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Studying for the LSAT / Practice LSAT's
« on: February 28, 2009, 03:19:47 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?

Studying for the LSAT / Taking the LSAT now, applying later
« on: February 24, 2009, 02:10:23 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?

Law School Admissions / Re: Goldman Sachs
« on: February 16, 2009, 06:36:26 PM »
Internal auditing, which works very close with the legal department from what I understand.

Law School Admissions / Goldman Sachs
« on: February 16, 2009, 04:45:47 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?

Law School Admissions / A year or two off vs Going straight from college
« on: December 29, 2008, 03:09:06 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?

Job Search / Moving from private sector to public
« on: September 29, 2007, 08:06:24 PM »
Is it possible to go from practicing at a private firm to to working for the government or teaching?  Do judges ever come out of private firms or are they always prosecutors?

Job Search / NALP forms
« on: September 29, 2007, 08:05:05 PM »
Exactly how accurate are NALP forms?  I'm looking at one for an international law firm's NY office and it has the average hours worked at a little less than 2200 and average billed at  about 1850 with no minimum billable requirement.  Can this be right and, if so, why doesn't that seem as bad as it should be given the size and location of the firm?

Job Search / Re: Real deal on law firm life
« on: September 27, 2007, 08:03:23 PM »
If you work 50 hour weeks 48 weeks out of the year (2400 hours), why is it so unthinkable to bill 1900?  Is everything okay so long as you hit 1900 (if that is the minimum) or are they expecting those who want to make partner to bill a lot more than the minimum?  I got no problem with working for a few years at a firm to pay back my school debt and then bolting for a less hectic job with better hours if that is the case.

Job Search / Re: Real deal on law firm life
« on: September 27, 2007, 06:07:25 PM »
Exactly what happens if you don't meet the billable requirement?  What hours (from when to when), on a typical day, do you work?

Job Search / Re: Real deal on law firm life
« on: September 27, 2007, 05:22:31 AM »
Mr. Roe, are you speaking from personal experience?  How large is the firm you work at and where is it located?

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