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Law School Applications / Re: JD/__: Joint Degrees anyone?
« on: February 18, 2008, 07:26:52 AM »
JD/MD - Princeton

Interesting...all the posts I've read about dual-degrees, I've yet to see anyone mention the JD/MD combo.  I currently work in the healthcare industry, and have heard that there's significant demand for these graduates.

Oh well, I'm still more interested in the JD/MBA.  Best of luck to you!  :)

He's joking, as Princeton offers neither a JD nor an MD.

I'm a little curious about what you've heard about the combo, though.  PM me?

I would imagine that an MD/JD is extremely useful if you are looking to pursue a career in medical malpractice and helpful to a lesser extent for health law in general.

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Acceptances / Re: University of Florida??
« on: February 15, 2008, 03:31:05 PM »
So I called UF's admissions office today, after getting a letter in the mail yesterday from FSU informing me that my application was on hold, I had a feeling that this was probably the case at Florida as well. It turns out I was right - they said my file had been reviewed once, but that a decision had not been made and that I should hear back by April at the latest.

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Someone on LSN just an acceptance phone call at 5:45 EST today, went complete 2-7.  They look like autoadmit, but I am really starting to accept the fact that I'm not getting in!

Limegreen, have hope! You are a much better candidate than I am, but I am still holding on to my dream of an acceptance from Emory. I know that I won't be getting any money if I do get in by some miracle, but it doesn't matter to me, if Emory takes me, I'm going!!!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 160-164 Thread (give or take)
« on: February 14, 2008, 05:02:28 PM »
Received a letter from Florida State today informing me that my file was on hold.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: FAFSA EFCs
« on: February 14, 2008, 11:26:10 AM »
mine turned out to be something like 17,000 due to the fact that my parents have been paying full tuition for my undergrad...too bad all that support flies out the window next year. is this really going to eff me over for fin aid? i'm peeved.

That's what I'm actually particularly curious about.  Presumably, Worksheet B, question 12 which requires you to report "Money received, or paid on the student's behalf (e.g., bills), not reported elsewhere on this form" includes tuition.  But, I wonder if that's actually correct or if there is a particular interpretation the Department of Ed has to that item?

I don't think it refers to tuition.

but tuition is in fact a bill which my parents pay on my behalf...where can i call to clear this question up? and correct it if needed?

Yeah I'm pretty sure tuition paid on your behalf qualifies as support received from your parents since if you hadn't received it you would probably be in debt... I would contact your school's financial aid office to make sure though, most offices usually have the auxiliary task of guiding students through FAFSAs.

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Acceptances / Re: Florida Coastal vs. Hamline
« on: February 13, 2008, 10:14:53 PM »
If you wouldn't mind living in North Florida, I would recommend FCSL, the school has very good placement there. They also have a better program than most people on this board would make it seem (ex. they have the 2nd highest bar passage rate in the state of Florida, only behind UF). If you absolutely want to practice in Minnesota though, Hamline is DEFINITELY the way to go.

Actually, not to quibble with you, but FSU has had the highest first time taker's bar passage rate 5 out of the last 10 tests. And that's including last summer's bar passage rate. Its actually a common misconception that UF does the best on the bar, when in fact, they don't.

Yeah, I was even wondering about that, because FSU has been mentioning that it's been first in 2 of the last 3 bar exams (2006 and 2007, Florida Coastal being 2005)

UF Law enjoys a lot of prestige simply because it's associated on the whole with UF, which is engrained in the Floridian consciousness as our own Harvard or whatever.

I wish we had someone from Jax who could comment on this school's placement there. All I know is that it doesn't place in Tampa. We don't even know it exists here, and there's so much competition for jobs from not only UF and FSU, but then Stetson. And you'd run into similar problems in markets such as Orlando and Miami. There are 10 law schools in Florida (I had no idea there were that many until I just read it), which is pretty high for our state. When you consider then even if you attended a top state university you're also competing with people that attend top schools out of state... I'd be wary of attending any school where your job prospects coming out were so narrow. If you want to practice in Jacksonville and maybe jalex can go into more detail for you about how Florida Coastal places, then it might not be that risky of a choice, but since I only will advise based off what I know, I'll just say choose with caution. 

Funny you should say that because I am from Jacksonville actually, FCSL has a pretty good reputation within the city and decent placement. While Biglaw will be a stretch, I did find some people who had made it, I would say the majority of graduates end up in Small to Midlaw or working for the government. Here are some examples of successful alumni that I found when I was researching the school a few months ago (Holland & Knight is a pretty well respected V100 firm that has a strong presence in Florida and participates in FCSL's OCIs) and an example of a couple alums who started their own firm:

http://www.hklaw.com/id77/biosKLDEGANC/
http://www.hklaw.com/id77/biosRERIVA/
http://www.jmnewman.com/index.html

Don't get me wrong though, you will still face strong competition for the more prestigious positions in Jacksonville:

http://www.hklaw.com/id77/biosZRPOTTER/

...not to mention the many UF & FSU grads that will be out looking for jobs in the region.

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Acceptances / Re: University of Florida??
« on: February 13, 2008, 10:03:41 PM »
Hmm...for those of you in Gville now (as I am), do you remember this article in the Alligator about Law Applications being up?

http://www.alligator.org/articles/2007/11/16/news/campus/law.txt

No Good.  :-\

Yeah I remember the article, hopefully they have room for all us 5.6ers though.

On LSN my index calculated as 5.5, but on the actual LSDAS report that was sent out I had an index of 5.6...

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Law School Applications / Re: JD/__: Joint Degrees anyone?
« on: February 13, 2008, 07:26:17 PM »
It wouldn't actually save me any time because I have an undergraduate degree in business, but I am still very interested in a JD/MBA joint degree. I'm going to be taking the GMAT this summer.

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Acceptances / Re: Florida Coastal vs. Hamline
« on: February 13, 2008, 05:41:09 PM »
If you wouldn't mind living in North Florida, I would recommend FCSL, the school has very good placement there. They also have a better program than most people on this board would make it seem (ex. they have the 2nd highest bar passage rate in the state of Florida, only behind UF). If you absolutely want to practice in Minnesota though, Hamline is DEFINITELY the way to go.

Actually, not to quibble with you, but FSU has had the highest first time taker's bar passage rate 5 out of the last 10 tests. And that's including last summer's bar passage rate. Its actually a common misconception that UF does the best on the bar, when in fact, they don't.

You're right, sorry about that, I was basing my comment from the following article that I had read a while back and I guess I remembered it wrong.

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/102307/met_211058054.shtml

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Acceptances / Re: Florida Coastal vs. Hamline
« on: February 13, 2008, 12:16:55 PM »
If you wouldn't mind living in North Florida, I would recommend FCSL, the school has very good placement there. They also have a better program than most people on this board would make it seem (ex. they have the 2nd highest bar passage rate in the state of Florida, only behind UF). If you absolutely want to practice in Minnesota though, Hamline is DEFINITELY the way to go.

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