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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT means nothing in the big picture
« on: June 17, 2012, 11:50:19 AM »
The LSAT is important because schools think it's important.  Unless you think the school you go to doesn't matter, the LSAT is a big fat hairy deal.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: My 1L neighbor is driving me crazy
« on: June 15, 2012, 04:10:19 PM »
I'm actually surprised that people speak of GGU like it's a terrible school. I have never attended GGU, but the only two attorney's that I know of who graduated from GGU are some of the best attorney's in my area. One particular graduate, is the only attorney in the area who has filed three successful lawsuits against my employer and won every single case, lol. (The guy is known for being a shark in the courtroom)

If you're going into practice for yourself, especially in the plaintiff's bar, then where you go to school probably doesn't matter so much.

For every other job, it matters a lot.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: If I Did It
« on: June 13, 2012, 06:57:13 AM »
. After reading it, it most def seems as though O.J. did it.

You had to read the book to come to that conclusion?

So forgive me for saying that I can't believe anyone who is of "incredible intelligence" could fail out of law school unless there is an insane forced attrition policy. 

I was thinking the same thing until he said she would have to leave the country.  Quite possible that English is a second language to her.  That would put even an incredibly intelligent person at a significant disadvantage since, basically, law school is essentially entirely language-based.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: My 1L neighbor is driving me crazy
« on: June 11, 2012, 09:20:22 AM »

Interestingly, lower tier law schools like GGU are usually far less tolerant of academic underperformers than higher ranked schools. One of the biggest criticisms of tier 4 schools is that they admit large numbers of unqualified students, and then eliminate 25-35% through academic attrition. At a school like GGU the grading curve is probably set somewhere around 2.5-2.6. By comparison, Hastings has a curve of  (I think) 3.2. Considering that all ABA law schools teach nearly identical first year curricula, it's probably easier to get a 3.0 GPA at Hastings than it is at GGU.

I don't suppose anybody here has considered that the OP is a crank?  Nobody "constantly flunks" tests in law school because nobody "constantly" takes tests.  You almost always take tests all at once, during final exams.  Which means, worst case, the student would be stressing out during final exams, then when they got their grades a month later.

Online Law Schools / Re: ABA is not an option (unfortunately)
« on: June 11, 2012, 09:15:41 AM »
I think you run a real risk.  There ARE ways to get admitted to the bar in various states without an ABA accredited law degree.  However, I really wouldn't devote the money and time involved on the off-chance that I might qualify under one of those ways.

Why not do your 20 as a cop, get your pension, then go attend an ABA school in the state where you would eventually like to practice?

34% of law graduates from the class of 2011 are working in a job that doesn't require a law license.

That really doesn't surprise me so much.  Until about 1970 or so, it was very common for people with law degrees to go into industry instead of the law.  Late 60s, early 70s is when new associate pay started to outpace private sector pay. 

A law degree's most obvious application is in the law, but we might be better served as a nation if a lot more JDs took their understanding of the law into private industry and didn't necessarily go into practice as attorneys.

Pursuing an LLM / Re: LLM or MBA?
« on: June 03, 2012, 12:40:14 PM »
Which is worth enrolling in more, an MBA or an LLM? (assuming you already have a JD or are jointly enrolled) and why?

I will, inadvertently, be a JD/MBA if I ever finish law school.  I got my MBA a long time ago.

Probably the best quote I ever heard about JD/MBA is that a better name for it would be "dumb and dumber".

I suppose, somewhere, there are additional opportunties available if you have a JD/MBA versus merely having a JD.  I will say I don't know of a single one and that it may long odds to find one.

When you say LLM, do you mean an LLM in Tax or something else?  LLM in Tax is worthwhile.  LLM in nearly anything else seems pretty pointless, but then that's just the opinion of a barely 2L.

I'd say the way to go is to go to law school if you must.  Do your best.  Then vote Democrat until the day you die because Republicans are the a-holes who made student loan debt non-dischargable in bankruptcy.

Yeah, those a-holes. The very idea of thinking that the government shouldn't let intelligent adults blithely off the hook after they have signed contracts to pay a price they agreed to pay in exchange for something they wanted. Fuckers.

If you disagree with the concept of bankruptcy, so be it.  Suffice to say that it has been a part of American life for quite some time now.  Perhaps living in Victorian-era England would be more your style.  After all, debtors prison seems like a wonderful idea.  Why in the world would you ever allow people to have a fresh start, especially after Republican policies got the economy to this point? 

But I honestly do want to be an attorney more than anything, and have always wanted to.

Seems pretty simple, then.

Right now, the unemployment rate for new college grads is like 50%, depending on who you talk to.  I don't see anybody recommending that kids no longer go to college.

I just read an article that said that PharmDs are graduating to find zero jobs.

Honestly, this is the worst economy of my lifetime and I've been alive a while, now.  If you used the current economic climate as a meter, you would only major in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Accounting, Nursing or Medicine.  All other education would be completely wasted tuition dollars.

Someday, we'll come out of this recession.  God only knows when. Maybe not for another 10 years.

However, you should ask yourself:  do you plan on being alive 10 years from now?  Because if you do, then you might want to plan for a world in the post-economic apocalyptic America.

I don't advise against going to Law School.  I don't advise for it, either.  It's a serious decision and one you should really think about.  I mean, if you were contemplating joining the military, you wouldn't do it lightly.  They'd own you for 4-6 years (or more) and you might die.  IN light of that, Law School isn't so bad.

I'd say the way to go is to go to law school if you must.  Do your best.  Then vote Democrat until the day you die because Republicans are the a-holes who made student loan debt non-dischargable in bankruptcy.

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