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Pre-Law in high school / Re: Pre-law and other careers
« on: July 27, 2008, 05:49:00 PM »
It's very hard to map out the rest of your life when you're only 16 years old. I don't recommend being pre-law in undergrad. A political science degree is not a prerequisite in applying to law school. In addition to poli-sci, English majors, engineers, graphic designers and business majors also apply and get into law school.

Your major isn't important. How you perform (your GPA and LSAT) are critical to getting into law school.

At this point, I suggest you survey a number of careers that are of interest to you. Talk to students studying these areas who are in college. Sit in on a class at the local college. Also, take the time to find practicing attorneys and graphic designers. Ask them about what they do and see if you can shadow them for a day.

It's a GREAT idea to major in something not law-related and work in that field for a few years. It will you give you great perspective, and you'll have something unique about your application that the scores of poli-sci majors don't. You may also decide you don't want to be a lawyer, which is fine, too.

There's nothing wrong with being a poli-sci major, though. Nor an English major. Or Economics, etc. Major in the areas that you think are interesting. Take advantage of career testing to see what your strengths are. And then talk to people in those fields. It isn't uncommon to switch careers (not just jobs!) multiple times in one's life, so don't feel like you have to stick with something you thought of when you were younger. The person you are at 30 will be very different than the person you were at 18! It's ok to change the "plan."

Don't worry about not having it all figured out at this point. Just do the best you can and get great grades -- so that you can get into college. Once you are there, take the classes that interest you-- even if they are things you never thought of before. One of my classmates was an anthropologist before coming to law school! We really take all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds.

Good luck! Take your time and do your research.

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Transferring / Re: Vandy or Texas
« on: July 27, 2008, 11:47:23 AM »

I don't blame you if everything being equal, but for a $60K difference? 

10K, maybe.  Penn, maybe.  Harvard, definately.  Vandy, no. 

Well, I guess it's a good thing I'm not you, then. :)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 159 Lsat, 3.9 GPA-Florida Schools
« on: July 25, 2008, 10:22:00 PM »
The state of Florida does not practice AA, so it doesn't matter. Your numbers are fine for any of the law schools in FL. People with lower numbers than yours get into UF and FSU. Good luck!

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Transferring / Re: Vandy or Texas
« on: July 25, 2008, 11:48:16 AM »
I made a decision today, and I think it's the right one for me. I will be attending... (drum roll, please)...

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Thanks to all for the advice and PMs! Good luck to all the rest of the transfers this cycle!

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Transferring / Re: Vandy or Texas
« on: July 23, 2008, 12:05:50 PM »
I am still in a quandry... Texas is offering me in-state tuition. I LOVE Vandy and get a better vibe from them, but is it idiotic to spend an additional $60K on warm fuzzies?

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Transferring / Resume for Transfers?
« on: July 23, 2008, 10:27:46 AM »
How are you transfers listing the change in the Educaton section on your resume?

I was thinking maybe something like this?

ABC LAW SCHOOL, City, State         
J.D. Anticipated, DATE
   Transferred after first year at XYZ SCHOOL OF LAW

XYZ SCHOOL OF LAW, City, State               
Attended DATE - DATE
   XYZ Journal of Underwater Basket Weaving Litigation Member
   Dean's List, Top X%.....

DFG College, City, State         
B.S. 2006 
   etc. etc. etc.

Thoughts? Any advice on this?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Vanderbilt Law Class of 2011
« on: July 22, 2008, 02:29:49 PM »
Any recommendations on housing this late in the game? I'm transferring (still choosing between schools, but I am leaning toward Vanderbilt). I need something pet-friendly, reasonably close to school and reasonably priced. Good luck, right?

Two units in my building are available (if you're thinking of buying). The condos are small but fairly nice. The neighborhood's cool, too (Belmont-Hillsboro).

out of my price range to buy, unfortunately! If you hear of anyone looking for a roomate, PM me. I found a nice 2 bedroom not too far from school and I'm going to look at it next week.

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Transferring / Leiter Article: who takes the most transfers
« on: July 21, 2008, 08:48:34 AM »
FYI for anyone thinking about transferring who is too lazy to look it up on LSAC's website. ;D

http://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2008/06/schools-that-ta.html

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: University of Florida 2011
« on: July 21, 2008, 08:41:08 AM »
You can always opt out of having your photo in the facebook. You have to sign a form giving the law school permission to use your photo in the facebook, etc. Students who didn't sign the form had their names in the facebook, but no photo.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Vanderbilt Law Class of 2011
« on: July 20, 2008, 01:28:13 PM »
Any recommendations on housing this late in the game? I'm transferring (still choosing between schools, but I am leaning toward Vanderbilt). I need something pet-friendly, reasonably close to school and reasonably priced. Good luck, right?

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