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Current Law Students / Re: What constitutes "good grades"?
« on: March 10, 2009, 12:03:46 AM »
I didn't make an assumption that "everyone in the part-time class has lesser abilities."  I made an assumption that it would be easier to get top grades in the part-time section than in the full-time section.

And maybe real-world accomplishments and experiences speak more to a person's ability than LSAT/GPA.  Whether you are right is irrelevant to my statement.  LSAT/GPA are by far the most important factors in admissions, and part-time programs have lower requirements for LSAT and GPA.  Students at Georgetown Part-time are all quite accomplished, I'm sure.  That does not change the fact that the scores for the part-time section are lower than the full-time section.  Most part-timers can get into a better school than they would otherwise because of the lower admissions requirements for part-time programs.

And honestly, do you really feel that you would have that six-figure job if UNLV did rank, and your rank was oh, say, "Top 40%" from a low-tier 2? 

Do I honestly feel that?  The answer to that would have been yes before the recent recession.  I know at least 5 people who are making such salaries and they graduated from UNLV, low-tier 2 notwithstanding.  Yes, LSAT/GPA are the most important factors in admissions; I'm not arguing otherwise.  However, you then said that the part-time students are "lesser competition."  That implies that you think part-timers lack the intellectual capabilities as the full-timers.  That may have not been your intention, but one could easily infer that.  Oh and since you acknowledge that law-school grades are typically lower for part-timers, then why do you still deem it fair that the part-timers are lumped with the full-timers?  After all, you did say that you'd be pissed if you were lumped with the part-timers.  Just curious.

I bet you those 5 people who got the 6 figure salaries were in the top 10%, not just top third.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: SMU PT (3.29/157)
« on: March 09, 2009, 04:42:56 PM »

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Chances at SMU/Houston/Tulane
« on: March 09, 2009, 04:40:34 PM »
How long ago did you send in the applications? I also applied to Houston(pt) and SMU with similar numbers. I'm not a Texas resident (not sure if that is a disadvantage. I applied in February though, hope that doesn't hurt my chances.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Drake, Albany or Stetson?
« on: March 09, 2009, 04:36:51 PM »
Hey everyone. I narrowed my choice down to these three schools. All three will cost around the same when scholarships are taken into account (give or take $5,000/ year). So what do you think?


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Anybody Hear from SMU PT?
« on: March 07, 2009, 10:46:16 PM »
I applied in mid February, I just hope I get notified by the end of the month.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GW vs. USC ($$)
« on: March 03, 2009, 10:15:06 PM »
I would take USC over GW all day for any type of program.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: SMU ($$) v. UT ($)
« on: March 02, 2009, 10:57:11 AM »
U of H is actually a good choice, especially for the price. The only reason I didn't apply is that I'm not a fan of Houston itself. My understanding is that, like SMU, it does pretty well in the state, but is skewed toward the city it is in.

Hey, what are the reason why you don't like Houston? I've never been to Dallas or Houston. I hear the weather and traffic are horrible, but being from Miami I doubt either of those are worse in Houston than where I've been living.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Seriously....what gives!?!!!
« on: March 02, 2009, 12:36:57 AM »
Alright, I have been wanting to go to law school for the last few years of my undergrad. I took the LSAT, applied to 9 schools, and got accepted into every school I applied to. While none of them are top 50 (a few T2's and some T3's with $$$) I was really excited about law school. However, reading all these posts saying "You wont get a job coming out of anything below T14" makes me second guess my choice of going to law school. I just can't see how the legal market can be THAT horrible. I have a few friends who graduated law school back in 06' and all of them have meaningful jobs (one went to Southwestern here in LA, a T4, and makes close to six figures). They all tell me that the hype about not finding a job is just that...hype. Yet, they all graduated 3 years ago. Two work in government and the one who went to Southwestern says his firm isn't hiring right now but its only a response to the economy being slow and not an accurate reflection of the legal field. However, all these posts and articles being posted point to the contrary.These posts are really discouraging! Seriously, I'm starting to think I should get an MBA instead of a JD to open up more job opportunities. I would really love to be a lawyer (working for the DA is my goal) and I am thinking of attending Drake because they offered me a decent scholarship and seem to have good employment prospects. But even with the scholarship, including my undergrad loans, I would be graduating with roughly $110,000 of debt. Any thoughts on this whole situation of "not finding a job"?

Don't go to Drake.. you will end up practicing in Iowa and die of boredom, especially if you are from California. I grew up in Iowa.. trust me there is NOTHING to do.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: SMU ($$) v. UT ($)
« on: March 01, 2009, 10:33:58 PM »
If SMU is your only option or superior option, ok, great, whatever, take SMU and you'll be fine. But if it's SMU v. Texas (or Miami... iahurricane), take Texas (or Miami).

I'm actually looking at SMU vs. Houston. I wouldn't get into UT and something about practicing law in the most corrupt city in America (Miami) didn't seem too appealing. I just went there for undergrad.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: SMU ($$) v. UT ($)
« on: March 01, 2009, 08:03:11 PM »
I don't know about 2008 grads, but I know a lot of people that have graduated from SMU in the last 3 or 4 years. Every one of them was employed as an attorney by nine months after graduation (some of these people graduated in the bottom 1/4 of the class). Most of them within 2 or 3 months. Of course, this is very Dallas skewed, so if you wouldn't be happy in Dallas, it might be a real problem. The only reason I'm considering SMU is that I know this about the school.

The biglaw thing is accurate, though. I know for a fact. Top of your class or very little luck even at big firms in Dallas.

That's definately not the case with 2009, 2008, and 2007 grads.  I am not going to comment about 2006 grads and grads from earlier years.

Do you guys know how Houston grads are doing compared to SMU grads? The two schools are similar in rankings and both are the top school located in their respective legal markets. I am also considering Houston because the tuition is much less than SMU's.

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