The Evidence E&E truly sucks.
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Dude, call the secretary back, remind her that she called you, and set up an interview time. Obviously it wasn't her that made the decision to call you in the first place. Firms are busy places, and sometimes a job prospect and interview times are not at the top of their agendas. You're giving up waaay to easily--hustle a little bit.
I hate people who participate in class not because they can't understand something, but because they DO understand it and want to bring up some random intelligent side point to the subject to show everybody. There was this one kid who did that like every 5 minutes in Crim Law last semester and monopolized every class. I was happy to find out that his grades are very median. He was such a prick.
What school do you go to? That might have been me
If you went to a toilet, like I do,...
Also, I completely agree with everything the last two posters said, particularly if you plan on practicing in the Philadelphia or Delaware legal markets. The disadvantages associated with transfering for someone in your position (i.e. loss of GPA, chance at law review, huge debt load, & likely some friends made) totally outweighs the prestige bump. Finally, take a look at the regional BIG LAW firm's web pages--there's a number of recent associates there then went to Temple and similarly ranked schools. With your GPA and likely law review prospects, I don't see landing a BIG LAW job in the region to be impossible without a Penn degree.
If you are having difficulty keeping up with the reading for one class over the summer, I'd take some time to seriously reflect on your ability to keep pace with a full work-load once the fall semester begins, and whether or not law school is right for you. Remember, law school ain't free (for most people anyways); if you foresee yourself falling behind and failing, you'll be out quite a bit of tuition money.
My school has a nationally ranked Health Law program. A student can even have a "quasi" major in the subject, graduating with a certificate in health law if they meet certain criteria. In any event, does anyone have any experience in this area of the law? What are the job prospects like? Do most practitioners work with firms, or in a hospital systems legal departments? Any information would be helpful.
I have read a lot on this board about BigLaw and $160K/year starting salaries (at least until last year anyways); I've alread read about toilet law firms and doc review starting at $35-$40K/year. What types of firms and what kind of law must one practice to be paid "well" right out of law school (i.e. $80-$90K) without being paid ridiculously well? You never hear about salaries somewhere in the middle.
Contracts is not necessarily a discreet area of of law that you can study and pursue independently of other areas of law. If you decide to attend law school you will more than likely take a course in Contracts your first year--which introduces you to the principles of contract law. However, the application of "contracts law" pervades other areas of the law and is present (although many people may not realize it) in most people's everyday lives. (i.e. the exchange of money for goods and services; real estate contracts). This is not to say that you cannot pursue an avenue of study in law school that encounters issues with contracts more often than others (for example, business/corporate law as opposed to personal injury law). Typically schools will also offer advanced courses in contracts for those students taking this line of study. Nevertheless, you won't land a job at a law firm specializes in "contracts" following graduation. It's the subject matter of those contracts that a firm may be more knowledgeable in.