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Howard U School of Law / Re: Preparation for Howard
« on: April 01, 2011, 10:39:28 AM »
Here is an article on preparing for law school.

You should also read Law School Confidential.

Current Law Students / Re: Is Law School the new "College?"
« on: April 01, 2011, 10:31:43 AM »
I think that your general consensus from those of us who have completed law school is that it's a terribly expensive (in time, toll on family/relationships, and money).  It seems like a bad way to kill time.  Here is an article about whether you should be a lawyer

It sounds like you don't really know what you want from life yet.  Here's a suggesttion, and I offer it humbly.  Try to decide what results you want from a profession:  hours, pay, vacation, stress-level, contribution, interaction with people, atmosphere, etc...  Decide what you think is important, understanding that there are definite tradeoffs.  Be realistic.  If you want to work less than 40 hours a week and make $1M a year your options will be severely limited (btw if you figure out how to do that, send us a post.  Im sure a bunch of us would be interested ;) ).  Once you know the results you want from your carreer, start a list of the different professions that satisfy the criteria. 

Then, at least, you can spend your time advancing toward something that will be sure to make you happy with your life. 


Law School Admissions / Re: hi everyone! :) request your advice!
« on: April 01, 2011, 10:13:14 AM »
I would avoid telling that story as your personal statment.  Your resume and addendums will cover this topic.  You don't want to be a 1 trick pony.

Im not sure how transferring is going to look, but you are going to have to disclose the info on your applications anyway.  This will undoubtedly fall under the Character and Fitness questions.   DONT tell them that  your rights were violated (or about the roommate), it sounds bitter and screams of someone who isn't accepting responsibility. 

The way to handle it is to spin it something like this:

Back in the day, I stupidly thought that the way to express my disagreement for our nations drug laws was to ignore them.  This led to serious consequences in my personal life, and made me reevaluate my position.  With a little experience and perspective, I realized that the better way to express disagreement with the law is to try to change it.  Since then I have obeyed the law, and focused my efforts on trying to influence our policy through legitimate means.  I still strongly disagree with the rules that I was accused of breaking, but acknowledge that I was wrong, and fully deserved the punishment I received.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where should I go?
« on: March 31, 2011, 10:53:36 AM »
Consider reading this article: Should I Become a Lawyer

I am sure you could be admitted to a law school that meets your needs, if you want to be a lawyer. 

Law School Admissions / Re: hi everyone! :) request your advice!
« on: March 31, 2011, 10:47:31 AM »
I would keep all of these projects if you want to be T5.  The ability to juggle a lot of significant extra's, while maintaining the credentials you need for T5, are what makes you stand out. 

I also think your passion for drug policy will make you an attractive candidate at top law schools. I don't think it will hurt.  Law schools look for students that they think will add meaningful perspectives to class discussions--whether the school agrees with the opinions or not.  Your interest screams of this quality. 

Good luck, and let us know what happens.

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, 10:17:51 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, 10:12:54 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, 10:06:49 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.   

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