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Studying for the LSAT / Re: giving birth during the LSAT exam.
« on: June 28, 2009, 08:43:16 AM »

The girl sitting behind me threw up on her desk, they moved us but did not give us any extra time or anything

That's intense, and a shame (for her and everybody else).

Did you complain to the LSAC? 

The biggest factor in choosing Penn State over Pittsburgh was that I just felt more comfortable there. The fact that I went to PSU for undergrad certainly helped, but they also just invested a ton of $$ into a brand new law building which was 100X better than what Pitt had to offer. In the end even though Pitt would have ended up costing a little less I decided on PSU because I felt it has a better upside, and is on its way up in the rankings. A lot of people think because PSU is in the middle of nowhere you should avoid it, but it still has a big name that hopefully will carry well throughout PA and NJ. All of the schools I was looking at were pretty close in the numbers (employment rate, starting salary, etc.) so in the end I just chose the school that had the best facilities and living environment (IMO).

PSU is a great choice (assuming the cost isn't too high) if you want to practice law in central PA.  Pitt is a great choice if you want to practice law in Pittsburgh.  Philadelphia would be a tough market from either schools, but they do well in their respective regions. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: giving birth during the LSAT exam.
« on: June 27, 2009, 04:41:03 PM »
I've never heard of that happening, and who knows what they would do then!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: giving birth during the LSAT exam.
« on: June 27, 2009, 12:33:34 PM »
I thought you were going to say some woman actually gave birth during the LSAT in the testing room. That would be a cool story. Yours is good too though. =)

I was expecting the same story!  :D

Your friends are wrong.

GPA + LSAT is what the schools care about. 

This is true to a large extent. 

Transferring / Re: Transfer Database
« on: June 27, 2009, 10:34:14 AM »
Thank you!!!

Current Law Students / Re: Plow forward or review?
« on: June 27, 2009, 10:33:19 AM »
Matthies is absolutely right.  If you have time, you might also try and do the corresponding E&E chapters as you finish each part of your courses.

I agree. 

Law School Admissions / Re: undergrad school?
« on: June 25, 2009, 05:48:33 PM »
The networking is good at a big public school, too, as long as you do the legwork.

Even if we assume this is true for the sake of discussion, that doesn't necessarily mean that going to a well-known school (I'm obviously then lumping the "Ivies" and the "big public schools" into one category) isn't a safer bet than going to an unknown school. 

Law School Admissions / Re: undergrad school?
« on: June 25, 2009, 04:11:28 PM »
I think it's true to a large extent that undergrad. school doesn't matter.

However, I went to an unknown school and I think it affected my chances of admission at a few schools (NOT T14 schools, though, to be clear), based on  (However, to be fair, I took the LSAT twice, so perhaps that was a major factor.) 

Also, as BikePilot mentioned, there IS a benefit from going to a big-name school: the networking is better.  That can make a big difference when you're looking for a solid job. 

I know this sounds overly ambitious and maybe even almost impossible, but I want to move to San Diego at some point after graduation.  I was going to go to Pacific McGeorge with a scholarship, but I didn't think that would really help me either.

Rutgers has a few firms from CA that do OCI, would it be unrealistic to want to move to CA after graduating from, say, Rutgers?

Did you apply to University of San Diego then?"  ???

You're fighting an uphill battle choosing a school on the East Coast to land a job on the West Coast.  Lawyers there will probably have no clue about your school, and will be reluctant to hire from non-local schools, especially those very far away....

However, it CAN be done; just remember that the odds are stacked against you.  You're just going to have network a lot.  I'd recommend if you're going to do this to do a lot of research of Rutgers graduates who have moved to San Diego/surrounding area/CA and see if you can communicate with them and get some connections. 

Good luck!

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