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Transferring / Re: Decisions 09
« on: July 05, 2009, 06:51:46 PM »
USNWR school in the 80s
School does not calculate GPA nor rank but for reference, I had 7 As out of 8
undergrad GPA: 4.0
Good luck to everyone!

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Transferring / Re: Decisions 09
« on: July 01, 2009, 09:07:48 PM »
I got into Berkeley today 7/1

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I will add that a summer internship with a federal judge is just as good or perhaps even better than a firm job. The only disadvantage is the fact that you will not get paid, but money is not everything. Since you already have a firm experience, I think working for a judge is yet another feather to your cap. If I were you, I will not even think about it.

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Transferring / Re: Transfer Personal Statements
« on: January 29, 2009, 04:23:54 PM »
I need held too. Any advice, comments or questions will be appreciated. Thanks.

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General Board / Re: How do splitters fare once in school?
« on: January 29, 2009, 04:19:40 PM »
I will add that I'm a URM splitter (very high GPA/Low LSAT and I'm at the top 1% of my law school class. In my opinion, LSAT score has absolutely no correlation with law school success if the person really does the work, other things being equal. I also agree that motivation is very important.

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General Board / Re: How do splitters fare once in school?
« on: January 27, 2009, 04:46:25 PM »
Based on experience, I would say splitters with higher GPAs do better in law school than those with higher LSAT scores because hard work is a very important indicator of success in law school, and people with high GPAs tend to be hard working. That is not to say that all you need is hard work. If you have a high LSAT school, your intelligence will come into play in law school and you will do well with minimal push.

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General Board / Re: Anyone Else Really Dislike Contracts?
« on: January 27, 2009, 04:36:57 PM »
I hated contracts at the beginning of last semester but it ended up being my most enjoyable subject. I believe it's a difficult subject but with time, it's doable.

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General Board / Re: Judicial Internship vs. Paid Law Firm
« on: January 25, 2009, 03:21:03 PM »
Thanks for the candid advice. I sure know how competitive it is to get a COA's clerkship and I am considering transferring up because I know how difficult it will be for me to go into academia from my school even if I am top 1%. But yes, maybe I dream big but that's not necessarily a bad thing. As a matter of fact, it has worked for me pretty well.

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General Board / Re: Judicial Internship vs. Paid Law Firm
« on: January 23, 2009, 02:17:35 PM »
There is, but my school only has the program for 3Ls. Therefore, by the time I'm applying for judicial clerkships in September of my 3L year, I will not have had the opportunity to work with a judge yet. I did think about this option, but it's not going to work. Thanks though.

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General Board / Re: Judicial Internship vs. Paid Law Firm
« on: January 22, 2009, 08:37:01 PM »
Thank you all so very much. I think I'll take the judicial internship because:
1) I will like to clerk after I graduate in the U.S court of appeals at the least.
2) I am thinking of going into academia and working for a judge is always a good experience.
3) Even though I need the money, I am actually in a state law school so my debt is not as enormous as most people's
4) I will not like to stay permanently in the region the law firm is and I believe with the judge, most times, the district may not matter (correct me if I'm wrong).
5) I have very good grades so I will likely do well with OCI.

Any other comment will be appreciated.

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