I think with early admission you have a shot. However, are you really, really sure you want to go to law school?
Messages - smujd2007
« on: April 17, 2009, 08:33:32 PM »
I got married winter break of 3L year. I think this was the best time because school is not that big of a deal anymore, and you are not worried about studying for the bar. Also, if you are concerned about having your law license/ law degree in your married name, this gives you time to still get it done without being charged a fee. In my case, in Texas, all of the paperwork for this was due on February 1 (both for my school and for the State Bar). I got married at the beginning of January.
Congratulations and good luck deciding a time!
« on: June 25, 2008, 05:18:01 PM »
The university health insurance is normally fairly cheap--and you can have the money taken out of your student loan, normally, so you never even see the bill.
I say, instead of gambling on not having insurance, pack a brown bag lunch 3 days a week (treat yourself the other 2 days) and buy used books. You will be surprised at how much money this saves.
Don't discount your experience. Learn all you can about the software, and do a great job so that you have 2 great references while looking for permanent employment. I had a similar situation (except I was at a low T! school) and I only made $10.00 an hour. But I have three references for the rest of my legal career and an extended family with the lawyers that I worked with.
I attend a T4 and this summer I landed a job working for a solo as a legal clerk. The pay is $11 an hour which isnt much, but I actually feel lucky because alot of my friends with better grades had to take non-legal jobs paying less. The job is unlikely to lead to perm. employment as its a small office with 2 solos working there but I feel fortunate getting some form of income AND gaining legal experience.
« on: June 25, 2008, 09:40:49 AM »
Take the bar in July. That is what you were prepared to do. Stay focused, and make the best of the time that you do have. Several of my classmates were pregnant--one of them even gave birth while studying for the bar (in early July), both still took the bar and passed. In life, there is always something going on--there's no getting around it. You just have to keep moving forward. Good luck!
I'm have a state court clerkship beginning in August, and I'm not required to be admitted to any state bar for the clerkship.
The main thing is making sure you get in enough practice and having a structured review over all of the topics. You don't want to do overkill on classes--you need time to digest outside of class, similar to what goes on in law school. An hour prepping outside of class is just as important as an hour spent in class. Also, the Conviser should be fine for most of your studies. Most of the rules you need to know will prob. be there.
Question for those of you who took BarBri: would you say knowing the outlines in the Conviser book (I think that's what it's called) cold is all that you need to know to pass, or is it a must to study cover to cover the in-depth outlines in the other books as well? I ask because someone - who passed the bar the first time - said that all he did was study the Conviser to get the substantive law down cold, and the rest of the time, he just did practice essays/MBE questions. I hope what he said is true, for it seems downright impossible to memorize all of the stuff in the 8 BarBri books. It would also help ease the pressure, for I have to go out of town 5 days before the bar exam, and won't return until the Sunday before the bar exam; I plan on studying by listening the audio lectures I have uploaded to my iPod, and I'm hoping that is enough.
I would emphasize making sure you get enough practice in your weak areas. And writing practice essays and doing practice questions is critical. After awhile, you will be able to know how to structure an essay in an organized fashion to get the max possible points. That in and of itself, will make you feel better on the essay parts of the exam.
« on: May 02, 2008, 08:53:45 PM »
SMU likes soft factors.
I'm getting off work right now and expect my waitlist letter to be in the mailbox too. What the hell is SMU doing waitlisting me with a 166??? Just stupid- they aren't ranked that high!
« on: May 02, 2008, 08:15:16 PM »
This is so true.
That church announcements part is funny. Now imagine being the first lady of a church and passing the bar--they had a party for me and everything! However, it is a major accomplishment.
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