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Where should I go next fall? / Re: I'm starting to Freak out...
« on: July 08, 2007, 11:46:51 PM »
I can understand the freaking out. Been there, done that. Just remain calm and make the best decision for yourself. Think longterm though.

Go to a school that gives you a scholarship and that has a solid regional reputation. Also, a plus would be an area with lower living expenses. This way, you are narrowing down your debt. We all have to pay back loans but I strongly believe we can minimize our debt by thinking decisions through.

I was accepted to Thomas Jefferson as well but decided not to attend because San Diego is EXTREMELY expensive.
I would have had to take out double the loans to go there and coming out of school, I didnt feel secure that I would be able to pay back loans with my first job as a graduate.

How much of a scholarship did they give you?


Goodluck with wherever you decide to attend,



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Is Black's Law Dictionary really a necessity?


I read somewhere that you can access it on lexis Nexis.


Perhaps, it could be useful to have a hardcopy at all times though?

If so, where do you guys buy the pocketsize one from?

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Withdrew from both Whittier and Thomas Jefferson today.




Will be attending University of La Verne. They have a strong regional rep where I plan to practice and offered me a generous scholarship. Lower Debt is a good thing for me.


I am excited and nervous about starting law school. All my friends are living up the summer and I am trying to as well, but I just have it in the back of my head that Life is coming to a Halt for the next 3 years.  ;D

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Question: I read in another that thread that some schools will give you scholarships for your 2nd and 3rd year if you are in top 10% of your class after 1L. How common is this?


Does this happen at all tiers of schools or only at the top?


Thanks in advance,


more common for editors of law review, imho.  dont know, its probably different for every school.


dont hijack the thread with your serious questions while i'm trying to spank honey  :D


My bad, continue spanking.

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so far, i've spent around 2000 bucks on law school related books

How is this possible??  I mean I've bought some books, but not 2Gs worth... what did you get?



I recently purchased law school for dummies. Its pretty good so far nothing really breath-taking but it seems to address all students from all different background and school tiers not just upper tiers.

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Question: I read in another that thread that some schools will give you scholarships for your 2nd and 3rd year if you are in top 10% of your class after 1L. How common is this?


Does this happen at all tiers of schools or only at the top?


Thanks in advance,

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you are absolutely correct but I am concerned if La Verne loses its accredidation how the legal community will respond.  I am sure many employers and other legal professionals will try to look past Whittiers' probationary status but that does not hide the fact that probationary means just that, probation...  This is not to say La Verne will fail to gain full accredidation but it is a definite possibility. 

I am not sure how I feel about La Verne.  I do not think I would mind going there its just my pride that might have to take a hit.  Everyone wants to go to an established school that has a name...


Newkirk,


At the end of the day, you have to do what is best for you.

I chose the school that would be best for me in terms of graduating with lowest amount of debt, ( i recieved a generous scholarship) and where I felt the school had a strong connection and regional reputation. La Verne was the answer for me.


Alot of people want to be able to brag that they go to Ucla or Harvard or Yale. Those are terrific schools that I would be proud to attend as well.They are not however, best for everyone.

I guess for me, because I struggled and had to bust my butt to get where I am at, I am proud of the fact that I am attending an ABA approved law school. I am the first in my family to graduate college and I went to a respected University of California school for undergrad.

At the end of the day, I take pride in the fact that I was able to work and provide for my family ( mother, disabled father, a younger brother)  and I can still take care of them while I attend law school close by.


Goodluck to you with your decision.

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Perhaps...


However, and I could be misinformed, I thought that students graduating from a school with provisional aba approval recieve the same rights and benefits as students who graduate from fully accredited schools.

If also, hypothetically speaking,  you are a matriculating student in the fall, and the school loses its accreditation or is put on probation ( like whittier law school) during your time as a student, you still are considered a student who graduated from an ABA law school.


Can someone elaborate on this further if I am wrong?

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As someone who will be attending La Verne, I can tell you the schools reputation in the area ( ontario, california) is very strong. Several judges in the area have recieved there JD's at La Verne. I have talked to a couple of lawyers as well who are either in private practice now doing well for themselves or practicing in small to medium firms. The consensus seems to be the school has a bright future and they are pursuing full ABA approval.


However, attending La Verne, I know my limitations. I am looking to practice in the region, ( Riverside county, San bernardino county, and orange county).

I am not expecting to go to Boston or New York and land a big law job.

If I was looking for that, I would not attend La Verne.








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Law School Applications / Re: Bad News on thanksgiving eve
« on: June 18, 2007, 01:17:50 AM »
*BUMP


I will be attending La Verne this fall and I am excited. Is there any members of this forum who attend this school? Please Pm me, id love to talk with current students, alumni, or propspective students . Thanks in advance,



GOODLUCK to all the Incoming 1L's this year

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