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Hah.  Starting your own practice is only good for tons of stress and no money.  I know from experience.  It took me 6 months to give up on that little experiment born from desperation!

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General Board / Re: I hope this Board can rebound because I love it.
« on: March 06, 2012, 05:53:33 PM »
Hahaha... So far I'm actually being helpful, but I could see this devolving quickly ... lol.  I feel kind of sorry for them, actually ... I started law school just before all the doom and gloom economy, and everyone was all happy and positive.  Ohhhhh well.  Times is tough!

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General Board / Re: I hope this Board can rebound because I love it.
« on: March 06, 2012, 03:42:58 PM »
Bit the bullet and signed up there.  Trolling the ask a graduate forum, lol.

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General Board / Re: I hope this Board can rebound because I love it.
« on: March 06, 2012, 10:50:50 AM »
toplawschools.com

Half the stuff said here will get you banned the first day, but if you don't mind that it has the activity level you guys are decribing.

That site is lame, though.  Everyone is all stupid optimistic and they close threads if people even hint at bickering or stating a dissenting view.

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General Board / Re: I hope this Board can rebound because I love it.
« on: March 05, 2012, 11:00:16 AM »
This website helped me tremendously back in 2006 when I was applying to law school, and it was so active!  I remember there were too many threads to even follow.  I miss those days, as well!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sincere Inquiry from a Starter
« on: February 19, 2012, 09:18:20 AM »
I checked out TLS out of curiosity, and it does seem somewhat of a douchey place ... whenever people would be even slightly bantering or disagreeing in a thread, a mod seems to have swooped in and "closed the thread down" or whatever.  How lame and unrealistic of real life.  They also seem to be in complete and utter denial of the state of the legal economy right now.  I hate to be a doom and gloom person, and I try to be positive, but it's rough out there and they all seem like "Oh ho ho ... that won't affect me b/c I'll be graduating from a T14 in the top of my class and the economy will be sunshine and rainbows in 3 years!" ... well, good luck with that.

I do miss posting / hanging out here back when it was booming!  There were a lot of people here who really helped me out in applying in '06 from just general advice / encouragement to actually picking apart my personal statement with me.  I'm glad I came before the fall, I guess!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sincere Inquiry from a Starter
« on: February 17, 2012, 07:06:12 PM »
Kindly share some views about the after Law School if someone want to do practice for legal matters where he or she can do that.?

Sorry, this is a bit incoherent and I don't understand the question...

It's probably a post from one of the paid to post on your board services that Andrew, the owner of this site, hired to revive discussion and traffic on the board.  Many of those services, especially the really cheap ones, are located overseas so their English, understanding of the LSAT and North America legal systems can be pretty bad.

Wait, they HIRED people to increase discussion on lawschooldiscussion.org?  This makes me really sad, actually ... this board was thriving out of control back in 2006 when I was applying for law school :(

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sincere Inquiry from a Starter
« on: February 16, 2012, 12:49:41 PM »
Kindly share some views about the after Law School if someone want to do practice for legal matters where he or she can do that.?

Sorry, this is a bit incoherent and I don't understand the question...

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sincere Inquiry from a Starter
« on: February 15, 2012, 11:18:30 AM »
I definitely agree that if you will fail miserably at a science or engineering major not to do it.  I majored in English and did a minor in Spanish and Philosophy.  I wish I'd worked harder at Spanish and then kept up my skills during law school.  I also should have done a minor or double major in a business degree.  It would have given me an edge and some know-how that I don't have now.  I also could have done a jd/MBA at the same time which maybe could have opened up additional non-lawyer jobs.

I do want to emphasize that it is rough out there.  Since graduating, I took and passed the bar, continued to work as a law clerk in a small firm who couldn't hire me as an attorney, did a fellowship with my city in the general counsel section, got an of counsel position with a national bad shitlaw debt settlement firm, did appearances for collections and other firms, practiced on my own in domestic relations (extremely difficult since I am a new attorney with no experience), did some work for solo practitioners, did contract doc review work, and FINALLY last fall, through luck, good timing, and perseverance landed a staff attorney position with a BIGLAW firm where I am working now.

Although a majority of my job now is doc review, I feel incredibly blessed and happy, bc the pay is good and the job is relatively secure.  I'm hoping that this job will at least give me connections or make me look more desirable since it's a big and well known firm.  I wouldn't mind continuing working in ediscovery, personally, but I know this would be a nightmare for many would be law students, current students, and current lawyers.

Also, even though it took so much work and fumbling around from one legal opportunity to another, I am a lot luckier than most of my law school peers (or at least in an equal position).

It takes a lot of moxie to be a new lawyer in this economy!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sincere Inquiry from a Starter
« on: February 14, 2012, 12:25:32 PM »
I'm a 2010 law school grad and currently a lawyer.  I would advise you major in something more useful like business/Economics or science or engineering.  This will give you an edge on the job market after law school ... The job market for lawyers is currently dismal.  I'm a very optimistic person, and even I can admit that.  It doesn't look like its getting better, so you shouldn't count on that (but it would be awesome if things improved!)   Also, if you have an engineering or hard science background, you can do patent law / ip which is in higher demand.

I'd recommend minoring in English or philosophy (or just taking courses) to get the edge for writing / reading and the LSAT.  Also, a foreign language, especially Chinese could be helpful.


Oh and also... Make sure it's your dream to be a lawyer and not a law student.  While I enjoyed law school, 3 years is fleeting, and then you have to be a lawyer ... Which is often really different than what ppl think it is.  Also, do research on the law school scam and the state of the legal economy so you know what you're getting into.  And know that document review jobs are what new lawyers today are fighting for in ost places, as sad as that may seem.

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