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Current Law Students / Re: work during law school
« on: July 16, 2004, 08:00:31 PM »
lol... well, i GUESS you can have a phone and toilet paper :)

Current Law Students / Re: work during law school
« on: July 16, 2004, 07:31:24 PM »
spare cash? why do you need spare cash?

really, you arent (or shouldnt, if you are studying correctly) going to have enough spare time to spend or need the extra money.

Current Law Students / Re: Best Legal Dictionary?
« on: July 14, 2004, 09:43:31 PM »
so... perhaps a dumb question (definitely not my first)...

but is there any difference between the black's law dictionaries of different colors? amazon's copy has a red cover. mine has a black. both are 7th edition.

Current Law Students / Re: some basics
« on: July 10, 2004, 01:47:51 PM »
additionally, asugirliegirl's comment, though abrupt, does have some truth to it. you should actively seek out answers to these basic questions (as opposed to passively seeking out the answers wherein you throw out a question and wait for someone on this website to answer it). this active search for knowledge is once of the corner stones of a legal education. YOU have to teach yourself.

Current Law Students / Re: some basics
« on: July 10, 2004, 01:01:34 PM »
well, first off i think that you are long overdue for a visit to your prelaw advisor's office... he/she will answer all of these basic questions w/in the first 5 seconds of you walking in the door. in short, do your homework!

that said.. here is a quick answer to your question:

there is no such thing as "prelaw" as a major... it only states your intention to go on to law school. as such, there are no pre-requisites to get into law school (other than the 4year degree). therefore, you could continue with your nursing school program and then go on to lawschool w/out missing a beat.

law school is 3 years of full time study or 4 years of part time study.

and of course you apply to law school... same as undergrad! this seems to work better than everyone just showing up on the doorstep of their LS of choice :)

after law school you must still pass "the bar" in order to be a licensed attorney. this exam is offered twice a year (july and february) in each state. with some exceptions (see: reciprocity) you must pass the bar in each state in which you wish to practice law. the bar tests the minimum competency that is required of an individual to practice law in that state.

when you say I, II and III lawyer, i am assuming that you are referring to the years of study of a law school student (1L, 2L and 3L). for example, a 1L is the equivalent of a freshman in undergrad.

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Current Law Students / Re: Laptop Requirements
« on: July 10, 2004, 12:38:34 AM »
ive heard that memory is a must have since lexis-nexis and westlaw supposedly really suck up the ram. is this true? ive been looking at computers with 1024MB of ram... is this overkill?

Current Law Students / Re: POST GRAD WORRIES
« on: July 08, 2004, 09:29:11 PM »
firstly, you might want to take off the capslock :)

but what is wrong with a 50 hour week? i know of no professional field where people work less than that (except for the government). Most professionals work more (often much more) than that.

from engineering to medicine to law... the 40hr work week disappeared loooooooong ago. 50 (at the minimum) is pretty typical now no matter what the job. if you are looking for a 40 hr week then you should either work for the government or work on assembly line.

Current Law Students / Re: LS ranking (tier?)
« on: July 08, 2004, 02:27:06 PM »
The dubious value of law school rankings:

According to US News, Pace U. Law is a Tier 3 school (due, in part, to its outstanding environmental law program, no?) whereas Suffolk U. Law is Tier 4.

I recently persuaded Suffolk to take me off their Wait List and into their Day Division F/T - whereas I had previously accepted Pace's offer (and must now decline).

Without getting into too much detail: my wife and life are in Boston and it was more or less a necessity I remain here and attend law school in Boston (I asked Northeastern and BU for the same opportunity, but they declined).

if you are planning on working in boston after you graduate from suffolk, i would not be one bit concerned. i'll also be in the boston area for school next year and was trying to decide between suffolk (which gave me a full scholarship), bc and bu. i spoke to a cousin of mine who just retired as senior partner of one of the huge boston law firms. his take on the schools was this:

at least locally, suffolk has a very solid reputation and it is steadily getting better (especially with the construction of their new building). this isnt to say that suffolk is exactly on par with bu, bc or (of course) harvard... but the respect it garners is certainly leagues above what you would expect from a T4 school. he said he viewed it just a little below northeastern.

bottom line: if you want to stay in boston after graduating, i think (and i think my cousin would agree) that you would be infinitely better off going to suffolk than pace. with the exception of just a few super-elite schools (harvard, yale, columbia, etc...) just about every school is subject to its own regional bias. this bias is the result of both increased familiarity and name recognition as well as stronger alumni connections. even if two schools are ranked the same... the local school will always do better.

congrats on getting into Suffolk’s day division, btw.

Current Law Students / Re: LEEWS???
« on: June 23, 2004, 04:31:37 PM »
Helpful Harry,

in looking at the website, this whole thing just sounds like one of those get-rich-quick scams: "EARN As IN LAW SCHOOL WITHOUT TRYING... etc..." basically, just too good to be true... like taking the easy way out. it also seems to be contrary to all the other books/advice ive gotten about studying in law school.

am i just missing the point, here? how come i havent heard more about this program? (this post was the first time ive heard the name)

do you mind answering where you went/go to school and how you are ranked?

Current Law Students / Re: Is it a good idea to join a study group?
« on: June 23, 2004, 02:04:45 PM »
i think im definitely going to try a study group from the start of school. once a week seems reasonable to me... my thinking is that i want to get 99.9% of the concepts down from studying by myself (or maybe occasionally with one other reliable study partner) and then use the study group as a chance to buff and polish my understanding... really just to work out any of the super subtle concepts that might not be apparent in class or through reading the text books.

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