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I don't know anything about the schools you are applying to, so I won't try to give you any advice about which one to pick.

I will say though, $130k+ is like paying a mortgage, without actually having anything to live it....

I'm not saying don't do it, just know what you are getting into - it could very well be worth it to go to a better school - but it is scary seeing your student loan statements and having more 0's than you would like to see....

A few more pieces of advise from a procrastinating 1L...

1.  Don't be a feminine hygiene product.  Really.  Don't go around telling people that you *already know* that you are going to make law review or that your daddy is giving you a job no matter what or that you spent the entire summer reading E&Es.  Which brings me to..

2.  Don't spend your summer reading law books.  There is more than enough time to learn everything that you need to know in the semester.  By exam time, pretty much everyone knows the same stuff anyway.  If you must do something to prep for law school over the summer, do LEEWS - some people swear by it, I found it moderatly helpful.  Or better yet, prepare your liver for a lifetime of alcoholism...(yeah I'm not kidding).

3.  You will have more free time than you realize during the semester.  Don't get scared from books that say you won't have time to call home, etc. - really, except for the week that a research and writing assignment is due, and the weeks leading up to exams, if you are not also working full time, you will have more time than you know what to do with.  Or at least enough time to put your c&f app. into question....

4.  Keep in touch with your friends outside of law school.  If you only hang out with law students, it really will seem like you are back in high school - if that's your thing, great - if not, spend time with non-law students.  This will also keep you sane during finals when everyone at school is about to have a nervous breakdown.

5.  It won't be that bad.  Really - you have sucessfully made it through at least 16 years of school.  Law school is not that different - you go to class, you study your notes, you take exams.  Just remember, you will get through it - and if you ever doubt this, take a look at all the incompetent and borderline schizophrenic lawyers out there - they sucessfully got through 3 years of law school and the bar, and you can too!

Have a great summer, relax, and don't stress about lawschool - its not that bad, i promise!

p.s. I am also not looking foward to the LR and journal write-on....

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law School Preview
« on: May 04, 2007, 09:11:04 PM »
Yeah, you should save your money.

When exam time rolls around, everyone will know pretty much the same stuff anyway - you don't get extra points for being the first one who knows how to brief or what the elements of battery are...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Tulane - Class of 2010
« on: May 04, 2007, 09:04:15 PM »
I meant game them more than usual...

Decrease class size.
Spend endowment on better students.
Move up rankings.
Expand class with better applicant pool.

looks like you answered your own question.

i think that my class was 50 students fewer than in the past to maintain the median incoming LSAT and GPA.  scholarships were offered starting at 162/3.2 of about $10K, and went up from there.  we didn't move up rankings this year, but we managed to stay in the T50. 
One result of the shake-up caused by the hurricane has been the dean's bold move to restructure and refocus the core strengths of the law school.  from his latest hires it appears that he wants to move the school in the direction of corporate and IP while maintaining excellence in maritime, international, and sports. 

I agree - it does seem like tulane is trying to get a stronger edge in the corporate market - it seems like a number of the new faculty are from actual practice in big ny firms instead of from "pure" academia.

Anyway, welcome new tulane law students!  enjoy your summer - school will be here before you know it...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Yay for the no-longer-1Ls!!!
« on: May 04, 2007, 08:53:26 PM »
we have 2 finals left...almost done!

congrats to everyone finished - hope there is much drinking and debautery before summer work begins!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Is it hard to be in the top 10%
« on: May 04, 2007, 08:42:07 PM »
Umm, don't plan on being in the top 10%.  Maybe you will be, maybe you won't - there is no way of predicting, including having a high lsat score.

There will be people in your class that are just as smart as you think you are, and there will be people that don't excel at standardized tests but kick ass at writing essays.

The point is, you never know - and you will realize, as soon as you get your first set of grades back, that there is just enough arbitrary-ness in grading to make nothing guaranteed.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: The plot thickens...
« on: May 04, 2007, 08:29:51 PM »
I am a 1L at Tulane, procrastinating instead of studying for finals for a few minutes...

I think that you should consider what your job opportunities would be if you end up in the middle of the class.  I know, I know, you are smart, you will work harder than everyone, you have a high lsat...blah blah...But, you never know what will happen - you could have a personal crisis, grading can be somewhat arbitrary, hell, you might just not do as well as you think.

So, from personal experience talking to actual student (not career services) - the middle of the class at Tulane has pretty decent job opportunities - small to medium sized firms, government, etc.  Not bad, but then again, not amazing either.

I have no idea what opportunities the middle of the class at Texas has, but I would be willing to guess that they are pretty damn good, especially if you want to stay in Texas.

Just an idea, but contact Tulane's career services, and ask for the email of someone who did their "Katrina semester" at UT - there are a bunch of people (rising 3Ls) that did, and see what they have to say.

My $0.02 - don't go to lawschool somewhere you know you will hate - it will be a miserable experience.  That said, also go somewhere that gives you the best opportunities when you graduate.  After all, that is the whole point of this all.

I like Tulane, and I absolutly love New Orleans, but personally, if I had the choice, I would have gone to Texas.

I love Austin.

But what the hell do I know.  Do what makes you happy.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Tulane 1L, taking Qs
« on: December 07, 2006, 08:17:12 PM »
I'm interested in Public Interest and I was actually seriously thinking of applying to Tulane because I'd imagine there are a lot of opportunities to get experience by being involved in post-Katrina legal disputes. Do you think this is true or am I just imagining things?
Also, could you talk a little bit about NOLA- i.e., is it safe from a health standpoint (had a few friends go to volunteer, and they said a lot of places are hazardous and still very toxic)? Is it safe from a crime standpoint too? I'd be very interested to learn more about the city and the area around Tulane.

There are lots of Public Interest opportunites in New Orleans right now, but most of the 1Ls I know (including myself) have only been able to do a bit, since 1L is crazy enough as is.  But clinical opportunities are GREAT for 2 and 3Ls, and there is a 30 hour Pro-Bono requirement to graduate.  And, if you want to get involved on the non-law side of things, there is still loads of rebuilding to do (Habitat for Humantiy, etc.)

As for heath - there are still places that certain organizations require volunteers to wear masks to prevent  breathing in mold, but this is mostly so they don't get sued ;)  There are no real heath concerns in the parts of the city that a law student would live in/visit, etc, mostly just in areas that you would need a organization to go in with (like parts of St. Bernard Parish, which are off limits to non-locals/volunteers anywhere while rebuilding is happening.
For the most part, the city is safe.  The area around Tulane is great, looks basically the same as it did before Katrina, as does the French Quarter, CBD, Magazine St., mostly all of uptown.  But, it is still a city - there have been a few robberies of drunk undergrads walking home from the bars at 2 a.m., which the school has been warning about.  Basically, if you are smart, you will be fine, like anywhere else.

And, New Orleans is great - really fun, with lots of great bars, restaurants, art galleries, etc.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Tulane 1L, taking Qs
« on: December 07, 2006, 07:30:18 PM »
Scholly prospects look pretty good - probably the same as last year (they have been very generous).

I haven't heard about any profs leaving - I know a few did last year, and a few are visiting this year, but all of the profs that I have are staying.  The profs are pretty good in general, many have been at Tulane for years.

Students here are pretty laid back (you would have to be to live in New Orleans) - there is not an ultra-competitive atmosphere, even during finals. 

Job prospects seem fairly good if you want to stay in the south - but, if you want to work at a big firm in NY, you would probably have to be in the top 15%ish I have heard.  2Ls seem to get SA positions throughout the country - lots go to Texas, Atlanta, NY...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What are people doing to relax during finals period?
« on: December 07, 2006, 06:08:58 PM »
I drink and try not to think about the finals that I just took!

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