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Law School Applications / Re: 3.9GPA, 166 LSAT, target schools?
« on: August 29, 2009, 01:34:47 PM »
3.9 Physics, 166, I'd certainly say T14 is likely.

If you're going into patent law, please consider University of Illinois, which has an excellent IP program.

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Law School Applications / Re: STATE VS PRIVATE
« on: August 29, 2009, 01:32:53 PM »
You are so silly, this is supposed to be a helpful site and people respond with silly things make sure you take off your caps as well!
Still need to learn to punctuate.

Obvious troll is obvious.

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General Board / Re: Legal Market in 5 years
« on: August 29, 2009, 01:30:28 PM »
After the dissolution of the United States in 2011, most regions will resort to civil warfare to divide the spoils.  I expect that the industrial midwest band from roughly Chicago through Ohio, and including Michigan, will be the scene of some of the heaviest fighting.  Whatever government control remains in these areas will likely have a high need for public defenders, although you will probably be paid in scrap metal.  Even so, your school debt will evaporate thanks to the disappearance of the dollar, so it's all good.

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Socratic Method / Re: What is THE WORST that could happen?
« on: August 29, 2009, 01:20:29 PM »
We had one foreign student who couldn't answer in class;  I don't know how he did, but I don't think it was a big deal.  The professor knew that his English language skills were very poor.  It's possible that the student's grade was lowered by a half-grade as a result of his difficulty in participating in class (standard policy here, at the option of the professor).

The only other student I am aware of who simply could not respond in class withdrew after the first semester, having decided that law was not for her.

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Personal Statement / Re: Free PS Assessment from Ivy Eyes Editing
« on: August 11, 2009, 02:30:03 PM »
You can't be any worse than the same service that the Harvard weasels run (Essay Edge), but frankly, the worst waste of time and money that I encountered during the whole law-school application process was sending my PS in to those dolts for "professional editing".

The incompetent buffoon who "edited" mine made numerous grammatical and spelling errors in her changes, suggested deleting a key sentence about my knowledge of foreign languages, and included six pages of boilerplate drivel that was clearly written for someone else's PS (since it referenced topics that didn't exist in mine).  Not only that, but the "service" also said that their editor would answer questions;  I sent half a dozen specific brief questions, both to her directly and to her through their central email address, and never heard a word back.  Then they had the nerve to ask me what I thought of their service ("it sucks") and whether I would recommend it ("no").

I got exactly one useful suggestion out of it (deleting a tangent), but it wasn't worth the hundred-plus dollars they charged.  My sister-in-law came up with the same one, and I merely had to grit my teeth and thank her for it.

As a result, I really don't recommend using these sorts of services.  Find a professor, TA, college prelaw advisor, and/or friend to help instead.  At the very least, skip the services that tout their ivy-league credentials and go with a real professional in your local area.

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I have to agree.  Take some time, smell the roses, work a little and save some cash.  Go hang out in Bangkok or Shanghai teaching English for a year.

If you really want to get into law school mode, pick up the supplements for the standard 1L course (Con Law, contracts, torts, property, civ pro, and crim) and read through them to get a basic understanding of the materials.  I like the Lexis-Nexis "Understanding _______" series (e.g., "Understanding Property Law"), with the exception that the standard civ pro supplement is the Glannon Guide to Civil Procedure.

Plus, I hate to harp on this, but the "green shoots" and "recovery" are looking pretty crappy.  You'll either be in a better job market for your 1L/2L summers by waiting another year, or things will so clearly be headed into the toilet that you'd be better advised to go into plumbing.

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Personal Statement / Re: Severe Depression/Low grades/Need Advice Plz
« on: August 09, 2009, 12:13:01 AM »
I'm glad the meds are working for you.  I'd say it's a good idea to mention it either in a supplementary statement or in your personal statement.  As long as you've addressed the problem and found something that works, my guess (and it's only a guess) is that schools would hold the stigma of depression against you far less than they would hold your pre-treatment grades against you, as long as you explained the situation.

If you have the option to take a few more chemistry classes, you might also want to take enough to be allowed to take the patent bar.  It might open up a few more doors for you, although for chemistry, law firms typically want to see a master's or Ph.D. to hire a patent prosecutor.  Here's the requirements list (see Category B Option ii, on page 5 or 7 (depending on which page number you look at), for chemistry requirements when you don't have a bachelor's degree in chemistry):
http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/dcom/olia/oed/grb.pdf

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I disagree.  Schools also look at major and school, ESPECIALLY for engineers.  Students who are qualified to go into patent law provide a huge boost to schools' post-graduation employment and salary numbers.  You can't even take the patent bar with an art history degree.

According to all of the statistics I looked up when applying, I typically had about a 25% chance of getting in to the schools I applied to (mid-tier-1, plus two tier-2's that gave me app fee waivers).  I applied late in the cycle, in many cases on the last day for applications.  I got into six of the thirteen, waitlisted at six more, and rejected from one.  Four of the six that accepted me offered me significant scholarship money.

Try that with a non-engineering/science degree.

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Law School Applications / Re: Help me
« on: August 08, 2009, 11:54:00 PM »
If you mean OCR, look for "tesseract OCR" by Google.  It's open-source freeware.

In fact, here:
http://code.google.com/p/tesseract-ocr/

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Law School Applications / Re: Marriage after first year?
« on: August 08, 2009, 11:51:42 PM »
Why waste money on a huge ceremony?  Just hit a JP or Vegas.  It'll only cost you $200 plus half of your life's savings and future income in the divorce settlement.

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