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bl, could you offer your evidence for suggesting I'm wrong?

This is a little dated, but: http://lawfirmaddict2007.blogspot.com/

Michigan does great, obviously.  But I wouldn't quite say "the best in the country."

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Just re-read your OP... today's your decision day, right? What's your choice?
Rob

I called Seton Hall and they agreed to push back my decision deadline to May 15th so that bought me some more time.  The impression I'm getting from a lot of people is that neither is a good school and I should just go to FSU and save the money.  I would appreciate as much feedback as possible in the meantime. Thanks for the replies.

That might actually be the best course of action.  The New York metropolitan area is expensive and saturated with lawyers.  Why exactly do you want to move there anyway?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UMiami or take off a year?
« on: May 01, 2009, 01:43:57 PM »
    I actually just got accepted to FSU 2 hours after I posted this. Unfortunately, I'm not a big fan of Tallahassee, I went to UF for undergrad and have been visiting my girlfriend at
FSU for the last couple of years (I didn't get in to UF law). I think I'll spend the summer studying and doing practice tests to see if my score will actually improve significantly. That way if it doesn't, at least I won't feel any regrets knowing I might have been able to get into a better school.
   If I do decider to reapply next year, will the type of work I'm doing have a big impact on whether or not I'll be accepted or is LSAT/GPA still really all that matters? Thanks again for the help, I'm going through a really confusing time in my life and for the first time genuinely don't know what is best.

The type of work you do might play a role in admissions decisions, but not a very large one.  Admissions will remain primarily a numbers game.  If you do something really interesting or meaningful, it might help in situations where admissions folks are looking for a "tiebreaker" between two candidates.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: scotus nominee clearly unqualified
« on: May 01, 2009, 01:07:50 PM »
Harriet Miers AGAIN?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: What to pack for law school????
« on: May 01, 2009, 01:03:44 PM »
Fair enough.

Honestly, the most essential thing that I can think of is a good laptop.  I can't think of anything else that you wouldn't be able to buy when you saw a need arise.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: What to pack for law school????
« on: May 01, 2009, 12:42:15 PM »
Wheelie bag.  ;)

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Law School Admissions / Re: Paying for Law School?
« on: May 01, 2009, 11:39:26 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I was just looking at LSNs and it made me curious how everyone is paying for their education? If you are one of the unfortunate ones that has to take out student loans are you worried about paying them back? What is the job market like for lawyers? How about the chances of getting a job after law schoo?

Most people will have to take out some loans.  There are people who take out close to $200k just for law school.  And the job market is weird: the income distribution for people right out of law school has two peaks: one at around $40k and one at around $150k.  So chances are that you're either making a lot of money right out of law school, or you're making a much smaller amount.  We'll see if this starts to break down with the economy, as the big firms stop trying to all pay the top of the market rate.

And my general sense of getting a job out of law school is that if you're at a very top program, you have a good chance at getting a high-paying job just based on where you went to school.  If you're not at one of the very top programs, then barring being at the top of the class, your job prospects depend to a large degree on who you know and your ability to build contacts in the local legal community.

These are just my impressions, so take them with a grain of salt.  :)

...and I give an unprecedented +1 to bl!

I'm doing a screen-save of your post, printing it out, getting it framed, and hanging it on my wall.  ;)

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Law School Admissions / Re: Paying for Law School?
« on: May 01, 2009, 10:54:40 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I was just looking at LSNs and it made me curious how everyone is paying for their education? If you are one of the unfortunate ones that has to take out student loans are you worried about paying them back? What is the job market like for lawyers? How about the chances of getting a job after law schoo?

Most people will have to take out some loans.  There are people who take out close to $200k just for law school.  And the job market is weird: the income distribution for people right out of law school has two peaks: one at around $40k and one at around $150k.  So chances are that you're either making a lot of money right out of law school, or you're making a much smaller amount.  We'll see if this starts to break down with the economy, as the big firms stop trying to all pay the top of the market rate.

And my general sense of getting a job out of law school is that if you're at a very top program, you have a good chance at getting a high-paying job just based on where you went to school.  If you're not at one of the very top programs, then barring being at the top of the class, your job prospects depend to a large degree on who you know and your ability to build contacts in the local legal community.

These are just my impressions, so take them with a grain of salt.  :)

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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: AA and the LSAT
« on: May 01, 2009, 07:04:06 AM »
But all of that would turn legal education upside down.

Not a problem as far as I'm concerned.

So you're down with the cause...lol. Ride or die, huh? I love it.

I'm really unclear as to what this means, but sure.

Just when you think...aiy-aiy-aiy-aiy-aiy-aiy-aiy...it means you have some rebel in you. Your a fighter. I like fighters, just not when they're fighting me. lol.

Heh.

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Thank you for all the replies.  I'm not really sure what is driving me to law school.  I'm not sure on the kind of law I want to practice either.  I went to Seton Hall's admitted students day and a random visit to St. John's.  I really liked both of them.  The impression I'm getting from all your responses is that Seton Hall is very good if I want to work in NJ.  My hope is to work and live in NYC.  Which will be better for that?  I'm still wait listed at Brooklyn and Washington and Lee.  Getting in to either of those would certainly make my decision easier. 

By work in NYC, are you talking about big firms?  Neither of those schools really feed into those.  At SH, your primary job market would be smaller firms in NJ.  At SJU, your primary job market would be smaller firms in Queens and Long Island.

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