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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn vs. Rutgers Newark
« on: April 19, 2016, 12:11:07 PM »
(As for me- I'd go with the money; Brooklyn doesn't offer enough advantage, and, TBH, I don't think your career plans are likely well-formed enough yet -"public interest of government work"- for you to pass that money up. Because if you're not going into a remunerative field, student debt can be a heckuva thing.)

Agreed.

I don't think the slight variations in reputation or geography are enough to justify an increased debt load. Both schools have very similar reputations, are located in roughly the same metro area, and will offer almost identical educations. The post-grad employment prospects (which you should look at, BTW) are also pretty similar.

I'd be inclined to take the cheapest degree.

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That said, for whatever reason, it does have a pretty good rep from those in the know, and it places very well outside of MO. It's kind of like Emory in that way - I never really think about it, but it's a very good law school that places well.

WUSL definitely has a good rep, and it's perennial place on USNWR's list probably imparts at least some degree of name recognition even if it's just "Oh yeah, I've heard of Wash U."

I guess what I mean (and admittedly my opinion is based on ambiguous stuff) is that Wash U isn't exactly what I'd call a nationally prestigious school. Good? Yes. Prestigious? Meh.

I'm sure that Wash U has a great rep in the Midwest, but outside of that region are doors being opened by a strong alumni network or by the school's inherent reputation? I really don't know. I suppose a CA equivalent would be UCLA/USC. Great local reps, but probably not going to land you a gig on Wall St. 

Other schools that are fairly close in rank (Cornell, Georgetown) have a certain panache that the Wash Us, Emorys, and Bostons of the world do not. Such is the ephemeral nature of rankings and prestige. 

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I've always thought of WUSL as an outlier. It's USNWR ranking seems to outpace it's national reputation.

That's not to say it isn't a well respected school, it is definitely respected. But compared to other similarly situated law schools, it just doesn't seem to have the same immediately recognizable "name".

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Are you going for a JD or a Master's? Assuming you meant JD, I think the decision comes down to money and location. Both are good schools, both will offer almost identical educations (as will most law schools), and both will provide post-grad job opportunities that are mostly within their respective regions.

In other words, if you want to live in DC go for GW, and if you want to live in St. Louis go for Washington U. I don't know about the job prospects in St. Louis, but Wash U is the big dog in town so that's going to help. DC is a very competitive market, but the job market is much larger. Keep in mind that outside of their regions, each school will be viewed very similarly.

Has either school offered any money? That's a huge factor.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: who will be the nominees for POTUS
« on: April 18, 2016, 09:55:50 AM »
I think Cruz has a good chance of pulling it off at the convention. Trump hasn't been able to gather enough delegates to wrap it up before the convention, as he's winning by pluralities rather than majorities. I don't think too many people are crazy about Cruz either, but they'll take him over Trump.

Hillary's chances against either Cruz or Trump are very, very good.

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General Off-Topic Board / California Bar Exam Shortened (made easier)?
« on: April 10, 2016, 12:24:55 PM »
Well, it's official.

After considering the issue for a while, Calbar has decided to shorten the bar exam to two days. This follows New York's adoption if the Uniform Bar Exam or whatever it's called.

I have mixed feelings.

The main difference is that the new bar will have 5 instead of 6 essays (a mistake, IMO), and one 90 minute PT instead of two 180 minute PTs (a good move, IMO). I felt that the PTs were pointless busy work, and would like to have seen them replaced or shortened anyway. Losing an essay, though, is not good. The essays test substantive legal knowledge and issue spotting, both super important.

I guess my ideal would be a three day exam with more essays/multiple choice, and less PTs.

The other issue, of course, is whether this will flood the CA market with more out of state attorneys since this exam will be (presumably) easier to pass.

Thoughts?

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: April 04, 2016, 08:49:36 PM »
Maintain, have you given up on Hillary now that you see I was right that the FBI are going to interrogate hillary, huma and Cheryl?

Or do you think I made up that the FBI was going to interview her?

You seemed to be shocked now into silence...she may still have a chance but odds are that she was negligent. Agree?

No, it's just that nothing new has been added to the conversation. You're just repeating the same stuff, so there's nothing interesting to respond to. 

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Online Law Schools / Re: Online PhD or LLD in Law
« on: March 27, 2016, 09:12:50 AM »
At least in the US, these degrees wouldn't even be useful for academia.

Law schools will want a JD from a top tier school, plus relevant experience. Other academic positions, such as teaching law/policy at the undergrad level, are incredibly competitive. Even small colleges and local state universities will get 200-300 applicants when a tenure track job opens up. They have their pick of the litter, and an online degree from a foreign university won't get past the first round.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: March 26, 2016, 10:31:39 AM »
Maintain, I will remind you that Brian pagliano was interviewed months ago

Yes, but what came of it? So far, nothing.

If there was some bombshell in Pagliano's testimony, don't you think the FBI would have acted on it by now?

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: March 24, 2016, 09:59:18 AM »
Unless Sanders wins those states by at least 2/3, it's irrelevant. Winning by few points won't give him enough delegates to make up the difference. In fact, he could win small states like Wyoming by 100% and it would only get him a few delegates. Not nearly enough to make up for Clinton's upcoming win California. 

BTW, if the FBI is so hot on the trail of Clinton's supposed criminal activity, why have they not interviewed her or any of her associates? You keep saying they're going to, but the fact is they haven't.

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