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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: March 04, 2010, 02:30:10 AM »
blueskies' summer job is blowing up my newsfeed.  good stuff.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: March 01, 2010, 09:48:23 PM »
One of my friends got married during winter break (in India) and took a week off of school for the honeymoon.  None of our profs seemed to have a problem with that.  I also wouldn't risk asking to take off work, but I'd also imagine you'd have time near the  beginning or end of summer.

Credited.  I've known a good number of people who've taken weeks here and there.  It's maybe not in the Roadmap to 1L Success, but it generally works out okay.

With respect to taking a week from your summer job, remember that many positions don't start right after exams (if you get a firm, you'll probably have a whole month on either end).

Also, I'd suggest looking for an RA spot--I took a week in July, and extended it to two weeks basically without telling my Prof.  That's a common experience, especially since most of the work can be done on the road (personally, I hauled my research stuff halfway around the world but never got around to actually working on it).  Then again, I'm literally still spending 15 hours a week on the research I started last May, so I guess watch you don't slack too much.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: T1 non T20 Law Schools - Worth it?
« on: February 26, 2010, 02:32:13 PM »
yes, but most law schools, e.g. UVA, have a grade inflation table for all accredited UG colleges in the US, which helps them adjust every applicant's UGPA to a single measure.

If you think your post required "but," you're an idiot.  Honestly, man.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Case Western v. Chapman v. MSU
« on: February 22, 2010, 08:40:40 PM »
I almost went to Case, but ultimately decided not to because 1. its in Cleveland

Watch it, punk.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: T1 non T20 Law Schools - Worth it?
« on: February 22, 2010, 08:39:09 PM »
you can think quickly on your feet without getting 5 intentionally confusing options of what assumption your client/opponent is making...

Sounds right.

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Several of law school admission deans I talked to said they do not believe that LSAT is a better predictor of law school success than GPA, but they have to pay attention to LSAT because of USNWR.

Also sounds right, insofar as your GPA is a lot more representative of your work ethic.  The big caveat, obviously, is that a 3.8 at College X and a 3.8 at College Y might require significantly different amounts of work.

There are schools out there with very low admissions standards and a school-wide mean GPA of 3.6.  Then there are schools out there with very high admissions standards and a school-wide mean GPA of 3.2.  To the extent that it's not always easy to control for those differences (let alone the differences in "difficulty" between different majors at the same school), it is helpful to use the LSAT (however imperfectly) in leveling the playing field.

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: U of Minnesota vs. UC Hastings
« on: February 22, 2010, 12:40:54 AM »
Honestly if your goal is to be an attorney in L.A. then go to school in L.A.

If his goal is to be an attorney in LA, he could probably get a degree online.

If his goal is to have a lucrative legal career reflective of the terrific amounts of time & money he'll invest in a JD, then he should choose a law school at which his probability of securing a high-paying associateship is maximized.  This requires a more nuanced approach than, "I know guys who went to Cooley and got rich!"  I assume I don't need to explain how absurd that sort of reasoning is.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Seizure during LSAT
« on: February 21, 2010, 11:46:49 PM »
That's pretty wild.

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: U of Minnesota vs. UC Hastings
« on: February 21, 2010, 08:07:23 PM »
Great answer!

How about U of Minnesota with a $15,000 scholarship vs. Loyola (LA) with no scholarship?...assuming I'd like to end up in LA.

I don't know the answer to that one.  I think your goal should be to minimize your debt as much as possible--the job market sucks and will continue to suck, and the paying back 150k of loans on a 60k salary sounds terrible.  But at the same time, Minnesota really does handicap your ability to get back to LA.  Then again, Loyola's job prospects are (reportedly) truly terrible.

I don't know, man.  Your options aren't terrific, to be honest.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: T1 non T20 Law Schools - Worth it?
« on: February 21, 2010, 07:58:07 PM »
I think that's all true as a general matter.  But basically any way you slice it, the practice of law is a deliberate endeavor.  It's a very limited set of circumstances in which you haven't had ample opportunity to consider any given question.  (Yes, those situations include client interviews, some aspects of trial practice, so forth--and even then, there's basically always an opportunity to think about an issue and come back to it, ask more questions, brief the question for the court, whatever.)

Though again, that's all really collateral to my point, which is that the LSAT is fine for what it is, but that you really can't use it to predict your performance on LS exams.

(As another collateral point, I think law school exams represent real practice more than they're given credit for--spending months learning everything you can about a set of issues, spending a couple of hours pouring it all into your facts, then moving on to the next set of issues.)

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: U of Minnesota vs. UC Hastings
« on: February 19, 2010, 01:23:00 AM »
I know nothing about LA, but I know the answer to your question is Hastings.  As a general rule: if you're outside the top 10, the local school is always going to have the better rep.  I know Hastings is in SF, but I think the rule still applies.

Advice you didn't ask for: Minnesota's higher ranking gives you a better shot at Biglaw.  But it's incredibly marginal.  So if you want to work in LA, you need to go to a California school so you'll be nearer the relevant small- and midlaw firms.  (Ideally, you should pick an LA school.  I'd try to talk you into it, but it's 2010 and you're considering going to a T40 law school, so I assume that you're impervious to sound logic and rational thought.)

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