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General Board / Re: took 3 years off, where to start
« on: July 29, 2009, 01:35:07 PM »
I wouldn't do anything yet.  If you run across something in your class that you don't remember/understand, look it up then.

You'll be relearning everything for the bar anyways.

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So I want to purchase a macbook pro, but I am concerned because Tulane "strongly" advises selecting a PC. Is this really an issue? Much more comfortable with macs.

I didn't hear about any problems with the mac software...

I still think a business class pc laptop > mac for lawschool/work, but you probably won't have any issues.

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you wnat to be a lawyer, don't use wiki, if you cited to wiki in your brief or to a judge they would through you in jail for stupidy, get out of the wiki habbit. bad, wiki, bad.

For your records,

http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/ops/200216886.pdf
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A07E0DF143FF93AA15752C0A9619C8B63

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You will have access to a free digital copy from West once you start school.  Don't buy one.

If you start school and find yourself using the West copy often, buy the pocket version.

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Just how hard is it for Tulane Law students to find a job right now?

We are in the same boat as everyone else - so it's pretty tough to find a job right now.  The NOLA market is a bit of a godsend as it isn't struggling as much as other markets, but unfortunately, it's a small market.

That said, there are jobs out there and no student should use the economy to excuse them from trying their damnedest when searching for a job.

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General Board / Re: Transfer from Tulane to GULC - Worth $60k?
« on: July 20, 2009, 02:50:55 PM »
Thanks.  I hope giving mediocre advice to anxious law school applicants is financially rewarding to you.

Stop baiting.  If you are as familiar with me as you've let on, you know that I possess the knowledge and skill required to be the great consultant that I am.  In fact, given my first-hand knowledge on current, real-world placement, I'm in a much better position than most of my competitors.  Further, please note that my services cost substantially less than many other consultants, not because my advice is less valuable, but because these consultants prey on that very anxiety you pointed out.  

Read through zeroL, if you find something that you disagree with, post it up and we can discuss it.  Otherwise, take your trolling elsewhere.

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General Board / Re: Transfer from Tulane to GULC - Worth $60k?
« on: July 20, 2009, 11:22:01 AM »
actually, a suggestion for your blog, which i think might make your advice more useful to its readers:

be explicit as to the assumptions that you're making.  if you're giving advice on the assumption that the student is looking for a biglaw salary in any market, or on the assumption that they're fine with tulane's primary markets, then say that's what you're doing.  also, you could be explicit about what factors weigh in one direction or the other.  (if the person really wants to stay in texas or LA, that should weigh in favor of tulane; if the person happens to be loaded and doesn't really care as much about money as most people, that weighs in favor of GULC, etc.)

Fair enough, if you read back through the posts, you should see quite a few "assuming"s.  And yes, it would have helped this question's answer.

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General Board / Re: Transfer from Tulane to GULC - Worth $60k?
« on: July 20, 2009, 11:13:19 AM »
You can.  I wouldn't.  People make dumb decisions all the time

You really shouldn't be making that many assumptions as an "admissions consultant".

This wasn't a question submitted from one of my (or Jane's) clients, it was a question submitted on our open advice website zeroL.  On zeroL, we strive to answer each questions in a way that will help others in similar situations.

I sent out an email to the original question asker last night and he sent over his clarifications this morning.  The post has been adjusted with the following two sentences added to the question:

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I'm looking to work for a larger firm but I have little preference where the firm is located.  I have some family connections in Houston and Mississippi.

Hopefully this resolves your issues with the question, thanks for reading.

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General Board / Re: Transfer from Tulane to GULC - Worth $60k?
« on: July 20, 2009, 10:28:51 AM »
Make the following assumptions/considerations:

Student wants a big firm job in any market.

botbot: Let's make assumptions so the advice my business partner gave is correct!

Well, can we assume the student chose Tulane for a reason? 

Given the scholarship size, the student could have been accepted to a number of schools that place better in a variety of markets.  While Tulane places well in NYC for its location, Dozo ($$) and Fordham were probably both in play.  I don't see GULC being significantly better for any other primary Tulane market (NOLA, Dallas, Houston, Birmingham).  So can we assume that, since the student chose Tulane, the student is comfortable in Tulane's primary markets?

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General Board / Re: Transfer from Tulane to GULC - Worth $60k?
« on: July 19, 2009, 09:37:41 PM »
i feel like if you had said assume the goal is market salary in any big city, then the discussion would have been a little different.

this would not have been applicable, for example:

If NYC is the target, the student will get a lot more interviews by going to GULC. If New Orleans is the target... well, no New Orleans firms come to GULC.

Well we don't know the situation, it's unfair to assume any city.

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