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Current Law Students / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 02:15:15 PM »
Savage,

I wrote a pretty strong statement regarding my poor test taking performance and also an explanation why I am deciding to go from an MPA to the JD. 

Matthies,

I am considering going PT for exactly the reasons you stated.  My boss here REALLY loves me and I know I will always have a paralegal job here.  I just don't want to assume that she'll have a summer associate/junior associate spot lined up for me. 

To everyone else, it is interesting to note that several of the attorneys in my capital markets group, including my boss, either went to U. of Maryland or Howard (not black by the way..thought that was interesting), and one went to McGill U. in Toronto.

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Current Law Students / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 02:03:35 PM »
Woops, sorry, your screen only half appeared on my computer.  To answer all of your questions:


What was your UG institution? UMass Amherst

How long have you been out? Graduated UMass in '97, NYU in '03

Why both an MPA and a JD? I was initially in government/politics but have been working in transactional law (structured finance) for the last 5-6 years

How many times have you taken the LSAT? I have taken the LSAT twice

Did you put enough time into studying for it (some people study for several hours per week for months) or are you actually bad at standardized tests? Can you use your GRE and SAT to back that claim up?  Yes, I studied my ass off.  I scored an 860 on the SATs.  I met guys on the UMass basketball team who scored higher than I did ;-)

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Current Law Students / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 01:57:46 PM »
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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Current Law Students / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 01:53:32 PM »
Thank you for your response. 

Yes, all 3 firms are in DC (the one I work for now with her, the 1 I worked for before with her and her husband's firm) and all 3 are Biglaw firms.  I do not expect to be handed a job on a silver platter, but I was wondering if the connections would at least wipe away some of the stress from attending a T3/T4 (assuming I do not end up transferring down the road)?.

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Current Law Students / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 01:52:11 PM »
Thank you for your response. 

Yes, all 3 firms are in DC (the one I work for now with her, the 1 I worked for before with her and her husband's firm) and all 3 are Biglaw firms.  I do not expect to be handed a job on a silver platter, but I was wondering if the connections would at least wipe away some of the stress from attending a T3/T4 (assuming I do not end up transferring down the road)?.

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Transferring / Re: CONFUSED ON WHAT TO DO - Can I Get Some Advice?
« on: April 18, 2008, 01:42:56 PM »
The sad thing is, that was my second time retaking the test and I scored better than my practice exams.  I am like a worm stuck in ketchup when I take the LSATs but I am fully confident that I can tackle the courses once I am in school.

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Hello All,

I have been a legal assistant/paralegal for the last four-to-five years for the same woman who has now become partner at a different DC firm from where I started.  She asked me to work with her and so here I am.  I am now applying to law schools and so far only T3 and T4 schools are giving me the time of day.  I honestly don't do well on standardized tests (scored a 147) but have done well in school (3.30 GPA, cum laude, National Honors Society, MPA from NYU).

My question is, should I be freaked out so much right now about only being accepted to T3/T4 schools?  I would like to transfer after the 1st year but I know everyone else will be gunning for the same thing.  My boss here (the partner) loves me, as well as her husband who is also a partner at a different firm just down the street here in DC, and then the other partner at the previous firm that I worked for also likes me.  Should I count on these "connections" or be as stressed out as I am right now?

Thank you in advance for all of your comments.

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Transferring / CONFUSED ON WHAT TO DO - Can I Get Some Advice?
« on: April 18, 2008, 01:30:40 PM »
Hello All,

I have a unique situation.  I have been a paralegal for the last five years for the same woman who has now become partner at a different DC firm from where I started.  She asked me to work with her and so here I am.  I am now applying to law schools and so far only T3 and T4 schools are giving me the time of day.  I really bomb standardized tests (scored a 147) but have done well in school (3.30 GPA, cum laude, National Honors Society, MPA from NYU).

My question is, should I be freaked out so much right now about only being accepted to T3/T4 schools.  I would like to transfer after the 1st year but I know everyone else will be gunning for the same thing.  My boss here (the partner) loves me, as well as her husband who is also a partner at a different firm just down the street here in DC, and then the other partner at the previous firm that I worked for also liked me.  Should I count on these "connections" or be as stressed out as I am right now?

Thank you in advance for all of your comments. - Jay

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