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Where should I go next fall? / Re: T1 non T20 Law Schools - Worth it?
« on: February 17, 2010, 07:48:07 PM »
A lot of people mistakenly suppose that since a law school is low ranked, it might be a lot less challenging than say Columbia Law.  That is not true.  In fact, T3 and T4 law schools are often more difficult to succeed in because they are overfilled by intelligent, ambitious and highly competitive candidates who just could not do well on LSAT.  LSAT does not measure how smart or how law-able you are, the only thing it measures is how well you take the LSAT.  LSAT creators state that fast pace of the test is justified, because if they give test takers more time, most people will get all questions right.  No.  First, in real legal/business life a professional will usually have months or years to get it right.  Secondly, in my professional experience, people who cannot get it right almost always will never get it right, be it 1.5 min, 7 weeks or 10 years.  You say because I cannot answer an absolutely uninteresting and uneccesary convoluted question in 1.5 min I am not quite up to snuff with the best future lawyers in America? No way.  Does correctly distributing councellors and campers in two boats correctly predict professional success?  Only if you will become a professional newspaper puzzle solver.  But this is the system our society has created.  I believe the result of this system is mainly counterproductive and resembles a caste system.  In the middle ages valiant, strong and able peasant could never become a knight, similarly, today extremely able law students who are not good at taking LSAT almost never can get into a top law school and face dire disadvantages in obtaining top law positions.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Brooklyn law vs. st johns
« on: February 16, 2010, 11:51:09 PM »
I woulf go to Brooklyn since it is high t2 in comparison to low T2 for St. John's.  They say beyond T10 rankings do not matter that much, but if you have similar financial aid, would not hurt to decide in favor of the rankings...

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General Board / Re: A Letter to my classmates
« on: February 16, 2010, 11:40:56 PM »
Thanks for the warning.  I was just kidding about being sure about ranking high.  But it is fun to me to read casebooks and hornbooks.  People say - do not read them before 1L, you will wear yourself out - it is my favorite hobby now, I actually stopped playing World of Warcraft because I enjoy reading casebooks more, it is like a restful hobby for me.  So I consider it possible that I just might have more success than students who scored 170 on LSAT and for which directing conversation to what textbooks are better means a head cracking boredom.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: T1 non T20 Law Schools - Worth it?
« on: February 16, 2010, 11:34:20 PM »
Gotcha - I am still pending in Duke btw - bad fn sign, but right now my real choices are University of Richmond and College of William and Mary, of which I am planning to pick W&M.

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General Board / Re: Is a JD Just another Humanities Degree?
« on: February 16, 2010, 11:26:48 PM »
There was no margin but the judge pretty much told the defendant to get the fack out of the courtroom and never come back.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: T1 non T20 Law Schools - Worth it?
« on: February 14, 2010, 07:55:09 PM »
Thane,

I understand what you are saying.  I do want to go to law school and become a lawyer.  I have expensive options in T10-T30 range and much less expensive options in T70s.  The bottoms line is that I am looking to get a good legal job upon graduation.  In case I do not get a good legal job I  would like to work in accounting for a while to be able to pay my mortgage and save for my kids' college.  If I go for an average accounting job with JD on my resume, they wil lquestion my commitment for industry and qualification level (they might feel I am hard up for cash and will quit any chance I get).  That is the summary of my dillemma.  I understand that is not easy and might have many alternative solutions.

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Minority Topics / Re: Part Jewish
« on: February 14, 2010, 10:42:12 AM »
Jewish lawyers are a majority rather than minority in law and have been for many years.  URM means native american, black, latino, pacific islander.  Basically you have to be black, hispanic or come from a tribal New World culture.

I have always wondered though about percentages. E.g., if I am 1/16 Cherokee, would I be a URM?

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General Board / Re: Is a JD Just another Humanities Degree?
« on: February 14, 2010, 02:19:30 AM »
the only reason i am dollar signs is because they will make me independent of silliness (strong euphemism) of the majority mob rule.  The morning I will not have to rely on the judgment of 99% of people who think they know everything but do not know jack will be the best time in my life.  I will definitely make sure to FDIC insure my money to protect it from money managers who think they know what they are talking about.  Thats all.

P.S. I self represented myself in 2 lawsuits filed against me and won in a landslide thanks to my legal research and writing skills.  Moreover, I love law and enjoy studying it. I foresee the dollar signs invested in law schools likely wasted, but going there anyways.

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General Board / Re: Is a JD Just another Humanities Degree?
« on: February 13, 2010, 10:23:12 PM »
no it is not, I am sorry I understand you are not fan of numbers but for them it is 180k salary plus 100k on the side= 280k a year while working 30-35 hours a week total and having fun without a boss, sleeping in all the time and spending tons of time with family and enjoying their hobbies. 

PhD in Finance could be pretty good too, but they make 30-50k less on average than people with PhD in Accounting, due to supply and demand - more people feel like doing PhD in Finance will be more lucrative, and they get penalized financially for thinking exactly like the other lemmings...

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Suffolk Law Career Prospects
« on: February 13, 2010, 11:30:38 AM »
You will have tough time finding job in Boston with Suffolk degree, even in the DA office.  The market is oversaturated with BC, BU, HU, and NEU grads, and you will be at the bottom pecking order.  I have heard of a SU grad working for 24K a year at SSA. If you want to pay sticker, spend all your earnings on loan payments and live on the street, go for it, but otherwise it would not be a wise decision....

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