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« on: August 03, 2011, 03:02:55 AM »
I was going to write out a lengthy response to this, but there's nothing you asked that can't be answered by the original posts here
with a lot more information than I feel like typing out. And it's all accurate. So, heed the advice or enjoy Pt. Barrow, AK. It's this year's Guam.
« on: July 30, 2011, 07:16:06 PM »
Best school you can get into where you can get the best GPA you can. Study whatever subject you are likely to enjoy, since people tend to do better at things that are interesting and enjoyable to them. Take an Intro to Logic course, and if you do well and really grasp the concepts, you shouldn't have to worry much about LSAT prep. Try to take some courses that require you to do a good amount of writing, but other than that, it doesn't really matter.
« on: July 30, 2011, 05:38:14 PM »
Where do you want to practice?
« on: July 29, 2011, 02:41:51 PM »
Major in something you enjoy and can do well at while you're in college. Your GPA and your LSAT score are the two most important factors in law school admission, and you're much more likely to get good grades in classes you enjoy. Which law school you go to will determine how much choice you have in where you live and work during and after law school. Also, get a part-time job in undergrad doing work--any kind of work--for a law firm. That will be the biggest help in telling you whether you're in the right place and doing the right thing, and will also be valuable experience when it comes time to apply to law school and for jobs.
« on: July 20, 2011, 05:42:04 PM »
Law school just won't do that for you. It's not going to give you that kind of contact with the people you want to help--victims rights advocates will get that, if you get a job as a prosecutor. If you want to help people, go into counseling. That will at least allow you to choose your clients and work with them directly to really help them. Working as an attorney isn't about the client or making things better, it's about solving problems strictly in a legal sense. Plumbers get more interaction with their clients than lawyers do.
« on: July 20, 2011, 05:28:26 PM »
Anyone seen this fun Cooley thing yet? It's chock full of lulz.
I wish I could be surprised by that article. But in all honesty, if I were selected for a jury in a trial with Cooley as a litigant, I'd have to walk away. I just couldn't be objective. Worse still, I think it would be very difficult for anyone who did more than a moment's homework in applying to law school to be objective. Cooley has managed to obtain a reputation that is nearly impossible to defame because it can't be made much worse than it is already.
« on: July 19, 2011, 06:02:53 PM »
If you want to make a difference and still feel accomplished in your career, get the PhD and do work specifically for victims of abuse. If you go to law school, the closest work that you can do to what you do now is criminal law, but there's no way to guarantee that you're going to have a job at the DA's office where you'll be getting case after case with victims of abuse. In fact, I can guarantee that you won't. You'll get everything, and only the occasional case dealing with victims of abuse, because no one gets to specialize on what kinds of cases they take. What's worse is that once you get to law school, chances are you won't want to practice criminal law. Something else will draw your attention, as it does in the vast majority of cases, and you'll put all thoughts of your current goals behind you.
So, if you want to build upon a career where you can choose who you help based on your strengths and experience, expand on what you're doing now. Law school will only hurt that.
« on: July 14, 2011, 08:56:35 PM »
I'd take ASU because I'm familiar with the area, have local legal contacts and can tolerate the people. I can't say any of those things about the other options.
So why would and wouldn't you pick each of those?
« on: July 05, 2011, 01:03:10 PM »
Yeah, that would sure be nice. I've even considered signing up with one of these outfits that hires people to troll the comments sections on pages like HuffPo. I guess they get pretty good money.
« on: July 05, 2011, 12:07:31 PM »
Totally agreed there, Chuck. In fact, I think I've been able to spot a couple of the paid posters.
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