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Current Law Students / Volunteering at Legal Aid...
« on: December 17, 2006, 10:42:39 AM »
I just sent my info in to volunteer at Legal Aid for some of their brief advice clinics, etc. I am wondering if any other people on the board have done any of this work. If so:

a. Have you found it rewarding or is it something you wouldn't do again?
b. What were the biggest challenges you experienced?
c. Have you found it helped or hurt you in your job search? As in, do you avoid talking about it with firms or do they generally value the experience?

Current Law Students / law review v. subject journal
« on: May 15, 2006, 06:51:40 AM »
So I've noticed many of the schools offer not only a law review but also one or several specialized journals "Journal of Dispute Resolution" or "Environmental Law Journal" etc. I wonder if there is a difference in prestige upon graduating. Does being on a specialized journal carry the same weight as law review, or should one stick to the traditional review for the association: GREAT STUDENT to carry through? If so, is it feasible to be on both a specialized journal and the Law Review? I find myself interested in some of these journals, more so than the general journals themselves, but I want to make the best career move possible.  :-[
Thanks in advance for your responses!

Current Law Students / loans. Private loans, that is.
« on: May 01, 2006, 01:54:55 PM »
Private loans. How easy are they to get? How rigorous are the credit requirements? Do they give them to anyone with a pulse?

I am not a bum or anything but I am worried about basing a decision regarding attendance on funds I am not yet sure I can secure! Anyone have any insight on this kind of stuff?

Choosing the Right Law School / 1L from Cleveland-Marshall here...
« on: January 31, 2007, 08:47:18 AM »
I remember how frantic I was last year, and just wanted to offer any advice or support I can give to you guys. If you are considering Cleveland-Marshall especially, send me a message and I'll set up a time with you for a visit, or just answer questions you might have. Things I can speak about: Involvement in the SBA Senate, Criminal Law Society, Cleveland Council for World Affairs, writing for The Gavel, and--oh yeah, classes too :)

I've already withdrawn from Akron, but they offered me a $5000 scholarship today, in case anyone is still hoping for $. I am praying for funds from Lewis & Clark but I don't know if it will happen, though they extended my deposit deadline to allow them to see the situation. Anyone received a recent scholarship from them?

Otherwise it is to Cleveland Marshall on a full ride (thanks to work) that I am bound.

anyone know of a reliable place to find stats about first year starting salaries without having to subscribe to the site? Not a debate on their value, I recognize they are averages and sometimes self reported, etc, but would like to see them.

If I stay in Ohio and go to school part time at Cleveland Marshall, my work will pay for school and all my books. Additionally I get a big xmas bonus, a raise, and I will then start vesting in my retirement program. Net Value including wages: approximately $+52000

If I move out to Oregon and go to school full time at Lewis & Clark I have to pay all living expenses and tuition with big fat student loans (about half of which are private loans and have higher interest rates. The school is ranked higher, and someday I'd like to live out there. Net Value approximately $-42000

There is a difference of about $94000 in net value.

Incoming 1Ls / Attending Lewis & Clark Fall 06 Thread!
« on: May 13, 2006, 10:29:56 PM »
Are you planning on attending L & C this fall? Full Time/Part Time? Are you looking for a roommate? Tell us about yourself! Right now I am %75 sure I will be starting full time there this fall.

So you can see on my little signature where I have been admitted. Though Akron is a great school, it is and has been last on my list of schools to attend, and I would rather work in the Cleveland market than in Akron. I don't have to make my 1st deposit till May 29th, so I could keep this option open until then. However, I know how torturous I am finding this wait, and if someone who will be admitted most likely in June because I withdraw could be admitted Mid-may instead, perhaps I should just suck up the cutting-off-my options thing and just withdraw. I already have deposits down at ALL THREE other schools because I am so unsure as to where to live, how much I am willing to spend, etc.

So should I pull the plug and withdraw from Akron? I have the email written and saved in my drafts menu. Help a sad spineless girl out!

Is anyone HOPELESSLY decisionless? I am still waiting to hear from Case and Seattle, and I feel like I can't make a decision until I do. In the meantime, deposit after deposit are coming due for the other schools.

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