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Personally, I would probably try to look at firms outside of NJ/NYC if you're having trouble finding a job.  While the salaries may not be as high, your chances of finding a job are much greater.  I wouldn't go for another degree, because you're just adding up extra debt without really gaining any significant extra qualifications.

General Off-Topic Board / What is important to you, cash or a social life?
« on: February 24, 2009, 08:24:34 AM »
   As I was posting in some threads, I started thinking about the fact that many people on here are very intent on working in a bigger law firm, while many of us are planning on being perfectly content accepting a lower salary for better hours.  I wanted to start this thread to ask: Which is more important, a social life or a huge salary?  Why?

For me, I've decided to go with lower hours because I feel that, even if I am pulling huge salaries from the biglaw firms, I'll never have any opportunities to enjoy the money that I am earning.  If I spend all of my time at the office, sure, I may have 10 plasma TVs at home, but they would be sitting unused. 

Your thoughts?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: PT vs. FT given my situation
« on: February 24, 2009, 07:23:50 AM »
Agreed with the above.  If you feel that you can handle working while doing part-time law school, then go for it. The law review/moot court thing is probably most important if you're looking for biglaw jobs...But in that case, the P/T degree is probably not the best idea. 

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: U.S. News may go under
« on: February 23, 2009, 08:59:39 PM »
Personally, I think that a better way to measure the ability of incoming students would be the writing of an argumentative essay....While it's not neat enough to include numbers, it does have some strong points.  It allows for more tailored responses to students and a more solid idea of who the person is individually.  These essays could be written in an LSAT-like setting, where the topic would be given to the writers that day and given a limited amount of time to write, to eliminate cheating.

Oddly enough, that's actually a fairly good selection, considering that you have no idea what your LSAT will be.  I'd still encourage you to branch out a bit more, though...Basically, when you get your LSAT, your score will lock you into one of the four, and that may not be a desirable outcome.

If donating the money to a particular school would get you admission, you need to think long and hard about whether or not you want to trust your legal education with that school.

Quite frankly, even if your diagnostic test says that you don't need LSAT prep, you NEED LSAT prep, regardless.  Your actual score will be around 5-10 points lower than your diagnostic, and even a few points can make a huge difference in scholarship potential.  After you get your LSAT, compare it with your target schools.  Personally, since I needed some large scholarships, I applied mainly to schools which I was above the 75th Percentile in both LSAT and GPA. Luckily for you, LSAT heavily outweighs GPA, so you have a huge opportunity to almost undo 3 years of not caring about school.  Then, start visiting, wait for the offers, and accept one.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: U.S. News may go under
« on: February 23, 2009, 06:53:44 PM »
Not necessarily.  One of the most successful public defenders in my hometown had a 142 LSAT and attended Cooley.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: GMU and ABA badgering
« on: February 23, 2009, 06:52:42 PM »
Well, as for diversity of opinion, most law schools are more on the extreme liberal side of things - isn't it possible that GMU is a form of diversity in and of itself? 

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: GMU and ABA badgering
« on: February 23, 2009, 04:53:38 PM »
No, I didn't, because the link was broken.  I'm just saying that a conservative atmosphere does not mean that it's not diverse. (I am taking diverse to mean in the AA sense here, although I do think that the word as applied there is rather misleading)  You posted the racial status yourself - I'm not sure what else exactly that you want them to do....

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