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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Part-Time JD Program?
« on: April 26, 2010, 03:11:17 PM »
1. I am a part-time student.  I plan to switch to full-time next semester because the part-time is actually 5 years (4 years if you go year around with no summer breaks...ever.)
2.  Working full time will be a challenge.  The difference between full and part time is not a measure of being more or less hard, but doing the work in a substantially less amount of allotted time.  Although part timers take one less class then the full time counterpart, there is less time to actually do the reading required.  Simply put, the challenge of law school is no less if you are part time.
3.  Law Review should not be your concern as you DEFINATELY will not have time for it and work full time.  Law Review is something that is done in addition to the regular work load.  However, enter at your own risk.
4. You do not need any intership during the school year, however, you will need to have something lined up by the summer.  I recieved an intership a law firm (paid) for the summer. 
5.Job prospect are not different.  However, you do need to have good grades.  I was asked about my grades and class rank.  It also helps if you know what type of law you want to practice.  I want to practice veterans law and there are only a few firms who do this in my area.  I walked in with my resume (they were not hiring) and got an interview on the spot. I showed how passionate I was for the veterans law and subsequently got a second interview a week later.  Now I have been scheduled for a 3rd (final) interview with the staff and I will start after finals. 

I hope that I was of some help.

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St. Thomas (Florida) / Re: Summer conditional program
« on: December 05, 2009, 12:26:49 AM »
Sure, not everyone wants big law.  That is a given, which is why I said "respectable" jobs. Non-profit jobs are not easy to land. Thinking you can attend some T4 and land a non-profit job is flawed. Solo practices are risky, for a variety of reasons and most start after they have been trained somewhere else. I don't know much about JAG, so I won't comment about its requirements.

I am not trying to paint all law students under a broad brush, simply that one should realize the substantial risk involved in attending a T4. Namely, not all doors are open.
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Thinking that you cannot land A JOB coming from a T4 is what's FLAWED. Outside of the top 14 it becomes more of who you know.  THAT is a fact of life.  Even THEDUDE can attest that his future job is based MORE on the fact that he knows people in THAT particular industry than you and I.  If we all went for his prospect position HE would get a better look based on the fact that they are FAMILIAR with HIM not the school he went to.  Even if you went to a better RANKED school THEDUDE will get a better look.  THAT IS LIFE. LIFE AINT FAIR.  This qualifies the fact that just because you go to a T4 school does not necessarily mean that you are destined for less than!!! Solo practitioner is risky, buy maybe you're not an entrepreneur.  RISK is a part of life!!! A school does not define a person...well maybe your school defines you.  That is not true for everyone.RISK is a part of life!!! A school does not define a person...well maybe your school defines you.  That is not true for everyone.

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St. Thomas (Florida) / Re: Summer conditional program
« on: December 03, 2009, 02:40:36 AM »
Do not listen to THEDUDE.  He's obviously an immature, YOUNG, inexperienced IN THE REAL WORLD, wet behind the ears, VIRGIN, who does'nt have a life outside his crappy one bedroom apartment. Oh he will probably attempt to now convince the board that he currently attends a t1 school with a red carpet rolled out for him when he graduates...ok heard that one before.  Anyway, I have heard of people going into those conditional programs.  If you have the opportunity then take it.  As THEIDIOT...I mean THEDUDE...failed to mention is that your LSAT performance is not an indicator on how you perform IN LAW SCHOOL.  Nor is it an accurate indicator on how much you will make when you graduate.  I know that people will chime in and disagree, but I know for a fact that it is more about who you know.   

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: How Many Hours Do You Study Per Week
« on: December 03, 2009, 02:27:40 AM »
I started out putting in roughly 48 hours a week (this includes class) but scaled back after about a month in.  At that point I was burning out quickly.  Once deadlines for legal research approached I cranked it back up to beyond 48 hours because legal research has a way of forcing one to burn the candles.  I am probably back at around 48 because on finals approaching.  There are a few things that I have figured out so far. First, you will find your own pace throughout the semester.  However, this does not mean scale back on reading etc. Second, you WILL burn out if you try to maintain a workload more than your body can handle. Third, and probably most important, if you do all of your reading and briefs throughout the semester you will not have to put in mad hours when it is time to study for your finals.  When you begin to study the time spent should be a refresher on the concepts that you have already read. 

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Acceptances / Re: University of Houston vs. Texas Tech
« on: October 14, 2009, 01:14:32 AM »
UT.  This should not even be an issue for you.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: texas law schools
« on: October 14, 2009, 01:13:46 AM »
Going to SMU would have the added advantage of getting me close enough to see the Rangers play once a week and of allowing me to eat at the Greek. If I even had time for these things...
Uh...not sure why you said RANGERS????? But anyway.  After the first couple of months you will find time to do things that you want to do even if it is attending a Ranger game or going out for Greek.  To absolutley frank with you law school is not entirely hard.  The hard part is time management.  I think that most folks here would agree to this.  Also, I compare law school to sports.  If you like the Rangers, for instance, you probably are aware of the different type of rules involved in baseball.  You can recognize a foul.  You can recognize an err (I am not well versed on baseball so I will refer to football from now on).  In football you know a pass interference when you see one.  You know a facemask penalty when you see one.  This is basically how law school works as far as I have noticed.  It is about knowing rules, knowing when the rules have been violated, and to a degree what the defenses to these violations would be (like throwing the red challenge flag, if you will).  I simplify this way to keep it in perpective.  Instead of spotting rule violations of a game you are spotting rule violations in society. I am not sure why I just went into that rant when all you were asking about was a law school in Texas.  However, which school you get in I wish you the best.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: texas law schools
« on: October 13, 2009, 09:38:43 AM »
I do not go to school in Texas.  I am just from there.  However, with your numbers you should get into a decent school.  Outside of UT the next best would arguably be SMU in Dallas.  They have a superb hold in the Metroplex as far as being recruited. 

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: texas law schools
« on: October 11, 2009, 08:46:24 PM »
Your numbers appear to be good for U of H. Every other school in Texas should take a good look at you.  However, your gpa may not make you overly competitive for UT.

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General Board / Re: Another Issue Spotting Question
« on: October 09, 2009, 09:14:12 AM »
Thanks.  I will try to find a middle ground somewhere.   Also is there any marked advantage to taking the exams on a laptop as opposed to writing?

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General Board / Another Issue Spotting Question
« on: October 08, 2009, 10:20:33 PM »
What is the best approach to exam taking.  I took a mock exam and decided to take the thorough explanation approach.  However, I only had time for very few issues.  Another student opted the a more shallow issue...next...issue...next.. .issue approach.  He found more issues but lacked substance about those issues.  Which approach should one take?  This question is obviously for upper level students.  Please 1L's do not chime in.

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