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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: September 22, 2008, 07:04:43 PM »
aaaaaand Latarian strikes again:

::sigh::  This kid is headed to prison and nobody seems to be doing anything about it.  What a shame!  Either he is mentally disturbed or dealing with so much anger and other issues that he can't help but act out.  I am so sick and tired of hearing about his grandmother, too.  Where in the world is this kid's father?!!??!?!?!?!?!??!!?!??!   ???  That's half the battle right there! 

It's more obvious that you've never attended HLS (or know anyone who has) if you think an HLS student has to "network" with other students to obtain a public sector job. 
I disagree.  Networking is invaluable for HLS grads going into either the private or the public sector, and OPIA is devoting significant time and resources to creating and maintaining the connections that help HLS public interest students secure some of the most coveted positions in that sector.

Job Search / Re: Callback prep: researching a practice area
« on: September 21, 2008, 04:48:50 PM »

Law School Admissions / Re: Undergraduate Course Selection
« on: September 21, 2008, 04:47:11 PM »
Law schools do not, do not, DO NOT care what classes you took in undergrad.  Plain & simple.
The rule.

I don't think schools care unless you took a ton of really hard classes or a ton of really easy classes.
The exception.

The end! 

Bottom line - enjoy undergrad and take what you want b/c this is an experience you'll never have again!

Law School Admissions / Re: How does Villanova compare to Drexel?
« on: September 21, 2008, 07:50:28 AM »
My purely anecdotal impression is that Villanova > Drexel.

To me, the idea of turning down HLS because it doesn't have as many people the same age seems insane.  This kind of social stuff may matter when you're fresh out of UG, but for anyone in their 30's, I doubt it will be much of a concern.  .
Understood.  That is why I said....

...Notwithstanding what I've shared, I recognize that at this stage in your life you may not necessarily [eta: be] coming to law school to make friends, enjoy the social scene, connect with black students, etc.  Given your interests and background, you are bound to find a group of people who have done or aspire to do similar work.  That said, I would also hope that you find a law school where you don't feel like you're surrounded by a bunch of young whippersnappers (if such would bother you!).  In that regard, a school like Northwestern (or GULC as others have suggested given your background) may be a better fit.  Just my $0.02.

It really comes down to priorities and fit.  Besides, the OP is not "in his 30s" as you stated, but rather as the title of the post describes he is "over 40."  At that age, I would imagine that (a) the whole age issue could be so unimportant that his response mirrors ours above or (b) it is a cause of concern when choosing a program where he might be twice the age of say, 9.7 out of every 10 students he meets.  Law school is a three-year investment, and the age gap could give pause to someone over 40 and perhaps even approaching 50.

Bottom line is - The age thing may or may not factor in the balance if it were your decision or my decision to make, but since it's OP's decision to make (and since he's coming to this board for general advice anyway), I thought I'd bring it up given my impressions of the student body at my school.  I don't think it should be the sole determining factor (esp. b/c anyone who reads my posts knows how great I think HLS is), but I also don't believe in choosing Harvard b/c it's Harvard either. ymmv

Current Law Students / Re: Torts: Trespass v case for 1L
« on: September 20, 2008, 09:21:36 PM »
If you started law school yesterday and are already entirely lost, join the club. So is everyone else. Give yourself a few weeks of not getting it.


That said, I'll try my best to answer.  As others have said, this distinction has disappeared today and the difference is pretty much irrelevant for your intents and purposes.  You don't need to know all those old writs of action for exam purposes, but (as best I remember it from my 1L classes last year) trespass on the case was for indirect harms.  For example, let's say I'm a logger riding along and some of my logs fall off my truck, roll onto your land, and knock down your fence.  In such a case, you would've wanted to sue me in a direct trespass action.  But let's say, I'm a logger going along  and logs fall off my truck and land in the street.  An hour later, you come along and your horse trips over the log and you're thrown to the ground.  That would've had to have been a trespass on the case action.  I kind of made those two examples up, but I think that's the basic idea.

Similarly, if I had a horse in my barn and you came and stole it from me, then in the old days I'd sue you in trespass for the value of my horse.  But if I hired you to equip my horse with horseshoes, but you put them on wrong, and as a result several days later my horse got an infection in that foot and I couldn't use him in my business, then I'd sue you in trespass on the case for the benefit I lost. 

The basic idea, as I recall, was that in the old days (long before our reformed civil procedure system abolished all forms of action except for the "civil action") you could risk having your whole case thrown out for good if you sued under the wrong writ.  Also, there was a certain formality to each writ and certain language you had to include in the corresponding complaint.  All this is largely irrelevant now, however. 

That's the difference as best I can remember it.  I could, of course, be incorrect so doublecheck that against what your prof says.  hth  :)

If I was picking a career based on earnings potential, I would have picked something else besides law. It seems anything within the fields of math and science (computer programming, IT, engineering, anything in healthcare) can get bigger paydays. I wanted a career suited to my abilities. It's refreshing to see people choosing law based on their interest, not the (perceived) large payday.

My sentiments exactly!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 3.36/166 chances, suggestions? Thanks!
« on: September 20, 2008, 08:28:18 PM »
You seem really nice and positive.  I don't have any specific advice to give you beyond  what others have already said (other than perhaps the fact that I think you should apply to Duke Law and/or Vanderbilt), but I do wish you all the best in your law school admissions cycle!

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