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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Taking the plunge!
« on: February 27, 2011, 02:38:48 PM »
  I do not judge myself above or below anyone else.  Shame on you for your arrogance.

You will find quite a few arrogant asses here, and on other law school-oriented boards.  Fortunately, we know the truth.  I retired from the same military you served in and will now share the secret we learned:

Turds float.

Success is both relative (as you so cogently point out), and usually results from a combination of luck, hard work, positive attitude, and realistic expectations.  Good luck with your endeavors. 

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All,

Bigs has repeatedly echoed all over this site what NYLS Dean Matasar said in the article.  Is there really a difference between #72 and #77?  Should you attend #47 over #54?

IMO, the USNWR rankings are really only relevant when either:
a)  assembling the Top 25 (top half of T-1)  The T-14 could arguably be considered our "national" institutions.
b) considering a T3 full scholly offer against a possible partial ride at a T-1 

Other than that, I think local concerns (lifestyle/housing, networking/connections, reputation) and debt aversion govern most of the choices that should be made by aspiring 0Ls.

Just my opinion.   

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: February 02, 2011, 11:52:17 PM »
Earl Cat, Burning Sands

Non URM here, but I can show the LOVE for the BLSD!

I think the problem you are seeing (not just on BLSD, but on the entire site) may relate to a sense of generalized anxiety in terms of the legal field's saturation and the economy.  You know, those tacit "Will I measure up?" type questions.

Also, there are not enough cheerleaders, like Thane Messinger, posting.  There are plenty of anal sphincters, naysayers, and general twits.  Any meaningful discussion goes two ways.  Oftentimes, when a sincere question is asked by a relative newbie (especially 0Ls), they are lambasted.

That doesn't exactly spread the love.  Just my .02

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Earl Cat, Burning Sands, Ebony.....

Non URM here, but I can show the LOVE for the BLSD!

I think the problem you are seeing (not just on BLSD, but on the entire site) may relate to a sense of generalized anxiety in terms of the legal field's saturation and the economy.  You know, those tacit "Will I measure up?" type questions.

Also, there are not enough cheerleaders, like Thane Messinger, posting.  There are plenty of anal sphincters, naysayers, and general twits.  Any meaningful discussion goes two ways.  Oftentimes, when a sincere question is asked by a relative newbie (especially 0Ls), they are lambasted.

That doesn't exactly spread the love.  Just my .02

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Financial Aid / Re: Full Scholarships to Law School
« on: January 30, 2011, 11:54:55 PM »
OP,

If you are eligible (and I suspect you are) for Chapter 33 (The Post 9/11 GI Bill), you are eligible for 36 months full tuition to any public institution, plus an allowance equivalent to E-5 BAH, paid at the rate of the educational institution's location.

That of course is a full scholarship, with stipend.  You can't beat that.  I used 2/3 of my benefits to finish undergrad, so I am envious of those who have the full benefit to apply to law school.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: chances at Howard Law
« on: January 30, 2011, 05:05:19 PM »
I have a quite serious question that SOUNDS tongue in cheek:

Is there any way that a non-URM could be considered a diversity candidate at an HBCU like Howard?  My numbers should exceed the
75% marks, and was wondering if reversing the trend (non-URM--->HBCU) might win scholly $$.  I also retired from the military, so have that
ticket punched as well.

I would like hearing something from anyone, especially the Mods who might have some serious info.

I am all about not incurring much debt for that Bar Exam ticket....

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Law School Applications / Re: Thoughts on Chances
« on: January 26, 2011, 02:31:06 PM »
Are your degree and LSAC GPAs the same?  If so, here are some generic calcs from LS Predictor:

BC--90%
CARDOZO--82%
EMORY--79%
INDIANA--75%
USC--73%
FORDHAM--71%
WASH U--65%
BU--60%

I hope this helps..

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Studying for the LSAT / Tampa Bay LSAT Study Group
« on: January 26, 2011, 01:23:48 PM »
All,

GG7773 has a great idea!  I would like to start a June LSAT study group here in the Tampa Bay area?   Are there any takers?  I like the idea of possibly meeting once a weekend or every other weekend to do timed tests together and brainstorm.

I am flexible on location.  I am just starting the PowerScore books.  Please message me if you are interested.

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Acceptances / Re: New England Law Boston?
« on: January 26, 2011, 01:14:55 PM »
Bigs,

Very well put, IMO.  Obviously I cannot give even as much advice as you do, being a 0L.  What I do have, is quite a bit of experience and other successful careers behind me.  You know what they say about hindsight.  It's true.  My own experiences have led me not to want BigLaw, and all the money and crap that goes with it.  Luckily, my age and debt aversion won't even allow BigLaw onto the radar.

I will most likely either attend a T3/T4 here in Florida (Stetson/FIU), or if very lucky pay the very low tuition at FSU/UF.   I came to these conclusions for many of the same reasons you state.  Depending on my LSAT score, I might have an outside chance at some $$ from mid/lower T1's.   I have decided that if the relative cost (with scholly $$) is similar to UF/FSU, I will consider them.  Retired military officers, especially "war veterans" are at a distinct advantage for employment in the public sector--in any location.  I believe as long as I can be in the top 25-30% or so, I should be able to find something.   I have even had feelers from a couple of the small-midsize firms I have worked with here locally, so small-firm law is not out of the question for me, either.

OP should follow their gut.  The very last thing one wants is to make a hasty decision that results in a mountain of non-dischargeable debt.  If BigLaw is your target, then aim at the T-14 and prepare for the payments.  If not, there really are other options. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 159 LSAT, 3.6 GPA
« on: January 21, 2011, 06:39:32 PM »
OP,

The easiest way to answer whether you are still considered a NC resident for tuition purposes would be to contact UNC itself.  You don't need to speak to the law school, the undergrad finance office would suffice.  There's probably no need to provide your name, either.


 

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