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Get residency the 2nd and 3rd years.

I don't think it's that easy, unless you are a research assistant.

Law School Admissions / Re: Best 170 Law Schools (Princeton Review-2007)
« on: January 16, 2007, 07:13:50 AM »
Oh, that's weak, thanks.

Whoah. Don't discount this book. It's got tons of great information if you're looking for a primer on each law school.  Each primer is created from student surveys of actual students attending the school.

Go to the Princeton Review website. You can create a free account to view the contents of pretty much the entire book on the web.  They also "rank" schools in several categories depending on how students answer the surveys (most competitive, most liberal/conservative, best job prospects, quality of life, etc.).

If you don't have the time to talk to students before applying, these snippets are often dead on.  I've visted five schools and read the PR descriptions beforehand.  Most of the things students told me in person were consistent with the descriptions.

I think it's an excellent introductory resource for researching schools, especially if you're not T14.  (And I have no affiliation with Princeton Review. lol).


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Do I need a car in Washington DC?
« on: January 16, 2007, 06:29:22 AM »
This sounds great guys, never heard of Zipcar but I was reading and it sounds great.

Is a bicycle an option? I cycle alot with my road bike and woulnd't be adverse to going 3-5 miles or more depending on conditions. Couldn't do it in winter though I suppose. Maybe it's viable for the summer months at least.

Thanks for all the input thus far, it's been a major help.

Definitely, but the winters here are not as bad as people think.  Summers are hot and humid (though, not as bad as Houston).

also, about your debt load, what is Iowa's policy on getting in-state tuition after 1L?  This could reduce your debt...

In-state tuition exceptions are made for research assistants while they are working. It's not easy to qualify for in-state tuition otherwise.

Thanks for the advice!  The GPA cutoff for the scholarship is class rank of 50%.

While I wouldn't mind living in Iowa for 3-5 years, I doubt I would want to practice there after a clerkship.  The T3 (Texas Tech) has a slightly higher regional appeal to me. (I'd prefer to end  up in Dallas/Ft.Worth, Austin, San Antonio, San Francisco, Minneapolis/St.Paul, Chicago, or DC).

I guess I should have also asked... is Iowa a significantly less regional school than Texas Tech?

Do judges typically hire students from their own schools, and I imagine Iowa has more judges as alumni than Tech?  I assume judges are a lot less picky than BIGLAW when it comes to ranking. True?  I'm also under the impression that geography / location of the law school matters less for clerkships than it does for firm jobs.  True? 

As far as a clerkship goes, I'm very open geographically.  I wouldn't mind living outside one of my desired practice areas.  I assume clerking anywhere will open up more doors anyway.  True?


I understand what will increase the chances of landing a federal clerkship: high GPA and journal experience.  But, how much does a school's ranking play into it?  Does anyone know of a registry that tracks the schools attended by clerks working with certain judges?

I'm currently trying to decide between Iowa (out of state, no scholarship) and a T3 with a full scholarship. The median and 75% starting salaries at the schools are about equal.

I would like to do a district and/or circuit court clerkship. I'm leaning towards the T3 because, the way I see it, if I end up not having good enough grades at either school to get a clerkship, then I am better off being in debt only $40,000 (living expenses at T3) rather than $125,000 at Iowa. UNLESS, Iowa's higher ranking would provide an edge when applying for clerkships. 

Other than cost and ranking, the schools tie on the other important factors to me.

Any ideas?  Thanks!

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