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Current Law Students / Re: Exam Conflicts
« on: October 28, 2008, 06:25:20 AM »
We dont have a conflicts policy.  We know when exams are scheduled before we even register, so if we are an idiot and take a class we shouldnt, we deal with the consequences.

Current Law Students / Re: Am I crazy!?
« on: October 28, 2008, 06:24:09 AM »
I agree with flyaway. 

Regardless of what you do, I would try to take the bar exam this year, but I would also look in to what it would require you to do to keep your license valid.  It would suck to have to leave the services and then study for the bar.

Current Law Students / Re: First Year - Things you needed/wished you had
« on: October 28, 2008, 06:21:23 AM »
A good law school gift is anything that says more than 15% alcohol by volume on the label.

As far as printing...I am pretty sure that everyone in law school takes ridiculous advantage of the free lexis and westlaw printing.

I agree. alcohol is the way to go.

The only things I really needed when I went to law school were a decent printer (I print my notes before I outline, and it got expensive) and a leather portfolio to bring to interviews (some schools give these away to students, but my school was cheap my year).

Job Search / Re: Clerkship Suitability
« on: October 28, 2008, 06:18:07 AM »
I'm a third yr at GW w/ 3.2 (puts me in the top 50%), do I have any realistic chances of landing a semi-respectable clerkship at this point?

there are law review kids in the top 15% that struck out this year.  It is probably too late in the game for anything to materialize.  If you are interested in state clerkships, that may be something to consider though.  I think this year all clerkships will be harder to get because the economy sucks and people are trying to line up backup plans in case their firms go under.

And, I doubt you are a flame.  I dont know why there are idiots that only reply to posts to say completely unconstructive sh*t like that.

Law schools dont care about your grades in grad school because they dont have to report them to usnews, so save your time and money.  For the most part, law school admittance is a pure numbers game.  many will look a little lower down the GPA scale if you have a harder major but do not count on miracles. 

The only grad school thing that would help you is possibly an advanced degree, but it would have to be a PhD probably or a degree from a good school, neither of which are probably worth the money/time.

Just do well on the lsat and go to the best school you can get into.  Also mention the learning disability/discovery of it in your personal statement or an addendum or something so they are aware of the problem/your potential.

Pursuing an LLM / Re: Is an LLM feasible?
« on: October 26, 2008, 09:19:51 PM »
Here are a few examples of Harvard LL.M.s teaching at 2 different law schools.

Alright, here's one from about 10 years ago.  This prof. seems to be about similarly situated to the OP - T1 law school with law firm experience, then went on to LL.M. and is now teaching.  Click on his C.V. 1996, Harvard LL.M.

Here's another.

Nice, that is definitely reassuring.  Thanks for the research :)

Oh and P.S. I guarantee at least 30% of LS matriculates were poli sci majors in undergrad.

first, OP is already in college, so your 16 year old comments dont make any sense.

second, although most are probably poli sci majors, actually getting a difficult degree such as bio chem definitely helps when it comes to getting into law school and getting jobs.  I have a technical sort of background and that, coupled with a good gpa, made up for my terrible lsat when I applied for law schools.  Also, it helped set me apart from other candidates during both 2L and 3L OCI and enabled me to get great jobs both times (even in this crap economy). 

While law school involves writing, legal writing is not difficult.  Those who arent trained in writing are some of the best legal writers, while english majors, etc, sometimes find it difficult to write simple sentences. 

Pursuing an LLM / Re: Is an LLM feasible?
« on: October 26, 2008, 08:37:32 PM »
I got the same impression reading Harvard and Yale's.  Ideally, I would like to do my first career at a firm then my second teaching (I would be happy teaching undergrad law classes or at a law school, and I think each level has its own advantages). 

Ive done some more research and realize that, at least according to Harvard, it would be nearly impossible to get them to consider me without at least two years experience, so I will probably push the program off.  I just dont like the idea of getting settled in somewhere and then moving again. 

Thank you for your advice on everything. 

Law School Admissions / Re: Thinking about Law
« on: October 25, 2008, 06:22:54 PM »
There's no "right track" for you to get on.  You're not even at the station and you haven't bought a ticket.  There is no class you can take in high school or at a community college that will give you any meaningful advantage in either getting into law school or in succeeding once there.

The only thing I would recommend that you do at your age is to talk to friends and family in the legal profession and ask them what their lives and careers are like, or better yet, try to get a job working as some kind of office assistant at a law firm so you can see what it's like to work as an attorney (networking a must for this).  This won't give you any advantages over other would-be law students, but it will allow you to make a more informed decision as to whether this is a career path you really want to follow.

What high schooler had friends in the legal profession?  The only friends I had that worked during high school worked at WAWA and they couldnt provide me any meaningful insight...

Do what you enjoy during undergrad and do it well.  B+'s happen.  My transcript had a few on it, and I still, despite a terrible LSAT score, managed to get into a top law school.

Something I do not think a lot of people realize is that practicing law is pretty easy.  The only way the ABA can keep more people from realizing it is by making the steps you have to go through before getting there really difficult (law school/bar exam/etc).  My advice to you would be to spend a summer interning for a lawyer.  It couldnt hurt to give you a better idea of what the practice entails.  Before I made the leap and went to law school, I had one of my Assistant District Attorney friends let me follow her around for a day and get to see a little of what it was like.

Also, I am far from gifted and have managed to do well in law school and have done well during both of my internships. 

Good luck to you.

oh, and another piece of advice, lawyers/law students are generally condescending jerks.  You are going to have to learn to take things less personally or you will have a very difficult time adjusting. 

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