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Are you more excited about spending the rest of your life in Cleveland or Philadelphia?  I'd choose Cleveland, personally.  But if you prefer Philly, go 'Nova.

I do not plan to spend the rest of my life at either city, but I could happily start a career at either. Honestly I am a little worried about the prospect of a decade in Cleveland ... Been there a few times and I'm from a city with a similar feel (Pittsburgh; therefore, I was trained to dislike Cleveland at an early age). Philadelphia is a nice place to live and things have been on the upswing for it since the early 90s.

Actually, Here's a new question from the OP:
How many years of legal experience does a T2 grad need before he can effectively search for employment outside their law school's home market?

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When in doubt follow the chart:

http://members.cox.net/xynder777/flowchart7.png


A copy of that chart should have been mailed to us after registering with LSAC.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Widener or Duquesne?
« on: May 07, 2008, 01:36:38 AM »
From one PA resident to another: Duquesne

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The decision making process that law school entails = Le Sigh

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find a job instead of taking on more debt to live.
Wow, you have just given me much to think about with one very succinct statement.

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The way I see it, you are going to law school to put off paying your debt.

You are correct in that I would prefer paying off my debts following the completion of my education, but I am going to law school because I want to practice law. So for me debt is determining the time I go to law school, not the reason.

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If you go to law school this fall, and graduate in 3 years with another $100,000 in debt, will you be able to pay the bills?

I don't know. Like everyone else I harbor the "nose to the grindstone" / "can do" mentality so that really depends on my class rank.

But:

Will I be happier struggling in a profession that I sincerely want to work in than working whatever job I could muster with my liberal arts education (BAs in History in Anthropology from a state school)? Yeah.



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Listen, are you a Pennsylvania resident?  If so, go to Temple/Pitt, or better yet move to a cheaper state.

Yes I am a PA resident and wish to stay in my home state unless I could crack the DC market.

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I have yet to hear back from PITT and am assuming that is a sign of being waitlisted ... So we'll leave that school out of the equation for this post.

I was waitlisted at Temple.

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"Interested in international law" is a red flag for not truly being interested in practicing law at all. There are easier ways to make a living, you know.  You can pick just about anything and it would be easier.

DEFENSIVE MECHANISM: I interned at an immigration firm to experience the tedium of the profession. I have poured through Planet Law School, Law School Confidential, and the other pulp pieces designed to scare those entering the profession half-heartedly. I have done all I can as a soon-to-be college grad and consider myself being more interested/excited than the majority of entering 1Ls. Expressing my interest in international law is a "red flag" for sh*t. I am as ignorant of the law as you are/were as a 1L.

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Did you outperform your smartest classmates on the LSAT by 10+ points?  No.  It is much, much easier to score 10 more LSAT points than it ever is to transfer up.

Good Point.

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GetUpGetDown's Situation:

Villanova @ Cost or Case Western w/ $13,000 per year? ... Tuition @ both schools is absurd.

I plan on practicing in either Pittsburgh or Philadelphia. Will a Case Western degree carry to Philadelphia, or Pittsburgh for that matter? Additionally, will a Villanova degree carry to Pittsburgh?

I have yet to hear back from PITT and am assuming that is a sign of being waitlisted ... So we'll leave that school out of the equation for this post.

I am very interested in international law and will attempt to transfer to Georgetown, my ideal school, after 1L if I manage to get into the top of either school's class. Which school would give me a better shot at a transfer to Georgetown?

I know what you all are thinking: "Take a year off. Study hard for the LSAT to raise your score because you simply cannot count on transferring." Well I am unsure if a year off is a viable option at this point. I have a poor family situation and am practically homeless ... that is a sad term ... "domicile challenged" after I graduate next week. Thus, I am attending law school without any family backing/support. A break in my education will cause me to  start paying on my student loans (because I waived my grace period to consolidate them) and with the job market in my area I'm not sure I could support myself for the year. I don't know, perhaps I'm just being negative about the year off option. Do any of you feel that is the best option?

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Dog vs. Cat
« on: May 01, 2008, 10:34:44 PM »
Dogs are garbage.

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My first practice was a 149 as well. I was shocked, but able to raise it to a 159 in time for the first test by cutting back on some deviant behaviors and taking the practice tests seriously (ie. silent environs with a desk and timer). Not a huge increase, but good enough for the schools I'm interested in ...

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Wait List / Marquette Waitlist
« on: April 26, 2008, 03:33:13 PM »
Stats were at or above their 75th percentile for GPA and LSAT w/ solid soft factors ... o application process, you never fail to surprise.

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