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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sincere Inquiry from a Starter
« on: February 14, 2012, 10:25:32 AM »
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.

I actually went to Cincinnati, but I know folks from nku and Dayton.  From what I've heard, Dayton's program isn't so great, and nku is a better school than implied from its rank bc of its location and the fact that it has a part time program.  It also depends where you want to work.  For Cincy or northern ky, then nku would be better.  If you want to work in the Dayton area, them Dayton may be better.

I go into both schools, but be warned about Dayton ... I'm pretty sure they do the bait and switch scholarship thing, and as a private school, they are damn expensive.

If you have no SO and no kids, then why are you even worrying about it?  Your future is wide open, so don't worry too much about these what-ifs... How long will it take you to finish law school?  I think you should wait until you are actually ready and about to have kids before you make this decision.

Anything is possible, but this would be really risky.  I mean, I'm an attorney (since 2010) and most of us are struggling in this economy... Even more experienced attorneys are struggling.  Who knows how the career will change in 10+ years, but if you aren't actively along for the ride, it might be near impossible to re-enter after 10 yrs off... Especially with 0 attorney experience under your belt.  I mean, new attorneys know nothing about practicing law (I promise this is true).  I can't imagine trying to practice after forgetting even what I learned in law school after many years.

Personally, I think it's a horrible idea.  Why do you need to stay home w kids?  Kids need working, productive parents.  It's too difficult to survive financially with only one income per family these days.

P.S. What is the "other board" ???  I can't remember what it's called!

Wow it's really neat to hear from everyone :)  So many biglaw folks! ;)  Personally, I'm really enjoying "smalllaw" ... much more laid back, and I make my own schedule (except when I have to make appearances in court for my contract work).  Things are on track, and going solo is MUCH less difficult and complicated than law school implies.  For me, I felt like law school put up this mystique around practicing on your own, telling us that it was difficult and stressful and there are so many mistakes you can make.  They barely explained IOLTA accounts, ethics, running a business, etc.  Now it seems silly that I used to be terrified of going out on my own, b/c it is doable and A LOT of attorneys do it!

Reunion time!  :D

Current Law Students / Re: MPRE Questions?
« on: April 05, 2011, 08:55:34 AM »
I was already signed up for Bar/Bri, so I took their Saturday morning prep class for the MPRE.  I think if you've paid, like, $150 towards Bar/Bri the class is free.  They give you some materials and you go through an outline while they lecture to you.  I did that (while hungover from a Halloween part the night before).  That week I read through the short outline a couple times, and took 1 1/2 practice tests (they are soooo boring).  I got a high enough score to pass.  You don't really have to do THAT well to "pass" the MPRE.

I just randomly decided to check out this board again, and I was looking back fondly over all my posts from way back in 2006 when I was freaking out over applying to law school.  Now I'm almost a year out, and feeling nostalgic about the "good old days" of both undergrad and law school.  I was wondering if any of the old posters who started and finished law school when I did (2007-2010 or whenever really) were still lurking about??

What are you guys doing now?  I'm finishing up a Fellowship with the General Counsel Section at my city, working part time as a managing attorney in my state for a national firm, and starting my own solo practice in the 'burbs (with the help of some attorneys who posted an ad on craigslist for the office space - they are allowing me some time to get established before I start paying a reduced rent, and then eventually an equal share of the rent).

Do you miss law school?  Do you regret going or are you glad you went?  I miss law school!  I miss the academic and fraternal environment.  I'll admit I'm a school nerd, so that's probably why!  I don't regret going, but I never expected to be doing what I'm doing now!  I wish I'd done some things differently in law school to prepare me for solo practice, but as it is, I'm just figuring it out as I go along!

Law School Admissions / Re: i'm a hot mess! please help!
« on: December 29, 2010, 01:40:08 PM »
My advice would be to stop worrying about it now :)  I have no idea that I was going to end up going to law school (I'm a lawyer now) when I was your age.  Just do the best you can in school, have fun, and explore your options.  If you have law school in the back of your mind, just make sure you choose a major in college you will enjoy and do your best to get good grades!

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