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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: September 08, 2016, 05:59:47 PM »
I wonder how many other sites she does this on?

It's sad.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: September 07, 2016, 08:46:21 PM »
Can't deny it, Julie. That's pretty funny.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: August 24, 2016, 01:38:46 PM »
Thank you, Julie.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: August 23, 2016, 11:46:53 AM »
Julie still low information voter.

Online Law Schools / Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« on: August 21, 2016, 11:00:43 AM »
Unless that PhD is from a well respected school, and you have an impressive publishing record plus experience plus connections, you won't end up teaching at State. Maybe as an adjunct for one or two classes, but that's about it.

Academic jobs, even at no name State U's, are insanely competitive right now. The majority of PhDs will not get an academic job.

3.56/170 are excellent numbers, and you will easily get into many law schools, and with scholarships.

Harvard is probably out, as are Yale and Stanford. Go ahead and apply, but you would probably need a higher GPA and LSAT for all three.

Other T14s like Columbia and Chicago are a maybe, and you best bet would be places like Northwestern.

As always, think about where you want to live and what you want to do, not just school rankings.


The whole "We offer a certificate in Water Law" or whatever, typically means that the school offers two or three classes and (maybe) the possibility of an internship.

I suppose if you wanted to go into child advocacy and took the extra classes offered in juvenile dependency, or whatever they offer, that's certainly not going to hurt you. At the same time, it's not a big deal. An internship with an agency/firm that handles these cases would be much more helpful.

As far as criminal law, go ahead and take trial advocacy and make sure to get an internship with the DA or public defender. That's what you really need.

I don't know of any specific schools that offer special programs in crim law of child advocacy, but you can take such classes at any law school. The main thing is to make connections in the community in which you intend to work. Both of those fields are heavily govt dominated (DA, PD, County Counsel, etc). Get into a school that has a good local rep, and get an internship.

Someone called 911 and the university gave you "disciplinary probation" just because you made some noise?

In any case, as Loki stated both law schools and the bar will require you to report any such disciplinary actions. I doubt that this alone would keep you out of law school. The bar will require a more in depth answer, and will probably want the police report and university report, etc. It is important that you be 100% honest. They will forgive many things, but not lying.

Online Law Schools / Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« on: August 15, 2016, 09:05:42 AM »

If you just want to earn about the law for purposes of self enrichment and really have no plans to take the bar, I'd look for online or correspondence schools with an established track record (like Taft) and pick the cheapest one.

Master's programs in law are OK, but you'd probably learn more basic law in a JD program.

Personally, I would not spend the extra money to go to Concord. Regional accreditation is meaningless in law. The only accreditation that matters is ABA or CBE (or other state bar accreditation). If you're not using the degree to get a job, who cares? Go for the cheapest option.   

You can take the patent bar without a JD, but you won't be a patent lawyer you'll be a patent agent. Patent lawyers have to get a JD and pass both the patent bar and general bar.

A biology degree would qualify you to become a patent lawyer, but it;s not quite as simple as saying "I have a STEM degree, therefore I can be a patent lawyer." It is a pretty competitive field, and most patent lawyers come into it with some level of experience already under their belts. For example, someone might work as a chemical engineer for five years then get a JD, that sort of thing.

There are very few JDs with STEM degrees who qualify, but there also aren't very many job openings in patent law. I think it sort of balances out in that way. Additionally, all of the normal rules apply: a STEM degree plus a JD from Stanford is going to be more employable than a STEM degree plus a JD from Whittier, etc. A biology degree is OK, but perhaps not quite as desirable as mechanical engineering, biotech engineering, chemical engineering etc. You get the point.

Lastly, don't go to law school unless you are OK with being a lawyer, period. Not a patent lawyer, but just a lawyer. The fact is, you may very well end up writing wills and defending DUIs if nobody is hiring patent lawyers when you graduate.

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