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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Blind Relocation
« on: April 07, 2006, 01:13:52 PM »
Travel is absolutely necessary, especially considering that you're most likely only going to find employment in the region.  You must be certain you like that region before attending, which should take precedent over actually finding a place, which of course you'll want to see in person before signing a lease. Good luck!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Villanova vs. Richmond
« on: April 06, 2006, 07:40:27 AM »
Good luck to you too Xaticca, it sounds like you've made an informed and solid decision.  Best of luck!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: On Hold at Case
« on: April 05, 2006, 02:37:53 PM »

I am on hold and am withdrawing asap, so hopefully it helps to a degree. Strong letter stating why Case is your #1 is a very good idea. I would send a personal copy to Christopher Lucak (met him at NYC Law Fair and is only reason I applied to Case) - he's really cool and might even talk to you personally, if you so desire.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Villanova vs. Richmond
« on: April 05, 2006, 02:16:29 PM »
Go where you'll feel most comfortable and proud of upon graduation.  Be careful of scholarships with contingencies as Toledo (slightly higher ranked, but similar to Albany) offered me a full scholarship but about 1/2 who enter with such a scholarship, lose it. If you want to be in NYC, DC, or Philly you'll be able to get there from Albany but with a lot more work on your part (not nec. a bad thing).  You'll be more apt to take a job you like too because you won't be saddled with big debt of Nova and Richmond. If scholarship has no contingencies and you feel comfortable at Albany I don't think it's a bad option.  With that said I've opted to pass on the full scholarship and have chosen FSU as my debt burden (while still high) will be significantly less than Villanova, it has stronger programs in my areas of interest (international, business, and environmental law), it's located in a state capital with great access to judicial/government opps, and I don't want to work in the Northeast (too expensive, cold, and economic growth will lag the South signficantly over the course of our professional lives). Go where you're comfortable.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: oh man i'm scared
« on: April 05, 2006, 01:49:07 PM »
Depending upon why you bombed the LSAT, significant improvement is a real possibility.  Where were you scoring on practice tests before taking LSAT? I, too, bombed my first attempt at the LSAT as my self-esteem and concentration were handicapped by factors that I wouldn't accept at the time.  While, surely, deciding to take the test and keep my score reflects upon poor judgment, in now way does it reflect upon true ability or aptitude.  I myself scored 12 points higher the second time around, which is an absolute statistical difference. Nonetheless, most schools take the straight average (this is what factors into their rankings) so your choices will be somewhat limited to those schools that will take the higher score. In sum, if you were scoring much higher before bombing, def. study and retake again.  If you weren't scoring much higher, you'll need to really bust your ass to change the result. It can be done and don't listen to anyone who'd suggest otherwise.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WSJ Article re: biglaw salaries
« on: April 05, 2006, 09:31:58 AM »
unfortunately, it boils down to supply/demand fundamentals gentlemen, which do not bode well for the old put my time in and make partner track.  With that said, making money and finding success really comes down to whether or not you are able to demonstrate that you add value in a meaningful = profitable way.  The associates that make partner (whether it's Big Law or at a medium-sized firm) are the ones that form relationships and bring in business.  Much of this component involves sales/people skills, which, frankly, are skills that a T14 law degree won't teach you.  Those who go to the best schools and never learn to pair this top legal training with the skills required to build relationships/business will find themselves stuck as senior associates.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WSJ Article re: biglaw salaries
« on: April 05, 2006, 08:39:52 AM »
not only is it taking longer to become a partner, the percentage of associates becoming a partner has continued to dwindle since the 70s as senior associates are just too profitable.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official I'm Going to X School Thread
« on: April 04, 2006, 03:05:13 PM »
FSU, Go Noles!!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Top Environmental Law Programs
« on: April 04, 2006, 01:14:23 PM »
Thanks a lot moonchigger!  Are you seriously considering environmental law?  Where are leaning toward attending?  Where do you want to practice?

Choosing the Right Law School / Top Environmental Law Programs
« on: April 04, 2006, 09:36:46 AM »
Anyone have the comprehensive list from premium US News edition?

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