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« on: June 10, 2010, 11:51:27 PM »
something to consider if you haven't already-most state bar associations require graduation from an ABA accredited law school in order to sit for their bar exam. Thus you can't practice law unless you meet some other requirement like possibly practicing for a number years in another state. The ABBA has not yet and isn't likely to move to accredit on-line schools. The only states I know of that allow graduates of state accredited law schools including some on line schools sit for their bar exams are California and I believe Mass. I could be wrong as it was about two years ago since I last checked into it when I was applying to schools, Something else to consider, as I have now finished to years at a regular brick and mortar law school is the interaction that one has with your fellow students. There are times that I've learned more from them than any books or profs plus I've forged lifelong friendships that will probably help me in my future career as a lawyer. My law school also has several practical training opoortunities- clinics and the like that have been some of my most rewarding experiences thus far. Not sure if you can get these at an on-line school. Good luck to you.
« on: June 10, 2010, 11:35:53 PM »
law schools are ranked by US News & World report- try searching their website. A word of caution thoughwhile the rankings have some merit, like all such rankings, they should not be considered an absolute but rather a guide. There are other factors to consider like cost, you will come out of law school with a tremendous amount of debt somewhat restricting your choices of what type of law you will practice, probably the most important factor to consider is where geographically you want to live and work, A highly rated school, typically in the top fourteen, typically called a T14 school on this site and other publications will allow you to go just about anywhere you want. But if you have a specific area in mind you might be better off going to a good school outside the T14 that has a good reputation in that region(try talking to some local attorneys and look at the credentials of judges, and attorneys of local law firms, you'll probably be able to figure out what these schools are. The advantages of going with this type of regional school are many: generally a little easier to get into, slightly less expensive, a strong alumni network in the area that will be key to getting a job once you graduate. Good luck to you, law school is a wonderful adventure.
« on: January 03, 2010, 04:37:46 PM »
You should consider where you might want to practice afterwards.
If want national mobility- Stanford's probably your best bet, followed by Boalt, UCLA and USC.
If you want to be in the Bay area try Hastings or Santa Clara as well.
Davis or McGeorge if you want to go to Sacramento.
Also consider your practice area- with a biochem background, you might want to think about IP and Santa Clara would be a good safety option if you're thinking about IPlaw.
« on: December 25, 2009, 11:23:45 PM »
Come to Santa Clara
« on: July 06, 2009, 05:41:51 PM »
My apologies to all previous posters but you're all wrong, the best prep book is a good old fashion novel, read on a beach with a cool drink in hand and a gentle breeze- RELAX while you can, you'll have plenty to read once you arrive at law school
« on: July 06, 2009, 05:26:07 PM »
I think the only real way to know if they'll pay is to apply, though I'd base your decision more on where you want to practice, rather than who'll pay. If you'd like to practice near family in West Virginia, the WVU's probably the better choice. If you want to eventually live and practice in Florida, the one of the Florida schools is probably the better choice
« on: June 30, 2009, 02:39:48 PM »
Take one of the review courses and see if you can raise your LSAT, also do some research and find out the best regional school in the area where you want to end up working and targeted that school as your top school. If that ends up being Loyola, go for it! The scholarship $$ will make life after law school that much more enjoyable- you won't have to worry as much about cranking out billable hours to make top pay to payy off your student loans. Probably the only downside to Loyola over the others is that its not as marketable if you want to go outside the New Orleans area
« on: May 28, 2009, 03:34:19 PM »
Don't let age deter you. I just took my last 1L exam the day after my 50th birthday, now granted as others have said, upon graduation BigLaw might not be the route I take, though given today's job market there might not be many graduates going that route. The other thing you might want to look into, is if there are any public interest/social justice groups in your area- Legal Aid, Environmental groups, etc. and if so speak with some of their attorneys to see if that might be a route for you. Speaking of your area and your desire not to move- is there an ABA Accredited law school nearby- if not check with your state's Bar Assoc. to see what their requirements are- most require graduation from an ABA accredited law school. There are some states, California being one, that don't require ABA accreditation, you can go to a smaller state accredited school or even on-line(read less expensive, though not as prestigious). So if you really want to stay where your at, if your state allows it, a non-ABA school might serve you best
« on: May 28, 2009, 03:22:44 PM »
Entirely your preference- I would suggest Reading Comp, as you're probably actually probably pretty good at it;it's just a matter of speed and getting used to the question they're asking. This is the area that I think most can master fairly quickly and its nice to have that comfort level with at least one section before you dive into the logic areas.
« on: May 28, 2009, 03:16:47 PM »
Your post is not all that clear(before coming to law school you may want to focus on your English writing skills as the ability to express yourself clearly is imperative in law school(especially on exams)as well as in the practice of law), but it appears to be: if you apply to law school prior to receiving your undegraduate degree, what will they use for your GPA? I think it would depend on the actual policy of a particular school; though I would guess that they would use the GPA appearing on your transcript at the time of your application, though any offer of admission that they might make would probably be contingent on successful completion of your degree plus maintaing your GPA at the current or higher level. It's really a question that you should ask of the admission office of any schools you're thinking of attending.