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Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Best Law School Guide That I've Read
« on: April 07, 2011, 07:31:43 AM »
Cal IS Hibbard.  The 2nd post in the thread has been deleted, it was Hibbard commenting to "Cal" that he is the author, etc., etc.  Some blatant intertube marketing with 2 people conversing.  It was very obvious until the 2nd post was deleted, that was all I was commenting on.

Cal.Aaronson is actually a fellow law student who read my book and liked it.  His thoughts were his own, and I asked him to post his thougts in various forums and discussion boards.  I deleted my post so as to avoid this very thing.  That said, I do appreciate what Cal wrote about "Law School Fast Track."

As to Thane's remark:
PS:  To take issue with the subject heading, I know of one book that is the best.  = :  )
I'd have to agree--there are lots of good law school guides out there.

Law School Admissions / Re: University of Miami's Pre-law program?
« on: December 16, 2010, 06:19:08 AM »
Is the pre-law program at the University of Miami worth going to the school?

This is Derrick Hibbard, the author of Law School Fast Track and a student of the University of Miami School of Law.  I recently had the opportunity to speak on a panel for a pre-law group at UM and it was a good experience--it seemed like the students were being well prepared.  UM as a whole is a very good school and the pre-law program follows suit.

That said, here is my opinion:
Do not choose to go to a school based on their pre-law program--although some might be better than others, a pre-law program is only really beneficial in that it helps you in the application process and maybe (MAYBE) helps familiarize you with a few basic principles that you will cover in much more depth in your first year.  A pre-law program will NOT help you get into a school--it might even hurt you, as many law schools are looking for people with diverse backgrounds.  I took some classes with the pre-law program and while it was interesting, it did not help at all. 

The best thing you can do, as marcus-aurelius said, is get good grades and do well on the LSAT.  Take an LSAT prep course and really study hard to get good grades.  For better or for worse, law schools really place a lot of weight on that.

Current Law Students / Suing your law school?
« on: November 06, 2010, 05:56:21 PM »
What do you think about all these people suing their law school because they can’t get a job?  I read an article recently (I put a short section of it below), and I’m kind of disturbed for a number of reasons—first there does seem to be a real problem of too many lawyers and not enough jobs, but also because law graduates seem to be rolling over and accepting that fact without creating opportunities.  (for example, some of my friends started up their own firm doing real estate title searches and are doing well (they won’t be uber-wealthy anytime soon, but they’ve got jobs—another friend of mine found an untapped niche in Florida’s insurance defense field and is also doing well.)  My point is this—there is a problem (I can see that, just like the rest of you), but is it really the fault of the law school?  After all, we did sign up for it—and we signed our names to those promissory notes.  Tell me what you think. 

One popular medium is the "scam blog," where indebted, unemployed attorneys accuse law schools of being little better than tuition-sucking diploma mills. (Sample blog title: Shilling Me Softly.) The author of one popular, if histrionic, such blog describes his law school as a Ponzi scheme.
Others have taken, perhaps inevitably, to the courts. Kenneth Desornes, for instance, named his law school in his bankruptcy filing. He asks the school to "[a]dmit that your business knew or should have known that Plaintiff would be in no position to repay those loans."

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where should I go?
« on: October 26, 2010, 07:43:44 PM »
I would think long and hard about what you want out of law school.  Remember that you have to live where you go to school, and you will likely have to work in the area too--so make sure you like the area.  It's also good to look at the market for attorneys in the region around the school. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Is law school even worth it?
« on: October 21, 2010, 04:45:38 PM »
I think one major misconception about law schools is that your high profile, high paying career will be handed to you on a silver platter--which is just not true.  As with anything, you've got to work at it.  The jobs are there--it just takes effort to get to where you want to be.  I'm at the tail end of law school right now, and it's been a rough road--but I'd say that it was most definitely worth it.  Like most people (probably), I had a good job before starting, and I'm currently experiencing the horrors of student debt--but that J.D. degree is always something to fall back on--and my earning potential is much much higher than it was before. 


It took me longer to get on here than expected, so sorry about that.  So, my name is Derrick Hibbard and I'm a 3L at UM--and I like the school alot  (Although I agree with you that the buildings, interior, etc. are all a bit ratty).

If you have any questions or anything, you can respond here or just email me at derrick dot hibbard at gmail.  My book "Law School Fast Track" is helpful, if I say so myself--I wrote it directly to address the concerns I had going into law school--AFTER I'd read several law school guides.  It's short and geared simply at being an efficient law student.

Anyway, I hope your law school search is great--


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