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General Board / Re: OMG so many suicidal lawyers out there!
« on: October 20, 2009, 03:12:34 AM »
Does it matter?  You're just going to ignore everything I say, and continue to pretend like all the posters here will get BigLaw jobs (or jobs at all) after graduation because of course their job market is different.

   You are conflating your statements and that is messing up your argument. I never mentioned biglaw at all as you did, and I don't think the OP did either. I was talking about the job markets for attorneys, which would include biglaw and all other avenues down which someone could go. You also said, "There just aren't jobs out there," and proceeded with a bit of qualitative evidence.Believe me, I don't have any illusions about my market, but yes, all markets are different (I imagine the East coast is particularly saturated)for a variety of complex reasons and absolute statements like the ones that you are making just aren't true. I do appreciate the anecdotal evidence that you proffer ande think people should pay attention to these stories, if only to gauge within themselves whether or not going to law school is really something they want to do. However, individuals who truly want to be lawyers should not be deterred by an economy whose condition four or five years from now not even the brightest minds can reliably predict. 

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what is a good score to aim at?

 The highest possible one you can get, regardless of what your GPA is.

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lol Excellent!

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Law School Applications / Re: Most overrated T14?
« on: October 19, 2009, 11:05:40 PM »
With clerkships, for example, you'd expect HLS' percentage of students getting clerkships to be somewhat lower than YLS simply because of HLS' class size, but HLS' total number of clerkships still beats that of YLS (it's unreasonable to expect HLS to have a significantly higher number of clerkships than yls just because of class size).  With a large student body you expect to see a greater divergence of interests.
Explain why.

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Somewhere in Africa a child is wearing a shirt emblazoned with "Patriots - Superbowl Champs '09."

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General Board / Re: OMG so many suicidal lawyers out there!
« on: October 19, 2009, 10:55:05 PM »
The job market is brutal for people at the top, middle and bottom of their class.  JDUnderground is actually a fairly realistic picture of what life is like for those who didn't go to a T14 school (or even some of those who went to a T14 but were at the bottom of the class). 

There just aren't jobs out there.  A friend of mine is searching for jobs in a state in which precisely six -- yes, just 6 -- attorney jobs have been posted in the past two weeks in the largest city's newspaper.  (The metro area this newspaper covers has about 750,000 residents.)

So, when you have only 6 legal openings and 3 or 4 law schools in the state... well, you do the math.  It's not pretty.
   I love how so many posters to lsd think that there is one job market that stretches from coast to coast. People, any statistician, social scientist or economist worth his weight in dirt will tell you how misleading it is to draw conclusions from aggregate data (or, in this particualar case, from qualitative data) with the assumption that said data has a direct relationship to any and every particular case. Just for the sake of furthering the discussion, which state are you talking about, Luziana?






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I'd love to see all these cooley bashers see how far they could get if they attended cooley.

  My guess is they wouldn't get very far, and that's why people don't want to go there. That is, if you mean how far in life can one get after ls...

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Where can I get in with a 3.5 / 157?
« on: October 19, 2009, 01:12:31 AM »
You'd have a decent shot at Texas Tech. Sure, it's not Harvard, but you just asked where you might get in. Also, St. Mary's and South Texas. However, these are fairly pricey private schools ( roughly 26 g) and mostly have regional opportunities.

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Law School Applications / Re: School help
« on: October 16, 2009, 08:46:29 PM »
I don't see any numbers.

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So, will they email and put it on the site at the same time or will they do one before the other.  I want to know the absolute instant it comes out...like right then.  If I wasn't so poor I'd pay some kid to continually check my email all day.
I can't speak to whether a post or an email comes first, but I can offer my anecdotal evidence. As I too wanted desperately to know my score, I would check my email and my lsac account upon waking up each morning for work, which was around 7 a.m.. I did the same on the morning that it arrived, and after I got the email, which lists both lsat score and percentile, I went directly to my lsac account via link to check the details. I'm pretty sure but not certain that all of those pdf files giving you additional information were available at that time. Hope you guys get what you want

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