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This enrages me that I can't print them out and look over them before I pay for it and actually submit in on LSAC. Is there any other way to be able to print out an app for a school with out paying anything yet?

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Where should I go next fall? / Good school for Oil & Gas law
« on: September 21, 2010, 12:27:30 AM »
I am currently a runner for an oil and gas law firm and I am interested in maybe going into that field based on what little I am exposed to of it by the attorneys as well as my listening to some continuing education in the field. I know that UT Law in Austin has several class offerings in oil and gas law and I believe that UH does as well. Does anyone else know of any programs that are strong in oil and gas law or have good placement into firms that specialize in that area? Also for wind energy law? class offerings for wind?

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LSAC and LSDAS / What would happen if you did this?
« on: August 17, 2010, 10:16:47 PM »
I read somewhere about a guy who did not select an ethnicity on his LSAC profile. He also listed his participation in several University groups and clubs that were typically predominantly african-american, some with "black" and "african-american" in the title, that he did legitimately join and participate in at least somewhat. The guy was caucasian, and I reckon that his intent was to dupe law school admissions committees into thinking that he was black. Would that increase your chances of admittance at many law schools, and would it be considered unethical to do if your not black or african-american. He did not technically do anything dishonest by joining extracurricular groups and not selecting an ethnicity on LSAC alone.

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Specifically in regard to energy law, which i hear is very popular lately, are there certain things that employers like to see in the realm of past experience? I know that IP practice often requires, or at least is preferred, to have had engineering or science. makes me think that energy law practice might be best sought with an environmental studies degree or something, healthcare law; same vein, perhaps biology or chemistry. i guess what i want to know is how much does all of that matter, do some firms only hire new JD grads with certain undergraduate degrees, or does i.e. taking a lot of energy law classes, maybe oil and gas related, in law school suffice for experiences. maybe also what are some fields of law that are less reliant on undergraduate studies; maybe something that you can begin to look at in law school for the first time, become interested, and also have a chance and landing a great job, assuming you make good grades and participate in relevant clinics....

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General Board / Fordham Or UHouston for regional jobs...
« on: March 28, 2010, 12:23:05 AM »
big law and mid sized. what school has a better placement in their respective areas. pros cons of either

and then another two that Im comparing is Pepperdine and UC-Hastings for regional placement as well.

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General Board / Art Law in big firms
« on: March 25, 2010, 07:36:07 PM »
Is anyone or does anyone know an art lawyer in a very large firm. does this job even exist at that scale. if it does, is it a very competitive position like some are in corporate law in large firms.

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Recommendations / is anyone else having trouble finding rec letters
« on: March 23, 2010, 01:13:32 AM »
I go to a big public school in TX and have not always wanted to go to law school and so i havent been exactly cultivating all my teachers for rec letters. this semester i realized i want to do law school and i have an art teacher ive had for 3 years, whom I have an alright relationship with, but would she write a letter on how awesome i am i dont know... other teachers i feel like just one of theire students, no special relationship. i could start going to office hours and at least have them know who i am, but im still skeptical that any of these teachers would want to write me a meaningful rec letter.. not sure what to do...

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Law School Applications / IP law undergrad preferences...
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:38:38 AM »
Im very interested in IP law, but did not major in engineering or a science. I have heard that most schools, or employers really, prefer IP JD's to have that kind of undergrad experience. Especially in this economy where even seemingly overqualified new JD's are having a difficult time getting good jobs, does it matter significantly what your undergrad major was/is when thinking about trying to pursue IP law?

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Law School Applications / Studio Art major applying to law school..
« on: March 21, 2010, 04:43:06 PM »
I go to a top 50 public univ in Texas, and am a Studio Art major with a concentration in ceramics. GPA isnt that great 3.2-3.3 but my LSAT will be in the 165-170 range. Im wondering what law schools will think of my major. I also want to pursue JD/MBA but wont have any real work experience, not like a studio art major can really get you a job anyways, although i do have a decent resume as a selling artist.... I woudl really like to work in a big city like Chicago, NYC or LA. I know biglaw is a long shot and would depend on how well i did in law school. So i will mainly apply to schools in those areas, might throw in pepperdine, UNC, UHouston, UT and U washington st louis. Im very interested in IP law but have read that it is important that you have some sort of science or engineering background for that field. I started off premed in undergrad but i dont think that will help me too much there. anyone else who is an art major or who knows/knew one who applied and did or didnt get into law school, let me know what you know. Art and law/business are very different fields but for me it is a good mix.

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