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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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Current Law Students / Re: Grades
« on: May 01, 2009, 05:30:07 AM »
Or, conversely, the schools that use a C/C+ curve have grade deflation;)

But really, having a B/B+ curve is basically a school saying "all (or pretty much all) our students are good."  Only a few schools have reputations that will allow them to get away with saying such a thing.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UMiami or take off a year?
« on: April 30, 2009, 11:35:07 AM »
Where would the grant money come from?  My understanding is that most schools determine your financial aid package when you first enroll.

I think banking on being in the top 10% of the class is problematic at best.  If you're not comfortable with going to a particular school and possibly being in the middle of the class, then I'd recommend that you retake your LSAT and try going through the application process again.

Good luck!  :)
BL

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Current Law Students / Re: Grades
« on: April 30, 2009, 11:30:25 AM »
They don't look too hot.  I'm guessing you go to a lower-ranked school, because B+ is generally the curve at T14s.

This is an extremely high curve. I'm used to a C/C+ standard mean.

It is kind of a high curve, but he's right about it being the general standard for the top schools.

Based on what I've seen, anyway.

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Job Search / Re: Going rate at a boutique firm/secondary market
« on: April 30, 2009, 11:02:37 AM »
Just to get some clarification: is it a boutique or is it a small firm?  I know it seems like there shouldn't be a difference but there is.  Boutiques do specialized high-end work and charge fees/pay associates in a way similar to the top big firms.  You can be a small firm without being a boutique.

If it's a boutique, the going rate would probably be whatever a first year associate would make per week.  You could look at NALPDirectory.com to see what that is for your market.

In that case it's a small firm, not a boutique...

Hmmm.  That makes it more complicated since it depends on what kind of firm it is.  The website I listed might still be useful in terms of figuring out what a first year attorney would make in a given market though, so that's probably a decent place to start.

Sorry I don't have a better answer for you.  :(

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Job Search / Re: Going rate at a boutique firm/secondary market
« on: April 30, 2009, 10:55:40 AM »
Just to get some clarification: is it a boutique or is it a small firm?  I know it seems like there shouldn't be a difference but there is.  Boutiques do specialized high-end work and charge fees/pay associates in a way similar to the top big firms.  You can be a small firm without being a boutique.

If it's a boutique, the going rate would probably be whatever a first year associate would make per week.  You could look at NALPDirectory.com to see what that is for your market.

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Oh, and apologies again to the OP for the thread-mangling.  :)

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Truth is truth.  How profound.

Why not just show us the data that you have, and how it supports your statement about how there are thresholds with grades?  A reminder, you said the following:

There are threshholds in grades. The first is 2.5, then there's 3.0, 3.2 (that's a really important one b/c is a B+ average on a 4.0 scale) and then there's 3.5 and 4.0, of course.

So show us how the data supports that rather than the simpler explanation that the higher the GPA, the better the chances of admissions.  Remember, to demonstrate a threshold, you need to show that someone just above a threshold is significantly better off than a person just below it.

Remember: I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm just pointing out that you're reading more into your data than is warranted.  Unless of course you have more than I suspect.  Go ahead, show us.  :)

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I agree, your life is f***ed.

Indeed. That $70 will start a chain of events that will ultimately lead to my self-destruction, no doubt.

 ;D

Absolutely.  It'll play out like this:

One day, you'll be headed to something important on another side of town. 

Because you're $70 poorer than you would have been otherwise, you decide to take the subway rather than taking a cab. 

The train you're on will get inexplicably delayed in a tunnel for 40 minutes to an hour, during which time you will strike up a conversation with the nice man or woman sitting next to you. 

Once the train starts moving again, you will arrive at your destination an hour late, only to realize that the nice man or woman you were talking to stole your wallet.

That means you have no ID, and therefore cannot get past building security. 

The other people who were waiting for you will become frustrated, then angry, then vindictive. 

They will tell everyone else they know that you are unreliable and irresponsible and that you should never work in this town again. 

You'll end up unemployed and homeless and will be forced to move back home and live in your [relative]'s basement thinking about the life you could have had but for that $70.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Chosen LSDer = Food
« on: April 30, 2009, 07:51:33 AM »
Oh yea...you're delicious and lean, but unsustainable and not to be consumed daily.

:D

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