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Where should I go next fall? / Re: The Big Decision
« on: May 23, 2012, 06:22:45 PM »
Fortook is right.  No one can really help you with your decision, but there are some things to consider.  Less debt will give you more freedom to decide the type of work you want to do when you graduate.  What if you absolutely hate big law?  What if during your three years in law school you want to do public service?  This might sound crazy because that is all law students ever talk about - must get a job with big law.  However, I know a couple of attorneys who hated their big law jobs after just a couple of years.  The money was great but the hours were awful and the type of work they had to do was just not worth it.  One guy quit to become a police officer, and another woman quit to work for a smaller firm with lesser hours.  Do some research and talk to some lawyers.  Find out exactly what big law entails and then make your decision because you could burn out very quickly with a lot of debt - especially if you have undergrad debt.  Also consider that you may change your mind while in law school as to the type of law you want to practice, which happens a lot.  Just my two cents. 

I couldn't agree more.  Most of the "smart" kids taking the LSAT are probably doing it because they can't find a job out of undergrad and are being encouraged by their parents.  They could also be taking the MCATS to see if they might want to go to med school.  So what if they score a 170?  If you want to be successful - you will be.  The LSAT can be mastered with practice.  While that does not mean everyone will/can get a 170, there wouldn't be LSAT courses designed to help students get better grades if there wasn't some sort of identifiable method to it.  Of course the brightest minds are going to the best schools, but scoring well on a standardized test like the LSAT doesn't mean much if you don't really want to be a lawyer. 

Financial Aid / Re: Working PT at TSU Law School
« on: May 22, 2012, 01:39:53 PM »
This may be a late response, but I wouldn't recommend working at all if you are going full-time your first year.  I don't know if TSU has a part-time evening program, but if they do, you can work and go part-time.  The first year really is all-consuming and in order to make it to 2L, you'll need to work your @$% off.  A job will just add more stress.  I suggest looking into work study program so you could work on campus and be able to study.  Hope that helps. 

General Off-Topic Board / Re: mittster: satan?
« on: May 21, 2012, 05:23:49 PM »
Not sure about being satan.  However, he was Governor of Massachusetts where my parents still live (I was born and raised there but now live in California,) and he was less than impressive.  Ironically, the "Health Care Reform" act he passed in Mass is almost identical to the one Obama passed on the federal level that will probably be overturned.  He lasted for one term only because he was too wishy washy and too moderate.  Otherwise, like any other politician, dem or rep. he spends a lot of money and raises taxes.  No more evil than the rest...

Add to that the fact that subsidized loans for graduate schools have been cut which makes us even more screwed.  I go to school parttime evening and was thinking about quitting my job - won't happen this year.  I honestly can't imagine how difficult it will be for students coming out of law school with undergrad debt on top of their graduate debt. 

Having graduated from UMass Dartmouth undergrad, it is likely they may become ABA approved in the time you are there.  However, it seems more practical to go to the school that gives you more of the taxation classes you want.  Can't you take the train in to Boston?  My parents live about 20 minutes from U-Mass and it only takes me about 35 - 40 minutes to get to Boston from there.   Look into taking the T.  The commute from route 24 is not bad until you get to the 93.  There must be a stop and ride somewhere in that area, Brockton, or maybe closer.  I know it's a lot more money, but I think you should go to the school that focuses more on the type of practice you want to do.  I work full-time and commute about one hour to school and about a half hour back with no traffice at night.  If the T runs fairly consistently after your classes, then it might be worth it.  You can always read on the way there.  Where do you live?   

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Baby Bar
« on: May 21, 2012, 03:25:51 PM »
My understanding was that the baby bar was only required for students who attend unaccredited schools, study in judges's chambers, etc. Who else would have to take it to continue?

First-year students who don't achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the core subjects of criminal law, contracts and torts can be required to pass it before being allowed to continue.

That is true for my school as well.  We are ABA approved, but students who cannot maintain a 2.0 after their first year will be dropped unless they take the baby bar.   Even then, I think are only allowed to return on probationary status until they can get a 2.0 for their next semester.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Part Time Grading Curve
« on: May 17, 2012, 05:25:04 PM »
I'm part time evening and we are not graded against the daytime students.  However, there are daytime students who take some of our night classes and we are curved right along with them for that class.   

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Baby Bar
« on: May 17, 2012, 05:21:13 PM »
Great IrrX.  I will definitely use that.  I had no idea it was so offensive. 

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Baby Bar
« on: May 16, 2012, 01:52:00 PM »
I think the biggest problem passing the baby bar is that your are still a baby lawyer - having to take it after only one year of law school.  Your writing skills are not up to par at that point compared to 3Ls taking the bar that have at least gotten a good grip on writing an essay under pressure.  3Ls are also better at spotting issues.  I don't know of anyone who passed the baby bar, but you may want to get a study partner for your essay writing.  I have a study group for school that I've been lucky to find because we are not competitive with each other.  We'll take the same practice exam, switch papers, and learn from each other what we've missed or could have done better.  If you don't have someone to study with, see if you can get one of your professors to look at your outline or full exam in addition to the practice exam answers.  One-on-one feedback from a professor is great because you can ask questions to figure out why you missed a certain issue, etc.  Anyway, hope that helps and good luck. 

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