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General Board / Re: Journal Choices
« on: July 15, 2009, 10:42:33 PM »
Law Review (and journals in general) are of interest to virtually any firm. If your interest is less in the law firm and more public interest/prosecution, then one reason to possibly choose the lighter journal would be to have more time to devote to an extracurricular like a clinic or mock trial program, where you'd spend more time actually developing useful skills rather than simply showing you know how to Bluebook.
Don't get me wrong, writing a published note for a journal is big, but from what I hear the majority of journal work is playing editor for someone else...
Good luck,
Robert

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If your interest lies in the courtroom, law school will give you opportunities to become a better speaker... but if you don't have the inclination to be before the bench, don't expect to see any change.

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General Board / Re: Journal Choices
« on: July 14, 2009, 08:27:24 PM »
Is one your school's Law Review? If so, take it... because with VERY few exceptions for certain fields and certain journals, most interviews will see "Law Review" "Journal" or "Nothing" and not give credit to 'a more prestigious journal'...
Congrats...

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Is it really worth it?
« on: July 10, 2009, 07:47:00 PM »
See, I'm not completely uninterested in being a lawyer. However, I"m going into it with the mindset that it's a good degree to have in general. I might be going into finance, maybe doing policy. I'm not sure.

What's a better investment, in terms of returns?

Want a better return on investment? Forget the JD or the MBA, go for something healthcare related like nursing, physical therapy, even some sort or radiologist/MRI technician. I'm not referring to medical school, but the health care field overall is the big one that's always short people... and with the aging populace, it's where the demand is growing the most.
THAT'S where the easy money is... lots of demand, shortage of skilled workers. Plus you're actually doing something positive and helping people rather than leeching a living out of the suffering of others.

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Perhaps I'm misreading things, but is this attrition rate due to academic dismissal alone or does it include withdrawal for economic reasons and transferrign students? If it's purely 'failed out', it's rediculous. If it includes those that transferred out to better schools, then is such a high rate any real surprise?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Is it really worth it?
« on: July 09, 2009, 09:10:14 PM »
Don't expect tuition to decrease anytime in the near future... schools would sooner lower their admission standards than lower their tuition. If you're looking at law school from a 'return on investment' perspective, there are MUCH better options. If you're looking at law school because you want to be a lawyer, then that's the only real reason you need.
Good luck,
Rob

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: part time or full time
« on: July 06, 2009, 09:43:24 PM »
Having ridden the waitlist for over three or four months now, I finally got in at GMU, but part time. I'm also in at St. Johns in NYC, full time. Is it worth going to a higher ranked school part time? What do you think puts me in a better position to transfer to a better school? Still waiting on four other wait lists...

Never count on being able to transfer to a better school... that's too grade dependent and therefore impossible to predict. Besides, if your grades are good enough to transfer, they're probably good enough for law review and those top interviews that you'd want anyhow. I'd imagine that there's a procedure for PT students at GMU to transfer to their FT program (haven't heard of a school that doesn't allow it), so really decide whether you'd rather be at SJU or GMU... things like where you want to practice, scholly money (if any), facilities, clinical opportunities, etc...
Assuming you can't transfer, where do you want to practice?
Rob

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General Board / Re: Jr. BigLaw Associate in NY Taking Questions
« on: July 06, 2009, 09:31:09 PM »
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Coming from a similar situation, I hate to break it to you but you're probably not going to get a BIG package from a T1 school. I had the same LSAT score, a higher GPA from a local SUNY school and a dozen years in a technical position with a major telecommunications company... my scholly offers for the 2 PT programs I applied to were $5k/yr @ St. John's and $15k/yr @ Hofstra. If you're talking about going FT, you're going to be competing against more qualified applicants (in the Ad Com's view of hard numbers), so don't hold your breath for scholly money. If you were thinking of going PT, then you're in a pretty good position. Still probably not a BIG package from any T1, but probably something from some of the better regional T2 schools...
Good Luck
Rob

PS: If scholly money is a big decision-maker for you, then consider retaking the LSAT or accepting a lower ranked school that doesn't have any significant maintenance requirements for their scholly offer...

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General Board / Re: dumped b/c of law school?
« on: June 29, 2009, 07:19:48 AM »
So, I was dumped expressly because I'm in LS (thus busy and w/o present income).  Apparently, I'm in a relationship with LS and should have dropped out if . . .. Meh.  This must be fairly common -- maybe even a right of passage for law students. It stings though. Have any of you ever been similarly dis'd on account of LS? Commiseration would be welcomed.

She did you a favor... if she doesn't have the patience or maturity to understand and accept the requirements of law school, then you're better off without her. The best thing you can do is accept this, move on and forget about her...
Sorry,
Rob

PS: The second best thing you can is land a BIGLaw job after graduation and wave goodbye as you roll past her place with the top down in your new Mercedes SL65 AMG Roadster.  ;)

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