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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: First day reading?
« on: August 16, 2006, 02:37:19 PM »
If you buy a Black's law dictionary, get a used pocket edition.  Don't spend a lot of money on it.  I was told the same thing last year, but was insistent that I should have one, so I got the nice black hardcover edition.  I used a few times last year, but not a ton.  I would have been just as well off not wasting the cash and getting a used one.

I agree...I have the pocket version and it was pretty pricey too = $25.00. Also, if your prof. is open book and note for your exam, a law dictionary is a must!

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: First day reading?
« on: August 16, 2006, 11:00:50 AM »
Would it be worthwhile to run out and grab a used copy of Black's Law Dictionary?

If you have Rogers for Contracts, definitely get a dictionary. He will look for the most obscure words in a case - both legal and non-legal - and expect you to know what the words mean.

If you have Dorsaneo for Civ Pro...just be prepared. Know what the procedural posture of the case is (his words) and be ready to be wrong. This guy actually wrote the book and Texas Civil Procedure and actually has a link on Lexis Nexis. But the class is really entertaining....especially when he goes on a rant.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: First day reading?
« on: August 15, 2006, 09:38:06 PM »
I think I have about 40 pages to read for the first day as well as a four page paper due next thursday. Haven't even started class yet  :P

Dont stress on that "paper." Don't waste more than 30 minutes on that paper either (I'm assuming it is the Legal Writing Paper regarding ethics). Also, don't worry about citing anything either. The profs supposedly use those papers to "gauge" their class, but you will never hear back regarding the paper. You will learning quickly what the term "for credit" means in legal writing....

Where should I go next fall? / Re: My turn for a list of schools
« on: August 14, 2006, 05:55:28 PM »
You should keep at least one safety school since the gap between your "likely" schools and your "safety" schools is pretty wide. Not sure if you wanted to work while in law school, but look into part-time/night school if you dont mind graduating in 4 years. I know SMU has a good night program and you will be in classes with more nontrad students as opposed to the day time. Also, look into Vandy if you dont mind the Nashville area. If you know what area of Texas you want to live in, then go to a school in that area if you dont get into UT.

SMU is BIG in Dallas.
Houston is BIG in Houston.
Tech has a decent presence in Fort Worth.
St. Mary's is OK for the San Antonio legal market.
South College is getting better in Houston.

Since you have a high LSAT and low GPA, you must widen your applications. I got rejected at a tier 4 school, accepted at a top 40 school and waitlisted at a top 20 never know what to expect. Plus, pay attention to scholarship offers, rankings are one thing, but getting out of school as an older student debt free is quite another. Good luck!

Where should I go next fall? / Re: LORs
« on: August 14, 2006, 05:45:09 PM »
Depends...if a lot has changed in your life (ie accomplishments, jobs, etc) then you should get LORs. While I think its OK to use one of your old LORs, I think you should strive for another one from a boss or someone else. When I reapplied, I completely changed my application and had new LORs written. Not sure what made the difference at the schools I got rejected at first and then admitted, but it worked.

Law School Applications / Re: LSAT retake question
« on: August 14, 2006, 05:41:25 PM »
Honestly I doubt that the law school will care....even if you do cancel. If your score and creds are good enough to get you in without any LSAT improvement, then the school will admit you. The ad com is not going to think, "Gee, I would have admitted this person, but since he/she took the LSAT again and canceled, we should reject him/her." If you are trying for Harvard or Yale, then this might be something to worry about; but most schools are not trying to look at stuff in your file to reject you...they are looking at stuff in your file to accept you. Just my take.

Law School Applications / Re: Texas Tech Fall 2006
« on: May 20, 2006, 02:46:32 PM »

Hey MJ - How are things going at Baylor?

I actually decided to go to SMU, but it is alright overall. I am actually considering transfering to Tech to save tuition money, but I will have to see after grades come out. How is Tech?

Tech is great - see my previous posts on this thread were I talk about a lot of the great aspects - but I do think that SMU gives you a better shot at most DFW jobs (PM me if you want to talk more about your specifics)

I'm looking to transfer myself though - probably Georgetown since I was accepted there based on 1st semester grades, and since ConLaw just PWN3D my a$$ GPA may not get me in to anywhere better that Gtown now(though I may still apply elsewhere). I love tech, but as I've said on here before, I want to teach, and I believe Gtown opens more doors than Tech in that arena. If I wanted to be a lawyer I would stay here at tech...and so I can highly recommend it to you would save about 40K coming here...but like I said feel free to pm me about specifics if you like...

Congrats on Gtown, I didnt know that you can transfer after first semester grades, but I discovered that too late. I will probably just bite the bullet and stay at SMU regardless, but if tech offers a scholarship i might consider.

Sorry, I meant that after you are accepted and enroll, there are no scholarships (meaning if you are a second year and you do well, there are no scholarships for upper law students). The restriction on the transfer from part-time to full-time is not because of hours, SMU just never allows part-timers to transfer to the full-time program. It is just policy up here.

Does any one have any info on the part time program there (SMU)?  Would I have a better chance of getting scholarship money part-time there, or a lower ranked school like Pepperdine, Penn State, or Richmond?

Scholarship funds at SMU are limited, so if you didnt get when after your acceptance, you probably dont have one. SMU is also big law oriented, and with the debt you accure, you are probably going to have to start off in a corporate firm just to pay off your loan. Another thing to consider, SMU does not allow people to transfer from the evening program to the day program.

Law School Applications / Re: Texas Tech Fall 2006
« on: May 20, 2006, 01:03:44 PM »


There's a penalty on top of the $150 filing fee? My indecisiveness is gonna cost me so much money  :-\. Do you know how long you can wait?

It sucks because it has to be filed in the first few weeks (I think before Oct. 1). I was late because there were a lot of requirements.....finding references that would actually have to fill stuff out, getting finger printed, and filling out all that stupid paper work.

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