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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Thoughts on Part Time Law School
« on: February 09, 2011, 09:55:27 PM »
In general, going part time can be a great option. However, there are no majors in law schools, and lower-ranked schools tend to have very restrictive curricula. This means that you will be stuck taking bar courses- not M&A or contract negotiation classes.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: SMU Law 3L Taking Questions
« on: January 19, 2011, 02:28:36 PM »
Thanks for posting.

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Law School Applications / Re: Igcse Applying for law soon
« on: January 18, 2011, 02:25:58 PM »
Hello fellow mates,

I made my O level examinations last year and received a C in english, it is absolutely not the grade i wanted but the thing is does it effect my Law study's once I apply to university? Will I increase my writing skills reading Vocabulary during the Law years?
I am really curious, since Law is what I want to do, I don't really care if it is hard or whatever, everything is hard in life so we gotta get through it.

I also want to know if I want to take A level English ...etc what advice of skills can you guys give me to start doing in order to increase everything i stated above?

Thanks,

Regarding your English grade: To be perfectly and brutally honest, I would start by making sure everything you write is well proofread. That includes forum posts.

And like the person above said, this is a forum for U.S. law schools, and it appears you are not applying to law school in the US. Therefore, few people here will have the knowledge to help you.

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General Board / Re: What are your schools Required Courses?
« on: January 18, 2011, 11:36:02 AM »
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I noticed both of you said there was a writing requirement, but what did that consist of. Did it entail taking a course or did you just need to get something published?
 

The writing requirement is that you have to take any course that requires a 30+ page paper. It has to be "publishable quality" but does not need to actually be published.

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However, she went into overkill and sadly I do not think I know everything I should about easements etc, which are more likely to come up in real life.

Easements are also much more prominent on the bar.

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General Board / Re: NY Bar with an Arrest - Will they tell my references?
« on: January 13, 2011, 10:40:00 PM »
I doubt they would call your references about the issue unless they were implicated in the incident. Your employers just fill out a form that asks them to to state what your duties were with them and whether you possess good moral character. Why would the C&F folk expect them to have knowledge about and an arrest?

That said I don't have any specific knowledge about the issue. My only experience with NY C&F is my own application. It might be worth talking to your school about the issue. I know my school had a designated "go to" person if you had a potential C&F issue.

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General Board / Re: What are your schools Required Courses?
« on: January 13, 2011, 10:36:23 PM »
Yeah, the only people who ever use the RAP are Trusts & Estates and Probate lawyers. Even then, it only applies in certain states. I think there was one or two MBE questions on it with the bar, but I could have gotten away with not understanding any of it.

Note: I also forgot: Conlaw I was required as well.

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General Board / Re: What are your schools Required Courses?
« on: January 12, 2011, 10:24:54 PM »
Georgetown had very few required classes. Just the following:

Torts
Civpro
Lrw
Ks
Crimpro
Professional responsibility
Property

1 paper class (any subject)

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Law School Applications / Re: When should I apply?
« on: December 29, 2010, 04:44:34 PM »
Your GPA will be a boat anchor on your admissions profile. If you are able to bring up your GPA, it may be worth taking a year off. In general, you really want to avoid sub 3.0 GPAs for law school applications. Making mostly A's for your last year should be more than sufficient to get you above the 3.0 level. Also, you want to have the time to retake the LSAT if it doesn't go as well as you planned. There is no sense in rushing your application and going to a worse school that you otherwise might or forfeiting scholarship money you might otherwise get.

The year off could be a great opportunity to work in the legal field and learn a bit more about the profession.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: chances at Howard Law
« on: December 29, 2010, 04:37:07 PM »
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Interrex you must be bored or something. I was asking about my chances at Howard, what the hell are you talking about? It doesn't matter that you are a 2L, obviously that doesn't make you have knowledge about chances at Howard. I'm not trying to entertain your ignorance, so let me try to get some real info and you go about your business if any that you have.

Don't worry. He's been banned.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: CPA v. JD; Is it worth it?
« on: December 29, 2010, 04:33:07 PM »
To be honest, "respectable law school" can mean a lot of things.

You say you want to do corporate work or go in house. That means a large law firm to start. Only the top 14 (and many would argue only the top 6 or even 3) schools in the country give you enough certainty of getting a large firm job that you should bet 200k on the prospect. To be sure, there are other ways of handling that debt load (income based repayal with public interest jobs for example), but there really are few ways of getting into corporate law outside of the large law firms.

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The truth is that a JD is cheaper than a CPA. It really is, you just have to get a good enough GPA or LSAT to go for friggin' free.

Depends on the state, but in many states you can get your CPA with just your undergrad accounting courses plus accounting work experience. So you actually get paid while getting your CPA. Even if you get a full ride to law school, you still have to pay for your living expenses. And those "full rides" often come with onerous conditions that may mean that most people awarded scholarships lose them before graduation.

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