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Understand the benefits and foibles of GW. They have a great IP department. In addition, GW is in a GREAT area of Wash DC. There is a LOT more to do than in Buffalo. Moreover, they have lots of government connections. If you want to work for a government agency, they are great for that. The catch is that the government doesn't pay that well to start and yet GW has among the highest tuition and cost of living in the country.  Honestly, unless you are getting some money from GW and/or want to work in the government. I would go with Buffalo.

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Suffolk law is actually a pretty good law school. It is also, in my opinion, more student centric than other law schools. It's strongest program is its intellectual property area where they have some first class, well-know scholars. However, there are some real problems with it.

First, it is a very expensive law school. The tuition is over 42K plus room and board in Boston is very high. Even worse, it is NOT a tier 1 or 2 law school. It, thus, has to compete with some better known breathren in Mass such as BC, Harvard, BU etc.  Thus, good luck getting a job from there unless you do very well.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: i went with bc over bu...
« on: June 23, 2011, 10:29:44 AM »
Sometimes, you have to go with your "gut." However, having said that, BU is usually the MUCH better choice. They have a bigger and more successful alumni base, which has got to help you with jobs.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Any current elon students?
« on: May 22, 2011, 06:39:02 AM »
Are there any current Elon students who can tell me about the law school? How are the professors? How is the library? What is off campus housing like? How much is it?

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My son is taking the AAMPLE program at Nova. Thus, let me share my view of it.

When I first heard about it, my initial thoughts were, "It was a scam. Here they charge a lot of money for courses that don't count for law school credit and only  give at best a 50% chance of being admitted." However, as I looked into the results of the AAMPLE program, I was very impressed. Most of the kids who are admitted through AAMPLE usually are among the top students at the law school, and certainly as a group, beat out those with higher LSATs. In fact, the correlation for success is quite astounding. Even students who don't pass AAMPLE, usually do among the best students at law schools.

My son was admitted into both AAMPLE and into Cooley. The results were so successful for AAMPLE grads, that I suggested to my son that he take the AAMPLE program even though he was fully admitted to Cooley. Be advised: the AAMPLE program is not for the weak hearted. It works the kids to death. You really need to put in at least 60 hours of work, in addition to the classroom time.

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Name wise, they are all about the same. Unless one has a program or concentration that you particularly want, go with the cheapest option.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn State Law Question
« on: July 09, 2010, 06:24:35 PM »
Going  to the same undergrad is irrelevant as far as jobs. In my , infact, help you get into law school

Secondly NO ONE can tell you about your chances till you take the LSAT. The LSAT is worth at least 3-5 times what your GPA is worth. A good LSAT will get you into a good school even if you had a mediocre GPA. The reverse isn't true.

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I know that many of your want to work in Big Law. You aspire to a top T14 school where you think you will have a great career and hopefully earn enough to pay for those law school debts. Let me share a recent story
that I heard yesterday.

I was sitting on the plane next to a gal who attended University of Taxas and worked for a large law firm in Texas. The law firm have had already two rounds of layoffs.
Most of those layed off were those that didn't meet the budgetary goals of 45 chargable hours per week. Be advised that to get 45 chargable hours, you really need to work at least 60 hours per week or more.

They were going to have another big round of layoffs when the staff voted en masse to allow a 20% pay cut if the firm would not lay anyone else off.Since the starting
salary for new lawyers was $160,000, they could still live on $128,000.

The partners thought about this and rejected the staff's proposal as being the result of "loser mentality." If you want to work in Big Law, you should at least know
what you are getting into for the rest of your life! Also, understand, my purpose for this post is NOT to talk you out of working for Big Law or even becoming a lawyer. That isn't my business. I just want everyone to be aware of the environment that they are getting into.


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I know that many of your want to work in Big Law. You aspire to a top T14 school where you think you will have a great career and make enough money to pay off your law school debts. Let me share a recent story
that I heard yesterday.

I was sitting on the plane next to a gal who attended University of Taxas and worked for a large law firm in Texas. The law firm have had already two rounds of layoffs.
Most of those layed off were those that didn't meet the budgetary goals of 45 chargable hours per week. Be advised that to get 45 chargable hours, you really need to work at least 60-70  hours per week or more.

They were going to have another big round of layoffs when the staff voted en masse to allow a 20% pay cut if the firm would not lay anyone else off.Since the starting
salary for new lawyers was $160,000, they could still live on $128,000.

The partners thought about this and rejected the staff's proposal as being the result of "loser mentality." If you want to work in Big Law, you should at least know
what you are getting into for the rest of your life!

Also note, my purpose for posting this is NOT to dissuade you from working in Big Law or becoming a lawyer. That isn't my business. I just want you to know what you will be getting into.

I

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Son is school huh........   http://finance.yahoo.com/college-education/article/109991/college-grad-sues-dad-to-cover-student-debt?mod=edu-continuing_education

Yes, I think UF would be best;however, unless my son does very well on the LSAT, he won't get into UF. His undergrad GPA was 3.1. Thus, I have somewhat ruled out UF for that reason.

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