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Law School Admissions / Re: Money tight
« on: October 25, 2007, 04:47:30 AM »
I agree with ^

Law School Admissions / Re: 159/3.79...are these schools reasonable?
« on: October 25, 2007, 04:42:44 AM »
I'm not familiar with all the schools on your list, but I would say that you are really on the fence at Ohio State, Maryland, Florida, UNC, UConn, & Temple. I feel like it go either way at those schools, but I think you have a good shot at Penn State though. You might want to consider adding Florida State to your list - their median LSAT isn't a couple points under Florida's.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Ranking Trends, T30-T60?
« on: October 24, 2007, 07:42:07 PM »
I wouldn't say that FSU is a name school far outside of Florida, but I'm sure you would be able to find gainful employment in Georgia. One thing to keep in mind though is what area of law you want to go into. FSU seems to be oriented a little more towards governmental/political law whereas UF seems to be more so to corporate law and private practice in general.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Ranking Trends, T30-T60?
« on: October 24, 2007, 07:19:37 PM »
If you are interested in going to school or practicing law in Florida and are looking for an up and comer I would consider FSU, which has marched up the rankings the last few years. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they eventually surpass UF.

I would consider Miami as a target safety school and possibly Emory as a super reach.

Internship is one year, you make ~30k.  Residency goes like, 45k, 50k, 65k, 75k, and then your attending and its hundred(s) depending on specialty.  You can afford life and minimum loans, internship year is hard, but lets not pretend residents dont make enough to eat.  And the debt is closer to 250k, which the inevitable after 6 year salary of 110k+ can take care of in a decade.  Comparing this to our situation isnt particularly apt.

I guarantee you that no residents make upwards of 75k (in fact I would dare say that few make over 50k) and I know this for a fact - a number of my close relatives are physicians. Also, internships (i.e. fellowships) are only one year long for easier specialties. A Pulmonology fellowship for example is 3 years. Others such are neurosurgery can be considerably longer. But lets take the example of a student who aims to become a Pulmonologist. After graduating from school with let's say 200k in debt (50k/ per year), they would work for a salary that averages 50k for their first six years (3 years as a resident and 3 years as a fellow) after school. The average student loan is a 10 year note and payments begin upon graduation. Assuming they stick to the 10 year length of the loan(s), they would have paid 60% of their loan amount before ever realizing a six figure income.

Here are some random examples of resident salaries.

Some specialties (of medicine) require a fellowship beyond a residency and the doctors are in their mid to late 30s by the time they start practicing. Until then they are oftentimes stuck with 150-200k of debt and their ridiculously low intern salary. How do they survive?

Law School Admissions / Re: Quick Question about boosting my chances
« on: October 24, 2007, 04:33:04 AM »
Who knows it might hurt you a little, but you have great stats. If you are really concerned though I would recommend getting involved in a service organization on your campus now - you could then include your involvement on your application.

You all also seem to forget the key point that not everyone wants to go into law for the money. As earth shaking as that might be for you all...

Law School Admissions / Re: why use lsac for applications?
« on: October 23, 2007, 06:42:35 PM »

Is this really so ridiculous? For the $120 (or however much it is) that is spent, so much is simplified for both the applicant and the schools. This whole process would be ridiculous if it weren't for LSAC.

Upwards of $250 just to register for the LSDAS and then $12 per LSDAS report on top of the application fee assessed per school that you apply to. I would rather go through the trouble of mailing things in myself and save myself the roughly $360 that I spent total just to register for the LSDAS and the 11 LSDAS reports I had generated. My school does not charge to mail transcripts ---> which is essentially all that the LSDAS is.

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