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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: FSU vs. Miami
« on: January 21, 2011, 11:44:20 AM »

While I am applying in next year's cycle, I am a Florida native with both of those schools on my list.  I have actually visited/toured Miami Law. and spoken with one of the deans.  If the metro scene is for you, you could do much worse than UM.  The Coral Gables area of Miami is nice, and the campus is downright beautiful.  The law school is tucked away in a corner of the campus and is pretty self-contained, which is a good thing.

As far as FSU v. Miami is concerned, it is all about "The Benjamins."  Where can you attend more cheaply?  The cost of living in Miami is by far the highest in the state.  Tallahassee is quite a bit cheaper.  FSU has a slightly better reputation state-wide than does Miami (according to attorneys I've spoken with), but UM is king in the Miami area.  If your scholarship makes the two tuition amounts equal, I would lean toward FSU due to their reputation and much cheaper cost of living.  If not, then UM is not a bad option.

There is a 3L at Miami Law who posts on this board occasionally.  His name is Derek Hibbard.

I hope this helps.

Framboise makes some very good points, as does barond.  Both present questions that will surely help you refine your choices.  As barond alludes to, I am one of those who will be taking a salary cut to become a "puppy lawyer."  In my case, it's always something I've wanted to do, I am a retired military officer (with pension and benefits), and my children are grown.  I feel like I am in a position to take the risks involved.  Don't take this decision too lightly, though.  It has to fit you AND your situation.

Good luck!


Truthfully, only YOU can answer that question.  The legal job market is truly abysmal now.  If you have always had a burning desire to be an attorney (and have some idea
what is really involved), think about it.  If you are looking for a career alternative....look elsewhere.  The saturation in the field and the enormous tuition/loan payments don't make the law a good "let's try this" option.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 159 LSAT, 3.6 GPA
« on: January 20, 2011, 08:47:32 PM »

Try using this link for Law School Predictor, yet another "swami" program that uses the median admit stats to predict:

It says USC is a no-go with your stats, unfortunately.

Some Tier 1 schools you do have a shot at are:

#26 Iowa
#27 Indiana Univ (Bloomington/Maurer)

It also says--contrary to Framboise--that you have an outside shot at both UNC and Wake Forest.  I'd shoot them an app anyway....

I hope this helps.

Transferring / Re: Transfer out of Duquesne University
« on: January 18, 2011, 09:56:52 AM »
I ran your numbers in a couple of "admission predictor" programs, and it looks like you'd be a strong candidate for transfer
to Stetson's PT program, and a "possible" transfer to their FT program.  Standing in the top-20% of your 1L class should
certainly help.

I wouldn't be shy.  Why not call Stetson's Dean directly?  Her name is Darby Dickenson.   I am a 0L that will be applying in
next year's cycle that actually lives about 15 miles from the campus.  I have studied and researched in Stetson's library many times.  The
campus is beautiful, in a decent area of town (Pasadena/Gulfport), and the "vibe" is positive.

Cost-wise I think it is a bit more expensive than Duquesne.  I hope this helps!

Law School Admissions / Re: Advice needed!!
« on: January 02, 2011, 09:59:10 PM »
Getting pressure?  From whom?  Parents?

Law school is not a place to "park" simply to quell parents or anyone else.  If they want to foot the bill, fine and dandy.  Otherwise, think long and hard about whether the law is what you want to pursue.  A JD has extremely limited application outside the actual practice of law.  If you simply want to go to grad school and are not certain about law, an MBA would be quicker and cheaper.

As others here will tell you (especially the attorneys), be VERY sure you want to pursue the law.  There are very few "Big Law" jobs out there, and many quite intelligent law school grads are scrambling to get "any" job.

The only reason (as others have said before) is if you feel determined to practice law.  I am in that boat, but still am approaching law school with a modicum of caution.

Good luck!

Law School Admissions / Re: Doing some law-related work??
« on: December 30, 2010, 10:45:49 PM »

The role you fill in the internship is not nearly as important as the exposure. 

Law School Admissions / Re: i'm a hot mess! please help!
« on: December 30, 2010, 10:43:56 PM »

You are hearing great advice from some very knowledgeable folks.  Thane and Hamilton are both dead on: relax and go with what fires you up.  If you truly enjoy what you are doing (whatever it is), you will usually excel.

Best of luck! 

Law School Admissions / Re: 2010-2011 Application Cycle
« on: December 26, 2010, 10:54:46 PM »
Well, this thread took a sudden turn for the less pleasant.

In any event, sorry to hear about Penn and UVA - although this way you will be spared the dubious honor of having attended the same school as the infamous Mr. "I have to be at the gym in 26 minutes," so there is that.

And I certainly agree that it seems that Georgetown would be a good fit for you - but I am still crossing my fingers for New Haven, long shot as that may be.

And Merry Christmas to all, as well.


I really had no idea that Marcus applied to Yale, as well.  Here I have been chiding him to look for housing in D.C., LOL.  If Marcus goes to Yale, I'll take his place at little old Georgetown.  ;)

Law School Admissions / Re: 2.7 undergrad GPA 3.4 MS and 3.7 PhD LSAT 142
« on: December 25, 2010, 11:30:22 AM »
That simply shows both how poor the public's vocabulary is (Maury:  "You ARE the father!), and what politically correct mutants most have become.
   /ˈnɪgərdli/ Show Spelled[nig-erd-lee] Show IPA
reluctant to give or spend; stingy; miserly.
meanly or ungenerously small or scanty: a niggardly tip to a waiter.
I cannot believe you would threaten Hamilton with a PC attack.  Weak.  Very weak.  Please don't cry racism when none
exists in the situation.  We have enough turmoil in this world.

By the way, if anything, he may have been BAITING for a knee-jerk PC reaction.  Did you ever think of that?

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