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« on: October 25, 2011, 05:24:02 PM »
Who would you prefer(and why) Cain or Obama?
Is this a trick question?
One guy is Harvard Law Review, meets with world leaders and knows them on a first-name basis, while the other guy has literally stated that he doesn't know who the president of "ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan" is.
Yeah, essentially this. But I'd still much rather have the choice of a real progressive.
« on: October 25, 2011, 05:20:30 PM »
Why do we even need this URM bull? Do we really need to accept people that are less qualified? Does the workforce really prefer inferior lawyers? How are you entitled to gain an advantage from something that you had no power to control? Should we be more lenient when it comes to admitting down syndrome folks? Perhaps autistics ones? Thoughts? I feel like this affirmative action system is preventing the US from producing the best lawyers possible.http://www.amptoons.com/blog/images/concise.jpg
As an aside, it's your contention that non-white students are being admitted to schools they don't deserve to be in, right? But they're graduating. And we all know that law school exams aren't adjusted for race or subject to AA. And neither is the bar. So, what is it about exceeding your underestimation of their abilities that's their fault?
« on: October 25, 2011, 05:12:57 PM »
If I were you, I'd take a year. Get a job--a real job, mind you--and get some work experience doing what you learned in undergrad. Also take that time to reflect on why you want to go to law school, and more to the point, why you want to be a lawyer. If you're still feeling that itch, you can study for the LSAT and try it again, this time with a few entries on your resume to help you along.
« on: October 25, 2011, 05:08:50 PM »
No/No/No. Retake the LSAT.
« on: October 25, 2011, 05:04:50 PM »
None. You need to pick up at least 10 points on your LSAT, according to last cycle's numbers.
« on: October 24, 2011, 07:04:00 PM »
Using last year's numbers on LSN, it looks to be out-of-reach. But if you've got the application fee and a compelling story, it can't hurt to go for it.
« on: October 24, 2011, 04:44:56 PM »
If it's "something less monotonous and more steady in terms of salary" I don't think law is going to help you. Law jobs in the US are harder to come by than a legal education, and when you get one, "monotonous" is an excellent description. Specifically, why do you want to be a lawyer?
« on: October 19, 2011, 12:29:26 PM »
I don't personally know anyone who has, but the option exists if someone wants to. The trick is finding a lawyer who's willing to put in the kind of effort it takes to get someone through an apprenticeship and pass the bar. I imagine it would take a lot to convince someone to do it, or an already close connection.
« on: October 19, 2011, 02:12:31 AM »
California, Vermont, Virginia and Washington: no law school required before beginning apprenticeship, aka "reading the law."
New York: one year of law school prior to beginning apprenticeship.
Maine: two years of law school prior to beginning apprenticeship.
That should be a good enough starting point to check their bar association pages and confirm.
« on: October 10, 2011, 02:55:33 PM »
You can be a Patent Agent in ANY state if you take the patent bar. You only need to move to DC if you want to work for the govt.
If you want to work for companies and those trying to be the next Steve Jobs, you can do that on the side for a contract for stock if they make it (plus costs) and stay a Dr with that as a side hobby untill you get a big enough bite and then retire on it.
That's worth a thought too.
This is true. I just didn't want to comment on that, since I don't know what the job situation is going to be like in individual states. I just know that the federal side is going to be going absolutely crazy with patent examiner jobs with the more streamlined patent application process.
Just one question, do you think I should apply to my "wish list" of schools (UCLA, USC, Loyola, Pepperdine) or should I be realistic and target tier 4's?
If I were you: none of the above. It doesn't sound like being a lawyer is what you're really after, so giving up three years of income and paying somewhere over a hundred grand in tuition for uncertain job prospects would be an exceedingly bad idea. But, if you can't live your life without that "what if I had gone to law school" feeling, then I'll give you the advice I give everyone else who wants to go to law school:
Get into the best school you can, meaning a T14 school, for the lowest price possible. If you can't get into a T14 school, pick a geographic area where you want to practice and get into the best school you can that feeds that legal market, for the lowest price possible. And while you're in law school, network like it's your job.
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