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I am a 30 year old CPA going to law school this upcoming fall. 

Back in college when I told one of my accounting professors that I was thinking about going to law school ,she said if I would combine JD and CPA I could be a consultant and make an unbelievable ton of money.  I heard the same thing from a new friend of mine, who just graduated from a T2 law school.  I heard another unrelated guy saying that his father's friend who got a JD after CPA is an independent consultant earning almost $1,000 an hour.

This is my anecdotal evidence. Basically it looks like JD/CPAs are highly valued, I think mainly because JD/CPAs understand both sides of an issue - economical and legal.  It is kind of like the three blind men with the elephant.  You can see a lawyer or an accountant as a blind man with an ability to touch.  Lawyer touches elephhant's leg and says that the elephant is a tree.  Accountant touches the elephant's trunk and says it is a snake.  But JD/CPA is more like a person with only one eye blind.  And in the land of the blind a one eyed man is the king. 

I am going to law school because I love law, but it appears that JD/CPA is a great combination, especially when demand for highly qualified professionals starts to go up with massive baby boomer retirements.

Current Law Students / Re: A Letter to my classmates
« on: February 09, 2010, 05:20:04 PM »
what is a hornbook? would class notes and reading the required textbook and required cases several times be enough for to do well in a 1L class?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: University of Illinois at Urbana
« on: February 09, 2010, 09:57:09 AM »
Looks like a lot of big firms doing OCI in UofI have CA offices.  Often with big firms like this you can say during interview that you are from and would like to lvie in CA.  If they like you, they will just fly you for a general screener to CA and if everything is all right give you a job there.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT for transfer students
« on: February 09, 2010, 09:43:16 AM »
They do, UVA Admissions Dean literally says - "we discount LSAT score in favor of first year law school performance".

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT for transfer students
« on: February 08, 2010, 08:19:50 PM »
difficult an unlikely if you got Bs in TTT and trying to get into Harvard.  If you got straight As and want to move up from T2 to T1, or T1 to T14, chances are not horrible.  Be mindful though - you will get $O scholarships and grants in the higher rated school because they need your money to pay full rides to 175/4.0 people...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT for transfer students
« on: February 08, 2010, 06:38:22 PM »
It might help but on transfer applications they typically discount LSAT and UGPA in favor of your 1L GPA and professor references.  You could retake LSAT if you got extra time, but if I were you I would focus on 1L grades and class participation.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: University of Illinois at Urbana
« on: February 08, 2010, 02:35:54 PM »
I would go to UofI 4sure.  Got to, click advanced search and select UofI on a drop down menu.  You wil see law firms that recruit on campus and many of them are outside of MidWest.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Why did Duke send me a waiver? o.O
« on: February 08, 2010, 01:27:21 PM »
Acceptance rate is a big input into USNWR rating calculation, so I am sure these schools are artificially fudging their acceptance rates, similar to how they fudge their employment after graduation statistics.  However, I applied a month ago and they have not even started reviewing my application.  Wonder what they are waiting for to reject me.     

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Liberty Law School
« on: February 07, 2010, 12:15:13 PM »
I guess with tens of millions of dollars in donations and scores of religious attorney professors all things are possible.
Watch out guys, with all the money they are pouring into this gig in ten to twenty years they might actually be T2.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: T1 non T20 Law Schools - Worth it?
« on: February 07, 2010, 08:13:32 AM »

I understand what you are saying about "my friends".  Surely they do not know anything about law school rankings, prestige or work opportunities. UofR grads they know worked for public defender for 45k a year for three years and now run an unsuccessful criminal defense firm (apparently they succumbed to the solo practice movement, lol). Opening the firm was a sign of desperation, but for non-law people it is looking like they are really moving up in the world. One of those UofR grads was on a full ride...  That is why I am going for W&M.  It is a 55 mile commute, but it is open road/no snow/no traffic kind of deal, so it will be a 50 min door-to-door commute.  Not great and it will not be easy, but do you think 1 h 40 min a day commute vs probably 1 h average commute for off-campus law students really impact my grades? I have bought textbooks used for 1L Fall classes and will start reading them immediately, along with annotated Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  Hopefully it will help to do better...

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