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Current Law Students / Re: Editorial Board of LR
« on: February 04, 2011, 09:21:13 AM »
Is it worth being EIC or any board member at all if it caused a small drop in GPA?

Like from top 10% to top 15- 20% or something? 

Maybe that doesn't typically happen anyway but would you take EIC if you knew your ranking would drop by 5-10%?
No.  But there's no way of knowing whether your grades will dip, so I don't think it's worth worrying about.  I had a time-intensive ed board position (always at least 20 hpw, sometimes 40+), and my rank actually went up.

Current Law Students / Re: Editorial Board of LR
« on: February 01, 2011, 06:54:21 PM »
Compared to what? (That is, do you have something better to do your 3L year, and how much of a time commitment is the board position?  Time commitment varies by school and position).

EIC is a big boost.  Other positions are a boost. 

public high school, public undergrad, private law school.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Mercer Law 1L taking questions
« on: December 18, 2010, 09:29:54 PM »
How is the housing situation for Mercer Law?

Mercer has some of on-campus housing near the law school--I've known some people to stay there all three years.  There are also some decent apartments downtown (less than a mile away).  Many students rent houses a few blocks or less from the law school (places on and around Orange Street and College Street are usually OK) and many live further away (about 15 minutes) in the northern part of Macon.  Apartments on the north side of town tend to be newer, but the cost difference isn't too much.  After being admitted, check out the law school's online portal for apartment listings.

For downtown, consider Ashley Towers, Katherine Court Apartments, Cherry Place Apartments, and Tatnall Place Apartments.
For the northern side of town, consider Forest Point Apartments, Rivoli Run, and Wesleyan (but there are a ton more).

How much money do they typical give out ?

About 30% of the students have scholarships, and in any year between 10-15% of students who attend have full scholarships or more than full scholarships.  Mercer gives quite a few scholarship that include living stipends.  To be eligible for the Woodruff (tuition, $5k/year stipend, laptop), you must submit a separate short application:

Current Law Students / Re: Bar Exam
« on: November 14, 2010, 05:59:50 PM »
I didn't take NY, but I can't imagine you would need to take another prep course if you have all the books.  You already know how to study, and you have all the information needed to pass.  Like you, I found the lectures didn't add much overall.

Just curious, why get licensed in NY?  You planning to move there?

Florida Coastal / Re: Do not go to Floco!
« on: April 27, 2010, 08:34:17 AM »
I'm about to graduate from a tier 3 in the southeast.  I also worked an unpaid job my 2L summer, but I have a job lined up clerking for a state appellate judge.  A friend of mine was just recently hired as a 3L to start at a large firm in the next few months (without an SA gig there).  Small firms continued to hire 3Ls throughout this past academic year.

So hang in there; there are opportunities for 3Ls to get jobs.  You gotta hustle, though.  Top 10% used to be able to rely on OCI at lower ranked schools.  Not so much anymore.  From what I can tell, there are a lot of clerkship opportunities in Florida.  I recommend looking in to those.  Some federal judges have already started hiring (though top 10% prob won't be good enough to get these), and some state courts will start in the next few months.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Go or re-apply
« on: April 27, 2010, 07:34:54 AM »
Some entry-level/fellowship law prof gigs pay in the $40-50K range--something to consider w/r/t your full ride at Northwestern.

Pursuing an LLM / Re: GULC or NU for Tax LLM
« on: April 27, 2010, 06:32:46 AM »
old thread is old.

Job Search / Re: T4 with intern
« on: April 27, 2010, 06:29:24 AM »
I'm looking forward to the day when I have an intern of my very own.

Transferring / Re: Transferring Tier 2 to T14
« on: April 19, 2010, 07:07:28 PM »
The "transferapps" group on Yahoo will provide some guidance.  They have self-reported data of transfers for the past several years.

But off the top of my head, I don't think you have a great shot at transferring to those schools.  (That opinion shouldn't persuade you against applying, though.) If you want to transfer, I'd be sure to send applications to strong regional tier 1 schools.  If you look at the ABA official data ( you can find the number of transfer students each school accepted.

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