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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UC Hastings 1L taking questions
« on: November 13, 2007, 01:56:14 AM »
Would someone please elaborate on the location of UC Hastings and its relation to the so-called 'The Loin'.  So how safe exactly is this school and the area??

I am a female and I felt comfortable walking to my car after dark. Yes, there are druggies and crazies, but they rarely bother you. Use street smarts and you'll be fine.

I practically grew up on Market...that area is fine. It's a few blocks from city hall, BART stations, etc. It is, like many parts of SF, home to a decently large junkie/homeless population, but there's lots of normal pedestrian traffic and patrolmen.  People always talk about hastings like you're going to get stabbed if you don't arm yourself. I think you should use common sense, but it's really not that bad. The bad parts of LA, NY or even the east bay or Santa Monica are way scarier than where hastings is.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UCLA 2L taking qs
« on: November 10, 2007, 06:59:28 PM »
What is your best suggestion for first years, academically-speaking?

A) not to freak out, and b) to periodically outline with a good prior outline from the course, every couple of weeks.  Just make sure you're understanding tricky things before finals period. You need to be prepared enough that you can spend most of the time writing practice exams.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UCLA 2L taking qs
« on: November 10, 2007, 03:46:34 PM »
Job search: OCI was screwed up this year,and spread out over three weeks. I accepted my offer by mid-october. There are a handful of people on callbacks or misc. interviews with market-paying firms. Next year it will be a solid week at one hotel. Way better, IMO.

SF firms don't give any special bump or minus to UCLA. I'd say they go about halfway in, reliably.

UCLA doesn't place a lot of students in NY or Chicago because nobody wants to go. Everyone I know who has wanted to go to Chi or NYC has been able to; we do OCI, etc. in those cities. Wachtell came here this year. The median is a good guidepost.

Since when was the vibe in UCLA a bunch of spoiled rich girls? I believe you are thinking of USC. The high school girls in westwood are like that, though, as UCLA is next to Santa Monica, Brentwood, Bel Air, and Beverly Hills.

I know about ten 1Ls who had SA jobs with V10 firms, and people with good grades who have done poorly at OCI. It's surprised me how much of your hiring success is determined by 1) any interesting work or life experience and 2) having a personality. I came right from UG so I had trouble getting callbacks for 1L SA jobs. The complete social reprobates have had less offers this year. This is comforting that firms at least try to screen out the abject weirdos..

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Iowa - Don't Go There
« on: November 09, 2007, 08:14:08 PM »
The heterosexual white male comment is especially over the top, along with the "my professors bully me thing." If there's one thing I hate, it's any group having a persecution complex in law school - that there is some sinister institutional discrimination against them. If there's two things I hate, it's the whiny people that bitterly resent their professors for employing the socratic method.

Choosing the Right Law School / UCLA 2L taking qs
« on: November 09, 2007, 07:55:35 PM »
I have to be up at 5 AM tomorrow, so i'm staying inside. :( I'm happy to answer any questions people have.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: T4 Unemployment Line?
« on: August 05, 2007, 05:21:49 PM »
I don't think many people want biglaw jobs; it's that there are very few ways to pay off debts quickly so one can own a home(like $600-800k in a nice coastal city with good schools) and/or send a kid to good prep school if you don't have good schools around. Let alone what college is gonna cost 30 years from now.

I can also see this having the effect of inflating college tuitions more than otherwise, because students will be able to finance easier.

but being paid via cutting 19 bil from Sallie Mae... very good.

Only for UG? Well, it would be good if more people had a chance to go to elite private universities rather than stay at TTT state schools

See, I just don't think most consumers of higher education are going to be savvy enough to figure out to exploit this. I don't think it will be readily built into costs of education because it's not an at-purchase subsidy, it's an after-the-fact forgiveness that happens so far in the future I doubt the people planning to capitalize on it will take it into their considerations.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: GREAT news for tier 2/3/4 0Ls
« on: July 24, 2007, 03:00:50 PM »
Who cares if he's a jerk? At least he's trying to give people the truth.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: The USC '10 Thread
« on: June 26, 2007, 10:41:35 AM »
Did anybody else get the USC career stats in the mail?  I was pretty impressed.  I tried to think of a way the career office could have manipulated the data, but it looks legit.  76 % went into private practice with a starting salary of at least 100,000.  What I like about it was that it showed 19 percent of those who went into private practice went to a firm of 2-25 attorneys and still earned a salary of 100K, so BIGLAW is not necessary to earn six digits.

I can't wait to be a Trojan!! :P

Those are probably just second-tier boutiques. Maybe somewhere like MS&K or Greenberg you do make an hours/pay tradeoff, but for probably a $4120k total ompensation you're still working 1900 billables - i really think i'd rather bill 2200 @160 and lateral somewhere in 3 years or be corporate counsel..

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GULC vs. UVA?
« on: June 17, 2007, 10:20:08 PM »
Just got into UVA off the waitlist.  I don't know what kind of law I want to practice or even where I necessarily want to be geographically.  I think right now that I want to do biglaw or corporate law, but even that could change.  I guess I'd like to keep my options open and know that opportunities after graduation will come easily.  That said, would sticking with GULC over UVA be absurd, or is the difference really negligible?  I know the class size at GULC is huge, and I just don't want to be someone graduating in the middle or bottom of the pack with very limited exit opportunities.  Thoughts?  Thanks to everyone in advance.

Don't listen to all thse UVA trolls! If the class size is bigger at GULC, there are more people in the top 25% of the class. That means your odds of being there are better.

Is this a joke?

I debated keeping this up as flame but i feel the damage to what little reputation I may have outweighs the utility

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