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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: U of Minnesota vs. UC Hastings
« on: February 24, 2010, 02:20:20 PM »

You make some good points.  And I didn't mean to discount your intelligence.  You're obviously a bright and knowledgeable guy.

I just think that you should withhold judgment until you test the waters yourself post-graduation.  This rotten economy has really taken its toll on the legal sector. 

I think that the USNWR rankings are more in play now than ever due to the competitiveness of any and all legal jobs. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse vs. St. Johns
« on: February 24, 2010, 02:15:32 PM »

I wouldn't worry too much about SU having T3 status. SU is one of those schools that defies academic rankings.  It is so highly regarded by legal laypersons due to its strong undergrad, athletics, and grad programs. It's athletic program really gives the school a leg up because of the national exposure. 

That being said, I would tell you to go to St. Johns over Syracuse all things being equal. But with that $33,000 scholarship, you really should go to SU. You're going to be a lot better off financially once you graduate.  I'm not sure how well off you are financially at the moment.  If money isn't a concern, then I would tell to go to St. Johns.

But I've read that St. Johns doesn't place that well in NYC BIGLAW due to stiff competition from Columbia, NYU, Cardozo, Brooklyn, Seton Hall, Rutgers, and company.

I really wonder how much better off you are graduating from St. Johns over Syracuse in this economy despite the ranking differential.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: U of Minnesota vs. UC Hastings
« on: February 23, 2010, 12:47:11 AM »

I think you need to reserve your judgment until you actually graduate from law school yourself.  A lot of people out there aren't making it.  They're switching careers and doing whatever they can to defer their loans. Believe me.

Just because you were able to land a paralegal job at a prestigious BIGLAW firm doesn't mean that they'll also hire you as a graduate.  There's a big difference between working as a paralegal at a BIGLAW firm like Sullivan & Cromwell or Cravath versus being hired as an associate there.

And despite what you may think, the pedigree of your law school has a lot to do with whether you get hired by a BIGLAW firm or not. It really is a big deal despite what you want to make it out to be.

I really don't think you're in a position of authority here on the matter. I really don't think you know what the hell you're talking about to be quite honest.  No offense.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: U of Minnesota vs. UC Hastings
« on: February 22, 2010, 01:57:09 AM »

I don't doubt that there are successful Cooley grads out there.  But they entered a much different job market than at present.  It's a saturated market with a never ending supply of new JDs. 

No offense but you need to withhold your opinion until you test the waters yourself in the real world.  You may find that it's not as promising as you may have hoped.

Current Law Students / Re: Overwhelmed - Seeking Advice
« on: February 18, 2010, 07:00:16 AM »

If that's the case, then I suggest maintaining a low profile.  Then they won't see you coming some years down the line.


I think the smartest lawyers come from Ivy League schools. There's no denying that.

Current Law Students / Re: Overwhelmed - Seeking Advice
« on: February 17, 2010, 07:53:44 PM »

That was some great advice by Thane. I really couldn't believe how my classmates were so consumed and caught up in their in-class performance. CLASS PARTICIPATION DOESN'T COUNT TOWARDS YOUR GRADE.  WHO THE F*** CARES WHAT YOUR PROFESSOR THINKS?  YOUR EXAMS ARE GRADED ANONYMOUSLY.  STOP WORRYING ABOUT WHAT YOUR PEERS THINK AS WELL.

Make better use of your time. And don't get stressed out about being unprepared in class or what not. All that matters is your performance on the final exam (and possibly midterms).  I wish that I would have spent more time outlining than worrying about the readings and briefing for class.


This really shouldn't surprise anyone. A lot of you guys on here get so caught up with the elitist USN&WR academic rankings that you forget about what really translates to real-world courtroom success.  There's a lot to be said for personality, charisma, and physical attractiveness in one's advocacy skills.   

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Deciding amongTier 3/4 Schools
« on: February 14, 2010, 08:27:30 PM »

I'm surprised you got waitlisted at Suffolk. Maybe they're hesitant to offer you an acceptance letter because they doubt your legitimate interest in going there.

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