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« on: December 08, 2012, 08:29:25 PM »
Both posters offered some good insight and to be perfectly honest whether transferring is a good idea or not is highly unique to each person's situation. If your career goals are to be a public defender in Wisconsin and your are currently attending law school at Marquette then stay there, rank in the top of your class, get scholarship money.
If your career goal is to work for Cravath then shoot for the T14, but even if you get into a T14 school it doesn't necessarily mean you will get into BigLaw, but you really will not have a shot otherwise.
Another factor to consider is your personality you know better than anyone else how well you can handle moving to a new location, meeting new people, etc. Some people thrive in this others struggle. If your a person who has worked all over the country, meet new people, blah blah then moving across country probably won't be a big deal. If on the other hand you have never left your hometown then moving across country to start as a 2L at a T14 school might be to much change.
Bottom line is don't simply transfer because U.S. News ranking says X school is #12. Once your out of the law school bubble the name of your school really won't mean that much unless your sole goal is to work in a big law firm. The people you meet, the location your residing in, your personal happiness, and what you want out of your legal career are all things that U.S. News cannot determine nor can any anonymous internet poster like yourself. I see a lot of people freak out about these rankings and make life altering decisions based on them alone and this is not a good idea. Remember it is a for-profit unregulated magazine nothing more and you should not make a life-altering decision based on it alone.
Hopefully some of that offers some insight or feel free to think I am full of s*** just remember anyone on this board or others is an anonymous internet poster that knows nothing about you, your situation, or what is best for you. The same can be about U.S. News they are a for-profit magazine and they cannot tell you what is best for your particular circumstance. In the meantime stay focused second semester and kick ass again.
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:54:52 PM »
It might be possible to transfer most schools from what I know care about first year grades more than anything. However, many people I have known were not that satisfied with their transfer.
I don't know where you are currently attending, but moving across county to a school where you don't know anyone and all the 1L clicks have developed can be tough. I had a friend that transferred from my school to USC and she regretted the decision. Obviously that is not the case for everyone and maybe it will be a good decision it is personal for everyone, but if your doing well somewhere it may not be worth rocking the boat.
One thing to think about which I did is get the transfer papers together and ask for scholarship money from your school. This can save you 40-70k and just an option if no scholarship money is offered then it might be worth transferring, but I think getting out of an ABA school with as little debt as possible is always a good decision.
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:32:24 PM »
I mean smoking some pot and being drunk in college before your 20th birthday probably won't be major issues. Disclose it of course you will get in far more trouble by not disclosing, but these incidents are pretty common for law students.
I have known guys with DUI's and some who were arrested for drunk and disorderlys who passed their state bar's moral character application. I personally made some immature decisions in college as well most people do including admissions officers.
Bottom line is these won't help your situation but as long as you disclose you should be alright.
« on: December 06, 2012, 11:21:20 AM »
As the above posters mentioned your experiences will play some role, but it really is 90% a numbers game. Combat in Afganistan is probably something that will catch an admission officer's eye and give you a little boost the strong work history probably won't do much as many law school applicants have that.
lawschoolnumbers.com is a good site to see what your chances are, but I would predict NCC would let you in. Also if you are a URM your chances of admission will be increased greatly. Not to mention a 160 LSAT is pretty good.
Also realize that nobody anonymously posting on this board really knows anything about what a specific school will do. So take all info you read on boards like this one with a grain of salt anybody can say anything without repercussion so when choosing a law school remember to take the anonymous internet posts with a grain of salt good luck.
« on: December 04, 2012, 09:40:53 PM »
Yea you will probably need to disclose it on your moral character application when you apply for the bar, but they will probably will let you in, but I would contact the state bar you are planning on joining and ask what their rules on it are. Better to find out it won't work now rather than spend 100,000 and 3 years of your life, but I would imagine it wouldn't be an issue. However, it is certainly worth checking into good luck.
« on: December 04, 2012, 12:55:26 AM »
Anyway to move closer?
Another thing to know or at least in my law school experience is that after first year and particularly first semester law school gets a lot less stressful. I remember freaking out first semester everything is so new and you have no idea what to expect I personally felt first semester of law school was even harder than the bar, but once 1L was done with 2L and 3L I had much more time and my relationship with my girlfriend a non-lawyer/student got a lot better. That is not a guarantee that it will, but I believe most law students would agree law school gets much easier after 1L. Hopefully that is somewhat encouraging.
« on: November 28, 2012, 02:39:02 PM »
That is probably what it will be just wait until you wait a month or two for your first semester law grades or better yet 3-4 months for bar results. Get used to patiently waiting going into the legal profession obviously no guarantees they will be released in February, but it is not uncommon for schools to wait than long to offer acceptance.
« on: November 27, 2012, 09:55:21 PM »
Keep it to one page that is the length you will be using when applying for attorney jobs out of law school unless you have some crazy experience. I doubt the admissions committee will spend more than 10 seconds looking at your resume unless you have something crazy on there i.e. NFL football player, Navy Seal, Journalist for the Wall Street Journal, or something along those lines. If it is 2 years at company X etc, etc then it really won't hurt or help your application and the majority of the committees decision will be based on numbers as it almost always is.
« on: November 27, 2012, 02:20:35 PM »
That is a great personal statement, but I hate to break to be the bearer of bad news if you want T14 schools your grades/LSAT are what make 95% of the decision.
With that said you don't need to go to a T14 school to succeed as a lawyer remember the U.S. News rankings are nothing more than a for-profit magazine offering an opinion. If you want to do family law, restraining orders immigration, and help people that went through the experiences you went through then any ABA school will do.
I would also relate this to you the legal education you receive at any ABA school will be almost identical. Your first year will consist of Torts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Property, Contracts, and LRW. Some schools may give you Con Law and Crim Pro in your first year or second year, but that will be the subject matter and you will read Supreme Court cases out of the same textbook no matter what school you go to.
I think your personal statement shows a real passion for the law and those experiences will likely make you a good lawyer, but if you don't get into a T-14 school don't be discouraged get into an ABA school, pass the bar, and help others that went through the situation you went through.
« on: November 27, 2012, 02:13:43 PM »
A good site this kind of question is lawschoolnumbers.com it looks like in 2011 they started letting people know in February http://texaswesleyan.lawschoolnumbers.com/applicants/1112/
and I was actually accepted to Texas Wesleyan and my numbers were good enough for a large scholarship and they didn't tell until February either, but that was years ago.
Hold tight and wait for the news to come not much else you can do. If you are applying to Wesleyan I would also recommend South Texas I visited that school and was really impressed with it and the numbers required are about the same. Good luck.
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