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For a start, avoid any school in Boston, NYC, and DC.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Bar pass rates per school
« on: July 21, 2009, 07:59:17 PM »
The only standardized part of the exam is the one day of the MBE (multiple choice) which is given in all but 1-2 states I think.
I'm planning on taking multiple bar exams as soon as possible after graduation.  Does anyone know if I would have to take multiple MBE's, or do I just take that once and tell the rest of the states that I've already done it?

BTW, Washington state's bar exam has one question on tribal law (I assume something to do with how the state's compacts with the various tribes work), and there is a type of plea here called the Alford plea which will get you an extra half-point or point if mentioned in the right place.

Iím guessing our friend from Liberty missed the gay pride parade down Colfax Sunday. Itís the third largest gay pride parade in the county.
You have three gay pride parades in just your one county??

Current Law Students / Re: undergraduate transcript and employers
« on: July 20, 2009, 05:06:57 PM »
The only place I've heard of that is with patent boutiques.  Are you the same RD who recently joined the IPL board?

Current Law Students / Re: Netbook PC adequate ?
« on: July 20, 2009, 05:04:10 PM »
The only three things I've used my laptops for were taking notes in class, writing papers, and taking exams.

* I have an Asus EEE (2G Linux) that I use for taking notes in class.

* I have a full-sized ultra-cheap Toshiba monstrosity that I use for exams and papers.

Total cost was about $650, but I've seen the same Toshiba on for $200 less than I paid a year ago (also on  The old EEE 2G can be had nowadays for about $100 on Craigslist if you wait for a seller.

I wouldn't recommend trying to do exams on the Eee (tiny screen and keyboard).  If you insist on just one laptop, I'd recommend a full-sized one.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Liberty Law School
« on: July 20, 2009, 04:48:02 PM »
Did I err?

Sorry, I thought I looked it up last year when I was applying to schools and found it at 70 in USNWR.

There's another thread around here somewhere that really rips on Liberty.  Doesn't sound good, but then, given its religious orientation I didn't think it was my cup of tea anyway.

Edited: yea, looked them up and they're unrated now.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Illinois 1L - Ask away
« on: July 20, 2009, 12:29:39 PM »
I realize you are a first-year student, but can you provide details on the breadth of the intellectual property program?

Well, very late reply here, and likewise a(n ex-)1L (about to be 2L) but IMHO Illinois is pretty solid for IP.

Some of the T14 try to compress all of basic IP ((C)/TM/patents) into a single class, or so I've been told by people who've gone to them;  Illinois breaks them all out into separate full classes, and has a good patent prosecution class taught by a longtime practitioner (and adjunct professor).  Kesan (patents) and Maggs (teaching trademarks this upcoming year) are both highly-regarded from everything I've heard of them.  I'm not sure who teaches copyright.  (I think trade secrets is combined with another class, but I'm not sure which.)

There are several upper-level courses on IP which aren't taught every year.  I haven't seen the schedule, but there are a bunch that I want to take if they get offered (such as patentability- and clearance-opinion writing).

The IP Law Society has some ties with Chicago-area IP boutiques and biglaw firms with IP groups, and has a few panels and meet-and-greets.

I'm pretty happy with the school and its offerings.  Hope that helps.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Liberty Law School
« on: July 20, 2009, 11:54:59 AM »
Since there aren't any answers for you yet, the only thing I'd say is that Liberty is apparently very religiously oriented.  If that's a plus for you, great;  if you'll have difficulty with that, then try other similarly-ranked schools (or go for the top if your GPA/LSAT support it).

Last I saw, they were a mid-tier-2, which isn't going to be great in this economy.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Seattle U ($) vs Gonzaga ($$$)
« on: July 20, 2009, 11:52:46 AM »
Keep in mind that cost of living will be higher in Seattle, too.

I've met a number of attorneys this summer who went to Seattle U, and have done well for themselves in everything from biglaw to government.  I haven't heard really great things about Gonzaga, but that may be because these folks are biased in favor of their alma mater.

If you can afford the higher cost, I'd probably take Seattle over the Zags.  If you're going to go heavily into debt to do it, think carefully about how you'll manage the debt.  The economic environment we're heading into is NOT going to be pleasant, in my opinion.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: W&L vs. Utah vs. UNC
« on: July 20, 2009, 11:43:03 AM »
UNC is a sweet school in a great area.  They're 75% NC residents, so either you were really good or you'll enjoy low tuition.  Or possibly both, of course. :)

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