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URM = African American, end of discussion. Some people try to tell themselves that Latino qualifies; it doesn't.

Current Law Students / Re: Retiring Attorney Fields Essay Questions
« on: April 23, 2010, 01:16:06 AM »
What the @#!* would someone who's 25 years out of law school know about law school exams?

Law School Admissions / Re: Recommendation from sister?
« on: April 23, 2010, 01:15:05 AM »
What's the point of bumping this?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Remembering Test Questions
« on: April 23, 2010, 01:10:48 AM »
So, re-reading text makes you remember it better?

Yeah, everyone else is like that.

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

No reason to worry about this part.

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.

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.

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.

Transferring / Re: Hopeful HYS Transfer
« on: April 23, 2010, 01:05:05 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. 

Outside of HYS, I would take any top 50 school with a free ride.


You'd take a free ride at SMU or Tulane over an acceptance to Columbia or Chicago?


Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: US NEWS RANKINGS leak (2011)
« on: April 23, 2010, 12:52:40 AM »
so"philosophy"....basicly they BS instead of teaching you the facts. gotcha.

I do understand that you're doing your very best to be a troll, but I have to say, you're starting to be a living, talking, breathing confirmation about every stereotype and joke I've ever heard about Cooley.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Do NOT go to law school (a sincere warning)
« on: April 22, 2010, 08:32:06 PM »
All you need is a little. Hell,if woman says only "I did it to watch him bleed out" that's pretty much all you need to make some major conclusions there too.

Really? Try writing that on your crim law exam, and see yourself getting a C- ;)

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: US NEWS RANKINGS leak (2011)
« on: April 22, 2010, 08:31:22 PM »
then what do they teach?

The top schools generally have a more "philosophical" approach to the subjects. I'm not really sure how to properly put the difference into words, but yeah, they have a lot less focus on practical aspects of being a lawyer, or passing the bar. They assume you fix that yourself. The very best place to tell the difference is really in a Civ Pro class, and just seeing how little time they spend on the FRCP compared to what "lower ranked" schools do. Whether this is a good thing or not for their students can be (and consistently is) debated.

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