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Where should I go next fall? / Re: JD/MBA
« on: April 23, 2010, 04:24:52 AM »
JD/MBA is generally considered a bad idea unless you have a very specific career plan that requires this.

As for business school being easier than law school, I find that exceptionally hard to believe. If anything, I would expect it to be considerably harder. Law school isn't hard at all, it's time consuming because you have *&^% loads to read, but there's nothing you'll be doing in law school that is complex.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Pace v. New England Law Boston
« on: April 23, 2010, 04:23:27 AM »
I'd say Pace, but keep in mind that cost of living is also going to be higher in NY than it is in Boston.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Another Criminal Record Question
« on: April 23, 2010, 04:22:08 AM »
Convictions on my record are a DUI (1991), Misdemeanor Assualt (1992), and Disorderly Conduct while Intoxicated (1996). Also, as a juvenile, had a disorderly conduct w/possession of very small amount of marijuana, ca. 1988.

Nothing to worry about, just make sure to disclose stuff. In sum, it works like this;

1) Law schools do not give a *&^%. They just want to make sure they don't waste 3 years on you if you can't get admitted to the bar.
2) C&F generally don't give a *&^% about what you have done in your past, they want to know whether you're honest, trustworthy and have learned from your past.

With the exception of murder and terrorism, there's literally no crime that will be automatically rejected by C&F. If you have a history of embezzlement it might get trickier, since you're looking for a job where you'll be handling clients money. Even so, as long as you're not a major repeat offender, and this is far back in time, no worries at all.

It will be interesting to see whether or not the local attorney will offer any advice as it might be viewed as a conflict of interest for him to comment on a matter that is likely to appear before him.

Of course the bar association's lawyer will give any advice; that's their job. Why would there be any form of conflict of interest here? This makes absolutely 0 sense to me.

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Minority Topics / Re: Are Native Hawaiians Considered URM?
« on: April 23, 2010, 04:16:48 AM »
URM = African American, end of discussion. Some people try to tell themselves that Latino qualifies; it doesn't.

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What the @#!* would someone who's 25 years out of law school know about law school exams?

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Recommendation from sister?
« on: April 23, 2010, 04:15:05 AM »
What's the point of bumping this?

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Thomas M. Cooley / Re: Any feedback about Cooley Ann Arbor Campus
« on: April 23, 2010, 04:11:19 AM »
How come LSD has suddenly turned into Cooley central? Seems like every third post made here is about Cooley.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Remembering Test Questions
« on: April 23, 2010, 04:10:48 AM »
So, re-reading text makes you remember it better?

Yeah, everyone else is like that.

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I recently turned 30 and I'm considering changing careers.

No reason to worry about this part.

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I'll be competing with law school grads who are in their mid 20s.

The amount of graduates that can still call themselves in mid 20s is fairly low. At least at both of the law schools I've attended, a huge majority has at least a couple out of college.

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How badly will my age affect my chances? Lets assume I graduate from a top 30 school in the top 10% of my class.

This is where I start to worry. Whenever someone makes the assumption they'll be in the top 10% of their class, I want to slap them in the face and scream no.

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I know the type of law I choose to pursue will play a major factor.  Ideally I'd like to become an environmental lawyer, either at a non-profit such as the NRDC or at a large firm advising corporations on environmental law.  I'm open to other fields of law as well so if I have a better shot landing a job in another field please let me know.

I don't really see how your age would make a difference in regards to practice area.

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Transferring / Re: Hopeful HYS Transfer
« on: April 23, 2010, 04:05:05 AM »
If you actually are in the top 3%, I'd think your chances at Harvard are pretty good. Yale and Stanford is always a bit of a crap shoot since their classes are very small and they take very few transfers. I'm guessing trying to transfer into Yale or Stanford for anything lower than T14 is virtually impossible. 

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