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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Ohio St. vs. U Washington
« on: June 22, 2011, 08:38:07 AM »
Ditto - location.  No sense going to LS in OH if you want to live out west.

There should be line items on your pay stub detailing the deductions such as federal income tax, state income tax, social security, etc.

Now you have some skin in the game.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Worth Going to Law School If...
« on: June 21, 2011, 08:06:49 AM »
With all due respect - and I have addressed this with Bigs - you falsely claim folks expect the world to hand them a job, that they are unwilling to work to find a job, or that they are unwilling to start at the bottom.  Not true.  It may give comfort to people going to a T4 and hearing these employment horror stories, but it is simply not true.  The job market is tough.  You can bang on all of the doors you want, but if the jobs are not there, or they are being filled by T1 or T2 grads, all of the persistence and hard work in the world will not get you hired.  Folks discussinig the dismal job prospects are not whining that they were not handed a job on a silver platter, they are relaying the facts of their experiences.

What do they teach in law school?  Go on facts and information or go with feelings and opinions that help your case?

I have to say I agree completely biggs!  I'll be going to law school part-time evenings in the fall to a tier 4, but I don't care because I'm older and just plan on a private practice.  I've been in the working world now for over 20 years and I know how important it is to network and bring as much experience to the table as possible.

I hear many people complain about the "world" not getting them a job and sadly, these same people will never ask, "what can I do better to get that job?"   As a director of a department, I've interviewed plenty of college grads who have maintained a 4.0 blah, blah, blah, but there was no work history, intership, or any other type of experience to let me know they can handle a job.  I don't care what type of job you've had, as long as I see that you can maintain one.   Sadly, I think parents are coddling their kids a bit too much.  It's okay to work part-time while you're in school.  I did and I still found time to get good grades and party.

The other problem I've found is people aren't willing to start at entry level.  If you have no work experience, you're not going to be making six figures a year on your first job - no matter what the profession - unless you graduate from Harvard Law School.   Just get in somewhere!  If you are like what you do and have a good attitude, you will advance.

Send medicare and social security where they belong... the dustbin of history.  Take care of poor and needy - ABSOLUTELY, but let the rest of us manage our own medical and retirement planning.  They cannot be legitimately reformed because political idiots will demogogue any effort for political gain.

Current Law Students / Re: BarBri might be a waste of money after all
« on: June 09, 2011, 09:28:19 AM »
I did self-study using Micromash for MBE and free school lectures/material for state bar and passed.  I barely cracked the books and relied 95% on the computer scored self tests for the MBE.

Current Law Students / Re: Nervous About Law School Dress Code
« on: June 09, 2011, 08:31:24 AM »
Good point - law school, law firms, and generally most professional settings, are not the places to be the wildly-independent non-conformist who won't be told by "the man" how to act and dress.

There reaches a point where you need to get in line, shut your mouth, and do as you are told.

I'm pretty sure HLS doesn't have a dress code, but I think maybe the practice of law isn't for you.

I agree with others, for admission to law school your majors will not be relevant; however, if you do VERY WELL in the best law school you can get in to, they could be an asset when it comes to interviewing with IP firms.

Current Law Students / Re: Nervous About Law School Dress Code
« on: June 09, 2011, 05:50:46 AM »
Right, I showed up for class a couple times coming right from the lake with swimsuit, sandals, t shirt and sand.  That said, if you have customarily never spruced up your look to be more adult, it would be a good idea to start gravitating toward more conservative dress; also, lose the facial pircings, funky hair colors, sloppy hairstyle, and wear business casual now and again.

Also, for God's sake, CLEAN UP YOUR ONLINE FOOTPRINT.  A friend of mine just decided not to hire what appeared to be a great candidate b/c of the crap and pictures he saw on the guys Facebook page - showed a complete lack of character and responsibility.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: am i screwed?
« on: June 02, 2011, 05:43:34 AM »
If you are really interested in PR/Marketing why even waste the time and money on law school?  Only go to law school if you truly want to be a lawyer - it's a waste for just about any other reason.  Do what you enjoy in life and what interests you.  If law school is a new or passing interest, forget it - it's not a glorious grad school.

I see. Ahhh, I feel so screwed beyond belief. I am starting to study on my own but that just made me more nervous. Thanks for the advice. I like journalism but I am really interested in PRs/Marketing only so I was exploring side options as well.

Online Law Schools / Re: All Online Law School Students
« on: May 20, 2011, 07:56:59 AM »
Personally, I thought the casebooks were, in large part, a waste of time.  One could get through class and school using Gilberts and canned briefs.

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