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first deadline was april 1st

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Advice on JD/MBA programs
« on: March 24, 2006, 10:47:19 AM »
huh, i'm kinda shocked that ppl are so against it.  i would think that in any business-related law field, having an mba would play to your advantage when it comes to hiring.  in the same way that if you were going in IP, it helps to have a computer science undergrad, or a medical degree/background would help in medical malpractice.

obviously, it's not necessary, and you'll eventually pick these skills/knowledge up while working in the field.  plus, you can always take electives in law school related to finance/econ, but if an employer is looking to hire you and you have related degrees/experience, it can only work to your advantage.  also, i think it's impressive to corporate clients to know that you understand business.  this is kinda weak logic, but i also think there has to be a reason that all top law schools offer a jd/mba program.  it can't be completely useless.

i guess in the end, it depends on the individual and what your ultimate career goals are.  to some people, it's not worth it.  maybe you could ask g-town admissions to hook you up with alumni who have done it, and you can discuss it with them. 

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http://www.nybarexam.org/foreign.htm

i would guess that as long as you pass the bar in ny, ny law firms would be cool with it.  (but i think that in different states, there are different requirements, and some states might not even accept it).  LSE is definitely internationally recognized as an awesome school, so if you're willing to pay the price and deal with the extra hassle of extra requirements for the bar, you should go for it.  i know the law firm i work for recruits at canadian law schools, and i assume that counts as foreign.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Advice on JD/MBA programs
« on: March 24, 2006, 09:26:25 AM »
I'm looking at jd/mba programs in ucla, and i know that there, you can apply to do the joint program anytime before 3L (my ug gpa isn't too great, so i'm planning to do a year of law school, hopefully get good grades, then apply).  BUT i've looked at georgetown law before, and i'm pretty sure you have to apply simultaneously at georgetown.  you should call and double-check though.  it depends on the school.

if it's not possible to do the joint degree at georgetown (and i think it would be too late for you now), i would definitely advise against doing mba right after law school.  The only rationale for doing them together is to save a year, but if you're going to do five years of schooling, you might as well work a few years and make money first.  plus, with a georgetown jd and work experience, i'm sure you could get into an AWESOME business school.

i honestly don't see any cons to having a jd/mba, unless you're going into something non-business related.  i think the extra cost of getting a business degree would be worth it in the long run (again, assuming that your career path is business-related) and i'm not sure i would agree that over-qualification would be bad.  if you're going to do any corporate law/securities law, it'll help so much to understand financial instruments/transactions, mergers/acquisitions, accounting, etc.

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yeah, i suppose it would be crazy to not go

my deal is that i'm working as a paralegal at a huge law firm in nyc.  when i was hired, i was asked to make a 2-yr commitment (no contract or anything like that, though) and i was like, yeah, sure, even though i had already applied to law schools.  obviously, they don't want to train ppl who are just going to leave in a year.  almost all the paras here are college grads who work for two years then go to law school.  so, if i bounce now, i haven't done my two years.  i didn't care before, but now i'm starting to feel obligated/guilty.

also, a couple of ppl here have been telling me that if i leave, it will be really really frowned upon.  since when you apply for bar admission, they go back to all your previous law employers, i'm concerned that my current employers will say bad things about me.  am i being really paranoid and stupid?  should i just be like f-it to the firm and do my own thing?

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so, I'm thinking about withdrawing from UCLA and re-applying this fall (they don't allow deferment).  anyone have any experiences with re-applying or thoughts on what my chances of getting back in are?

I sort of feel like I was lucky to get in in the first place (3.6/166) so i better just take it now.  I don't really have a great excuse, I just want to work another year where I am for the extra money.  On the other hand, if I submit my application on the very first day, and apply early decision, maybe I could get in again?

Thoughts?

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Financial Aid / Re: UCLA Scholarship Decisions May Start Soon
« on: March 17, 2006, 10:26:33 AM »
shae, just curious -- have you heard yet?  what's lsn?

i'm also hoping that some money will come my way from them but so far i haven't heard anything

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Acceptances / Re: Preliminary grant award from UCLA
« on: March 17, 2006, 10:18:50 AM »
jake, i read on one of these threads somewhere that ucla requires copies of mine/parents income taxes, a resume and a letter from my employer of my end date?  did you send any of these things?  i did my app like a month ago, but haven't sent in any of these yet.  do you think that could be delaying it?  if i haven't heard of any grants, do you think it's too late and that it means i'm not getting anything?

thanks!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Housing around UCLA
« on: March 17, 2006, 10:09:51 AM »
Mimimimi, i was searching around the boards and saw that you had been fielding some q's about ucla, soooo, if you're not too busy. . .

scholarships/grants -- i read that you got yours late march?  when did you fill in the Need Access application?  need access is what determines your grants pretty much, right?  I read on one of the threads here that UCLA requires copies of mine/parents income taxes, resume, and a letter from my employer of my end date?  I know the copies of my income taxes is true, but do you know about the other two?  i haven't sent any of that stuff yet, will that delay my need access app, and therefore my grant info?

do i need to buy a new laptop?  I have a 4 year old one from undergrad, it still works but it's kinda heavy and relatively slow and the battery life is like 2 minutes.  does everyone bring their laptops to classes to take notes, and is it really important to get a fast, light one (if i have to bring it to class every day, i don't want to lug around a big one)?

socratic method?  scary?

ucla summer program?  did you do that or know anyone who did?  where did apps for that come from?  do they mail it to you?

ahhh, i think that's it for now (sorry it's so much).  thanks in advance!   ;D  ;D  ;D

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Housing around UCLA
« on: March 17, 2006, 09:33:17 AM »
whoa, that's a little scary about weyburn. . . Mimimimi, do you know if it's real difficult to get a spot at weyburn?  how early did you apply and when were you notified?  do you have a studio or 2 bd?

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