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General Board / Re: Is the era of biglaw over forever?
« on: October 13, 2009, 08:33:49 PM »
I'm not saying biglaw isn't over or whatever. I have no idea what will happen. I just think the authoritative statements on what will happen are funny.

Agreed. Apparently the sky is falling if you don't go to a T7 now.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Think Twice
« on: October 13, 2009, 08:25:10 PM »
Message to all posters who try to dissuade people from going to law school: Mind your own business. Just because you did badly in ls and couldnt get a job or because you can't wrap your head around the fact that some people simply want to be lawyers regardless of the salary, don't go around trying to plant fear in people. Will all graduates get jobs? No. Do all lawyers make six figures? No. But let me ask you a question. Have you ever done manual labor? I'm serious. Have you ever earned your bread and the bread of your family by sweating and toiling for someone else while earning absolutely no respect? If you had you might shut the @#!* up. I say this because for many people law school is a means of getting a better job, not necessarily a high-paying job. I know my line of reasoning here is a bit suspect, but I don't really care. My main point is that it is easy to get online and bash people's aspirations and try to use fear against them, but it is not so easy to attempt to understand the complex motivations people have for attending law school. You all assume it's just about money. That's not always the case. Go to Hell.

Preach it!

I notice a common theme across most of the law school forums that is different from that of speaking with friends who are recent law school grads (or current students). Specifically, the forums are blatantly pessimistic and a lot of the job forecasting they can offer you is only true for people who coast through their law school education.

Everyone is having to work harder right now, especially in the heavily-saturated legal markets, but you can still land internships and then jobs after law school.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Schools in Boston
« on: October 13, 2009, 08:20:05 PM »
To balance out the previous poster's rather ominous predictions...I think it's important to point out that it's not impossible to stand out in a #15-100 ranked law school if you want to go into big law, but you will want to look at the regional prospects.

According to those charts (specifically, the regional one), Northeastern will still be able to help you get a job, assuming you perform well, but you will still be a long shot for biglaw.

Obviously the economy is in the gutter, but I personally don't expect it to be this bad in 4 years when you're graduating, so I doubt you'll be starving. :)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Glad I'm already successful
« on: October 24, 2008, 11:25:17 PM »
I was absolutely devastated to learn my LSAT score. It was well below my practice range and still doesn't seem physically possible that I performed that poorly.

However, after a few hours of reflecting on it and considering my options, I realized that I am still determined to go to a good law school, and I know I can do better.

If you can afford to re-take in December, do it! It's not that far away, so it will only be annoying for another month or so :)

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I was practicing at a 167-176 range and I got a 160. I am pretty mortified, but I guess, with a 2.9 GPA, my only option is to retake in December and then try to apply after that.
How did you feel after taking the test? I am surprised you both did not cancel; LSAT test takers are usually clairvoyant enough to know how they did.

I had a bad feeling about it, but I was hoping that it was at least at the lower end of my range, because I really didn't want to wait and take another one...I guess I should have listened to the little voice.

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I was practicing at a 167-176 range and I got a 160. I am pretty mortified, but I guess, with a 2.9 GPA, my only option is to retake in December and then try to apply after that.

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Law School Applications / Re: October Test Takers Applying this Cycle
« on: October 05, 2008, 04:14:18 PM »
I'm in for this cycle. Lock and load!

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Florida Coastal makes Thomas Jefferson look like Yale Law.

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Personal Statement / PS Review - Looking for volunteer critics
« on: September 29, 2008, 11:51:36 PM »
I have a Personal Statement draft that I would like some feedback on. I tried to make it narrative, but I'm not sure if it includes enough of the "why i'm going to law school" element...

PM me if you're willing to take a few moments to review it. Thanks!

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Law School Applications / Re: Top Part Time Programs
« on: August 07, 2008, 12:27:44 AM »
Will Georgetown, BU and GW allow an applicant to simultaneously apply to BOTH part-time and full-time?

Anyone know the answer to this? I'd be curious to know :)

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