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Where should I go next fall? / USD or Case Western?
« on: June 26, 2009, 01:37:12 PM »
Which school should I choose? They are ranked pretty similarly (USD seems like they moved up quite a lot this year) Are they pretty much regional school that is similar in the quality of academic program/reputation?

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General Board / Re: How hard is law school?
« on: June 26, 2009, 01:35:07 PM »
Do you know which schools have particularly high/low curve? What kind does USD/Temple/Case Western have?

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General Board / Re: How hard is law school?
« on: June 26, 2009, 12:24:58 PM »
To Law Students: Would you say you can still pass all the classes if you studied less than 2 hours a day? (Assuming that I study about twice as much during the exam week?)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Cardozo or UNC
« on: June 24, 2009, 08:54:31 AM »
Where in NY do you live?
Well law school is a little different from college though. People study different things and get jobs in many different segments of society after graduation. Law school is really regional when it comes to networking/employment prospect etc and knowing a lot of people from your school who work in the same area can be a huge plus. Having a law degree from a school like Cardozo can give you numerous opportunities, especially if you wanna stay close to your family members/friends. This would be an entirely differnt story if you could attend the really national schools like Harvard or NYU or any T14 ones, but UNC? I don't know if I would choose UNC over a well-respected school in NYC like Cardozo or Fordham. I lived in Ithaca for 5 years (Now I know North Carolina is not exactly like upstate NY but still) and I KNOW I don't wanna spend another day in rural cities. Career prospect is the most important thing, but your law school experience is also something to think about when choosing school.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Cardozo or UNC
« on: June 24, 2009, 08:33:00 AM »
I would personally pick Cardozo over UNC if I were to plan on working/living on the east coast(excluding the cities in North Carolina, of course). That's not to say UNC is any worse in DC than Cardozo but simply because Cardozo's better location and access to alumni network that is comparatively more influential (especially in NY/NJ). I have some friends in Cardozo and all of them seem to be loving it there. Plus, it's NYC man. If you like a big city setting, you should definately go to Cardozo. There are simply more things to do, both academic/career/non-academic wise. I think that was pretty obvious considering the location of UNC.  ::)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Cardozo or UNC
« on: June 24, 2009, 08:09:02 AM »
If you are planning on working in NYC or New Jersey, definately go to Cardozo. If you wanna work in other smaller cities on east coast, UNC might be better. I would personally choose Cardozo over any other top 20~30 schools except maybe Fordham.

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General Board / Re: How hard is law school?
« on: June 22, 2009, 07:43:46 PM »
am I just bound to fail if I live like how I did during my UG years?[/b]

Yes.

To elaborate:

You will not have time for 3-4 hours of basketball after classes. You cannot continue to be a video game addict. Until you graduate, your job is to be a law school addict.

There should be a big caveat with this: for some people its true, for others its not. Seriously I played WoW all through law school (with some breaks, and not at finals) I have a PS3 in the living room and another one in the master bedroom. I’m playing Fallout 3 between bar study sessions.

I took between 10-12 credits every semester for 4 years while working either PT or FT as a law clerk and running my own small business. I graduated within the top 13 people in my class (ranks for this year not out yet). Some people can do it, you just have to be a good time manager. But there are other things I could not do, or did not do, for the sake of school, like not taking more than 1 weeks vacation (i.e. that included no school work in that time) in five years.

People can still have lives outside of law school, you just have to decide what you want to give up, for me I would rather have most weekends off then 6 weeks away from home a year. I was willing to give up watching network TV, get a tivo and not go out to as much so, and get up by 5:30 AM every morning so I could continue my game playing because that was a hobby and stress reliever that I really enjoyed. I’m sure there are things you did not give up, that I would consider a luxury, for me giving up games was just not an option.


Good to meet some fellow gamers here  ;)
It's kinda same for me. I mean, I played video games all my life. At times, I would not go to parties or hang out with people for weeks, but I would always play video games and play basketball everyday. Like you said, its just not an option for me to give that up. I mean, I get so much stress doing other things (especially school work/social pressure etc) and gaming or exercising is what gives me the necessary time to forget about things. I guess I no longer can play 5 hours of WOW per day. (I'm also a hardcore Starcraft player. I'm sad law school is gonna overlap with the release of SC2  :P) Anyways, Thanks a lot guys.

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General Board / How hard is law school?
« on: June 22, 2009, 03:32:42 PM »
 Like many other 0Ls out there, Ive heard million times that law school is hard. I would really like to know HOW HARD law school really is. Is it really something that you have to put so much effort into so that you will be mentally/physically drained everyday? Is it really that much different than UG?
To briefly introduce myself, I recently graduated with Cum Laude(3.5 GPA). During my UG years, I was one of those kids who would 'get by' by not studying all that much during the weekdays (maybe couple hours per day, or less) and study intensely for like 3~4 days before an exam and somehow pull an A. I was really into video gaming/playing sports that I spent most of my time being involved in those activities with my friends.(and yea, also partying occasionally) Now I understand the amount of material covered by law school each day is so much more than UG one so you can't afford to procristinate so much, but isn't studying 2~3 hours a day enough for any type of studying? I mean, I can't imagine myself studying for like the entire day (as many law school related books tell us) I think I can focus well for like 2 to 3 hours but any more than that would be superflous and not effective at all. Having said all that, I am by no means an ignorant/unmotivated kid, I am interested in learning about the law and society as well as any academic subject (except maybe math). I am willing to work hard but also realize there is a limit as to how hard I would do so. So my question is, can I still be a video game addict while in law school? Can I still spend 3~4 hours playing basketball after classes or am I just bound to fail if I live like how I did during my UG years?I would appreciate any input from current law students/graduates. Thanks a lot in advance.  :) 

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