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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: New York Law: Useless?
« on: November 16, 2006, 03:50:59 AM »
No need to be in the 25th percentile, is there? ;) Getting in is all you need, even if you're the 1st percentile.

Law School Admissions / Re: ase tell me where to apply
« on: November 16, 2006, 03:29:20 AM »
If you have some interesting work related experience to add to your application, I would have put in a reach app to CLS and NYU as well. If you're a straight-out-of-school applicant that might not work.

Law School Admissions / Re: Is the LSAT getting easier?
« on: November 16, 2006, 03:27:33 AM »
My actual LSAT scored considerably lower than all my prep tests, I belive this is mostly because I had a true Murphy's Law day at the testing day, but I got no impression it was being easier at least. As a foreign speaker, the RC part was by far the hardest for me, the Logic Games were fairly simple, as they also were in the prep tests.

It's probably not going to hurt you much, unless you're on the very tipping point of being accepted and the person reading your application is being a bit grumpy.

That being said, if there's one document you are writing this year you don't want typos on, this one would be it ;)

I largely agree with PAJ, although the exception was NYU for me. Since they use the abbreviation frequently themselves, so did I in my essay. For other universities I shortened to just use Columbia, Fordham etc.

Not as far as I have been able to see, you have to look it up for each school. That being said, pretty much every school I've looked at so far has either October 15th or November 15th.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How old is too old to begin law school?
« on: November 15, 2006, 02:52:12 PM »
Have to agree that you're never really too old, just that it might get complicated the older you get.

Personally, I'll be starting LS just before my 28th birthday, I didn't plan it this way, but life has a tendency to take a path of its own. I started a company as an 18 year old that stopped me from getting any education. I sold out 2 years ago and went back to College to prepare for LS, and I do feel that the experiences I bring (and other mature applicants) do compensate for alot compared to age. The real life experience you gain from spending some years in actual real life, not just sitting on a school desk from your 6th birthday is worth alot.

I'm looking at the same schools as you, although I put in some reach applications to NYU, Columbia and Fordham aswell. I've been working in the corporate world for a few years, hoping that will score me a lucky admission, but not really counting on it.

From what I've heard so far you got good shots at a good job if you manage to get in the top 5% of those schools. If you end up too far down, it will be more of a struggle.

That being said, do remember that schools mostly count for your first job, nobody says you can't move for a lateral employment later. When you've got a few years as an associate on your resume the firms will be alot more interested in the actual work you've done, rather than what school you went to.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: New York Law: Useless?
« on: November 15, 2006, 02:29:06 PM »
If you want to study law, go for NYLS, from all I can see it's a good school, even though not among the best out there. Charles Philips, president of Oracle is a NYLS grad, so it's not like your career is going to fall dead.

That being said, you would be forced to really make it to the top of your class to get noticed by the big firms.

Law School Admissions / Some advice for international applicant
« on: November 15, 2006, 09:27:16 AM »
Hey, my first post and I figured I'd start by asking a few questions since it seems there are well qualified people on these boards. I have submitted my law school applications today, and my school list is something like; Columbia (ED), NYU, Fordham, Rutger's Newark, St. John's and New York Law School.

The questions are two-fold, assuming I don't get any of my top 3's, how do you guys rate Rutger's, St. John's and NYLS compared to eachother? I do not know enough about these to really make a decision, I simply selected them as safetly choices in the NYC area.

Second question is, my LSAT score is a bit short for my top 3 choices, but I have extensive background that might help. The real question however is, do you believe / know / suspect that law schools give any wiggle room in LSAT scores to English foreign speakers? I heard some rumors that minority students gets an "8 point bonus" to their LSAT score, logically I would assume this applies to foreign speakers as well?

Anyhow, hoping someone can give me a head ups, cheers :)

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