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Current Law Students / Re: Which type of law?
« on: October 09, 2010, 04:51:24 PM »

Is your paralegal program ABA accredited?  How far along are you in the program?  Many paralegal courses will give you a broad overview of some practice areas, i.e. Civil Litigation, Criminal Lit, Family Law, Evidence, Real Property, etc.

Mr. Messinger is giving you super solid advice.  As someone who is about to take the plunge into law school, I forced myself to REALLY think about choices.  I have a passion for just about everything in the law, and have found something interesting in just about every area.  I find that I can't think of me doing anything else.  THAT is why I am taking the risk and challenge of law school.  If I had even a slight doubt, I wouldn't do it.  It is FAR too expensive of a mistake to make.

Hope this helps.

Current Law Students / Re: Thinking about going to law school....
« on: October 09, 2010, 04:45:29 PM »

So you're vanting zhe boy to hock himself a chaynik and study Talmud?

Oy vay!

Online Law Schools / Re: American Heritage University College of Law
« on: October 09, 2010, 04:42:27 PM »

Sorry to tell you, but as far as I know almost EVERY state will NOT let you sit for their bar exam with an online degree.  The only exception to this (generally) is California.  Even there, you should read up on what the various requirements are.

Online law schools are just money thrown away, for this very reason.  If you ever seriously intend to gain employment as an attorney, you should seek admission to an ABA law school. If you do not have the basic capability or grades/scores to gain admission to an ABA law school, you will find it rough going in the legal field and should re-allocate both your time and money.  If all you want is to be able to append "J.D." after your name, then go for it.

Good luck!

PLEASE take this crap to another website.

Current Law Students / Re: Internship/Secretary/Paralegal Job
« on: October 09, 2010, 01:30:35 PM »

If the paralegal program that you're in is worth their salt, they should already have established an internship
program.  If so, simply request a meeting with the internship coordinator.  If they do not have one, it is not an indicator of it being a very good program.

Is the program ABA accredited?

How far along are you in the program?  Many paralegal courses will give you one a broad overview of some practice areas, i.e. Civil Litigation, Criminal Lit, Family Law, Evidence, Real Property, etc.

Hope this helps.


Also, it's very possible she'll change her mind once she gets to law school.


I, for instance, entered law school intending to be a litigator.  In fact, I specifically wanted to be a defense attorney, specializing in representing wealthy-yet-innocent murder defendants.  As it turns out, there is a shortage of those, so I changed my career plans.


I seriously laughed out loud when reading that passage...

You forgot to tell OP that you now spend your time tilting at windmills.

I will now promptly steal (with proper attribution) my favorite quote from
Morten Lund's outstanding book, The Memo: Mastering the Legal Memorandum:

PARTNER [in an ESP broadcast to the eager summer associate]:   "Don't give me a headache!"

How does our intrepid young summer associate give the partner that headache?  You'll have
to read the book.  You NEED to read that book.  You WANT to read that book!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: law school grades
« on: October 08, 2010, 07:44:20 AM »

I absolutely agree.  Nothing is worse than the slimy corporate hypocrisy that goes on.  I am an ass.  At least I'm honest and straightforward about it.

I played the corporate game for a few years and share your disdain.  I dream of being a part of an effort that hits some nasty gray-suited politically correct (corrupt) conglomerate right in the pocket (which is the "corporate nutz").

This exact topic was addressed in a book by one of our very own members: Thane Messinger.
The ober dicta part of his book outlines many changes in the entire law school system that bear consideration.

Maybe he can enlighten us with a comment on the below...

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: January start
« on: October 07, 2010, 04:44:58 PM »

Both Haus and Hamilton are giving you solid advice.

I am actually delaying an entire year in my LS start simply in order to go through the cycle carefully, aiming to find the very
best fit.  I simply took a few less credits, and will graduate in December of next year, vice July.  That shoves me from applying for the 2011 year to 2012.  Having the very best grades and prep for the LSAT is of paramount importance to me.

Good luck!

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