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Transferring / Transferring to DC, MD, and VA
« on: January 22, 2010, 08:39:05 PM »

I had a 2.88 GPA as a part-time evening student at Seton Hall.  I subsequently served in the Army for 3 years.  I'm now looking to transfer to a school in the DC, VA, or MD.

I'm thinking my best shot is to just go to Baltimore and get my JD. I'm not really looking to practice law but would like to have some return on investment. I'm also going to work on an MBA from Maryland.

What do you guys think?


I really think that you're going to be better off sticking with your finance job.

I know a girl who gave up a six figure sales job to go to law school.  Do you know what she's doing now?  She's desperately struggling to find a $25,000 sales job.  Well actually, any job whatsoever.

It's pretty brutal out there.


If I were you personally, I would hang onto your finance job.  You may well be better off now than post-graduation.  I don't know where you go to school but times are tough out there.



Let's put it this way.  I felt safer being deployed to Iraq than I did living in Newark.  I live in D.C. now and it's a hell of a lot better than Newark.

That being said, it's not really that bad considering how close you are to NYC. And it's relatively safe during normal business hours.  It just gets really sketchy at night and in the wrong neighborhoods.

Best of luck

Non-Traditional Students / Re: 34 yo doctor - thinking of law school
« on: January 17, 2010, 10:57:03 PM »


Minority Topics / Re: Disclose sexual orientation or no?
« on: January 16, 2010, 10:59:17 PM »

I really don't think that sexual orientation should have a bearing on your chances of admission.  But it doesn't hurt to try

General Board / Re: transactional to trial law
« on: January 15, 2010, 02:09:48 PM »

i thought BIGLAW firms were also comprised of litigators. i'm sure they do both

General Board / Re: New Found Passion in Law
« on: January 15, 2010, 02:07:30 PM »

ok, so it's not just me then.

General Board / New Found Passion in Law
« on: January 12, 2010, 05:17:12 PM »

Did anyone else discover an area of law that they didn't foresee enjoying?  I went to law school with the expectation of practicing criminal law. Well, I ended up hating Crim Law and loving Contracts. It appealed to me because there was so much ambiguity and room for interpretation under the Restatement and U.C.C.  And drafting a contract can be a pretty creative endeavor. 

Just throwing that out there.

General Board / Re: Why is Cooley Law so despised?
« on: January 12, 2010, 01:59:42 PM »

I think we get too caught up in this somewhat elitist ranking system. By no means am I trying to defend a school like Cooley but we need to take other considerations into account. I've seen my share of socially awkward Ivy League graduates who have issues performing in a courtroom despite their "pedigree" and what not.

This really reminds me of the hype and build up before an NFL or NBA draft. Everyone expects the "pedigree" players from the elite schools to result in the best players on the professional level. And admittedly, they generally do outperform the lesser known schools. But you also commonly see players from marginal, mid-major conferences step up their games and develop into superstars. 

If these players never got drafted or were not able to walk onto a professional team, how would they have ever developed into professional superstars?

I often wonder how much law school performance correlates with the actual practice of law. I guess the only way to quantify success in practice is to measure post-graduate salaries. And graduates from the elite schools who end up in BIGLAW firms are generally going to earn more than graduates working in mid-level firms and public interest. 

Who knows

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