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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Reasons for going to Law School
« on: April 08, 2006, 09:51:54 AM »
After finally graduating with my bachelor's degree from a crappy state school, I had a very hard time finding a decent job. After working in retail I ended up taking a job at a big insurance company where I was hoping to work. But instead of being hired as an account manager, like a friend who was hired straight from a good local liberal arts school, I got a position that is one notch up from the mail room. I figured that I had gotten my foot in the door, so I tried to be happy about my job. Except that for a year and a half I have spent my days opening mail, processing address changes, and generating form letters. Oh yeah, and earning less than I did before getting my bachelor's. So I decided that I needed some sort of graduate degree to put me on track to have a career in something that I enjoyed and not just climb the cubicle-farm career ladder.

My ex-BF is a law student, and he encouraged me to try law school. My dad is a lawyer, and I've always had an interest in the law, so in a way I feel that my going to law school was inevitable. I just screwed up my undergrad so much that it was hard to imagine ever being accepted to any grad program. But I had finished undergrad strong, and I worked my butt off studying for the LSAT, and I got in. So I'm going, yay! And when I graduate all I want is a job that (a) I enjoy; and (b) pays decently.

All the more reason to talk to recent students and alumni, visit the school and do actual research on career services and job placement!

Visiting every school that I was at least minimally interested would have been WAY expensive. So like Zamora said, I had to partially rely on a school's website when making my application decisions. Once I was ACCEPTED at a school I could justify spending the money to visit, but not before.

Law School Applications / Re: THE SUB 150 CLUB...WE DESERVE A THREAD!
« on: April 07, 2006, 10:25:42 PM »
I'm not sub 150, but I love this thread. I am not going to the "best" school that I got into, but I am going to the school where I think I will be happiest. I look forward to someday having a job that I enjoy. And I'll definitely enjoy the boost in income, however much that will be.

We're all going to be lawyers, and we should each give ourself a pat on the back because we've gotten this far. Finishing four years of college (or in my case, seven and a half years off and on) is an accomplishment to be proud of. I never thought I'd get to this point, so I am thrilled to death to be starting law school in August.

Love your school, no matter what it's ranking. There are highly successful lawyers from tier 3 and 4 law schools. The LSAT is not a perfect predictor of your success as a lawyer. If you don't do the work, it doesn't matter what your LSAT score is.

Good luck everyone with acceptances. :)

As a matter of fact, overall, a few spots in any direction will not have a big impact on a school's reputation. The reputation has likely already been set for quite some time, and the moves are quite irrelevant. Only if a school has been moving in one direction for, say, 3+ years can we really conclude an obvious change.

If Syracuse were still in the top 100 I would feel better about choosing Syracuse over UCONN and Case. I agree that rankings should factor into your school choice, but you have to keep in mind how happy you would be at each individual school. I hate cities, so I wouldn't be happy at Columbia even if I could get in there. I like being relatively close to my family (easy/cheap to visit for holidays and etc.), so I'd rather be within a days drive than go to a school where I'd have to fly back and forth. So these things all factored into my own personal decision.

The fact is, for people entering these types of schools, the vast majority are looking for small-firm/government/PI jobs in the school's area, with the very few best students able to obtain bigLaw jobs in larger markets.

If you get a BigLaw job in one market, how hard is it to get a BigLaw job in a different market? Five years after graduation, do schools care as much about your school's rank/reputation?

Non-Traditional Students / Re: For the older students...
« on: April 07, 2006, 09:54:44 PM »
Oh, duh.

I didn't mean to be preachy. When I was in high school there was a horrible fatal accident that killed a graduating senior and left another with a traumatic brain injury. One of the girls was literally burned to death, trapped under a Jeep. And guess what?  The driver (who escaped injury) was drunk. So drinking and driving is a pet peeve of mine. And I can see immature high schoolers driving drunk, but I figure that once you're in law school you're old enough to know better. Take turns, it's not that hard.

OK, rant over.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: For the older students...
« on: April 07, 2006, 09:46:47 PM »
Thanks for the PSA!

the what?

Go where you want to practice.

with the added factor in addition to their relative rank that the schools in the back of tier 2 could always drop back to the undifferentiated tier 3 (*cough* Syracuse).

When I sent my seat deposit to Syracuse, I was all set to attend a tier 2 school. Shortly after the check cleared I was heading to a tier 3 school. Maybe by the time I graduate they will be back in the top 100.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Gotta pick one...
« on: April 07, 2006, 09:38:29 PM »
Where do you want to practice law? I went to an admitted students day at Cleveland-Marshall and was impressed with the administration. They seem to really believe in the school and work hard to make sure that all of their students get jobs. Of course you may be "stuck" in the greater Cleveland area after graduation, but if you like northern Ohio then I think you'd be set. The building wasn't very impressive, and the campus is urban, but I left with a good impression of the school.

I know nothing about Willamette, but if you want to practice in Oregon that is probably your better option.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: For the older students...
« on: April 07, 2006, 09:33:53 PM »
My ex-BF is a 3L now, and some of his friends are hard-core drinkers. They all celebrate not having class on Fridays by getting plastered on Thursday night. What bothers me more than the getting wasted itself is the drinking and driving that I know must also occur. If you're going to drink, drink responsibly.

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