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In general, these are all degrees that are more regional in value.

I would put a great deal of weight on where you want to live.  I think LA is a bit more punkrock than SD, but I'm sure you would find a way to be happy in either place.  I don't usually associate DC with the punkrock philosophy, and I think your international job opportunities would be based there for a while. 

Also, you should spend some time researching how to increase your chance on the waitlist.  If any of those schools are still important to you, you can keep them in the equation. 

Easy choice for you!

Where do you want to live/practice?  Florida or Illinois?  Both are what I call "regional" schools.  In general, the vast majority of the students end up working in local/regional job markets. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: General Question...Personality for Law School
« on: March 31, 2011, 09:17:51 AM »
I think there are law jobs for any type of personality.  Generally, what you have described on your preferences, would also make it hard to eat (vs. Journalism) at first. 

I could see you enjoying a LegalAid job, criminal defense, or being general counsel for a great non-profit organization. 

But the reality is, when you spend that kind of money on law school, you probably won't have too much influence over the type of job you start out with. 

Let us know what you decide.

Current Law Students / Re: Thoughts on Chances
« on: March 31, 2011, 09:12:54 AM »
I would apply.  I think FSU is going to be more interested in your desire to join the program than perfect credentials. LLM-related statistics are not used in law school rankings.  Also, LLM's are less competitive to be accepted than the JD programs.  People who graduate at the top of their law classs generally don't persue LLM's. 

Spend extra time on your application.  Go back and look at some of the info for pre-law on doing law school applications.  This is an exercise in advocacy, treat it seriously.  FSU needs to understand how bad you want to be in their program. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Fordham v. GW
« on: March 31, 2011, 09:06:49 AM »
If you want to work in NYC, go to Fordham.  It will be a significant advantage over GW (and probably a few T14 schools) when it comes time to look for work.   

Black Law Students / Re: Any opinions would be helpful.........
« on: March 31, 2011, 09:02:57 AM »
Your GPA will be calculated by LSAC (the people who handle LSAT and application submissions).  So, it won't look that high. 

With a 176, your college won't matter.  With a decent (3.2 ish) cumulative GPA, you will have an easy time getting into law school.  Also, with a little study, your LSAT may end up higher than that.

Your qualifications will be fine.  Your work lies in determining whether law school is a good option for you.  There is a link below to a free book, get it.  It has a discussion of what you can expect during law school/practice.

Good luck!

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: CPA and Law school
« on: March 31, 2011, 08:52:05 AM »
To answer your salary question, midLaw is going to proportionately lag biglaw.  If you start at 70, you shouldn't expect 160 until you are a partner.  But, after 3 years you will be making 6 figures.  You will also be working the same kind of hours as biglaw.   

Midlaw, however, will usually give young associates significant experience much quicker.  And, good-sized midlaw firms, do work for fortune 500, they just don't take the lead on certain types of cases.  For normal law suits, they are used all the time.   

There is no doubt that the rankings greatly influence their behavior.  Otherwise, admission wouldn't be so easily predictable by your LSAT/GPA. 

The question I have is whether there could be different factors considered that would actually make the student's life better if the schools emphasize them. 

It would be nice if there could be a different--more meaningful--way to rank the schools (that catches on).   

Law School Admissions / Re: explaining a big gap in LSAT scores
« on: March 30, 2011, 09:22:02 AM »
Please let us know how it works out for you...

11 years for a full pension might be worth moving around and putting up with the crap.

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