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If you want a sophisticated legal practice, then family law is not where to make it happen.

I'm not sure what you've deemed to be "sophisticated" and "unsophisticated" practice areas. Family law regularly handles issues of jurisdiction (personal and subject matter), due process, contract law, negotiations, taxation, dissolution of corporations and quasi-corporate entities, trusts and estates, and many more. You need to be well versed in most fields of law just to survive in the family arena. I don't see the same level of knowledge in a lot of other practice areas. And top it all off with the fact that you need to be able to both work with clients in sensitive situations as well as be a solid litigator. Sounds sort of sophisticated to me.

As for big firms not handling family law, they do, and you'll need to back up your conflict rationale. You might not find divorce or custody on a mega firms website, but there are a lot of practice areas that they delve into that they don't advertise. If a client is involved in a divorce, his lawyer will find a way to take care of it and to bill for it.

OP, family law is a great practice area and you should take the chance to experience a family law environment.

Pennsylvania State / Re: computer specs
« on: June 17, 2007, 03:24:32 PM »
Both Macs and PC's are supported for exams. The school uses Secureexam for taking finals. Whatever you buy, make sure that you have access to facilities to repair/ replace whatever you need. If you have to go through Penn State, UP might be  along distance for replacements.

Pennsylvania State / Re: Joint Degrees
« on: June 13, 2007, 07:54:56 PM »
I think it really depends on which program you want to do. Because you want to do the MPA, you may be able to apply fairly close to the fall of your 2L year. There is a very strong joint degree organization program that will help guide you through the program. They will probably have a meeting in the first weeks of fall.

Pennsylvania State / Re: Joint Degrees
« on: June 09, 2007, 07:02:17 PM »
The MPA is offered through Penn State Harrisburg. You must complete the first year of law school, then the "other" school will determine which classes are co-curricular. DSL allows 9 co-curricular hours through other graduate programs so there is help there.

Pennsylvania State / Re: living in Carlisle
« on: June 08, 2007, 07:18:54 PM »
I live north towards Harrisburg as do many people and find it convenient. You have to travel no matter what, so sticking to Carlisle isn't a necessity. The Brambles has some cheap 1 bedrooms w/ washer/dryers and Dishwashers. There are a lot of pretty decent places that are not on the housing list that the school puts out.

Pennsylvania State / Re: Class of 2010
« on: June 07, 2007, 08:20:47 AM »
How are you guy working your food budget?  What's your monthly expenditure? I thought about the Dickinson College Meal plan but that seems a little expensive.

I got Fin Aid detrmination yesturday with a new tuition figure.

No happy hour for me thanks.  My work schedule is unpredictable.  I'm sure there will be plenty of social events during orientation. 

Your finances are really determined by where you live, by what you eat and especially drink. I live outside of Carlisle, I pay a little more than others for my apartment, so a little less on food. As far as food, the Cafe' Per Se (the Dickinson food service) offers some options, you'll figure out which days are bring your lunch days, which days are go home home days, and which days are MickeyD's, Arby's, Wendy's, or Cafe Per Se- all are in walking distance. 

There will be more happy hours than you can imagine within the first week, so look for people then.

Pennsylvania State / Re: Class of 2010
« on: June 06, 2007, 07:18:51 PM »
Thanks for the advice, Mike. Did you get a summer reading list as an incoming student? If so, did you read the books they suggested? Were they helpful?

I don't remember if there was a reading list. The one recommendation that I can make is that you read as much of anything that you enjoy as you can. I read a wide range of materials, none of them legal, last summer. you will be reading opinions from a lot of different judges and they will all have a different way of approaching the law. Also, it never hurts to process as many written words as you can.

Pennsylvania State / Re: Class of 2010
« on: June 02, 2007, 01:22:53 PM »
I will be a 2L at DSL this fall. For those of you on the fence, Dickinson is a great place.  I have been happy with the choice that I made to attend. For the first semester, enjoy Torts, tolerate Criminal Law, and learn to deal with your Civ. Pro teacher (I had him for Con Law, many of you will have him for Civ. Pro.). The best advice I can give is pay attention from day one to your Legal Writing course. There is a lot of good information in the course that sometimes gets overlooked. For reading, I perused "Getting to Maybe" during the semester and got an A- in contracts, so I thought it helped.

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