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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: anecdotes about texas law schools
« on: October 12, 2009, 04:08:19 AM »
I keep hearing that St. Mary's is trash. My guess is reputation/placement? Care to comment?

Hearsay is information gathered by Person A from Person B concerning some event, condition, or thing of which Person A had no direct experience. 

I have a relative that went to St Marys.  Loved every minute of it and has a job paying the big bucks.  As in everything there were the good parts and the bad parts.  He/She always said that law schoold does not teach you to pass the bar. 

Now compare that to another relative that went to Stanford.  He/She always said that law school does not teach you to pass the bar.

Transferring / Re: Texas Tech
« on: July 29, 2009, 03:06:36 AM »
I want to do IP law of some sort and TTU has the facilities and the concentration/classes fit for that field of law. 

A friends son graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Mechanical Enginerring (with high honors).  He went to TT and did VERY VERY well (2008 graduate).   He is now doing IP somewhere in Maryland.

Current Law Students / Re: Contrasting Temple, Drexel and Villanova
« on: February 11, 2009, 02:49:00 PM »
I agree with you 100% MichaelNKat.  I learned a long time ago to apply the old 80/20 rule.   20% of the people on this board give 80% of the excellent/good advice and are
there to help you.   The other 80% you should learn to ignore.

It does no good to verbally assault them as they have nothing better to do than to
"Put you down".  They thrive on this as it is the only way they have of feeding their ego.   

Just ignore them and move on to those that are there to help.

Current Law Students / Re: Closing costs on buying a home??
« on: October 30, 2008, 02:35:00 PM »
So, they negotiated with the sellers to increase the offer price and have the sellers pick up the closing costs.  The seller was not out any money, and the buyer did not have to pay the closing costs up front. 

FYI - If you do this you are paying interest for 30 years on your closing cost. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 50% of Law Student Grads
« on: August 13, 2008, 01:34:45 PM »

You must be new here, thatís not how it works on LSD, there are a hierarchy of things you blame because you canít find a job first:

You just made my day.

Hey all,

I'm trying to decide between a couple different schools, and instead of asking your opinion about each one, i'm more interested in hearing from current students who took a scholarship from a lower ranked school only to pass up an offer of admission from a T-1. (say the very low end of the first tier to be specific)

Did you end up doing well within your class? Can anything really be said about being in the top 90th percentile of the entering class? I assume there is somewhat of a correlation, i'm just curious if anyone has an experience that would enhance or detract from that logic. Finally, are you happy with your choice?

Note: I'm just looking for generalizations here and personal narrative, i realize the location and name of the schools im considering plays a large factor, but i'm more interested in hearing from people from any school that have turned down a more prestigous school only to enter in the top 80-90th percentile with a scholarship at a lesser ranked school. Thanks a lot!

Based on what you have asked:

My daughter applied to 1 law school (around 15-20) and was placed on the wait list
( 165/3.8 ).  It was there or nothing.  At the last minute she decided to apply to a T4 down the road (30 days late).  She was accepted and offered a 50% scholarship (her numbers put her well in the
top 5% of those admitted).

She did EXTREMELY well over her 3 years.  At 2L OCI she had 10 interviews and 7 offers (If I remember correctly).  She worked for 2 great firms in the city her school is in.  

She was offered a New York salary with a southern state cost of living.

She loved her school and the city it was in.  
She feels she got a great education and (most) of the teachers were good.  She did have some gripes but you will find that anywhere.

It all comes down to personal preference.
Do you want to graduate with a ton of debt and hope you can find a job or do you to graduate with as little as debt as possible and hope you can find a job.  Is that higher ranked school really gonna give you that much more of an advantage.  Some say yes. Some say no.  

What state will the economy be in in a few years.  You can graduate from a T1 but if there are no, or limited, jobs then what are you going to do.

What is it you want out of life.

How much risk are you willing to take.

It's like the lottery - everyone plays but only a few win the big prize.


Current Law Students / Re: Women in Law School
« on: February 23, 2005, 02:19:11 PM »
You MEN have no idea what it's like to be a woman in a male dominated environment. We're the modern day black face. As they struggled in the 60's, we still struggle today in the professional world.
If I'm in sweats, I go unnoticed, but if I'm in jeans that look as if they've been painted on, then I'm loved. I have learned how to manipulate the system and am leveling the playing field by using what I have.
Being that this is so snonymous, I'll even go as far as to say that I've played my Torts professor like a fiddle, which set me up to possibly make journal. So, 15 mins to him will probably amount to a lifetime of success for me! In the end who got the better deal? I thought so...

You're not really comparing the plight of women today to that of blacks in the 60s...are you?

A friend of mine at work has a son who goes to a T3. 

He started with nothing.  At the end of his 1st year he was on 50% scholarship and at the end of his 2nd year is on full scholarship.

I also believe that he is going to be the executive editor of the law review next year.  He will be doing Patent Law in the DC area this summer.

My daughter goes to a T4 and completely loves it.

She could have had her pick of schools but did not want to move from the area. Boyfriend lives in that area and wants to practice in that area.

She is on 50% scholarship. Has done very well (3.69) and has a summer job that equates to a six figure+ salary.

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