What does the OCI section on LSN stand for? My guess is On Campus Interviewers
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SLU full tuition would be the most amazing opportunity in your list.
Otherwise, you are best off at the school that is located in the region you want to practice in. Mizzou will make you golden for any school in Missouri. I hear Tulsa is a great school and, although critisized by rankings-folks, places will in the area (plus a stipend, which is awesome).
Ave Maria & NKU I would cross off, because even though it is free you have stiff competition from other schools.
« on: March 17, 2009, 02:27:09 PM »
Funny, we have identical numbers and applied to all the same schools!
1) I got rejected from Mizzou, so I wouldn't count on it coming through one way or the other.
2) Slu is only worth it if you get a high paying corporate job in STL. If you are interested in PI, you will never pay back all that money. If you don't practice in STL, you won't get your moneys worth.
3) I know NKU struggles with job placement, but I know someone that went there and loved it and has been quite successful. Its near a big city so there should be opportunities, you just have to work on them and can't wait for the school name to take care of you in that respect.
4) UMKC places great in KC and will get you in the door at other places in Missouri as well. Maybe you could practice in KC for a little while until you find an opportunity where you want to end up living? UMKC in state is a good deal, I just personally did not like the law school.
5) Only you can decide if you want to try to find a job in this economy. With your numbers and options though, you definately have opportunities. It is up to you, really.
Graduating from UK will give you top consideration in the region, and will give you an edge over even University of Louisville. IU-Indy has stiff competition from Bloom. & Notre Dame. People in Kentucky esteem UK extremely highly, so I'd go with UK.
Keep in mind that I am on a waitlist at UK, so it is in my best interest you go to IU-Indy
I am going through the Sumners process at Oklahoma City. From what I have been told and researched, they require very little from you in terms of giving back. At Oklahoma City, as long as you remain in the top half of your class and plan a Sumners weekend once a year, you are on good terms. Granted, if I did receive the scholarship and attend OCU, I would personally feel obligated to do more than that, but thats just me.
I am still trying to figure out what else the organization offers at to what degree other than the obvious. I will be flying in this weekend and should be able to tell you more after that. The Sumners name is well respected and recognized in Dallas and OKC, but I think it gives you an edge moreso than a "shoe in" advantage in the job hunt.
In Dallas, a good class rank at SMU and a Sumners scholar would prove a deadly combination!
IMO, people who attend a lower ranked school then transfer up all have one thing in common - their lsat was not great. Transfer students are evaluated heavily on performance and class rank, not lsat. With your LSAT and non-traditional status, you should be able to get some nods from the schools you are interested in. Your GPA is kind of low, but you went to a good undergrad and it was a long time ago so it won't kill you.
In conclusion, set your net wide and see what happens. Don't settle for a school if you know for a fact you are transferring out. Why enjoy one less year of networking opportunities with alumni and the legal community? And why risk NOT being at the top of your class and feeling 'stuck'?
If your rich (since money isnt a factor) take as many LSAT prep courses as you can for about 2k a pop. A high LSAT and GPA will get you into a great school - probably top 20 based on the limited information in your post. Study www.lsac.org for entering class profiles to gage yourself. You don't need a scholarship, you just need to be admitted.
Your major will not hurt you. It will probably help you, as colleges are looking for diversity in their undergrad majors. Humanities or legal studies majors aren't going to make you stand out.
As far as studying patent law, us news and reports has rankings for specific law programs you might want to check out.
1) This board is very helpful, and I appreciate all the information and advice that I've gotten from it. That being said, it is skewed towards T-14 schools and can falsely give you the sense that anything below it isn't worth your time. There are a lot of elitests on here and it is not representative of all law student's and lawyer opinions.
2) Every lawyer I have ever met says that the hype over the school you attend is just that - hype. There are few schools whose reputation can follow you your entire career. For most, the school you graduate from determines your first job out of school. After that, it is your own ability. So go with the school you want to attend that will get you the best first job without breaking the bank.
3) In the words of Rihanna and TI, jus live yo' life. Dont let the hataz bring u down. K I'm done.