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Where should I go next fall? / Re: South Florida law schools
« on: December 17, 2013, 10:39:35 AM »
Have you tried negotiating with the other schools? If Nova gives you a full ride and you bring that back they might take you more seriously or maybe you will become more serious about Nova.

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Washington and Lee / Re: Washington and Lee Graduates Salaries Decline
« on: December 03, 2013, 10:42:14 AM »
Agreed City I never filled out the survey myself. I would be interested to know how many people actually filled surveys out. When you consider the deviation of statistics between ABA numbers and lawschooltransperncy there is glaring disparity so there is an issue with the reporting and I imagine it is people not filling out the surveys.

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Indeed distance learning is not for everyone and for something as volumous and nuanced as the law it is even more difficult, but it can be done. You will have an uphill battle, but it is one you can win with hard work and a bit of luck.

You may want to use this board to help on your law school journey there are some great posters on this board.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Distance Learning
« on: November 25, 2013, 10:53:23 AM »
Yes do not leave it to chance make sure you can sit for the bar exam and get confirmation in writing directly from the source.

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As the posters above said don't worry about your major. Schools care about your final undergrad GPA and if your doing well in policy stay with that. Additionally, there is no college
Major that will improve your LSAT score or how you will perform in law school. The only way to do well on the LSAT is to practice taking the LSAT.  One additional thing to note is you should not pick a major for law school there are no prereqs and since your only in your third year of college you might very well change your mind about law school in a year, but yor major will stay with you. Therefore, make your studying something you enjoy.

As for the immigration aspect that is something you can work on now and I encourage you to expose yourself to the law az much as possible to make sure law is right for you. I encourage you to volunteer at immigration clinics or talk to your schools pre-law advisor and see if they can set you up with an immigration gig.

If to enjoy it and have prior immigration experience it will be helpful. Also if you really want to do immigration law learn languages the majority of people in need of immigration lawyers either do not speak English or don't speak it well enough to communicate what they want. More importantly potential clients are more likely to go to someone that can speak their language.

Good luck!

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Miami offers some great advice and FIU is a solid school I nearly went there based on the cheap in-state tuition. I know Florida, Florida State, and if you wanted to be in New York CUNY also offer very cheap in state tuition you may also want to scholarships realistically getting out with as little debt as possible is far more important than what a for profit unregulated magazine thinks about a school.

Please do not make a life altering decision of where to attend law school based on the rankings. Remember it is a magazine. When your a OL or in the bubble of law school it seems to mean something, but once you graduate you will sign up for Batbri or Kaplan and be in a room with freaked out students from every law school for bar review then in July you will be in a room with thousands of grads from every school taking the bar. You will either pass or fail and the graders have no idea what school you went to. If you pass your a lawyer if you don't your not and what you do with that license will be far more dependent on you than the name of the school on your degree.

With that said you should you should choose a law school that works for you. You want to attend school in a location you want to live in,, because you will be spending a minimum of three years there and likely the rest of your life, because you will take the bar in the state your school is located and once you take one it is highly unlikely you will take another.

Also visit the school each has their own culture and whether a school is a good fit for you is a question only you can answer. Walk around the campus, talk to professors, admins, see if there are things nearby you enjoy. No Internet poster, magazine, blog etc can know how you will personally feel about a school so visit and make sure it is a good fit.

As for your numbers you probably won't get into UF or FSU law school admissions based almost 95 percent on numbers. You should still apply if those are the schools you really want to attend go for it and you might get in, but don't be discouraged of you are not admitted there are a number of east coast schools you can attend with a 3.7 and 151 FIU, CUNY, New Hampshire, New England to name a few.

As you correctly stated every law schoil will teach you the. Same exact thing. In law school you read Supreme Court cases and believe it or not the Supreme Court does not write seperate opinions for every law school nor does the law change if you attend Cooley or Harvard the elements of murder are the same.

There are obviously a few schools that have such name recognition i.e Harvard or Yale that they are worth the extra cost etc, but I don't think you needed U.S News to tell you those were good schools and frankly nobody in the real world cares if a school is 48th or 74th.

Good luck

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Personal Statement / Re: diversity statement?
« on: November 12, 2013, 10:55:03 AM »
You should absolutely contact the admissions office it is their job to answer questions related to law school applications and what a diversity statement is supposed to be differs from school to school and the only people that know the answer the exact answer ate the admission officers at the school.


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Personal Statement / Re: diversity statement?
« on: November 12, 2013, 10:53:55 AM »
You should absolutely contact the admissions office it is their job to answer questions related to law school applications and what a diversity statement is supposed to be differs from school to school and the only people that know the answer the exact answer ate the admission officers at the school.


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Personal Statement / Re: diversity statement?
« on: November 12, 2013, 10:52:58 AM »
You should absolutely contact the admissions office it is their job to answer questions related to law school applications and what a diversity statement is supposed to be differs from school to school and the only people that know the answer the exact answer ate the admission officers at the school.


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L.L.M. Board / Re: LLM in tax without a JD
« on: November 06, 2013, 10:59:14 AM »
I imagine a tax professional interested in an LLM would have encountered statutes etc in their career and be able to understand a Tax Law course. I took one tax course in law school and I had no idea what was going on so a tax professional might be more prepared than someone with a J.D and now tax experience.

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