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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Any Information on JAG Corps.?
« on: May 07, 2008, 06:51:43 AM »
CoxlessPair, hahaha, too funny but true.

I am 32 and will either be 35 or 36 (depending if I do a part-time program or not).  If there is an age limit, does the military give waivers?

Also, I saw something on the Air Force's website about scholarships to those who go to law schools as "defined" by the government as historically black or Hispanic, regardless if you are a member of either.  Anyone know anything more about this?  Deadlines? Requirements?  Etc.?

Thanks again everyone.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Any Information on JAG Corps.?
« on: May 06, 2008, 10:55:33 AM »
Good information, thank you very much.  Does the military care if you go to a T3 or T4 school?  Are they more concerned about grades?  I am really considering doing JAG and need to decided on a school pretty soon.

damn missladytwine, good job!  you think 6 weeks is enough time to up a score by 15-20 points on the actual test?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: St. John's vs. Chicago Kent
« on: May 02, 2008, 11:29:58 AM »
NY definitely has its fair share of traffic but makes up for it with a kick-butt public transit system.  St. John's is a great school and don't let any of the T14 elitists on here telling you otherwise. 

I went to NYU grad school and although Manhattan is fun to live in, it's also nice to be able to live the city (NYers just call Manhattan "the City," but technically it's all 5 boroughs) so you should be fine.  The Mets suck though and Shea Stadium is an armpit, but that's for a different message board :-)

A buddy of mine scored a 137 on his first practice test without any preparation.  He then studied his ass off for 6 weeks before the real LSAT and scored a 165...How's that for improvement???  I also scored a 147 myself on the real test and now reaching in the low 160s on practice tests.  I am taking again in June so we shall see.

This particular forum has been very supportive but other members of this site will tell you don't go to law school with such a low score.  If my friend and the others who have posted in this particular forum listened to those jack-asses, none of them would be in law school as we speak.

You just have to retrain the way your mind process information and understand exactly what the test is asking.  Simply stated, but not so easy to achieve of course.  However, with time, patience and alot of persistence, you can do it just like the rest of us.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: St. John's vs. Chicago Kent
« on: May 01, 2008, 10:44:35 PM »
I am from NYC and have lived in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan.  Even though many parts of Queens is like Eastern Europe after WWII, the school is extremely respected in NY and like I said before, the alumni network is huge and will pay off down the road.

I don't know much about Chicago but it "ain't no New York"...haha, and the winters are just god awful!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: St. John's vs. Chicago Kent
« on: May 01, 2008, 01:56:01 PM »
I am sure you already know this, but St. John's is in Jamaica, Queens, not Manhattan.  BIG difference between the two boroughs but it is close enough to hop on the LIRR or subway. 

The school has a great reputation in NY and the alumni is incredibly huge.  The only downfall is that you're competing with NYU, Cornell, Columbia, Fordham and some would say even Brooklyn.  If Chicago-Kent is offering lots of $$$, that might make things interesting, but otherwise, I would choose St. John's.

I am truly fed up with this message board.  Are all of you so deeply obsessed with T14 schools that you cannot even fathom that 180+ other schools exist?  Since I am the OP, re-read my second post:

"I think it's a given that the top 14 schools have ALWAYS been the top 14.  I should clarify my question and ask what about the rest of the 180+ schools (granted, some of them are fairly new)?  How were they "classified" by the legal community without the USN&WR?

For hypothetical purposes, lets say there were only 100 law schools 25 years ago (I have no idea, just shooting off the top of my head) and lets NOT TALK ABOUT THE T14 SCHOOLS FOR ONE MOMENT ON THIS MESSAGE BOARD (sheesh!), how did firms match up a Wisconsin versus an Illinois, or a Washington-St.Louis versus University of Texas?"

Most law students do not go to T14 schools and that was exactly my point in posting my questions.  And yet, all of you just can't help but revert back to T14 talk.  This website should be called "Top 14 Law Schools Discussion," or better yet, "95% of All Other Law Schools Suck Discussion."

It is true, I work for a Big Law firm here in DC and they even told me that if I can get into a top 25, or maybe even a top 50, I would be guaranteed a job here (since the partner here loves me from working for her for over 5 years).  These people, even the partner whom I've worked for at this firm and another Big Law firm, realize that I know everything the attorneys I work for know.  They realize that I can pretty much run these transactional deals on my known if I could.  And yet, if I can't get into a Top 25 school, I can't get a job here.  How's that for USN&WR influence?  I am not so sure that would have been the case 20-25 years ago.

Exactly!  I've had many attorney's at Big Law firms tell me that schools such as St. John's in New York (which has a massive alumni pool) used to have a better rep before the USN&WR rankings came out because of the school's regional reputation.  Now, you have schools matched up nationally which can produce a lower ranked school as being subpar.  Interesting stuff!

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