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From what I've heard at my school (mid-T1), they had a huge number of applications and could pick and choose.  Even so, a LOT more people in the first round of offers sent in their deposits than the school had expected.  I don't think they even went to a second round of acceptance letters.

If I'd applied this year, I wouldn't have made it.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Pre-Patent Law
« on: July 20, 2009, 11:28:51 AM »
I have to agree, EE is the only major for which I still see any ads, aside from a very few specialized Chem/Bio positions that are asking for a Ph.D.

If you have the option of switching to EE, do.  Computer Engineering is arguably equivalent (my understanding is that it is EE but focused on chips and circuits).  MechE is still an option, but the common sentiment I see on IP boards is that "anyone can write mechanical applications".

Civil Engineering qualifies you for the patent bar, but that's about it.  It's like all the biology undergrads in my class, they can take the bar, but nobody is interested in them because the major bio/pharm clients won't take anyone seriously unless they have a Ph.D. in the relevant field.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Tough Times
« on: November 03, 2008, 01:34:25 PM »
I say we all move to Thailand and set up a colony on one of the smaller islands, like Koh Tao.  Then we offer legal services at a steep discount.  Instead of offshoring jobs, offshore ourselves.

Absolute worst case, we can teach Engrish and stay drunk all the time, and our creditors will never know where to find us.

Law School Admissions / Re: Undergraduate Course Selection
« on: September 19, 2008, 04:12:39 PM »
I've gotta disagree.  There is no way in hell I would be sitting in this law school if they didn't care about what my undergrad degree was in.  My GPA sucks compared to the sociology-of-basketweaving-in-Incan-cultures types.  If the schools didn't care, I'd be begging Cooley for a chance.  Instead, I got declined at only one, and accepted with nice scholarship offers at half of my T1 list.

Now, whether the schools will care that you took ONE AND ONLY ONE "advanced noneuclidean geometries" class along with all of your "interpretation of jazz music" / "bunnies make me feel happy" / "social networking on Friendster" fluff, well, probably not. . . .

Law School Admissions / Re: Law School Scholorship?
« on: September 19, 2008, 04:01:52 PM »
Someone told me yesterday that LSAC has information on how big the schools' scholarship programs are.  I don't know where it's located, other than being on pages related to each individual school.

Tulane and Washington-and-Lee offered me the largest scholarships among the schools that offered me admission.  Indiana University also advertises its huge scholarship program.  However, Tulane had some strict conditions, and one of the people on this site has recently had trouble due to an apparently malicious professor.  Be aware that many schools attach GPA or class standing requirements (Tulane's was 50%ile or higher, and apparently also required that no grade be below a C;  W&L in contrast required that you not drop into the bottom 20% of the class;  my school requires at least a 2.0, and notes that if I drop below it, I will be expelled anyway, so the scholarship issue wouldn't matter at that point!).

I don't know how hard it is to get scholarships.  I did pretty well on the LSAT and got offered some nice scholarships everywhere, 30% to 80% off list price.

If you are an international student applying for a one-year LLM program, then I would guess that your situation will be assessed differently from that of American students applying for three-year JD programs.  If there is a sub-board for LLMs (I believe that all of the LLMs at my school are foreign students), or even one in your own country for students who are studying in the U.S., you might want to ask there.

Since your username ends in "87", though, you might be an international student applying for a JD program, in which case your GPA and LSAT scores are probably the most important factors for schools' general scholarship programs.  You might be eligible for some specialty scholarships targeting international students too.  I doubt that any schools would refuse scholarships to you because you are international, although state schools will make you wait at least a year before getting in-state tuition.

Best of luck!  I can't imagine trying to learn all this stuff in a foreign language;  it's hard enough already as a native English speaker.  I tip my virtual hat to you.

Current Law Students / Disclosure question
« on: September 19, 2008, 02:51:46 PM »
So, I found out the other day that my school has an ongoing disclosure policy for anything that might have happened, say, over the summer or in the last few weeks.

I'm just curious, treat it as a hypo, whether acts that happened years ago, if one wasn't caught, and if they were outside the country, and if they were technically illegal according to the laws of the other countries involved and maybe international law, but had the full support of the U.S. government, would fall under something that must be disclosed.  Like, say, gunrunning between Argentina and El Salvador?

Anyway, I can get amnesty for up to the next week, so a fast discussion would be appreciated.  K THX!

Current Law Students / Re: RIP the best Bar/Bri lecturer of all time
« on: September 19, 2008, 02:46:54 PM »
his beastiality/squirrel joke with the faces he made was priceless!

The mind boggles.

Er . . . care to repeat it?  ;D

Law School Admissions / Re: Student Loan Credit Crunch
« on: September 19, 2008, 02:31:01 PM »
I hope the economy recovers by next fall.

I have news for you.  Considering what the government has done in just the last week, we are no longer heading into a "downturn" or a "recession".  They have pretty well guaranteed a full-blown depression.

Anyway, don't have any help for you, can't even help myself.  Sorry.  Luck.

Law School Admissions / Re: Disclosure of Criminal Traffic...
« on: September 16, 2008, 02:17:48 PM »
There's no need to "stay away" from W&L.  They won't bite.

Disclosure rules vary from school to school.  Overall, assume that you will have to disclose it.  My school says any ticket over $200;  in this state, that's a significant fine, but they recognize that in other states, that's the minimum for a parking ticket.

Anyone else think it's awesome that Franklin Pierce and Dayton have better placement in NLJ250 firms than Loyola LA, Syracuse, and Hofstra?
Yes, and John Marshall (Chicago) also places about 5% into the NLJ250.


What you have to remember is that these people are often the ones who already have an "in" with the firms.  A biglaw firm I talked with some time ago suggested going to work for them and going to JM(C) part-time.  Unfortunately I was unable to take the patent bar at that time, and that was a hard-and-fast requirement (they didn't want a tech spec, I had to be able to sign documents).

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