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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.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: March 16, 2016, 08:33:54 AM »
Hillary won FL, OH and IL. With her pledged superdelegates, that gives her something like 1500 delegates to Bernie's 800. Notice that her speech last night was all about Trump and didn't even mention Sanders?

Pop pop pop.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: University of La Verne
« on: March 15, 2016, 01:57:03 PM »
I took Barbri at La Verne because it was the closest to my house and I didn't have to commute to LA. At that time they had provisional ABA accreditation. The students, faculty and facilities all seemed on par with any other ABA school I'd been to.

Later, I got a job in the Inland Empire and got to know a lot of ULV grads. Tons of the DAs/PDs/judges etc in that area are ULV grads and the school has been around long enough that it has a good reputation in the area.

I do think, however, that one of the Orange County schools will probably go bye bye in the not too distant future. OC is a small market, and they have four ABA schools. Whittier, in particular, has had problems. It wouldn't surprise me if they closed shop at some point.

General Off-Topic Board / University of La Verne
« on: March 15, 2016, 12:20:25 PM »
It looks like another law school has been added to the mix. The University of La Verne received full ABA accreditation today. A buddy of mine is a graduate, and shared the press release.

That's great for ULV, but damn, the so cal market is getting crowded. That makes something like ten ABA schools in the greater LA area?

The one advantage they have is that they're the only school in the Inland Empire, and they have a huge alumni network there.

Anyway, congrats to ULV.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Stips vs. No Stips - Scholarships
« on: March 15, 2016, 09:55:43 AM »
Right, so the bottom 1/3 are being eliminated as per the conditions.

Here's the thing to keep in mind: as you get past the first year the class size will shrink and it will tougher to remain in the top 65%.

Let's say your entering class is 100. At the end of the year you need to be ranked 65 or above to keep the scholarship. Not too bad. But, after the first year the underperformers are going to be gone. So now you don't have that buffer of underperformers which made it easier for you remain in the top 65%. Now, you have to compete more directly with a smaller class of other better-performing students in order to retain the scholarship.

See if you can find out how many people lose the scholarship in the second year.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: KU v. Washburn
« on: March 15, 2016, 09:08:52 AM »
The other posers have already given good advice, I will just add this:

Outside of the Midwest, no one will draw any real distinction between Washburn and Kansas. As a graduate of either school, you won't be relying on your pedigree to get  job. You will need to get experience and make connections, and that will probably matter more than ranking.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Stips vs. No Stips - Scholarships
« on: March 15, 2016, 09:03:35 AM »
Top 65% is not too bad, and I'd be inclined to take that offer with the following caveat: research the school's grading curve, scholarship retention rate, and attrition. These will all come into play. Being in the top 2/3 could be more difficult than you anticipate, depending on several factors.

Also, what is the total cost of attendance at each school? One may be $5k cheaper, but is the cost of living higher, etc?

Think about location, too. If one school is in a place where you would like to live vs. a place where you would want to leave after graduation, then that, too, matters.

As far as the LSAT, go ahead and take it again, see what happens. If that gets you a better offer, then great.

Law School Admissions / Re: Law school admission procedure
« on: March 11, 2016, 11:48:34 AM »
Buying essays for submission is completely unethical, and will likely result in your son getting rejected from law school.

Your son, not you, should be doing the research on what is required for admission.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: March 10, 2016, 08:54:07 PM »
Superdelegates, Cinnamon, superdelegates.

They are comprised almost entirely of party operatives, and most have spent the last 24 years working for Bill and/or Hillary. They are completely in the bag.

Sanders would have to win something like 75% of the remaining delegates in order to secure the nomination. Not gonna happen.

When he wins a state like Michigan by 2% that's fine, but remember that the delegates are assigned proportionately, so he only gets a few more than her. It's hard to make up the deficit by getting two or three delegates here and there.

I assume your response will ignore the math and include something about Kool-Aid, popcorn, or other tasty snacks.

Law School Admissions / Re: Teacher-Lawyer
« on: March 09, 2016, 01:50:57 PM »
I know people who have made the change from teacher to lawyer. There are no special requirements, just those that apply to all law school applicants. You won't need a second bachelor's degree. Any BA/BS will do as long as its from an accredited college.

You will need to take the LSAT, and admissions will be based almost entirely on your GPA and LSAT score.

I went into the education field sure that I was going to touch the lives of others and after 5 years of living in poverty and working 60+ hours a week to fulfill all my daily work requirements to benefit the lives of a population that does not care, I have realized that this is not a reality.  If I am going to put in the hard work, and sacrifices my family has had to make, I would like to get something in return.  Teaching offers nothing but negative comments in return for all your hard work. 

Your first few years out of law school won't be very different, except that you may work longer than 60 hours. Seriously, check into the legal job market before you commit to this.

As far as CA vs AZ law schools, pick where you want to live after graduation and focus on law schools in that state. The bar exams are not reciprocal between these states, and it's easier to find employment in the state in which you go law school.

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