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Current Law Students / Re: Top 10 Percent
« on: June 19, 2009, 04:13:09 PM »
I don't mean to sound coarse but in my experience (I don't mean just me but everyone I know too) if you do what you say you want to do(work hard), you won't fail out. I think you would know by now if you were a person who could fail when honestly trying hard.

Law school is not that tough if effort is given. Granted, Top 10-20% is not a given just from working hard but remaining in "good" academic standing is, in my opinion.

When I said "survival" what I meant was...I want to work hard, I want to do well, but first and foremost I don't want to spend 25k and fail out.  The school I'll be attending fails the bottom 15% and if everything is riding on one exam, people who have a bad test day could face some serious consequences.

So like I said...I want to survive, and in 3 years, I want to have graduated from law school.

Current Law Students / Re: Top 10 Percent
« on: June 18, 2009, 06:43:20 PM »
Personally I am not seeing this. I mean, I know that it is going on and definitely hitting the biggest firms in the biggest markets but not everyone is getting gouged. I actually think a lot of mid-sized litigation firms are prospering...

Again, I know it is going on but OP should not think they would be screwed by becoming a 1L this fall...

Connections are more important than grades in this economy.  Most people in law school right now are pretty screwed.

Current Law Students / Re: Top 10 Percent
« on: June 18, 2009, 04:16:08 PM »
Yes, regardless of where you go to school, if you don't want big law you are still in fine shape if you are outside of the Top 10%. I don't mean to say that in this economy you can graduate at the bottom of your class and find a rewarding job afterwards, but...well, you get the point.

Job Search / Re: Transferring, targetting Dallas
« on: June 15, 2009, 05:35:53 PM »
If you are sure about wanting to end up in Dallas I would say so. You also have to remember that the tuition is much better at UT as well compared to those other schools.

With no ties to the state other than my wife lived in Houston as a child, is UT the clear (only) choice here?  Would Chicago, UVA, Berkeley, Duke, GULC or Vanderbilt make any sense if Dallas is where I wanted to end up next summer?

Job Search / Re: ITT You Help Bears Get A Job
« on: June 12, 2009, 12:38:47 PM »

  Mail first week of August. 

Botbot, would you suggest the first week of August for Dallas Big/Mid Law as well? I've been wondering what the ideal time to mail is.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Choosing a school
« on: June 10, 2009, 08:17:50 AM »
Check out

Firstly, no Im not URM.  I have a decent amount of work experience for a recent college grad I would say.  As far as leadership and extracurriculars go, I've been in charge of the business operations of one of the school news-papers.  I've been an upper-level member of an on-campus investment club.  I play in a band which is recording a studio demo.  Now, for the sake of argument, let's say I score a 170 LSAT.  As for the GPA, yes, I did have one bad semester which pretty much wrecked my GPA and there is an upward trend in gpa in semesters after that.

Any additional input?  Thanks.   

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UALR for Career in South?
« on: June 09, 2009, 04:45:09 PM »
Fair enough...I hope I didn't come off as pushing you one way or the other. I was just trying to add to the conversation with my point of view. Good luck with whatever you end up doing.

That may very well be true, but I have visited ualr and I really like Little Rock. Like any other small town/city it has its ups and downs. Also, I feel that I'd fit right in. Every school isn't for anyone. I believe that although UALR may not be ranked as highly or known as well as UA, it is a perfect fit for me. I guess I just wanted to know what I was getting myself into as far as job prospects. I do appreciate your responses though and they have been helpful!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UALR for Career in South?
« on: June 09, 2009, 08:38:01 AM »
Well I can understand making the decision on $$, but Little Rock is nothing special (unless you like high crime rates). In fact, Fayetteville, in my opinion, would offer about a 10x better quality of life while in school. I went to undergrad here too but am originally from, and will return after law school to, Dallas. Fayetteville is probably not what you imagine it being...I had the some negative preconceived notions before visiting before UG though.

Also as a previous poster mentioned, the law school here seems to carry itself out of the state moreso than UALR. And if $$ is the main issue, I know you can get in-state after the first year...although I don't know what the whole process for that is. In-state here (~$10K/year) is about as cheap as law school at a decent school gets

I only applied to Georgia State and I was not accepted. I was accepted to both schools in Arkansas and a couple of others in the surrounding areas... I'm leaning towards UALR because it is in the city and they are offering a lot more money.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UALR for Career in South?
« on: June 08, 2009, 06:44:38 PM »
I go to the U of A - Fayetteville, and I think that if you did well here and networked the crap out of your Atlanta connections you could wind up there. I mean obviously you'd have to do very well to end up with a big firm in ATL, but by putting together a good legal resume and really working your connections you could make it happen.

Any reason you want to go to school in AR though as opposed to other state schools closer to, or in, GA?

Okay thanks Ninja! I REALLY would love to move to ATL after graduation. I'm sure I have to do some major networking though.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: southern or lsu
« on: June 04, 2009, 09:14:33 PM »
Yes, but I'm tired of trying to explain to you why and I have to get up early...

Answer the paradox while you laugh.

What paradox? That some schools are poor decisions for 90% of their students?

Seem dumb now?

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