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Law School Admissions / Re: Chances of getting in 2.4 GPA 165 LSAT
« on: June 18, 2012, 07:27:01 AM »
Your GPA will certainly hurt you, but with a 165, there are tons of schools that will accept you, even in the tri-state area.  Just apply and see what happens.  You could get a full-ride at cooley.  Hahaha! 

Canadian Law Students / Re: Honors vs Traditional Degree
« on: June 17, 2012, 01:33:40 PM »
I am looking to attend law school after graduating from McGill University (my undergrad). I am going into second year at mcgill and need to pick my major/minor. The two programs i am looking into are a major in economics with a minor in finance/marketing, or a joint honors program in finance and economics with a minor in really anything. I know the honors program for econ and finance is one of the hardest programs at mcgill and will alter my gpa negatively compared to the first option. So the question i have is out of your personal experience and knowledge should i pursue the honors degree or take the normal economics program and obtain a higher gpa. does the honors degree carry enough weight that it will help my application?


Maybe for the very, very best schools, like maybe the top 3, the honors might carry some weight.

For all the rest, they're going to make their first cut based purely on numbers. 

Just my decidedly non-expert opinion on the matter.

OTOH, an honors degree in finance/eco from McGill might be enough to land you on wall street, thus making law school largely unnecessary.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT means nothing in the big picture
« on: June 17, 2012, 10:50:19 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, 03:10:19 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, 05:57:13 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, 08:20:22 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, 08:15:41 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, 11:40:14 AM »
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.

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