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Current Law Students / Re: starting a private practice
« on: March 06, 2006, 07:51:14 AM »
I'm thinking about doing this maybe 5-10 years out of law school, but we'll see.  I don't know anyone who has done it, but there are tons of books out there on how to build a solo or small partnership practice.  I think that often small firms aren't exactly competing against larger firms, because the practice areas tend to be different.  Like you aren't going to start a solo practice to do mergers and acquisitions for Fortune 500 companies.  But, I imagine the competition is difficult among smaller firms.  I think it would be important to have a lot of connections and a good marketing strategy. 

If you don't get the list in time, the bookstore will probably let you return stuff for the first week or two of the semester.  So just buy the books there, keep them pristine, and return them when you get the stuff from

Current Law Students / Re: Some things about LS Confidential
« on: February 27, 2006, 06:09:49 AM »
Just don't feel like you have to do anything other than what works for you.  


Agree with that.  Unfortunately, it's hard to know what works for you until the end of the first semester.  I don't know much about PLS, but from what I hear its tactics are rather unconventional.  I think these law school books prey on students' anxieties by making it seem like there's some magic "trick" to law school.  There's not.  I did not book brief, and I did not outline until well into the second half of first semester.  LSC makes it seem like if you do this, you are poised for certain disaster.  In my case at least, that certainly wasn't true.  In fact, I got an A in a class that I didn't even make an outline for.  I'm not saying I didn't work hard, or didn't study.  I just did not use these methods that you often hear you must use.  You just have to know the material and know how to apply it.  How you get there simply doesn't matter.

The one thing that IS absolutely crucial in my opinion, is going through as many of your professors' old practice exams as possible.  Also, since we're talking about books, "Getting to Maybe" (geared specifically toward how to write law school exams) is fantastic and in my opinion infinitely more useful than LSC, which I also read.

Current Law Students / Re: California schools that favour G.P.A....
« on: February 27, 2006, 05:59:08 AM »
I'd seriously consider taking the LSAT again.  How much did you study for it the first time?  Would you have additional study aids/practice available this time?  I think that if you brought your score up to a 165, you'd be a lot more competitive for scholarships at some of the 2nd tier schools. 

Why is it that you can't attend unless you get a full scholarship?  Are there barriers to taking out loans as an international student?  I guess it would make sense if you couldn't take out federal loans, but no private loans either?  I'm not very familiar with the process. 

Current Law Students / Re: California schools that favour G.P.A....
« on: February 26, 2006, 09:12:47 PM »
Actually, all of the California publics weight GPA heavily compared to other schools of their caliber.  That's not to say they weight it more than the LSAT, but LSAT's slightly less important.  I'd say you have a shot at UCLA with a 4.0/160, although you aren't going to get anything close to a full ride.  Better shot at Hastings or Davis.

For a full scholarship, I think you'd be looking more in the neighborhood of third or even fourth tier schools. 

I am not one of those knee-jerk "go to the best school you get into" people, but in this case, Notre Dame, no question.  Even if the "mid atlantic" means only NYC, you are still in a market saturated with lawyers, and with 4 local law schools all ranked higher than St. John's.  If you're trying to take the degree beyond NYC, the disparity becomes even greater.  I think Notre Dame would be a very worthwhile investment.

Job Search / Re: Public Defender's Office Summer Internship Question
« on: February 25, 2006, 08:41:49 AM »
I am also a 1L and I'm interviewing with both the DA and the PD.  I am not sure which is more prestigious in terms of the actual summer employment, but I'm pretty sure that the DA's office, if that's where you want to end up eventually, will view your PD experience in a favorable light.  The employment materials that the DA gave me here said that they like to see experience with either the DA OR the PD's office; it seems like the most important thing is to get experience in criminal law, but it doesn't necessarily have to be on the "side" you want to practice on.

DA's office typically have tons of volunteer/clerk/externship opportunities during the year, so if you don't get a job with them this summer, try working for them during the year to make connections.  The only thing is that you can't work for the DA and the PD at the same time, appearance of impropriety and all that.  But it's fine to work for both sequentially.

Current Law Students / Re: Laid back, enjoyable law schools
« on: February 11, 2006, 04:18:18 PM »
I am at UCLA, and I'd say it's fairly laid back.  However, it really is just about the student.  There are plenty of people who get freaked out here about exams, jobs, and everything else.  When you're surrounded by people who are all competing for the same jobs and grades you are, it's very easy to get caught up in it.  The key is to try to disassociate yourself from that feeling of competition to the largest extent you can. 

Lots of stuff probably.  Business or public administration, journalism?  There are a bunch of books geared toward lawyers switching careers, maybe some of them would be useful to look at. 

Current Law Students / Re: Anon LS Dean here taking questions...
« on: January 22, 2006, 01:42:02 PM »
I've never really understood what the big deal is about the socratic method.  I think it's actually kind of nice to have that practice of thinking on your feet where it doesn't count for anything, like it will in a courtroom.  I can see how it would freak people out if it were part of your grade but for us it's blind grading and determined by the final only.  So even if I mess up...not like it's the end of the world.

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