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« on: May 18, 2012, 01:07:07 AM »
BTW Opie, I think that making the FLYSX mandatory for all law students isn't such a bad idea. There were several people in my section who managed to scrape by with barely passing grades, and will possibly never pass the bar exam. Weeding them out after 1L would save them tens of thousands of dollars and a lifetime of frustration.
« on: May 18, 2012, 01:01:01 AM »
My understanding was that the baby bar was only required for students who attend unaccredited schools, study in judges's chambers, etc. Who else would have to take it to continue?
« on: May 17, 2012, 07:14:29 PM »
You're already on the right path, Bob. You have a solid, workable plan in place before starting law school. That's a huge advantage. You will be amazed by how many of your classmates have no plan whatsoever, or are utterly unrealistic about their post-law school options. Your maturity and experience will likely be an asset when it comes to internships and job interviews. In my experience, law students with extensive employment histories tend to out perform their younger counterparts in real world settings.
A couple of points to consider:
1) Consider scholarships over rankings. Since you plan on solo practice, it might make more sense to graduate from law school owing as little as possible. Lack of heavy debt payments will give you considerable flexibility after law school. I don't know where you live, but a 3.7/160 is probably sufficient to obtain a sizeable (or full) scholarship to a tier 4 law school.
2) Do as many internships/clerkships as you possibly can. These are golden opportunities to gain experience and network. It's actually pretty tough to go solo straight out of law school (although I have friends who have done it). You'll figure out quickly that law school and the actual practice of law are two very different things. You will do yourself a huge favor by learning as much as you can from internships.
3) You mentioned DA/Public Defender as a possibility. Great jobs, but they're far more competitive than they used to be. My local PD's office received 300 applications for 8 positions recently. Of the 8 who were hired, 3 were former/current interns. This goes back to point #2.
« on: May 16, 2012, 05:38:29 PM »
My God, woman...
If you're going to run for Senate, take five minutes to correct the grammar on your homepage.
« on: May 16, 2012, 12:45:01 PM »
Where do you want to live after law school? The answer to that question should steer you towards a few law schools. With a 3.16/160 you can get into some good regional schools. Most of your internship/clerkship/summer associate opportunities will be within the school's immmediate region, and it's highly likely that your first job will be, too. That's just the way it tends to work. Think about where you'd like to live for three years, and likely practice for 3-5 additional years after school.
Lewis & Clark and Vermont have good enviromental/natural resources programs, and are probably doable with your numbers. I seem to remember that Houston has a good energy law program. My understanding is that natural resources law is one of the few areas (along with tax and maritime) where an LL.M is preferred and sometimes required.
A note on specialty programs: very few law schools have the kind of national reputation that will land you a job based on pedigree alone. Apart from those few elite institutions, all law schools are regional. Some small regional schools which are not otherwise notable have very good specialty programs. It is important to understand, however, that regardless of specific programmatic rankings these are still regional schools. The big firms and federal agencies (like EPA) will still prefer grads from top ranked schools with bigger overall reputations.
Bottom line: if you really want to live in NYC, for example, you're probably better off going to a local NY law school than to a regional school in some other part of the country that happens to have a specific high-ranked program. No matter what US News says about a particular program, local grads who have had the opportunity to network for three years will have a distinct advantage over an out-of-towner. I've personally witnessed this time after time.
It's just my personal opinion, but I think that these categories of sub-rankings are a bit misleading. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't go a particular school, it's just something to consider when you're preparing to spend three years of your life and (probably) lots of money. With your numbers, though, you can get into some good schools. You'll be fine!
« on: May 16, 2012, 12:00:47 PM »
You should contact INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) and ask them. On an issue like this you really need to get the right information, not just what some anonymous poster tells you. If you get admitted to the NY bar, but are not authorized to work in the US, I imagine that you could jeopardize your bar membership by illegally working. Contact INS.
« on: May 15, 2012, 01:17:29 PM »
Although I'm not a tax attorney, I doubt that the extra five classes in taxation offered at NESL will make much difference when it comes to getting a job. In my experience, employers rarely pay much attention to the specifics of your transcript. Your background in accounting will likely be the prime factor. However, my understanding is that tax is one of the few areas of legal practice where an LL.M is preferred (required for some jobs). Maybe the extra classes would help you get into a good LL.M program.
Here's the thing (and please understand that I don't mean this as criticism): neither school is very prestigious, so you might as well save the money. I'm not sure that I'd agree that NESL's reputation is a lot better than UMass's. NESL has been around a while, and has always been a lower tier school. UMass is new, which means they don't yet have a reputation. However, in my opinion UMass has the potential to become a very good school. Frankly, I think it will quickly surpass NESL, Suffolk, and Northeastern. Remember, "new" doesn't mean "bad". The UMass system is large and well respected, and this will benefit the law school immensly.
In my neck of the woods (CA), we've had two new schools pop up (UC Irvine and Chapman) within the last decade. Chapman quickly passed up its competition in Orange County (Whittier and WSU), and UCI is slated to pass up everyone in southern California except UCLA and (maybe) USC! Not bad for start-ups.
Lastly, the time you'll save commuting is important. Especially in your first year, law school is almost unbelievably demanding. An easy commute, low stress day will really help. In the end, remember that I have no actual experience with either school. Do what you think is right for you!
« on: May 15, 2012, 11:43:41 AM »
La Verne is ABA approved, as of March, 2012.
« on: May 13, 2012, 01:59:13 PM »
Taitz is a loon, but I had no idea they were blaming Taft for her antics. Did they blame Duke for Nixon? If anything, I guess Taft deserves a little credit, she did pass the bar.
« on: May 10, 2012, 02:31:16 PM »
If you take the LSAT twice, most schools will either average your scores together or use the highest score. I have no idea what happens if you take it three times. You may have to wait a while before you can take it again, check with LSAC.
I would definitley advise taking a course if possible. I took kaplan and found it to be very beneficial. They had a test center in my area and I went every single day and took at least one full LSAT under actual test conditions, then analyzed my answers. Very helpful. It is expensive, however. If you do take a class you will get out of it what you put into it. Work hard, review your answers (don't just keep re-taking tests without review), and make the LSAT your single focus.
If you're not in a rush and can wait a while, I'd say take a class and re-take the LSAT. If you do decide to go to Cooley, take the time to research all aspects of the school and understand what it's going to take to succeed both in law school and afterwards. Transferring is not easy, and you really should not go to any law school that you aren't prepared to graduate from.
I hope that helped, good luck!
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