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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Michigan + $49,000, or Chicago?
« on: July 17, 2008, 08:20:41 AM »
Its not just your class, its a long standing sentiment in the legal community and academic communiity.  There is actualy a University of Chicago method in academia and its cut-thoat.  The basic premis is that not every student deserves to work in the law, the law is a supreme responsibiltiy, etc.  These people invented hide the ball.  Read up on Soia Mentchikoff, Irwin Stotzky, Carl Llewellen and blame them for your school's reputation.  If I was a hiring partner at a big firm would I pick a Michigander over someone from Chicago, no; would I think any better of the Chicago applicant based souly on her law school, definately not. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where should i!
« on: July 17, 2008, 08:16:04 AM »
Those soft factors sound fine to me.  They show leadership and dedication to your institution.  Mine were the chamber choir, guitar ensamble, and Ralph Nader's Public Interest Research Group, not too impressive but served me fine.  No one really cares what your soft factors were so  long as you did something.

Current Law Students / Re: Advice for prospective law student
« on: July 17, 2008, 07:31:05 AM »
They've probably already talked  you into taking on the Davis debt, but I would ask to defer, work for a year, and go back into it as an in-state resident.  If your numbers were good enough for Davis this cycle they likely will be next year.  You also have one hell of a good reason to defer.  Oh yeah, and 60k is fine in San Fran.  You will have a roomate or live in Oakland, but even while paying off loans you could definately get by.

There's a great book for job seekers.  It's called Guerilla Tactits for landing the legal job of your dreams.  I'm reading it now and it gives a lot of good tips on how to make your resume stand-out despite a lacklustre gpa.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Franklin Pierce law center
« on: July 17, 2008, 06:04:44 AM »
I studied for a year. It was probably excessive, but I had job auditing the books overnight at a resort that gave me a couple of hours each shift to study.  I applied to 21 schools, got into most, and ended up taking a scholarship at Miami.  I just finished 1L and I'm working for a federal judge.  I wasn't crazy about Miami and have some family issues back in Colorado so I transered to University of Colorado and will be moving to Boulder in a few weeks. 

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: What's the deal with FIU?
« on: July 16, 2008, 08:40:23 PM »
FIU has an amazing undergrad but after finishing my first year at Miami, I get the impression the law school is not so hot.  Cheap, but has no reputation.

yeah, i don't think they can rescind your scholarship and apply back tuition if you transfer, unless you sign some non-unconscionable fine print.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: W&L or FSU - no $ either place
« on: July 16, 2008, 08:16:29 PM »
I'm in tampa at the moment.  We've rapped on this very subject and the only reason we could agree on is that they're all working state government internships in tallahassee.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Best and Worst Advice
« on: July 16, 2008, 07:35:42 PM »
Best: study your ass off for the LSAT
Worst: study groups are a waste of time <---It is so important to talk to your classmates about the material.  I can almost guarantee you'll miss something otherwise, or at least suffer when trying to come up with counter-arguments on exams.

this is te single most important reference when targeting schools in the us:

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