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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: T3, T4, etc..
« on: March 04, 2008, 04:52:08 PM »
Gotcha  ;)

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Florida Coastal
« on: March 04, 2008, 04:51:31 PM »
I wrote Steve and asked him what the job market was like coming out of FCSL in jacksonville and his response:

"Outstanding."

LOL!!!!!!!!

haha. I thought it was funny, I tried to find other things out..but, I got a lot of !!!!!!!!!!!!!! exclamation points.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: this sucks..Yale vs. NYU full ride
« on: March 04, 2008, 04:50:08 PM »
all joking aside,

to the OP: seriously, go to Yale.  i think they're a much better fit for you.

lmfao.


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I have just recently felt like I might consider re-taking the LSAT.  I got into Marquette for this fall, but schlepping out $31k/year for the 97th ranked school is beginning to scare me.  My LSAT scores were 148 (9/06), took a prep class and jumped to 158 on the 6/07 LSAT.  I'm considering sending Marquette a seat deposit, and registering for the June LSAT.  If I can jump into the mid 160s I'll withdraw from Marquette and wait until next cycle.  If I do the same or worse then no harm, no foul type of thing.  Does this sound like a good idea?

sometimes you should go with what you think is best, not what other people think. IMO, go for it. Marquette will get a copy of your new LSAT score though.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: T3, T4, etc..
« on: March 04, 2008, 12:54:36 PM »
Generally, with few exceptions, the lower the school is ranked, the lower its national pull.  In other words, lower rank = more regionally specific.  If you want a more comfortable shot at mid-law, a higher ranked school would probably be your better bet.

The REAL question is, what can you afford?  If you go to a lower ranked school, you'll save money, but you'll start at a lower average salary.  You need to be comfortable entering at that low salary before you start.  It doesn't mean you CAN'T hit mid or big law from a T3 or T4, but your chances are substantially reduced the further down the USNews ladder you go (again, with a few exceptions).

Even a "decent regional firm" will be difficult to hit in a congested market where T3s are competing with a few T1s and T2s.  If they're in less congested markets, or ones where they're alone, then your chances rise considerably.  You need to be more specific about the schools you're choosing between.


Isnt it all relative though? If you get top 15% of your class, regardless of where you go, you should be able to get a decent job anywhere. No?


Umm, maybe.  But the point here is that, were you to attend, say, Catholic in DC, you'd NEED to be top 10-15% to make BigLaw (or probably even most of MidLaw), whereas you'd only NEED to be above the bottom third of the class at Georgetown.

Rule #1:  Never count on being top 15% at any school.  Ever.  No matter how well you did in everything else you ever did before.  Ever.


I keep asking questions about the top 15% of a class, or making statements and everyone automatically assumes that I am talking about myself or trying to say I'm going to be in the top 15% of any class at any school I go to. I am not holding out some false hope that I am going to go to law school and get straight A's, I hope that I'm not coming off sounding like that. That would be utterly douchey, cocky and arrogant. I do not know what law school is going to be like, I am just looking forward to it.

But, I think that if you want something, and you try hard enough at it...you can do anything you want. Top 15% anywhere.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: this sucks..Yale vs. NYU full ride
« on: March 04, 2008, 12:52:20 PM »
rofls at all the people posting answers as if

1)the op didnt post this almost 2 years ago; or
2)shivenstein wasnt a total schtick to begin with

Great great stuff. LoL!!!!

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Florida Coastal
« on: March 04, 2008, 12:50:54 PM »
I wrote Steve and asked him what the job market was like coming out of FCSL in jacksonville and his response:

"Outstanding."

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Still nothing. Went complete at a few schools though  ;D

Finally received my LSAT score from Feb.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: California Western
« on: March 04, 2008, 12:48:15 PM »
i have a friend at CA Western who affirms this is more or less true.  She is top 10% and has a decent clerkship lined up post-graduation. She was there on full tuition scholarship though, I would seriously reconsider if you are not there on full tuition.

I have not applied, I was just asking, trying to find out some background information.

I plan to work my ass off in law school, so the whole top 1/3rd of your class at some institutions to transfer to other schools does not scare me. The LSAT scared me, haha, I'm better at actual school.

Thanks for the info guys/gals.

That's all fine and dandy that you want to work really hard at school and try to transfer, but I wouldn't necessarily pin all of your hopes on that. Law School grading is notoriously subjective and arbitrary, so it's extremely difficult to project how you will do.

That being said, you should attend a school that you will be happy graduating from. If you can transfer out, that's awesome and there's no problems. On the 66.6% chance that you end up staying at your school though (you only have a 33.3% chance of being in the top 1/3, after all =D), you should at least be happy with where you're graduating from.


good advice, that's why I applied mostly in New York/Boston area. I'm not putting all my eggs in the transfer basket, because when you get somewhere, you may end up liking it a lot. If I got into Suffolk, I'd like to stay there and graduate from there.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: California Western
« on: March 03, 2008, 11:44:48 PM »
i have a friend at CA Western who affirms this is more or less true.  She is top 10% and has a decent clerkship lined up post-graduation. She was there on full tuition scholarship though, I would seriously reconsider if you are not there on full tuition.

I have not applied, I was just asking, trying to find out some background information.

I plan to work my ass off in law school, so the whole top 1/3rd of your class at some institutions to transfer to other schools does not scare me. The LSAT scared me, haha, I'm better at actual school.

Thanks for the info guys/gals.

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