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General Board / Legal Market in 5 years
« on: August 28, 2009, 05:44:03 PM »
Hey, I've always wanted be a lawyer, I've done internships and it's only increased my desire. I've also never had ridiculous dreams about big law, all I've wanted to be is a public defender in Cook County (or anywhere really). Unfortunately, the news I've been hearing lately has really been killing me. I'm 1.5 years from graduating from college, and I'm 5 years away from graduating law school. I currently have a 3.95 GPA and I've been practicing in the mid to high 160s. I know I won't get top14, but I should have a good shot at top 30, at the very least. I've always been a hard worker, but that doesn't mean anything I guess. The recession hit, times got hard, but I always counted on things improving in the legal field in 5 years. Now, though, people keep telling me the opposite. I'm honestly unsure of what to do, and I was wondering if you guys had any views on how the legal field will be in 5 years?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How is Georgia Law?
« on: August 04, 2009, 01:04:45 AM »
2005 has absolutely no relevance to the current situation.  it may as well be 1905.
Yeah, hopefully the economic situation will improve in a couple of years so that it does start looking more and more like 2005.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How is Georgia Law?
« on: August 04, 2009, 12:33:41 AM »
in-state tuition is achievable for "almost everyone" by 2L.  this means you're looking at around $15k/year for 2L and 3L even if you get NO scholarship.  many out of state students are offered what they call a "tuition equalization scholarship" for 1L also, which gives you the in-state rate for first year.  

i'm pretty excited about attending UGA in the fall, but can't speak to the employment prospects ITE.  i think the best we all can hope for (no matter what school) is to work hard, try for good grades, and network our butts off.  
Well, here are their employment stats http://www.law.uga.edu/career/statistics/empstats05.html It's from 2005 (so it doesn't take into account the bad economic situation if you're graduating within the next couple of years, but it's the most thorough and honest employment stats for a law school I've ever seen).

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How is Georgia Law?
« on: August 04, 2009, 12:26:07 AM »
I'm really not looking for a national degree, and I wasn't really expecting GA to be that degree (or Bloomington). I was just curious. I'm not really expecting triple digit salaries either (the notion of that kind of salary at 25 seems too good to be true anyways, lol). All I really want is to find a school where I can find a job out of law school relatively easily, even if it is at around $50,000. According to their employment statistics, about a third of their graduates make triple digit salary out of law school, and not to overrate my abilities, but I believe I can come close to the top third. But then again, I'm a cautious person so I won't hold my breath. It's also seemed like a good alternative if I don't get into UIUC (like I said, I wouldn't mind living in Atlanta, and their tuitions are practically identical even if I am an out of state student for GA). 

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Where should I go next fall? / How is Georgia Law?
« on: August 03, 2009, 08:26:12 PM »
I'm thinking about going there since it's pretty well ranked, good price, and has a good reputation from what people have told me, but I want more info. How are its career prospects? Do people coming out of Georgia Law actually get paid a decent amount (70,000+?). How is the location of the school. I wouldn't mind working in Atlanta (actually sort of like the idea) but does it have any national reach? I'm thinking between Georgia and Bloomington, but I'm not sure which one to go to, any help? Any first hand experience?

Thanks in advance for the help.

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Studying for the LSAT / When did LG section get easier?
« on: June 25, 2009, 11:41:12 AM »
People always say that the LG section in newer LSAT tests are easier, does anyone know when this change took place? I want to start studying on Preptests with harder LG sections, but I'm not sure what the cutoff point is.

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Where should I go next fall? / Are internships necessary?
« on: November 25, 2008, 01:29:37 AM »
I did some hours for a non=profit public law group but I was wondering if doing an internship was considered a "must" to get into some good law schools? Thanks for the help.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Stupid question about LSAC GPA
« on: November 24, 2008, 11:12:25 PM »
Wait, it's possible to get a GPA over a 4.0 if you have A+'s? Isn't that unfair to those of us who went to schools that didn't offer A+s?

Yes, you can get over a 4.0, and yes it is unfair to people like me.  That's life  :)
So, in essence, the fact that my GPA is higher under the LSAC conversion means nothing because of this. Damn. . . . .

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Stupid question about LSAC GPA
« on: November 24, 2008, 10:58:59 PM »
Wait, it's possible to get a GPA over a 4.0 if you have A+'s? Isn't that unfair to those of us who went to schools that didn't offer A+s?

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Where should I go next fall? / Stupid question about LSAC GPA
« on: November 24, 2008, 10:47:07 PM »
So, is this GPA used by law schools or do they mainly just look at the GPA that comes on your transcript from your undergrad? The reason why I ask is because I converted my GPA into an LSAC GPA and it was a bit higher. So I'm just wondering which one will actually be taken into consideration.

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