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Current Law Students / Re: How Many Call-Backs Have You Received?
« on: August 24, 2009, 09:20:23 PM »
5 OCI, 1 callback so far (it's been less than a week).  

Current Law Students / Re: For anyone who had above a 3.5 in undergrad
« on: August 15, 2009, 10:14:23 AM »
OP, just a friendly word of advice:  Concentrate more on the quality time that you must put into studying.  It's more about quality than quantity when studying in law school!  Find out what works for you and go from there. 

Good luck!

Black Law Students / Re: 1L Jobs
« on: July 27, 2009, 07:09:36 PM »
I know as a 1L your not supposed to work. However, before applying to law school I found out my gf is knocked up. I currently work as a night club dj on fridays & sats, but will need a lil more cash to handle my biz. Any recommendations for decent paying jobs I can do in the early afternoons after classes (non-retail)?

My recommendation is to see if the law school library has job openings for 1L's.  You might be paid to study!

Law School Admissions / Re: Does College matter?
« on: July 27, 2009, 07:08:35 PM »
I also suspect that Florida and Florida State both show loyalty to their alumni during admissions, but that's not a big deal.

Exactly.  The OP will be fine going to UCF.  He/she just needs to keep that GPA up and study hard for the LSAT if he/she wants to go to UF or FSU!

I was never a huge fan of Oyez... not that many details.  I just looked up Roe v. Wade and it has like 9 lines of info.  Wiki on the other hand has great background as well as the decision of the court with summaries of the sections plus the dissent and then goes on to give overviews of subsequent cases and the controversy. 

To each their own.

Fair enough. 

56 is even better than wikipedia and google for con law, for what it's worth. 

You will have access to a free digital copy from West once you start school.  Don't buy one.

If you start school and find yourself using the West copy often, buy the pocket version.

Botbot's correct.  Just wait until you get the free Westlaw version. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: From T4 to T1 or T2
« on: July 20, 2009, 03:52:25 PM »
I've met a few people at my school who have done this.  From what I know, they're doing fine at my school.  If you did well at your previous school, you should also be fine. 

If you must choose between them, I would go to Widener if you plan to look for work in NY/PA. More alums in the area, easier to network for jobs in a location when you are already in a location.

Still, I would highly recommend retaking the LSAT and trying to get into either Temple or one of the Rutgers schools. Go to the school you can get in-state tuition at.

This is 100% credited.

Gruitza, I know you don't want to hear it, but they are right to give you this advice to at least consider.  For many people, either school is a bad choice.  At the very least, I think you should consider if you could do part-time to avoid crushing debt.  There's a reason why lawyers are much more likely to be depressed than many, if not most careers...

I had an attorney once tell me when I was applying to schools that whatever I do, don't go to Widener.  He said the first thing that law firms look at when you apply is where you go to school.  Everything else is secondary. 

Now, I'm not a law school snob like many, and I have nothing against the school.  For some, it's a great opportunity.  For many, though, it is not.  You need to access what types of jobs you want, and whether it is worth going into (I'm assuming) massive debt to practice law. Only you can answer that, but take a look around law firm websites in the Harrisburg area.  You are not going to find many Widener law grads making partner, if I recall correctly when I was researching this. 

I retook the LSAT, did much better, and went to a different school.  If that's a reasonable possibility (e.g., if you knew you could study harder and do better), I'd consider that. 

And, if you don't want to risk being "outted," I'd get rid of where your dad went to school, and where you're considering.  To be honest, I might know your father...that shows you how small of a world it is!  :)

Did I say I was deciding based on the name? no. It's a simple question.

No need to get snappy!  I'm honestly just looking out for your best interests.  I'd venture that most people don't ask that question merely out of curiosity, in my experience. 

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