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« on: March 26, 2009, 09:10:29 PM »
It takes a little while to figure out what each professor wants. But after you've determined that, Bryan's post is excellent advice. Show up early, turn off your online chat, really focus on the material, avoid group lunches and corridor gossip. You can be done by 6 through most of the semester, provided you have a reasonable schedule without a lot of classes stacked one after the other.
All bets are off when you've got a legal writing project due, and during the last three weeks of each semester. 3-4 hours per class hour is probably way too much time.
« on: March 26, 2009, 09:02:11 PM »
Out of state is 47K? Does that include room & board costs, etc.? Wow.
If you've lived in CA for over a year (or close to it) you might look into establishing residency there, though I hear it's an uphill battle.
« on: March 26, 2009, 08:56:31 PM »
I went to a panel on careers in academia recently and was told that the academic job market has definitely tightened its belt. So if HYS grads had a sizable advantage in the past, their dominance in the academic market is likely to increase. But law review and a post-grad judicial clerkship are definitely the rule rather than the exception. And it looks as if you'll have no problem securing those, especially on your home turf.
Moreover, maintaining your spot at the top of the class would be easier than it would at a T14, because many of the students who rank near you, will attempt to transfer somewhere else - provided they do not share your ambitions to stay in the same city.
In terms of a firm career, the only thing you'd need to think about is whether your current job market is small and volatile enough to trigger any serious impact in firm hiring policies (witness San Francisco). Though if you've landed a firm job after 1L and can keep your grades up, you're probably in a pretty good spot to weather any shifts in the market, especially if your school is the biggest fish in a little pond. Though one of the advantages of a degree from a T14 is that it's far easier to take that degree to parts unknown when one's local market of choice dries up.
« on: March 26, 2009, 08:31:45 PM »
Sorry. By "it" in the second paragraph I meant "big law firms."
« on: March 26, 2009, 08:29:51 PM »
To transfer you need good grades during your first year of law school. Your grades for the first year will rest almost entirely on 8 exams and a few papers. So by not retaking the LSAT you're basically assuming 1) I will be able to comprehend everything that's taught to me despite the fact it's probably an entirely new subject for me, which must be analyzed in an even more novel way, 2) I won't get sidetracked by a curveball question on any of these 8 exams, 3) my grade won't be adversely affected by failure to answer any question whilst cold-called, especially early in the semester when I haven't figured out how to answer that question, 4) I am smarter than almost everyone in a random sampling of 200-300 people who have my same credentials, and 5) no intangible factors (sickness, etc.) will work to contravene 1) and 2). My con law final, for example, took place in a blizzard and I think someone got into an accident and couldn't make it. A few kids came down with the flu.
Looking further down the road the picture gets worse. Law firms hire based on 1L grades. One of the critiques of the current collapse of the legal industry is that it took too many people from lower-ranked schools. So even if you transfer to a T1 from a T4, you'd have to assume that the folks doing the hiring will have changed their thinking, which basically means that you're assuming the economy will have drastically improved by the time your first year has ended.
A lawyer would never risk so much on so many assumptions, especially when it is so cheap, comparatively, to re-take the LSAT. In this job market, law school on a whole is dicey, and T4 without connections is suicide.
« on: March 01, 2009, 02:42:38 PM »
Someone asked me to post this for them.
This person goes to Drexel, and has a weird quarter system. After two quarters, this person ranks in the top 10-15 percent of their 1L class.
Drexel has provisional accredation, so it's hard to say where they'll rank when they get ranked, though Drexel's median LSAT is 159 (Villanova is 161; Temple is 162).
Provided this person's class rank stays the same, does anyone have thoughts on what range of schools might be available re: transferring? Thanks.
« on: January 13, 2009, 06:58:49 PM »
lots of reasons why i'd want to xfer, but most of these reasons, at least right now, make little rational sense.
« on: January 13, 2009, 07:52:06 AM »
I have a G.E.D. It didn't hurt my law school OR my undergrad admissions fortunes.
« on: January 12, 2009, 08:59:52 PM »
thanks. does your comment include lateral xfers?
« on: January 12, 2009, 05:04:24 PM »
by "it" are you trying to refer to the lsat score, or to the undergrad gpa? or did you instead mean something like "it all" by "it," encompassing both the lsat score and the undergrad gpa? furthermore i'm not sure if your usage of "that" refers to the tackiness of the score itself, or if you are trying to say that the action of putting the score on the res is itself tacky. please clarify.
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