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I wonder what the cross-street is.

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I am of the opinion that you can't have too many law schools, or new lawyers.  If people really want to practice law, let them.  I think the CA method of letting everyone try and letting the bar sort it out works well.  I think it's better to have more failed lawyers, than to limit the number of people who can practice.

The alternative, in my mind, would be to switch to a solicitor/barrister system.  We've got paralegals who do so much legal work as is, that might not be a horrible idea.  But as long as we define the "practice of law" the way we do, and require licensing under a unified bar, I think that the more the merrier.

What exactly would be a "failed lawyer?"

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I think, and I hate saying this knowing I wouldn't be going without them, that the government has made it too easy to get loans for law school, and law schools know this so they charge insane amounts of money for tuition. The problem really doesn't seem to be that there are too many lawyers, it's that there are too many law students graduating with 120K+++ in debt and a job that pays 40K IMO. Although, I'm just an 0L so maybe I'm wrong.

Hmmm.  We could blame government for allowing law schools to charge insane tuitions.  Or we could blame law schools for charging insane tuitions.  The latter seems more... direct.


Easy access to loans, I think, has pushed up costs of education. People don't usually pump up prices for things at double the rate of inflation unless there is a supply of easy money that allows them to do it, e.g., housing prices 2003-2007.

I'm not saying there isn't an enabling effect due to the easy access to loans.  But it's not what I would call the immediate cause of the problem, or the most effective lever to push to remedy the situation.  ;)

Oh and Remarq I'm curious as to what the text in your avatar says. 

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I think, and I hate saying this knowing I wouldn't be going without them, that the government has made it too easy to get loans for law school, and law schools know this so they charge insane amounts of money for tuition. The problem really doesn't seem to be that there are too many lawyers, it's that there are too many law students graduating with 120K+++ in debt and a job that pays 40K IMO. Although, I'm just an 0L so maybe I'm wrong.

Hmmm.  We could blame government for allowing law schools to charge insane tuitions.  Or we could blame law schools for charging insane tuitions.  The latter seems more... direct.


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Batteries to die shortly.

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"Hey baby..."

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Georgetown v Cornell
« on: April 29, 2009, 08:11:32 AM »
I think that it would be silly to pick one of the two based on a one spot difference in the rankings.  Also, who cares about Ivy/non-Ivy anymore?  I don't think anyone's scoffing at Stanford or Chicago.

If anything, my reservation about Georgetown would be the enormous class size compared to Cornell.  But maybe that's something that appeals to you.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Where can/should I apply with these stats?
« on: April 29, 2009, 07:14:00 AM »
It's really hard to say where you should be applying based on an average practice test score.  These things are unpredictable; you may have a bad day and see a score below anything you got on a practice exam, or a good day where you get that 178.  Your target school list would vary considerably based on that.

But hypotehtically, a 3.39/173 would probably mean that Columbia, Chicago and NYU would be reaches, and that your targets would be just a little below that.  My opinion, anyway.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Chosen LSDer = Animal
« on: April 29, 2009, 06:58:12 AM »
Not really an animal....

Mr. Linderman:


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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: New York Law or Franklin Pierce?
« on: April 29, 2009, 06:55:07 AM »
I didn't receive scholarships at either.  I received ~18K scholarships at some other schools but not very interested in them.  I probably am too focused on rankings, I keep hearing that more than any other field, job placement depends on the ranking of the law school you attended, and obviously your class rank.  I hear top IP firms from NYC come to FP to recruit, so this is probably why I was leaning toward it.  I also liked the friendly atmosphere and perhaps am a little sick of NYC at the moment - I don't really believe that should be a major factor in picking a school though.

It's true that job placement depends on the school you attend and your class rank more than in other fields, but beyond a certain point, specific rankings mean very little (as themanwithnoname pointed out earlier). 

Also, I missed the part about how you want to be in NY or SF, so I may have overstated the case for FP.

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