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General Board / Re: "Notable" Alumni you are embarassed by
« on: February 20, 2006, 02:43:07 PM »
NU has you all beat - Jerry Springer. 

They actually took his picture down from the Alumni Hall of Fame.  I guess they didn't think it looked right hanging there between John Paul Stevens and Adlai Stevenson.

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General Board / Re: law school depression
« on: September 29, 2004, 05:28:03 PM »
One more thing...

Another thing I've learned in the "real world" since graduating from college is that getting along with others, fitting in, and earning respect are some of the most important things that college *should* train you for.  They are invaluable real life skills.  I am *not* preaching conformity here, but no matter how smart you are, you can't succeed in life completely autonomous from the rest of the society you are trying to succeed in.  I think this is the reason many "Greeks" have a huge advantage coming out of college.  There are very few situations in life where exactly what you know is more important that your ability to interact with others:  To communicate those ideas, listen to and evaluate someone's response, and learn completely new ideas from those around you. 

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General Board / Re: law school depression
« on: September 29, 2004, 05:16:49 PM »
I can think of a lot worse fates than being surround by perky sorority girls dressed in skimpy Abercrombie clothing.  I've worked as a computer engineer for the past 5 years and the only women I see all day are our 40 year old accountant and office manager.  Your post kind of made my day... Now I have something to look forward to in law school next fall :)

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General Board / Career focus
« on: September 28, 2004, 11:12:48 PM »
I'm taking the LSAT next week and I will be applying for Fall 2005 admission.  I'd like some advice from people who already have a semester or two under their belt.  My problem is that I don't know of any specific area of law I would like to practice.  Also, I don't want my choice of law school to limit my employment options geographically after graduation.  How realistic are these things?  I consider law school as a means to achieving career focus.  What percentage of L1's had a sepcific area of law in mind when they applied to law school?  Of those who didn't, how are most law schools about providing such guidance along the way? Also, how much does the school you attend affect the area of the country you can work in after graduation?  I won't be applying to Yale or Harvard.  I will be very lucky if I get into a Texas or Michigan, but will more likely end up at a school somewhere in the top 20-30.  Does this mean my employment prospects will be limited to the state I went to school in?  Thanks in advance.

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General Board / Employment opportunities
« on: September 07, 2004, 10:46:18 AM »
Does working in a government position for a few years after graduation hurt your chances of migrating to a private firm later on?  I've been considering the loan forgiveness programs offered by many schools.  If I spent 3 or 4 years as a prosecutor or defender after law school, would that experience make me more or less attractive to top firms later on?

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General Board / Re: Regional employment after graduation
« on: September 07, 2004, 10:43:23 AM »
Thanks for the feedback, guys.  I appreciate the insight.

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General Board / Re: Regional employment after graduation
« on: September 04, 2004, 02:58:09 PM »
What I'm getting at is I want to go to the "best" (As measured by widely accepted standards for prestige, reputation, quality, etc.) school that I can, but I don't want to limit myself to working only in that area after graduation.  Is that a concern?

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General Board / Regional employment after graduation
« on: September 04, 2004, 01:15:49 PM »
If you don't go to a top-15 school, to what geographic extent are your employment opportunities limited?  Should knowning what area of the country you want to work in after graduation be a siginificant factor in choosing a school?

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General Board / Transferring after L1
« on: September 04, 2004, 10:56:15 AM »
I'm a 26 year old computer engineer who will be applying to law schools next month for admission in Fall 2005.  I'm taking the October LSAT, and I expect my score to be in the low-to-mid 170s.  My undergrad GPA at Penn State was only 2.86.  I've been crunching the numbers, and even with the most optimistic assessment of how any of the top adcoms would weight my major, work experience, LSAT, LOR's, and personal statement, it really looks like my undergrad performance will preclude me from getting into any of the top schools.  I hadn't planned on going to Yale or Harvard, but someplace in the top 15 would have been nice.  It does look like I should be able to get into a couple schools in the top 30 though.  So my question is, would it be possible for me to transfer from a top 30 school to a top 15 after my first year, assuming I aced all my classes, had solid extracurricular activities, etc?  How do transfers work?  Will any of the top schools allow you to transfer in after your first year at a lesser school?

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General Board / Re: No pens for LSAT?
« on: June 03, 2004, 08:43:30 PM »
Thanks for the Bic Brite Liner tip.  I'll have to check those out.

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