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Law School Admissions / Re: LSAT retake question
« on: August 14, 2006, 02:41:25 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 Admissions / Re: Texas Tech Fall 2006
« on: May 20, 2006, 11:46:32 AM »

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 Admissions / Re: Texas Tech Fall 2006
« on: May 20, 2006, 10:03:44 AM »


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.

Law School Admissions / Re: Texas Tech Fall 2006
« on: May 20, 2006, 10:01:04 AM »


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?

Law School Admissions / Re: Texas Tech Fall 2006
« on: May 18, 2006, 06:42:21 AM »
On a more serious note, I'm a little worried about the Declaration of Intent to Study Law that we have to file by October 1st if we want to take the Texas Bar... Does anyone know if we don't file it, if we'll ever be able to take the Texas bar? I've never been to Texas.. How am I supposed to know if I want to practice there!

You can hold off on filing your declaration of intention but you will have to pay an additional penalty (I think around $150). TX has an early requirement so they have enough time to do checks on you.

Henj, thank you so much for your advice! An assistant position with a solo-practice lawyer would be perfect for me, I'm definitely not counting on any big firm stuff. Could you tell me more about how you were able to find that job? A job at the government in Washington DC is a possibility. I would have to move all the way to East coast, which is not that convenient, but still a possibility, I guess. I should look into that too. Thank's for the advice!

I actually live right now in the city of Seattle, Washington State (that's Pacific Northwest, not Washington D.C.). It's a medium/largish size city, so there's plenty of firms and private legal practices. I should be able to find something. All the ideas about how to look for an internship are very helpful!

I had a similar situation and had to wait a year to reapply. I had low LSATs and didnt apply to any real safety schools. I went a bit extreme and moved from Texas to DC and found obtained an internship at an NGO. While interning in the first three months, I retook the LSAT and increased my score. I also found a job at a large law firm and became a conflicts/new business assistant.

I found the job on a whim: looked to and sent a letter and resume to every law firm that had a DC office. I only received one phone call out of the 75 letters I sent and got the job the next day. I worked at the internship and the law firm at the same time, so I was definitely busy.

This was all well worth it because when I reapplied, I was accepted at two law schools that rejected me the year before and my current law school actually highlighted my work in the law firm and internship in my acceptance letter. Even though I increased my LSAT score, I only had a 10-20% chance of getting accepted per Chiasu.

A lot is based on luck, so definitely apply to as many law firms as you can. I initially applied as a "paralegal," but the firm only needed a conflicts assistant. I didn't do much "legal" stuff, but I gained exposure to a large law firm and I made many contacts. Good luck.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: SMU Class of 2009
« on: April 27, 2006, 06:07:02 AM »
yeah I go to the LS now. I moved from the DC area so this area is still "cheap" to me ::)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: SMU Class of 2009
« on: April 26, 2006, 10:05:04 PM »
Depends on your price range. If you can afford $1000-$2000 per month, you have a lot of options immediately around campus and uptown. $600-1000/month will land you on the east of 75 and some apartments near campus, but they are limited. That is also the price range in the Village, but some are really nice (over $1000/month) and some are real crap-holes ($630 or so). Less than $600/month will land you in the ghetto. Getting your car broken into month after month is really not worth the extra savings.

If you (or your parents) already have month, you should just buy a condo. $300K will buy you a decent 1500 SQ/FT 2-bdr near campus, but most are about $350K.

As you can see, the area around SMU is NOT cheap and most kids here are REALLY rich. I know a couple of kids that live in high rise apartments that cost over $500K in Turtle Creek. I live in an efficiency, but I will probably move after this year since my rent will be increased by $100/month after this lease ends.

BTW, physically come to Dallas and search. A friend of mine used one of those apartment hunter companies, and they put her in the crappest apartment in the Village (you can still smell the mold).

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