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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Why does everyone hate a gunner?
« on: February 17, 2009, 08:30:00 PM »
I need to hear from the professor, who will be giving and grading my exam, not incessant questions that illuminate obscure/ obvious *&^%.

I don't hate on people who talk in class, or ask questions that are of general utility, but for the love of God, be concise.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Is it worth it??
« on: February 14, 2009, 12:02:31 PM »
i have a BS in physics, and 6 years working in aerospace engineering. I was planning on taking the patent bar. is this something you do after you graduate or concurrent with getting your JD? i am worrried about teh top 10% in teh first year requiremtn on teh loyola scholarship. i liek to think that i am smart, but i don't know about how i will do in the sort of classes i will have to take as a 1L. it seems very unreasonable to expect that i will easily fit into the top 10% of my class. it makes teh whole proposition that much more risky.

You can take the pat bar before you graduate, I believe. I asked because if that is the course you are persuing, you actually would be better positioned than the usual nontrad to come out of this with a decent job. As mentioned before, get Loyola to drop it to top 50%, or stay out for a year and retake the LSAT and go somewhere else with a better money offer.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Is it worth it??
« on: February 11, 2009, 01:09:46 PM »
What kind of tech background do you have? Interested in taking the patent bar? That's really the only way I could see this being a great idea for you.

Think hard about things like how much debt you have now, how much you will have when you finish, and what the possibility of servicing that debt will be upon graduation.

If you are just dying to be a lawyer, then go for it, just do it smart (free or nearly free ride somewhere decent with a low GPA requirement to keep) and have a very detailed plan going in. Assume you will be right at the median when evaluating scholarship offers, then look at what happens if you end up in the bottom (it happens, and it can be cruelly subjective).

Just my .02.

hahahahahahaha!!! true dat.

Maybe enroll, pay, buy a pass and drop before the full refund expires? Then repeat for another 5 semesters. A little effort intensive, but I think with the appropriate number of "deaths in the family" and "financial emergencies" it could be done.

Oop, my bad. I added the link after futurelawyergal's comment.

Come to Tulane, enjoy three years in the heaven of New Orleans, use the CCRAA, get a public interest job and work on the side of the angels.



Incoming 1Ls / Re: Tulane vs William and Mary
« on: February 04, 2009, 12:53:35 PM »
I agree with LawDog on nearly all of the above. However, the idea that the LSAT and GPA range of a school provides some kind of predictive value about what your standing would be in your first year is absolutely false.

Current Law Students / Re: Hey Ladies . . . Where do you buy your suits?
« on: January 28, 2009, 05:35:30 PM »
I just want to put a plug in for vintage. Takes longer to find something great, but well worth it.

There are usually consignment stores in any metro area, and there are tons of online resources.

I am a big Ann Taylor fan for new. I find the quality to be much higher than BR. I have 10 year old Ann Taylor stuff that is still going strong, but all my BR items fall apart after a year or two.

Also, Neiman Marcus has outrageous sales online.

Current Law Students / Re: Work and School
« on: January 26, 2009, 07:05:45 PM »
I volunteer 10 a week. It's no biggie. I also know others who work 10. 20 seems like a lot, and you would need a very flexible schedule.

I recommend not working for the first semester if you can, and seeing how much free time you have available.

Good to know SFS. I do not know the parties involved, but all I have heard is good things. I am not surprised, since Tulane has pretty cool folks all 'round.

Having said that, I am putting out my last comment on this is this forum (in deference to botbot and everyone else who is probably sick to death of the whole discussion).

Malice and hatred are not the issue. Racism, prejudice and ignorance are all capable of co-existing with general good will. "I didn't mean it" and "It was a joke" are good to hear (if credible) because it lets you know someone might be open to considering the issue. Being a nice person, not meaning to offend, and not knowing what is offensive do not give you a pass.

And now I will happily STFU.

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