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Another question is what is this writers motivation.  Why does he feel the need to convince hundreds, or thousands, of potential lawyers to stay out of private practice.  What does he get out of this? 

I would think someone who wants to be a lawyer would ask questions about motive.



Not interested in reading it.  Who is he?  Why should I give that author the power to effect my decisions, and my future.

Is this poster really going to become a lawyer??

The author worked biglaw and subsequently worked as a legal academic; he has a wide-ranging legal career and he writes about his experience in biglaw, which, incidentally, happens to be the experience that many others suffer.
You missed the point of the post.  A biglaw history, and legal acedemic status are not enough to convince me that the writer knows what he is talking about.  There are alot of idiot lawyers with a similar resume. about 40,000 new ones graduate every year.  The point is that you cannot blindly allow someone elses experience determine your course of action.  I'm not going to deliberately read an atricle that is trying to convince me against a path I have already chosen, and have determined is right for me.  I make my own future not that guy, and not the statistics ::) he managed to conjure up and manipulate to fit his asessment. 8)


Law School Admissions / Re: Are xoxoth and philalawyer accurate?
« on: June 10, 2007, 12:29:49 PM »
I went to b-school for undergrad.  I don't need an MBA now because of my experience.  I'm starting L.S. this August.  I want to go solo eventually so I will end up using my business experience and training, and my l.s. training together. I like both equally.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: crap ugrad record
« on: June 10, 2007, 12:22:55 PM »
My LSAT was 177.  My overall UGRAD GPA was 3.57, but as I mentioned, this covers 3 schools, 2 withdrawn semesters, a cuple of Fs, and 2 semesters of straight Fs at  first school.

While I am down a few notches from you, maybe my experience will be relevant. I have similar WF's, five transcripts, an embarassing WF from Grad school (History/Education, blech!). My UGPA was around 3.4, but LSAC brought it to 2.92 and LSAT was 162. Not only that, I had a downward trend in my last year of UG. However, that was 8 yrs ago and I have alot of completely irrelevant work experience in between (big help, right?). Somehow this all adds up to a Tier 1 acceptance w/ scholly and a WL at another Tier 1.
Your 177 should cure almost all the ills if you can present a compelling narrative of how you grew through the process. I wouldn't rule out any school if you have a compelling story. If you don't have a compelling story, I suggest you get one.

Good luck
I can sell you one ;D.

Law School Admissions / Re: Are xoxoth and philalawyer accurate?
« on: June 10, 2007, 11:50:16 AM »
Only if you're pathetic.   ::)

Are you a lawyer? 
No but I know lawyers.  Happy lawyers, and sad lawyers.  I know Teachers who hate thier life and teachers who live for today.  I have a B-degree and I know MBAs who thrive on thier day to day work and MBAs who wish they studied acting instead. 

Every career has its downside.  You have to pick what you enjoy.  If you hate it, don't do it.  If you're not sure, wait a while get a job a a law firm and see what it is like. 

If you're a pathetic SOB then no matter what you do you will be miserable.  Not only will you be miserable you will want everyone to know about it like those peope on those sites.  You will spend your entire career feeling sorry for yourelf, and hoping everyone around you feels your misery. You will die unhappy never having accomplished anything worth while, alway fearful of making another mistake, or wrong turn...Pathetic. 8)

Law School Admissions / Re: Are xoxoth and philalawyer accurate?
« on: June 10, 2007, 11:29:24 AM »
Only if you're pathetic.   ::)

Black Law Students / Solo Practice
« on: June 10, 2007, 10:57:08 AM »
I plan to go solo. Anyone else out there thinking about this, and what it will take?

I hope to score a Judicial Clerkship, then get 2-3 years experience at a firm.  I'm hoping to get training, and build a strong network.

If necessary I am prepared to start my solo right out of L.S..  I have a Real Estate Licence (I'll be a Broker by the time I graduate). I want to build a real estate boutique that includes Stucturing, Transactions, and Development for large commercial and residential projects.  I would also like to set up in (or very close to) a neighborhood where i can have a general civil law practice for small business clients, and individuals in the African American Community.

I already have a small client list, and have identified a market to grow that list.  It's just a matter of graduating and time. I believe I can build a million dollar practice with the right formula while recruiting the right talent. I forsee a small 5 - 10 partner firm in about 20 years from now with me living it up like Denny Crane with my Mad Cow disease. I'll be 51 then...

Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: June 10, 2007, 09:48:59 AM »
I just planned on treating it like a full time job and only taking friday/saturday nights completely off. I'm thinking top 5% is a little impossible though and I'd probably lose the scholarship after first semester.

Is there any huge advantage to the BC name over Howard? or the T1 vs T3? I feel like in any other case it would matter greatly, but because it's Howard I am less concerned.
If your black just having a J.D. is enough.  They need more black attorneys everywhere.  I would think Howard holds alot more presteige amung our people if  the market where you work depends on that.  Even then amung our people having a J.D. (or an M.D., or a PHD, or being a member of the cloth)makes you a community pillar. at least in my city it does. 

I just wish more of our pillars would set up solo shops (or partnerships) in our neighborhoods to help our people with their legal matters (Civil, estate, and family law maters.  Elder law, employment and business development).  Considering the amount of money that flows through our community is enough to make multiple millionaire attorneys should attract the entreprenurial types...But that concern has nothing to do with your question.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Books to Read Before Law School
« on: June 10, 2007, 08:47:26 AM »
I'm reading everything I can get my hands on.  Everyone seem to have a different approach to L.S. so in order to detremine my approach I'm getting an overview of what works for everyone, what is similar, and what seems to match my habbits, and abilities. 

This doesn't effect my ability to relax over the summer.  The books are easy reading and take a few hours over a couple of days to finish. If I don't like them I just simply stop reading them and move on to something else.  I don't take notes, I don't reread, I don't try to memorize anything. I won't have a plan untill I know the exact nature of the challenge.  I won't know that untill classes start.  I will, however, have a reference point based on what other people have done, or have observed.

I won't get tired of it because I plan to do this at least for the next 40 years.  I'm running a marathon for L.S., not a sprint.  If you manage to burn out on L.S. related stuff before L.S. starts then perhaps you aren't ready for L.S..

I've also been reading a lot of fiction, and non-fiction books for entertainment.  Biographies, true stories, and the usual political intrigue, and spy novels I like.  The purpose here is to get away from the T.V. except a few staple shows i like.

Not interested in reading it.  Who is he?  Why should I give that author the power to effect my decisions, and my future.

I've never let anyone tell me what I can and cannot do.  Usually they are expressing thier own concerns, and insecirities about their own abilities, and personalities.  Thier impressions have nothing to do with me.

There are a select few who's opinions matter to me and even then I have to remember they are human and I take thier advice, and view thier perspectives with a grain of salt. 

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