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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Wake Forest, Elon, or UNC?
« on: April 06, 2010, 11:36:28 AM »
Wake or UNC. Why we are even having this discussion is beyond me.

TITCR. I'm sure Elon has professors who care about you, and a staff that will do their absolute best to help you learn the law, pass the bar, and find meaningful employment. However, UNC and Wake are both much more established, and much more difficult to get into. This means that they will have alumni who look favorably upon graduates of these schools. This also means that, when seeing a resume with Elon on it next to a resume with UNC/Wake on it, an employer will assume that the Wake/UNC student had a better GPA/LSAT combination, and therefore may learn more quickly. Whether that assumption is correct or not is really irrelevant, and if the employer only offers an interview to the UNC/Wake student, you will not get a chance to prove your worth.

Legal careers are based on reputation. When your legal career is just beginning, your resume will be judged based on the reputation of the school you attend.

UNC or Wake, easily.

LOL. Some people actually want to be lawyers, and not just for the paycheck or dreams of sports cars.

Law School Admissions / Re: IP law undergrad preferences...
« on: April 03, 2010, 10:04:26 AM »
The only one that absolutely requires any sort of science or engineering background is patent prosecution, and that's because you have to know the science in order to do the job.

This is completely true, but there are a lot of IP boutiques who do both patent prosecution and patent litigation who really only interview people who could write the patent bar. This makes a science undergrad more useful than it otherwise would be, even if you're only interested in patent litigation rather than prosecution.

Oh and I went to Property with Lior Stra-something and Torts with Richard Epstein.

Both good classes. Everyone loves Strahi, and Epstein is.. well, he's something.

Another reason for NYU: Epstein spends half his year there. (He spends fall semester at NYU, and then spring quarter at Chicago. He's officially an NYU prof now, although it seems like the move from Chicago to NYU was in name only, as he'd been spending fall semester at NYU for a few years now, I believe.)

For (good) academia, you will basically need to get law review, and a solid clerkship. To do this at either NYU or Chicago, you'll really have to bust your hump to do well. Go to where you will be happiest, as it'll be more conducive to working hard.

i would err on the side of caution.

what's so hard about wearing a dress shirt and some slacks? throw on a tie for good measure?

i really don't know about some of you folks

Nothing is so hard about it. It's just overdressing.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC v BU$$ v VULS
« on: April 01, 2010, 03:45:42 PM »
BC/BU and Vandy are likely to line you up with jobs in different markets. (Top of the class at both can surely go a lot of places, but median students may tend to find more local jobs.) Where do you want to work when you graduate?

I'm going to be going to the U Chicago ASW, so we'll see how it goes. I really liked Penn during their ASW and am pretty set on them.

Chicago's ASW is really fun. I have been to three, and enjoyed them all.

Although, Penn's ASW is really fun too. I've only been to one of those, but it was a lot of fun.

They're both awesome schools, and you can't really make a wrong choice. Just come here, meet some students and admits, and enjoy yourself.

Sounds like your host sucks. A few notes:

- I-House does suck. Don't stay there. It isn't a place you'd ever go as a student anyhow, aside from the musical being there. (But that's in the theater, not the tiny little rooms, obviously.)
- Your host is full of ****: Most of the people who go to lunches go for the free lunch. A few might care about some of the speakers, but they are a minority. Nobody looks down on you for just going for the lunch. also, mostly only 1Ls attend the talks because, well, they're boring.
- Which classes did you go to? Just curious.
- Chicago might do marginally better than NYU for academia, but if you loved NYU and didn't like Chicago, go to NYU. They're pretty comparable schools. (I visited NYU, UChicago, Penn, and ended up choosing UChicago. But they're all pretty comparable, and I have friends at NYU who like it there too.)

Outside of IP, your undergraduate major doesn't really matter that much. I don't think you need a certain major for energy/oil & gas law.

Virtually all MBA programs either explicitly or implicitly require substantive work experience.  Maybe do something for a few years then apply, perhaps for a jd/mba?

This is especially true of good/worthwhile MBA programs. An MBA from a bad school is worth very little.

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