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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Law School Schedules
« on: August 21, 2009, 01:58:04 PM »
I am still not sold on the two-year programs emerging.  The issue, as rightly pointed out in-part above, is the lack of summer associate position availability coupled with questionable cost savings.  Moreover, let's be honest, after your 1L year, you will want/need a fulkl summer to relax and recharge.  1L year is incredible grueling if you approach it correctly and failing to take a substantial amount of time of could harm you down the road.

In short, the jury is out for now.  On one hand, if the appropriate cost savings are there and the legal job market is so bad that noone is getting hired on as a summer associate now anyways, then maybe it's not a bad a idea.  But, that said, these are just a fe of the many factors to consider.

Best,

Kris
www.alchemyprep.com

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The postings above make good points.  In this economy you need to go to a solid law school or not go at all.  Too many people are ending up $150K in debt and without jobs.  When they do get a job, it's paying them $50K which is less than many were making before going to law school.

For school comparison purposes, check out www.nalpdirectory.com and click on "advanced search".  There is a table you can look into that will provide the list of firms interviewing at each school. Compare schools and factor in the number of students at the schools you're comparing in order to see how difficult the job market is for each schools' students.  Most students will not get a job through OCI, however, looking at the number of firms visiting will show you how "in-demand" students from a particular school are in their region.

Best,

Kris
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I agree with the posters above.  While many students do see a three or four point difference between their average test scores in practice and on the real deal, a 152 will make it very difficult for you. It seems, by default, that taking the test again is a wise decision.

Given the current market, it has never been more important to go the law school that opens the most doors.  A higher LSAT score will help, and I encourage you to retake the test even if it means pushing school back a year.  Additionally, the legal job market will have had more time to recover by that time.

Best,

Kris
www.alchemyprep.com

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Environmental law, where should I go?
« on: August 21, 2009, 01:43:37 PM »
One thing I always streess is to compare schools using NALP.  Go to www.nalpdirectory.com and determine, through the table, which schools have a preferable list/number of firms coming to campus (it's all there).  This will give you a very good picture of the likelihood that you will land a good position after you matriculate.

Best,

Kris
www.alchemyprep.com

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Yet another chances thread
« on: August 21, 2009, 01:40:31 PM »
Hi Kalvano,

Your list of schools is entirely dependent on your LSAT score.  Should you score a 170, I agree with the previous poster who noted that you very likely could get into more T-10 instutitions.  At the same time, it will be difficult to see a 10+ point jump in your LSAT and given your current 160, the list of schools you note may contain a few unreachables.

In essence, don't stress much further until you have a set LSAT score.  From there you will have a much better picture of the likely end-scenerios as the LSAT is slightly more predominate in the decision-making process for most schools than GPA. 

Best,

Kris
www.alchemyprep.com

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