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Transferring / Re: chances at duke, cornell, northwestern???
« on: July 16, 2008, 09:19:02 PM »
Congrats....going from T3 to T20 is quite an accomplishment. Once you crack the Top 25, really, you're in a whole new ball game. Well done.

As far as your chances at Duke, etc....Click the link to my blog...I think it's the second post from the top about transferring. There's a link in there to a website that gives you a rough idea of what class rank you need to transfer into xyz school. I'm sure you'll find it helpful.

PM me.  :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Foreign Languages
« on: July 16, 2008, 09:04:20 PM »
It depends entirely on your desired practice.  I'm in IP and my firm is really trying to build our Mandarin-speaking contingent. Our Korean practice is also growing.  My own knowledge of German and French has gotten me plum assignments on projects for European clients.

Yes, this is the best advice.

If you want to work international law in business, I'd say French, Mandarin, and Arabic are the hot languages. There are tons of companies trying to do business in places especially these places like China and the Middle East, so that would be a great place to specialize. Spanish probably wouldn't be as helpful, unless you're interesting in international business in Spanish-speaking countries, although if you're interested in doing family law in SoCal, then Spanish would also be the language to learn. Again, it all depends on where you want to go in life.

yeah, i don't think they can rescind your scholarship and apply back tuition if you transfer, unless you sign some non-unconscionable fine print.

As far as I can tell you're exactly wrong.

I've seen several schools where if you transfer up, the scholarship reverts into a loan.

Think about it objectively....  If you transfer out and have to pay that past year's tuition as a loan, then you wind up paying "sticker price" for your better ranked J.D.   That makes sense and is fair. 

If you don't graduate from the school giving you a scholarhip, they don't really benefit much.  Sure you help their admission numbers, but you hurt their attrition numbers.  And attrition numbers hurt more than admission number help.  Attrition numbers fuel both transfer ideas, and "curve" rumors.  It's a fair bargain that if you take the money you graduate from a school.

If a school lets you transfer out without reverting the scholarship, that would be an amazing windfall if you were "overqualified" for a specific school.  Free year of school?  Man, sign me up!

Wow...well then, you should DEFINITELY find out the details for sure before you commit. Like I said, my scholly made clear I could transfer without having to owe anything back. I guess other schools don't work like that. Wow, pretty interesting stuff.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Franklin Pierce law center
« on: July 16, 2008, 08:50:46 PM »
retake the LSAT if you can.  You'd be a shoe-in at a real IP school like Santa Clara with something 5 points higher.

I agree with Aspen. Tell us about your LSAT experience. How were you testing in your practice exams? How much did you study? Where are you currently career wise? (do you work full-time, etc)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Opinions on two schools please
« on: July 16, 2008, 08:48:49 PM »
With your situation, here's what comes to my mind. Family law generally pays less, no? So debt is a big deal. Calculate exactly how much you'll be in debt after 3 years, and take a look. That should play a big role in your decision. Hofstra is pretty darn expensive ($37k/yr) for T3 school, and being in New York, living expenses will be higher. I will say that I don't think there's much of a difference in these schools when it comes to post grad career options...Hofstra being T3 versus Widener being a T4 doesn't mean Hofstra is leaps and bounds ahead. However, you mentioned you want to practice in NY/NJ. Advantage Hofstra. Then again, Widener isn't that far from that area. Perhaps you could find out where Widener places their grads. Apparently, the majority of them (80%) don't stay in Delaware.

Keep us posted! Good luck.  :)

Just out of curiosity, what happens if someone has a scholarship to a lower tier school but transfers to another law school? Are scholarships generally unconditional in the sense that the student owes nothing for the first year if he/she decides to transfer?

That sounds so evil. Haha! But anyways, the fine print from the scholarship I was offered said you can transfer and you won't owe anything back or anything like that for the time you were there. But it's a good thing to ask.

Oh man that desk is amazing!! Haha!! Do you pleeease have a bigger picture?

The U.S. is home to the greatest, most prolific university system the world has ever known.

Probably true.

UK (and everywhere else) degrees are garbage by comparison.

Probably an exaggeration. But if you're looking at working for a US security firm, a US grad program obviously makes more sense.

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