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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Civil Law???
« on: July 27, 2005, 11:57:41 PM »
You might want to investigate further... I've never heard of a school that ONLY teaches civil law courses in the U.S. Needless to say, you'll likely take numerous civil code courses b/c most loyola grads never leave the city. You'll still take that standard stuff every other law student in the country has to take too. However, when it's all said and done, if you go to a common law state, you'll have wasted numerous hours learning the civil code and will never use it....but if you want to do international law, those classes will be valuable for the numerous civil law countries on the planet.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: State residency status
« on: July 25, 2005, 11:02:57 AM »
You need to contact each school you're interested in. just b/c you're considered a state resident DOESN'T mean you're eligible for in-state tuition. Almost all schools have a disclaimer stating you can't be a resident for purposes of attending school. Consequently, you need to provide proof that you plan on remaining within the state following graduation. As a result, most states have laws requiring residency for one year prior to the first day of class. of the 17 schools i applied to, only Ole Miss said they would guarantee in state residency after the first year.

Even more disturbing, if a school doesn't tell you they automatically offer in state residency after the first year, research further!!! There are several out of state residents who are extremely bitter this fall b/c they were led to believe they'd be given in state residency after the first year, and just found out they were denied residency for tuition purposes....looks like they need to come up with an extra $15k this year!

Finally you have to realize residency is a game....school's know it as well as potential students...if they can sucker a few more people to apply they will. On the other hand, it's amazing how many people i know at my school who came here b/c "they have to take care of their sick grandparents." So really, schools aren't going to believe any remarkable stories about why you need in state residency...b/c i'm sure there are 50 people in your class that created far more dramatic fables.

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personally i would look at more schools. I applied to UConn 3 years ago w/ a 154 3.5, and was a connecticut state resident...they said thanks but no thanks. the other tier 1s you listed are even longer shots.Unless you're a URM schools really don't care about your socio-economic problems.

As for the other schools, they're extremely expensive and really don't hold any prestige in new england in general. if you really want to practice in mass...suffolk has a surprisingly strong following there, but it's huge. So you're going to have very large classes and likely a hefty attrition rate.

i'm sure most maine lawyers are from u maine. Most the backwoods new england states are hurting for attorneys....Maine/NH even come all the way down here to LSU to recruit.

Long story short, from what you've given...i'd likely go with u maine #1 and suffolk #2 significantly factoring-in the ridiculous tuition and large size of suffolk....and then just clump the rest together as safety schools.

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Being a JAG definitely does NOT help you get a job if you decide to get out! you have to realize when you go into the military, you're going to be an officer first and a lawyer second...in reality, it means that as you progress in rank you're going to be expected to be more of a manager and less of an attorney. Pretty much you'll enter as a 1st Lt. and become a Capt like 6 months later. Then for the next 4-7 years you're going to be a lawyer. The problem that arises is when you pin on major...at that point you're going to be management...unless you get lucky with some high profile project; which you'll likely only be a glorified clerk for a colonel. either way, unless you get out as soon as your commitment is up, you're resume will start to suffer b/c the longer you stay in the more distant your hands on legal experience will become.

If you call a jag office they'll sugar coat it for you, but just ask them what most retiring jags are doing, if they're truthful they'll tell you they're practicing military law in the private sector.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: GWU v. UC Davis
« on: May 07, 2005, 02:08:26 AM »
GW definitely. UC Davis is a good school, but...it's still a bastard step child school in cali. since it's in no man's land in between sacramento and san fran it really seems to lose a lot of luster amongst its peers. when i lived there i was a bit surprised by the local opinions. but with all the great schools in cali and the fact it's less than two hours from stanford and berkeley...its tier one prestige really gets hammered.

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when i applied, i actually had a couple schools call me...
basically, i was amongst the last of the accepted and was told the letter wouldn't arrive by the deadline, so if i wanted to attend i had to put the deposit in the mail after i got off the phone.

if you haven't heard by the deposit, you're either out or waitlisted.

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Where should I go next fall? / they sure picked an odd day...
« on: March 17, 2005, 05:43:37 PM »
with the start of the ncaa tourney, i'll be shocked if the school isn't a ghost town tomorrow. everyone cleared out during lunch today to watch the games at the fox and the hound, followed by a party. consequently there'll probably be a great deal of hangover attrition tomorrow along with more march madness partying.

consequently, if you guys ask around you can catch a snapshot of the social aspect of school that otherwise wouldn't present itself.   

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: LSU vs. Loyola-N.O.??
« on: March 09, 2005, 10:14:29 PM »
I'm currently a 1L

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if you go to lawschoolnumbers.com you can get a good idea of what this year's numbers are...unless you sent your app late or you're a minority, you're definitely on the outside looking in for those schools.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: LSU vs. Loyola-N.O.??
« on: March 09, 2005, 10:05:13 PM »
From my vantage point, if you want to work anywhere in La., your best bet is LSU. if you want to go to law school in La. and leave the region your best bet is tulune. I myself am at LSU, so I admit my view's slanted. But like a previous poster said...loyola's pretty much a red headed stepchild. People don't choose to go to loyola, they go there because they either got a great scholarship or its the only school that accepted them.

In all honesty, i've never heard disparaging remarks about loyola students, but i've never heard anything great either. Loyola and Southern are pretty much invisible. Faculty at LSU seem to indulge some sort of rivalry with Tulane, i'm not sure it's reciprocated though...but really each school serves a completely different demographic. Most LSU students are from the state and don't intend to leave, Most tulane students are from out of state and plan to leave...at the same time, tulane's civil law curriculum is optional, unlike LSU where all students are required to get the joint J.D/B.C.L (which tacks on mandatory summer courses).

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