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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Akron vs. Roger Williams
« on: March 20, 2016, 08:47:57 PM »
Question - I was just waitlisted at Emory.  Would Emory Law hold enough clout/prestige to open up doors outside of the Atlanta region (still talking east coast/northeast)?  I think that they are Top 20-ish?

I suppose it depends on what (if any) scholarship they offer. Emory at sticker? In my opinion, no. Emory is a good school with a good rep, but it's not Harvard. Honestly, I think that there are only seven or eight schools that are worth sticker. 

Outside of the Southeast, people will say "Emory? Yeah, that's cool. Atlanta is nice." They won't be so blown away that they'll offer you a job based on pedigree alone, though. In the Southeast that might be a different story, I don't know. I'm speaking more from my perspective in CA.

The other thing is this: people from Emory definitely go into Biglaw and prestigious federal jobs, but who are those people? My guess is that they are top performers, law review, etc. If I were you I would research the job opportunities for average, middle ranked Emory grads, since that is most likely where you'll end up.

Again, looking at it from my perspective, a middle of the pack Emory grad who shows up in LA after law school probably has similar job prospects to a mid ranked Loyola or Pepperdine grad, regardless of rankings. An Emory grad Atlanta or Memphis might be a different story.

I think you're still in a position where you need to think about where you want to live after law school.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: March 18, 2016, 09:43:39 AM »
I can't believe that you dont think she should have the nomination wrapped up already. That is why I think you are misled, sorry.

Cinnamon, you're missing my point.

She does have the nomination wrapped up already, Sanders has lost, and she will be the nominee. 

FBI investigations and their potential impact are just that: potential. Maybe it will have an impact, maybe it won't.

What is not potential, but is concrete fact, is that Sanders must win 2/3 of the remaining delegates to have a chance. Think about what that means for a minute. In California, for example, that means Sanders would have to magically go from his current 37% to 67% in the next few weeks. In every remaining primary Sanders would have to pick up not just 3-5 points, but more like 20-30.

There is zero evidence to suggest that's happening.

If your response is "Yes, but future FBI bombshells will affect the race", then we're back to the land of speculation and wishful thinking.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: March 17, 2016, 08:58:32 PM »
BTW, she just won Missouri.

Here's the thing, Cinnamon. When Clinton gets the nomination will you say "Oops, I was wrong"?

No. You'll say "She'll never win the general election because FBI/Pagliano/Benghazi/Travelgate pop pop pop drip drip drip.

Then, when she wins the general and is sworn in as Prez you'll say "She'll be impeached because of . . ."

It's all wishful thinking. I'm not a Clinton fan either, but I don't see the point in believing in things simply because I want to, devoid of evidence.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: March 17, 2016, 03:43:16 PM »
I'm including the approx. 500 pledged superdelegates she has. These are not people who are on the fence and might defect to Sanders, they are dyed in the wool Clintonistas. I think it's realistic to include them.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Akron vs. Roger Williams
« on: March 17, 2016, 09:43:09 AM »
For law in PA - would you go with Drexel over Nova or Temple if it was cheaper???

I don't live in Philly, so I can't really speak as to each school's reputation/hiring stats/alumni network, etc.

If I were just to guess, I'd say that they're all pretty similar. Temple and Villanova have been around longer, so maybe they have a more established reputation, but is it worth the cost? I doubt it. Personally, I'd just go with the cheapest option.

Pursuing an LLM / Re: LLM thoughts?
« on: March 17, 2016, 09:39:32 AM »
It depends on what you want to do with the LLM. Are you looking for tenure track law school gig, getting into the private sector, etc. An LLM in what?

Generally, I don't think LLMs are all that useful, at least not enough to justify the cost. The exceptions would be Tax and Natural Resources/Environmental.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: KU v. Washburn
« on: March 16, 2016, 04:41:28 PM »
I don't live in the Midwest, so I can't say for sure, but I assume that Kansas probably has a more established reputation as the flagship state university. Maybe that helps, especially in-state. Maybe that's worth the extra cost, I don't know.

But for example, where I live (CA) they would both be viewed the same. Not bad, not great, unlikely to open doors based on reputation alone. Does that mean that the degree is not portable? No, not at all. You just won't be able to rely on your pedigree to get the job. You'll have to show up with experience and be willing to battle against local law grads if you decide to move.

Honestly, the education you receive at either school (or any other ABA school) will be nearly identical. I'd probably be inclined to just pick the cheapest degree.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Akron vs. Roger Williams
« on: March 16, 2016, 04:31:43 PM »
Okay, well, that's still all over the place geographically. Those are all different markets with different employment opportunities/prospects.

All of the schools you're applying to are good, but again, they aren't pedigrees that will open doors outside of their region. As I stated above, I would pick 1) location and 2) cheapest school in that location.

If you are truly ok with living in any of those locations, then just go for the cheapest degree. 

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: March 16, 2016, 02:32:43 PM »
My numbers might be a little off here, but:

Total delegates: 4700ish

Clinton so far: 1600

Sanders so far: 850

Clinton only needs approx. 750 more to win the nomination, while Sanders needs 750 just to break even with Clinton, then another 750 to win. So he needs to win roughly 2/3 of the outstanding delegates.

Is there any polling data anywhere that shows Sanders sweeping the rest of the primaries? Nope, there isn't.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Akron vs. Roger Williams
« on: March 16, 2016, 12:34:40 PM »
There's very little difference in cost, both schools probably have similar post grad job prospects within their respective regions, and neither will land you a job outside of its region (unless you have connections).

In short, it's simply a question of where you want to live after law school. The lack of stips with Akron might make it more attractive.

I don't mean this critically, but are you just sort of randomly applying to schools all over the place? If so, I would really, really think about where you want to live and practice long term. When you're talking about non-elite schools like these, you will almost certainly end up in that immediate region.

Pick an area where you want to live, then go to the cheapest school in that area.

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