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Law Firms / Defining biglaw and a day in the life
« on: May 22, 2009, 06:36:23 PM »
How big does a firm have to be in order to be considered biglaw?  If a firm has only one office, <= 200 lawyers (Carter Ledyard & Milburn, PBWT), what kind of firm is it?  What kind of shift do laywers in NYC work?  8-8? 8-10?

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Law Firms / Going in-house, how does it work?
« on: May 22, 2009, 06:20:58 PM »
May seem like an obvious question, but is it easier to move in-house if one has work experience prior to working at a law firm?  Can you go straight from law school? Someone I know was an intern for a pro sports team during college.  He took a year off, went to law school, and starting working for the team as a lawyer after he passed the bar.  He recently got a huge promotion, general counsel/VP, with zero firm experience.  I plan on working for 2 years before I got to law school, then go back and maybe do a JD/MBA program.  Will my chances of moving in-house be better with such experience?  How does the move in-house usually happen?  Strictly who you know?  My ultimate goal: going in-house for a sports team or entertainment company.  Perhaps working for a mid-size firm for a year or two just for the money and the expereience.

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Studying for the LSAT / Feb 1999 LSAT, second test in Superprep
« on: May 09, 2009, 11:22:58 PM »
Superprep's explanation of the second game on the Feb 1999 LSAT doesn't make sense to me.  Superprep says that if firs are not in the park, then Laurels and Oaks must be in the park.  The condition is "if it is not the case that the park contains both laurels and oaks, then it contains firs and spruces."  Wouldn't the contrapositive be if not spruces or firs then laurels or oaks?

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Studying for the LSAT / Best way to develop speed
« on: May 09, 2009, 05:24:00 PM »
I started studying for the June 2010 test two months ago.  Got a 147 on my first ever attempt, no prep at all, didn't even know what kind of questions were being asked.  I bought the Powerscore bibles and Superprep.  I finished the Games bible a few weeks ago.  I understand most games pretty well, but I seem to take too long figuring out the trick to each problem.  Now, I'm using the tests in Superprep just to practice, no timing.  I plan on doing the same once I get through the RC and LR bibles.

Is there any good way to develop speed?  Should I use Superprep by picking apart each section of each test without worrying about timing?  How else would I practice for games?  I plan on buying as many PT's as possible and eventually timing myself.

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Studying for the LSAT / June 2007 LSAT Games - #17
« on: May 04, 2009, 04:53:22 PM »
I cannot for the life of me figure out why the answer to #17 on the June 2007 test is D instead of E.

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Studying for the LSAT / Introductory logic book
« on: April 15, 2009, 03:59:48 PM »
I have heard that a great, effective way to prep for the LSAT was to pick up an introductory logic book.  Any reccomendations or personal experience?

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Studying for the LSAT / Practice LSAT's
« on: February 28, 2009, 06:19:47 PM »
I'm planning to take the LSAT either this October or next February.  I'm starting to prep now.  I'm taking a free practice LSAT administered by the Princeton Review at my school in a week.  I've been reading glowing reviews of the Powerscore bibles, so I think I'm going to buy the trilogy and the book of 10 actual LSAT's put out by the LSAC.  Should I be concerned that the LSAT's in the book are old, from the early 1990's in some cases?  Or has the test remained relatively the same throughout the years?  I decided against taking a prep course, partly because of the money, but mainly because I am a disciplined enough student to study on my own.  Any constructive criticism on my plan?

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Studying for the LSAT / Taking the LSAT now, applying later
« on: February 24, 2009, 05:10:23 PM »
I'm currently a junior in college.  I am planning to take two years off after graduation (May 2010) to work, save some money, and then apply to law school or a JD/MBA program in the fall of 2012.  In a few weeks I'm taking a practice LSAT for the first time, with absolutely no preparation so I can gauge my glaring weaknesses.  I want to get an LSAT book to start prepping, take a course in the fall, and then take the test in February 2010 so I can bank my score (I believe they are good for 5 years?).  I figure it's better for me to do it while I am a student because I will be in "study mode" and I figure I will have less commitments while in college than while working full-time.  Any advice?  Is this a good plan?

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Law School Applications / Goldman Sachs
« on: February 16, 2009, 07:45:47 PM »
How much would an undergrad internship, and hopefully a few years of experience, at Goldman Sachs help my chances of getting into Harvard/Columbia/NYU Law?

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Law School Applications / A year or two off vs Going straight from college
« on: December 29, 2008, 06:09:06 PM »
I am currently a junior in college and have been contemplating law school for the past few years.  I always thought I would go directly from college to law school, but recently I have been considering another plan.  I think I'd like to work for at least two years so I can save up some money, start paying down my undergrad loans, and develop a particular interest to focus on at school.  I am also considering business school or perhaps a JD/MBA program, though I know the consensus is that the dual degree is not a good idea.  How is the application process different if you don't go straight from college? When would you take the LSAT's? While in college and then hold onto the scores for a few years? Do you ask professors for recommendations while in school and hang on to them for a few years?  I'm aiming for a top school, so if I get rejected out of school, can a few years in the work place make the difference if I reapply?  Do employers ever help pay for law school? If so, what portion?

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