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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse or Creighton???
« on: May 03, 2007, 05:57:21 PM »
I had a friend go to Creighton, and he really enjoyed it.

My understanding is that you'll be mostly tied to a regional location if you go to Creighton.  Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Missouri.  The advice I got me when looking at schools is that if you want to get a job in Omaha, NE, you go to Creighton.  If you want to get a job in Lincoln, NE, you go to UNL.

I don't know anything about Syracuse, but I'd presume it is also a regional school.  Of course, you have the advantage of New York City being in the region.  Hitting the "big time" in the Omaha area would generally be getting a law job in Kansas City.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: laptops what?
« on: August 08, 2006, 05:45:54 AM »
You go out and buy a really noisy typewriter on which to take notes.  After a day or two of that, the professor may allow you a personal exemption to start bringing your laptop early.

Law School Admissions / Re: GPA Question
« on: August 07, 2006, 11:31:00 AM »
If you really believe it is a special case, like you are trying to say, then contact your school.  Your school should have a pre-law advisor who will be more familiar with how your school's different GPA should be reported to schools on their application.  Even if they don't have a counselor specifically for pre-law, they'll have someone for helping students apply to graduate studies.

If they truly should be reported as distinct GPAs, then you would end up listing the school as two different college entries.  One entry would be for the Business School, and would include the name of the Business School with your degree GPA.  The other entry would be the college in general and use the degree from your first two years.

Most 4-year Universities do not operate in that fashion for the GPAs.  What you are describing is more like going to a 2-year University for an Associate's Degree, and then transferring to a 4-year University for a BS/BA.

So ask your school counselors.  If they try and tell you that you can get away without reporting your first two years, then call the admissions offices of the Law Schools to which you'll apply and make sure they'll accept that.  You might want to write an addendum explaining your undergraduate school's unique method of GPA assignment.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Working during law school?
« on: August 07, 2006, 11:04:29 AM »
First year grades are very important, that's why they suggest not to work during your first year.  At the start of your 2L year, you'll start looking for a job for the summer.  That summer job will probably lead to a full time job offer.  The only grades they will have when they extend the initial summer job will be your first year grades.  So if you do really well your first year, you may end up with a super job, even if you slip in your 2nd and 3rd years.

By the same token, your 3rd year grades don't matter much, as nobody will normally see them until they have already extended a job offer.

I have heard that a fair number of people work part time during their 2L and 3L years doing work for whatever job they performed over the summer.  2L and 3L years are reputed to be lighter than 1L year, unless you get really active in the Moot Court/Mock Trial competitions, organizations, and Journals.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Financing school
« on: August 07, 2006, 10:57:37 AM »
Yes, as long as you are a single student with no extraordinary expenses (health problems, child support, expensive car insurance) you should be able to live off of the student loans.  There are the student loans for the tuition, as well as student loans for living expenses.  The size of the living expenses loans will depend on the school's budget.  Some are large enough that you could live relatively well, while others you'll have to scrimp a bit.

Law School Admissions / Re: GPA Question
« on: August 07, 2006, 10:53:28 AM »
Your real GPA will be closer to the LSAC one (LSAC will be off by a few points, because it rounds differently than some schools).  Your other GPA is your Major GPA, because it only includes classes from within your major.

You will never get in trouble by reporting your college GPA (all classes) only.  It is the standard GPA.  You can get in trouble by reporting only your Major GPA, especially if you don't designate that it is only in your Major's classes.  I have typically seen people report it as GPA: 3.39 (3.75 Major).

If you try and report your Major GPA, and don't give any indication that it is only a Major GPA and not your real GPA, anyone who notices the difference between your GPA and the LSAC one will wonder if you made an honest mistake or just got caught trying to lie on their application.

Law School Admissions / Re: LSAT addendum necessary in this situation?
« on: August 07, 2006, 06:28:26 AM »
Writing an addendum for a 2-6 point change in the LSAT is not necessary.  The LSAT is only an approximate test, and they expect folks to score within a 10 point band if they take it repeatedly.  With the new change, I would highly recommend against writing an addendum if you get an improvement.  They realize folks take the test multiple times.  Remember, and Addendum is yet something else they admissions board has to look at, on top of your GPA, LSAT, application, Personal Statement, Resume, etc.  They're trying to move through these things fast.  You don't want to write an addendum that will leave the admissions board smacking their heads and saying, "Well, duh."

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What else should I buy for One L
« on: August 04, 2006, 11:33:36 AM »
-- business cards with my name, email, phone, graduation year, and school logo

By the way, there were two interns in my office last year who had these.

There are a lot of schools where law student orgs sell them as a fundraiser.  It's pretty funny to think you'd make them prior to going to school, but they're not outrageous to have.

I've been planning on hitting Office Max this weekend to get one of their business card printing kits.  They're cheap, and enable you to print them on demand so you can actually have a few available to hand out to folks before the school allows you to order ones that will use their trademarks.  I can print out 25 or so (keeping the rest for later), and if the school is quick about letting me order official ones then my surplus self-printed ones can go in the fish bowls at restaurants for a drawing for free lunch.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Cornell
« on: August 02, 2006, 04:45:39 PM »
Cornell is Ivy League, which in and of itself carries a lot of reputational weight with people.  It has the small class sizes as well.  I talked with some Cornell students when making my decision.  They indicated that everyone from Cornell who wants a NYC BigLaw job, gets a NYC BigLaw job.  They said even if you graduate in the lower part of the class, chances are still good that you can get a well paying NYC job.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: IP Law?
« on: July 31, 2006, 12:16:43 PM »
Everything that I've read on the subject indicates to me that the BS is all you need.  In Electrical and Computer Engineering areas, this appears most true.  There appears to be a shortage of Patent lawyers in those areas.  The PhD may give you a bit of an edge in interviewing as it is more schooling and the possibility of having better academic contacts to use as expert witnesses.  I'm planning on patent with just a BS, though, and don't expect to have a problem.  It'll be 3 years before I've confirmed my research by actually getting a job, though.

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