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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: LLM, JD
« on: December 02, 2016, 09:21:34 AM »
I think most European universities offer a bachelor's degree in law (LL.B) as the first degree, not an LL.M. As far as JD programs in Europe, I don't know but probably not.

Here is the bigger question: where are you from, and where do you want to live?

If you are planning in living in the U.S. after law school, I wouldn't bother with a European degree. The systems are VERY different, and you'd be much better off studying in the U.S. Also, depending on the school, you may have to complete an LL.M in the U.S. before you can take the bar.

If you plan on living in Europe and are NOT an EU citizen, then I suggest looking into immigration policies. Many EU countries are pretty closed door about inviting in professional competition. I personally know folks who completed graduate degrees in Europe and then were promptly told to leave. It's a different system. If you are an EU citizen, of course this doesn't matter. 

Law School Admissions / Re: Military/WE Friendly Schools?
« on: November 29, 2016, 09:15:01 PM »
I agree with Loki, your GPA/LSAT profile will account for 95% of the admissions decision. That said, a military background and interesting work experience plus maturity will help a little.

I went to law school in my early thirties, and attended a part-time evening program. If you are older than the average student, I would at least consider this option.

Lastly, consider the possibility that a solid local/regional school located in the geographic area in which you want to live may be a better option than a far away school with a higher ranking (especially if it's cheaper).

For example, if you wanted to live in Georgia or Texas (as you indicated) then a degree from UGA or SMU may be more valuable than a degree from UCLA even though UCLA is higher ranked. Of course, a degree from Harvard trumps them all but that's a different story.

In any case, 166 is a great score but it's fairly average for the T14. 3.49, OTOH, is a somewhat low GPA for the T14. I would think about where you really want to live, what you really want to do, and let that guide your decisions.   

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: November 15, 2016, 10:20:51 PM »
You fool.

Trump has indeed blown up the Republican party, and he will try to remake it in his own image. Anyone who opposes him will be destroyed by Breitbart and the rest of the alt-right media, and primaried out of existence. They will be replaced with loyalists who look to the man more than any policy.

Even better, there will be no Supreme Court to check his excesses, as he will likely replace at least two justices with his handpicked cronies.

And when he fails? No problem, plenty of scapegoats to blame. Mexicans, Muslims, Republicans. Whatever.

Listen Julie, I understand that you're ignorant and uneducated but it is pretty amazing to think that you went from a Democratic Socialist to an authoritarian mega-capitalist without even realizing the irony.

Oh, but I forgot! She had bad emails. Yes, a police state run by a Putinista will be much better.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: November 15, 2016, 01:40:17 PM »
Please with your bull$#%t.

You guessed tails on a coin flip and got it right. You're not Nostradamus.

But yes, he won (although Clinton actually got more votes). I believed the polls and the polls were wrong.

And now we are stuck with a petulant know-nothing, a thin skinned ignoramus. Was Clinton a good choice? No, she was a train wreck. But Trump presents a risk (especially in terms of foreign policy) that is difficult to quantify.

I can understand being furious at the corruption, at the graft, at the nepotism, etc. I can't understand thinking that Trump is the answer. This was a monumentally bad choice.

And, ironically, Trump's election probably spells demographic doom for the Republican party. Between deporting people's parents and appointing justices who will overturn Roe, Republicans will lose millions of votes from women and Latinos.

Trump got 60 million votes (roughly the same as Romney), and Clinton will end up with something like 62 million. Obama got 65 million, and that is the real story here. Clinton was so compromised and unlikable that people simply didn't turn out.

Imagine Trump having to run against someone like Cory Booker in four years after driving away even greater numbers of voters.     

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: November 10, 2016, 10:09:30 PM »
Congratulations! Well done!

In order to let an otherwise fairly well functioning government know that you're not entirely pleased with the service you're getting, we all get to die in a nuclear holocaust!


Petulant children. So determined to stomp your feet and let mommy and daddy know that you're upset, you miss the anvil that's about to fall on your head. So, so stupid.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: November 07, 2016, 09:43:12 AM »
Too bad he's behind in Michigan, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

No Cinnamon, this race will be called pretty early. He'll lose Florida. Not by much, but he'll lose it. After that, he's done. He'd have to pull off an upset in Michigan and Pennsylvania, something like that. Not gonna happen.

Just curious, what will you do when HRC becomes POTUS? I'm not exactly happy about it myself, but what will your narrative be then? Let me guess, it was rigged?

Law School Admissions / Re: Any good ideas for my undergrad?
« on: November 03, 2016, 12:34:31 PM »
I agree with Loki.

For patent law, yes, of course your undergrad major matters. Maybe for tax law, too. But that's about it. The vast majority of practicing lawyers have degrees in English, History, Poly Sci, whatever.

I have never once had an employer ask me ANYTHING about undergrad. Certainly never had to provide transcripts. In fact, four years out of law school I don't get asked about law school grades much either.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: October 22, 2016, 12:26:52 PM »
I chose the name since I'm a long-distance runner (and also a conservative who's NOT voting for Trump!)

Which makes sense, since Trump is NOT a conservative. Policy wise, he and Clinton have more in common then they'd like to admit.

I definitely think that more online classes should be offered for 2Ls/3Ls. Not the core stuff, but classes like Juvenile Law, or Death Penalty, or Water Law, etc.

At least at my school, those electives were usually taught by adjuncts, were small, and didn't rely so heavily on Socratic method. I think a class like that could easily be done online.

Mixed feelings.

On the one hand, I think why not. The world is changing, technology is improving, why not allow it?

On the other hand, I've taken a couple of online classes (from a totally reputable source), and to me the quality of experience suffered. It's difficult to replicate the experience of being in a classroom, and especially the experience of law school classes. Having to stand up in front of a room full people, making arguments on the fly, learning to control your nerves...these are all important lessons that can't really be experienced online.

Does that mean that online is automatically bad? No, but I think we have to accept that it's different and (at least in some ways) lacking.

Your Honor Society idea is interesting, although I'm not sure if the market exists. The target audience for online, I think, are the 130 LSAT crowd you mentioned and working adults. Anyone with a 170 is likely to want a traditional, prestigious law degree.   

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