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Current Law Students / Re: A Letter to my classmates
« on: February 11, 2010, 10:42:15 AM »
Thats true.  I guess I am just going to buy all required 1L textbooks and read them until September.  It is fun, and hopefully it will help.

Current Law Students / Re: A Letter to my classmates
« on: February 11, 2010, 09:34:40 AM »
I see, but I think you can pick up a lot on that from the casebook, I dunno.  Maybe you will overstudy, lol.  I have seen previous exams for Civ Procedure from W&M, at least half of the exam is multiple choice.  There is a guy on from W&M who says he never touches anything but the class notes and he has 4.0 after first year.

Current Law Students / Re: A Letter to my classmates
« on: February 11, 2010, 08:40:48 AM »
Re-reading works magic for me.  After I read a textbook two times I pretty much remember it by heart.  Remember not just words, but understand and can easily apply concepts.  In my business school exams they usually gave us a hypothetical problem and had us apply concepts used in class to the problem.  I got 3.912 in my undergrad.  Arent law school exams pretty much the same (plaintiff A from CA sues defendant B from IL, who brings in third party defendant C from TX; whats the appropriate venue)?  I dont understand why people keep saying that there is no guarantee to get good grades in law school.  Exam questions are objective, they have to be, and if you know your shiit like nobody's business you should get an A.

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?

Tulsa / Re: Tulsa?
« on: February 09, 2010, 10:19:55 AM »
One thing I was intrigued by in Tulsa was that they had a genuine full ride available to people with 159/3.4 or something like that - full ride includes tuition and sizable living stipend (includes room, board, parking and books).  They say law school grades are a crap shoot, but it cant be a total crap shoot since there are objective answers to exam questions and if you studied enough and you are not dumb you will get straight As. I think magna or summa from UofT gotta be worth something.  If it was me (and I was not married and settled for good in Virginia) I would apply and try to get this full ride. I would then become a cloisterer for three years and study day and night.  At the end of the tunnel could be a likely well paid job and no debt.

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.

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