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School prestige (not necessarily rank) is very important to law firm employers - and most people start out in the law firm before going in-house because in-house employers tend only to look for experienced lawyers.  You'll find that it's much easier to get big law firm jobs from the top schools.

Even more imporant than school prestige, however, are law school grades.  Unfortunatly you really have no way of predicting how you'll do in law school - it all depends on how everyone else did, and whether you're brain was going full rate on exam day.

The corporate-law vs. criminal or litigation distinction doesn't seem to be that important in terms of hiring criteria.  Private vs. public makes a big difference though (easier to get public or government jobs).

The money thing...
personally, I'd say that should be your most important consideration.  With your scores and grades, you can attend law school without risking much (without loans at all - depending on where you go).  Without the burden of huge loans, you can take a little longer to find a job - and be a little more picky about getting something you like.

Plus - local schools' reputations are more valuable in the local context.  For example, I'm sure Pepperdine has lots of alumni in LA, and LA firms will probably interview there more than they would a school like BU - which is a good but not elite school - in a far away city.

Honestly, I'd take the more prestigeous school - but that's because my judgement is clouded by the prestige (and because I know that UCLA is really cheap for what you get - if you live in CA).  A more reasonable choice would be to take the money, study hard, and end up in the same place you would have at the other school, but with less debt.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Ohio State
« on: June 27, 2003, 08:32:05 AM »
Professor Dressler:

Welcome to the board.  You're "Understanding Criminal Law" book was a great resource to me first year.  Thanks for the clarity.


Where should I go next fall? / Re: schools who have spring enrollment
« on: March 07, 2002, 07:07:17 AM »
There are some - but they are rare.  That's one of the drawbacks of law school I think, the almost invariable study schedule.  Many schools have night programs which might be more flexible, but otherwise they almost all start in the fall.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Sorry to have messed up this board
« on: July 05, 2001, 12:15:42 PM »
There was some sort of technical problem with this particular board.  I had to delete it and start over.  :'(

So we're definitly into summer now and I think everyone should be pretty set to start school.  Any reflective thoughts on the admissions process?  Glad it's over?

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Luck Based Scholarship
« on: August 12, 2001, 03:33:26 PM »
I thought everyone here might like to know that Office Max is giving away some $20k/year scholarships.  All you have to do is enter and be very very lucky, and share a little of your good fortune with me should you win. ;)

You can enter from the Office Max site (look in the upper right corner).

Good luck.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Law Prep Class?
« on: May 01, 2002, 06:31:58 PM »
During our review session last week, my property professor (Lawson) mentioned that he taught at one of those classes.  (He was noting that the review session would be 'question and answer' - not an overview, because an overview couldn't be done in two hours.)  Hearing him say that he actually covers substantive law at the class made me rethink the value of the class a little.  I was under the impression those classes were more about study strategy.  Looking back now, it might have been useful to have an overview of the first year classes to get a foundation, as this would enable one to see the "big picture" sooner, and better understand how the details relate.

This is a long winded way of saying that there might be more value to those classes than I originally thought.

I doubt I would take one though.  I hear what noora is saying about the minimal percentage cost based on the whole package (the law school education that is), but I think I'd rather get a foosball table if I had the extra $1k.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Law Prep Class?
« on: April 09, 2002, 04:15:30 PM »
In retrospect - I would say that LSAT classes are probably worth the money because your improved score correlates to an improved scholarship.  I doubt that the same is true with those law school prep classes.  I'm sure it will be helpful, but remember, you're not graded on how well you do in law school - you're graded on how well you do on exams.  If I was going to take any class I would take an exam prep class (they have these, they're around $100 for one day).

Then again, I've never taken any prep classes, so maybe I'm not one to talk.  Anyone else have any thoughts?

Oh by the way:  I did read prep book "How to succeed in law school" which is linked from the books page.  I found this helpful - probably the same sort of stuff they'll tell you in a prep class - how to write a case brief, outline, etc.

The obvious off-to-law-school gift is a copy of Black's Law Dictionary ("  That will only set you back about $60 though.

I can't think of anything else that is unique to law school.  A palm pilot might be nice to help keep track of classes and assignments.  If your friend is going far away to law school you could get him something related to that (ie - A nice winter coat if he's going somewhere cold - good for interviews too.)  Maybe a new suitcase for traveling?

Good luck with the shopping.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Personal Statment
« on: March 02, 2003, 12:46:31 PM »
In the interest of keeping this board organized, please note that there is a section for discussion personal statements.

Or you can just use the USC board on the Students' and Graduates' page by following the link from the lefthand menu.

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