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Non-Traditional Students / Re: I need some help...
« on: October 13, 2009, 08:55:50 PM »
I don't know if the admissions folks will hold your 2 yr old letters of rec against you.  In fact, I kind of doubt it, but I don't know.  I suggest you suck it up and ask your "recommenders" for fresh letters unless your relationships with them are now strained.  I would also practice some self-advocacy by putting your earlier decision not to pursue law school in a positive light.

My advice on the LSAT is to get Powerscore bibles, study like crazy, buy up lots of practice tests from LSAC or Amazon, and take timed practice tests once a week until about 4 weeks before, at which point you take a few in a row, then rest for a few days, and kick some major LSAT butt.  It's important that you only take the practice tests once, and that you time them to get the most out of them.  Retaking a practice test--even once that you took months ago--will give you a false sense of progress.

Scoring well on the LSAT is critical, because this economy isn't treating lawyers particularly well, so you should aim for a very good school or to get one to pay most or all of your tuition.  I also very strongly recommend that you carefully think through your motivation and goals with respect to law school, if you haven't already.  Law school, while oftentimes rewarding, is a huge commitment that really takes a toll.

Let me know if you need anything else.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: SFLSD: Oh! The inhumanities.
« on: October 10, 2009, 09:32:12 PM »
Not that it's news to anybody, but I have to say it anyway:  this board, with the exception of the illustrious company in this thread, is now tragically lame.

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Estimates will vary widely.  I have no idea how much I studied, but it felt like all the time.  The people I know who did extremely well also worked their tails off the first year.  Second year I studied less but my time was taken up with many other things.  3L is, as far as I can tell, pretty chill.  Basically, law school takes over your life for a couple years, then, when your school can't think of anything anything else to do to you, it makes you pay for a third year.  That said, I'm glad I did it.

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Most care much less about your background and much more about your undergrad GPA and LSAT score.

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Law School Applications / Re: Where can I get in?
« on: September 30, 2009, 12:09:07 AM »
Don't you think the 151 is alright because my basically 4.0 GPA makes up for it.

No.  I also suggest you retake, even if you want to go to a T3-4 school.  Get a higher score and get a school to pay for your legal education.  It's totally worth the extra time/energy/money/whatever.

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General Board / Re: Big Law and Labor/Employment Law
« on: July 23, 2009, 12:01:42 AM »
I am not aware of any resource other than getting out and talking to people.  I suggest going to some CLEs and making some friends, or at least demonstrating your interest.  I don't know about union firms other than they prefer people who have a union background (union job, parents worked a union job, or something like that) and they pay okay but not like BigLaw.  My experience with plaintiff-side employment law firms, which is limited to my geographic area, is that the majority are small firms with starting pay that is lower than BigLaw, and the balance are mid-size firms with slightly better starting pay.  I think there are some firms that do both labor and employment, but I'm betting that those firms do mostly labor with an occasional employment case.

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Law School Applications / Re: UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX
« on: July 18, 2009, 09:26:19 PM »
I graduated from UoP and made it into Minnesota.  You'll be fine.

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"Many that [are accredited] deserve [not to be]. And some [are not accredited] that deserve [to be.]  Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out [rescission] in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends."

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Are you sure about that?  I was fairly certain that FLSA sets minimum standards, and most states have their own statutes that provide varying standards.  I actually read something about it earlier this week.

This article mentions something about Federal law being the "floor, not the ceiling."  This was my understanding, but I'm not employment law guru.

http://www.stoel.com/showalert.aspx?Show=2373

Both you and linquest are right.

As to your question UMass, if you want legal advice, I suggest you talk to an employment attorney.  Nobody here can answer your question.

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It's not a big deal at school.  You'll have to perk up for job interviews though.

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