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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Pre Law School Job
« on: April 17, 2009, 09:49:46 PM »
If you want to do IP, something that would boost your technical background would be good. Many if not most of the IP folks have engineering or CS degrees it seems. Also, IP is pretty broad, are we talking trademark? Patent? Copyright? It couldn't hurt to check for jobs in the patent office, that sort of thing I suspect.
Patent law, in particular, requires a degree with a major in a hard science (chemistry, physics, the ones mentioned above, etc.).  It seems to be a pretty inflexible rule.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Introductory logic book
« on: April 17, 2009, 09:35:55 PM »
No matter what your situation, you only have so much free time to prepare for the test.  I think studying for the test itself would be a much better use of it.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: 166: To Retake or Not to Retake
« on: April 17, 2009, 09:32:55 PM »
Normally, I'd say save your money, as a 166 and a good GPA should be as good as gold just about anywhere.  However, since you're shooting for the extreme top of the heap, go for it.  An extra couple of points really does seem to make a difference.  Also, I think you really had a good reason to be mentally out of sorts when you took the test.  If I had a nickel every time I heard "I was practicing in the 170's, but I really scored so much lower," I'd be a zillionaire.  However, your circumstances really were extreme; good luck!

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Calling all mommies
« on: April 17, 2009, 09:21:58 PM »
I had thought that I would find a higher level of maturity on a LS forum than elsewhere on the internet.
I thought the same thing when I first started reading this forum...you wouldn't believe how juvenile this place can be.  I am amazed how many future lawyers end their arguments around here by calling someone a "feminine hygiene product" (literally)?

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I don't have advice about moving companies, but if you're worried about your stuff getting to your new home in a timely manner or cost, then I second the UHaul recommendation.  If it's simply about moving the stuff in and out of the truck due to a bad back, it is possible to hire people both in your hometown, as well as in your new city, who can do that for you.  The only part you'd have to do is drive (and from your prior post, I'm not sure if that was something you'd ruled out due to your bad back).

Best of luck!
I did just this a few years ago:  I packed the stuff into boxes myself, hired local movers to pack and unpack at both ends of the trip, and drove the truck myself (not that I have a bad back).  If memory serves, the two sets of movers cost about $750 total.  I would definitely recommend this option, not just for the big difference in cost.  I've heard too many horror stories about dishonest do-it-all movers, ranging from stealing stuff to holding the possessions until you "agree" to a higher rate.

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Financial Aid / Loans to Pay Living Expenses?
« on: April 15, 2009, 10:52:38 PM »
Does anyone know if there are limits and/or drawbacks to borrowing money for living expenses while in school?  Are there restrictions specific to the govt.-sponsored or backed loans?

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No one seems to have addressed the other side of the original poster's less-than-stellar early profile -- the criminal record.  Even if the school does not have a problem with it, the state bar might object once you've graduated.  All the applications I filled out had a "character and fitness" section, and most of them had a disclaimer to the effect of "Before you start law school, you should check with the rules of the bar assc. of the state in which you want to practice if you have a less-than-squeeky-clean record."  I know most places won't give a hoot about traffic violations, but the DUI's and dope convictions might be problematic.  Does anyone have any real insight on this?

(By the way, lots of people score in the 170's on the practice test and then don't do that well on the real thing.  I would advise lots of timed practice to make sure).

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Elon Law School?
« on: April 08, 2009, 10:24:21 PM »
That said, i really don't think elon law grads have a whole plethora of options available at this point, especially since north carolina is taking the recession particularly hard.
For the record, the statistics do not tell the complete story of the recession in North Carolina.  Yes, there are plenty of people losing their jobs, but many of them are (or were) in manufacturing textiles and furniture.  These jobs have been steadily going overseas for more than twenty years, and frankly I'm surprised they stayed in the U.S. as long they did.  On the flip side, there are also lots of firms moving in to the Carolinas and/or hiring, albeit not as much as a few years ago.  These firms are primarily hiring white collar jobs, particularly in research and/or hi-tech.  A big tell-tale sign of the areas economic health, I would argue, is the fact that home prices in NC are actually rising.  I'm not certain what all that means for the legal market, but the Carolinas are certainly not in the same boat as, say, Michigan, despite the similar unemployment rates.

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I grew up in Lexington...you can't ask for a nicer town.  It has a fair amount of urban amenities without awful traffic and insane real-estate prices.  And yes, there are plenty of open spaces with grass and trees in and just outside of town.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Elon Law School?
« on: April 03, 2009, 12:41:23 PM »
No, they haven't graduated a class yet, but the 3Ls who are about to graduate have jobs lined up already (just like at any other school).
Out of sheer curiosity (and at the risk of hijacking the topic), how do you know that?  Is there a Web site that tallies this sort of thing?  Do you know a lot of people there?

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