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Although it has been some time since originally posted, thanks for sharing.

Current Law Students / Re: Why Law School Sucks for me
« on: April 08, 2011, 11:02:59 AM »
Of my friends and colleges who have completed law school, very few seem to have much good to say about their 3L year. In this obviously limited subset it appears that the common belief that law school should be a 2 year program not 3 years. I am curious if those of you on the forum who are in or have completed law school have thoughts on the usefulness of the 3L year.

Law School Admissions / Re: High LSAT, Low GPA - Where can I get in?
« on: April 03, 2011, 09:10:06 AM »
I would start with Law School Predictor.

Happy Hunting,

Lets set aside law school for a few minutes. Having lived for several years in Central Wisconsin, where I would visit Chicago fairly frequently (or heading south as we would say), I can tell you with no hesitation that Chicago is not like California, especially Southern California. It is not a small thing to consider that the climate in the winter has the potential to be brutal, between the cold, wind, snow and ice. For those not acclimated, it can be an attack on the senses.

Obviously this is something that most can adapt to, but keep in mind that if you have not been through, it will be an extra item to toss onto the pile while you are going through the big adjustment of being a 1L. If you do opt to go to Chicago, may I suggest buying a very warm winter coat, set your wardrobe up for dressing in layers, by and wear wool socks. Anytime that you plan on going outside, be sure to leave yourself more time to get from place to place then your California trained brain will tell you that you need to get from point A to point B as you adapt to dealing with piles of snow, buried and/or ice covered sidewalks and parking lots, etc.

Despite the not nice weather, Chicago is an interesting city, one that I recommend that most people should see, although I find it a nicer place to be in the warmer months. 

However, the amount of "in your face" I experienced (and experience) in the military isn't that different than what happens in the civilian world.


I found quite a gap between my experience in the military (USMC, enlisted, served with 1st Battalion 3rd Marines in the early/mid 90s) and my time in the civilian world, where I have spent the last 14 years in the IT / infosec space. All told I am glad that I had the experience of being a Marine, but at the same time I am glad that I am not still there. Although I can see how others could have different experiences, especially those who opt to serve in other branches.

You left off UDC from your list of DC part-time programs.

I would say you have a really good chance at American, UM (note, this school is in Baltimore not in the immediate DC area), Catholic. I suspect that you would be a lock for UDC.


From reading past post by Bigs, one of his points about the ratings be of little value is based on a significant portion of the ratings being based upon reputation scores. Here we have lawyers/judges being asked to generate reputation schools off schools that they have little to know knowledge of.

Such as a judge in Oregon scoring comparing the reputation of Franklin Pierce and University of DC, when in reality he/she has likely never come across a lawyer from either school, much less be in a position to accurately compare and contrast.

Current Law Students / Re: UDC
« on: March 02, 2011, 01:39:08 PM »
Recently, a solid 92 percent of UDC students passed the Maryland bar exam, about 7 percentage points higher than the state average. Students also bested the DC bar by 9.5 percentage points, though only 11 of them sat for it.  The facts are the facts! UDC is a rising school. You will be graduating with a cool 30k in loans while a GW grad has 120k. I know an Assistant State's Attorney who graduated from UDC Law and supervises a lot of GW grads. The only different is he is not sweating every night trying to figure out how to pay his bills. UDC is a school that teaches you how to be attorney in the courtroom. If you want corporate stuff go elsewhere. If you want to eventually start your own firm and learn real world legal skills go to UDC.


To be fair to get out under 30k one needs to be a DC resident, which not many people are. Although the "Out of City" tuition of just under $18k/year is less than the in-state tuition at George Mason (which is a little over $22k/year last I checked).

As I said before there are indeed things that are looking up for UDC, it is one of the lowest cost options that I am aware of (especially in the region). I do still have worries about what the city budget is going to do to UDC, it would be a shame if funds were slashed or tuition were to be jacked up considerably to offset other finical problems that the city has.

I am assuming that you are referring to documents such as your personal statement which you will be uploading to LSAC.

Times would be the safer route to ensure that it is seen in the manner that you have sent it out. While Helvetica is considered a browser safe font as web browsers from multiple platforms support the font, it has an odd history in the world of MS Office, especially on Windows machines. Given that you will likely upload your statement in a .doc or .docx format, someone else (perhaps several people) will be looking at this on computers which you do not control. As such it will be left up to their computers how to interpret this document. If the tool that they are using does not 'recognize' Helvetica, then it will choose an alternate (likely Arial) to display your document to them. If you are OK with Arial or some other font being substituted on the fly, then you have nothing to worry about. If on the other-hand you would prefer that those reviewing your statement see it as closely as possible to the manner in which you sent it, then you may wish to send it in a font that is likely to be present on any possible machine and software that might be looking at your statement.

As for size, 12pt seems to be advisable, several people have commented that 11pt can be used if you really need the extra space, but I would not push it further, and I would make a strong effort to stay at 12.

Happy Hunting,

Law School Admissions / Re: DO NOT GO TO LAW SCHOOL!!!
« on: February 24, 2011, 05:07:40 PM »
Do forums about technical/trade schools get filled with post telling people not to become plumbers?

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