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General Board / Dual Degrees
« on: June 23, 2008, 02:44:54 PM »
I'm an incoming 1L interested in a career in administrative law/constitutional law/politics.  My school offers a 3 year JD/MGA (Masters in Government Administration) dual degree.  What are the merits of getting a degree like this?  Positives and Negatives? 

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General Board / JD / MGA (or other dual degrees)
« on: June 23, 2008, 02:44:02 PM »
I'm an incoming 1L interested in a career in administrative law/constitutional law/politics.  My school offers a 3 year JD/MGA (Masters in Government Administration) dual degree.  What are the merits of getting a degree like this?  Positives and Negatives? 

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Not to make LSD my sounding board for grammar pet peeves, but why is everyone on the internet collectively ditching subjects in their sentences? Don't like it. Sounds stupid. Guess it's not that big of a deal.

Don't know, but sucks.

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Law School Applications / Re: Bad Undergrad Decisions
« on: May 16, 2008, 01:00:04 PM »
Follow your heart and don't apply until you've gotten a 170+.  At that point, all of this worrying will be moot.

I don't think anything's impossible, but it just might take more work than a more traditional applicant.  If you really want the law degree, keep trying, but be prepared to work a little harder at the LSAT to make sure it works out for you.

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Ohio State U / Re: OSU: where to live?
« on: May 15, 2008, 11:51:26 PM »
I'm a graduating senior undergrad at OSU.  There are some nice high rise apartment buildings on Lane north of campus, and I think that many law students live in apartments south of the law school in Short North.  I'm not really sure how those are or how they find them.

I live in University Village, an apartment complex about a 3-5 minute drive north of campus, and I absolutely love it.  The rooms aren't huge, but the quality is nice and relatively cheap as far as how things go around here.  Some law students live here as well, so I'd at least check it out.  It's safe.

Good luck!  If you have any more detailed questions, let me know.

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General Board / Re: Smoking Ban
« on: April 01, 2008, 07:03:06 AM »
This is another case of confusing a policy you consider a bad idea with being unconstitutional.  Just because the government seems to have "no business" regulating matters of taste, that doesn't mean it lacks the power to do so.

In fact, I haven't seen a single real argument offered here yet as to why it's unconstitutional.  What PART of the Constitution does it violate? 

You may not like the statute, but that doesn't mean it's unconstitutional.

P.S.  I'm from Ohio.

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General Board / Types of Law?
« on: March 25, 2008, 01:39:33 PM »
I'm a 0L about to go to law school.  I was wondering: Which "genre" or type of law do you think is most (and least) popular?  Which are most (and least) competitive to enter into the market for? 

Also, are there any types of law that focus or even touch on some sort of History? (I have an undergrad History degree and love History).

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Law Firms / Re: Con law prospects
« on: January 21, 2008, 10:06:26 AM »
I agree with what everyone here has said.  I'll add a couple of  thoughts I had.  First is that you could work for an organization like the ACLU or a private firm specializing in constitutional litigation.  These firms may be very selective, and the ACLU might not be to your taste, but they do a lot of Section 1983 litigation (suing the gov't for violations of const'l rights).  From the exposure to it I've had, that kind of litigation seems very complex, with a lot of interrelated issues.  That could be something to look into.

Second, you could go into academia, although this is infinitely more difficult, as you'll need the proper school pedigree, a great clerkship, etc.  One of the best professors I've ever had was for Federal Courts, which is loaded with federalism and sep of powers issues.  He went to Yale and was a SCOTUS clerk.  He gets to think and write about these issues every day. 

You don't necessarily need to go to Yale and clerk for a Supreme Court Justice to get into academia, but it can still be a difficult route.  Could be something to work towards?

This is my point, I suppose.  There are separation of powers and federalism issues in public policy all the time.  There have to be lawsuits involving them.  And, in order to do lawsuits, some one has to litigate.

I want to be one of those guys.  I'm going to a great school (not Yale though), so I'm just curious how I can plug myself into that niche.  I'll look into those small firms you were talking about. 

Thanks for your help guys.  If there are any more thoughts, I'd be grateful to hear them.

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General Board / Re: The Most Ridiculous Grade In My Academic Career....
« on: January 16, 2008, 12:38:49 PM »
How many people got passes or high passes in the class this quarter?  Was the ultimate grade completely arbitrary and independant of numerical score on the test, or did he simply not mark off points on other peoples' exams?

This distinction seems like it may matter...

In the one case, he simply graded you more harshly than others or thought your answers were more incorrect.  In the other, he disregarded your numerical score and assigned you an arbitrary final grade.

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General Board / Re: Con law prospects
« on: January 15, 2008, 06:12:17 PM »
Any takers? 

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