will help to give advice.  As for the required credits for the New York Bar, click on the link below and it should answer most of your questions.

http://www.nybarexam.org/barexam.htm

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thanks for all the replies...it's good to know that i'm not the only one feeling a bit weird.

i can't say enough about how much a good boss is worth.  it makes work so much better and it's sad that i can't say that about the situation i'm in right now.

i think i'm just going to make it terse and say that "i have another opportunity elsewhere".  if they really probe, i don't mind telling them about school.  they don't have a clue right now and i've been getting a lot more responsibilities and they've hinted at a future move-up.  that's why i feel a bit torn and feel that i should let them know sooner rather than later.

i'm in the same boat in that i need every paycheck in July to make sure all my finances are in order before i go.  otherwise i'd be enjoying the summer and getting stoked for school.

c'est la vie!  i wonder if this is a topic for a "legal ethics" class?

thanks again, all.  if you have any advice in the future, please holler!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / have you told your employer yet?
« on: June 25, 2004, 02:48:59 PM »
for those that are currently working, have you told your employer yet that you're going to law school?

i'm not too happy where i work right now and i'm thinking of resigning in mid-July with two weeks notice.  i dunno if i should even tell them that i'm leaving for school cuz i don't find it to be any of their business.

any advice on how to handle this would be appreciate.  also, for those that have already given notice, how are you being treated by your employer and fellow co-workers now that they know.

thanks,

canuck

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: How do you guys get away with it?
« on: June 18, 2004, 01:18:51 PM »
i was just gonna say what dsong02 beat me to.

my fingers are always on "alt+tab".

 ;)

getting busted by your boss at work sucks.  but it helps when you work at my job and have nothing to do for half the day.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Pre-school study plan
« on: June 17, 2004, 01:24:35 PM »
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By that time we will be thoroughly jaded and bitter.  We plan to write a diatribe on the evils of law schools and lawyers, which will be called Everything You Need To Know To Hate Law School and will be offered on Amazon at a price of $125,000.  It will cost as much as law school and will come with a nice diploma for a JOD, (Jerked-Off Doctorate).

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 ;D JeffJoe....don't be a cantankerous old man!  hahahaha.

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