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« on: January 22, 2014, 12:34:02 AM »
Agreed I imagine the more experiences you have internationally the better suited you become for international law. However, defining what international law is can be difficult and as in any form of education there is no guarantee of employment.
One thing you might want to consider is contacting organizations like the International Court of Justice http://www.icj-cij.org/homepage/index.php?lang=en
and talk to attorneys working there and at other international organizations and see how they got there.
Obtain information directly from people working where you want to be as Maintain says advice from anonymous internet posters should be taken with a grain of salt.
« on: January 22, 2014, 12:25:51 AM »
Exactly writing a letter for yourself is quite common and as Maintain States admission officers at least in America give them little weight. They may be used as a tiebreaker, but if your GPA/LSAT are above the median you have a very good shot at getting in as long as your letters of recommendation, personal statement, etc are competent.
I would write the sample letter and send it in. As for the other professor go meet with him and discuss your plans after meeting with you he/she is more likely to write a recommendation.
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:37:30 PM »
I think if you graduate from an ABA accredited law school and pass a state bar exam it is possible to work in an international organization particularly if you speak multiple languages. A Harvard educated Lawyer that can only speak English will not be as sought after for some of these international organizations as an attorney from State U who speak English, Spanish, Mandarin, French etc.
It is also important to realize that working for the UN is very difficult and even if you attend Harvard there is no guarantee. If you want to be a lawyer in America obtain an LLM you may not end up working for the UN, but you can be employed as an attorney.
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:32:45 PM »
Go to professors you received the best grade in. Most students do not develop great relationship with their professors, but if you performed well in their class you can schedule a meeting to discuss why you want to enroll in law school. After a quick meeting they will likely you write a letter of recommendation as professors are interested in seeing you succeed. I would meet with professors and talk to them and remember professors are on your side and generally want to help.
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:40:28 PM »
Lawschoolnumbers.com will give you a fairly good idea of what her options are.
If your daughter can attain residency FIU is defiently the best bet from a financial standpoint with in-state tuition it is only about 14k per year opposed Miami, St. Thomas, etc which cost around 35-40k per year. Over a three year period it ads up to 42k per year over 120k.
« on: January 14, 2014, 08:55:22 PM »
Frankly with your numbers I don't know if you will get a scholarship to any of those schools. You probably would to University of San Diego, but there other schools are very difficult to get into. A 168 is a great score and with a 3.62 you have a good chance at getting admitted to UCLA, USC etc, but typically these schools do not even offer scholarships since they are so competitive to get into.
« on: January 14, 2014, 08:52:43 PM »
Awesome good luck!
« on: January 13, 2014, 09:13:32 PM »
This is the reality practice scores are practice and the real thing is a differ t ballgame, but having the courage to actually take the LSAt is something to be proud of. I cannot tell you how many people put it off for years only to never take it.
With that said depending on your GPA there are several ABA schools you may be able to attend with a 144
Appalachian, Florida Coastal, Cooley, Touro. To name a few. A 144 is not amazing, but it putsyou roughly in the top 40-50 percent of test takers and you are probably capable of passing a states bar exam and becoming a lawyer.
There is no harm in retaking I believe the vast majority of schools simply take your highest score so you have everything to gain and nothing to lose by retaking, but check to with schools you are interested in to make sure that is the case.
Another thing I would recommend is apply to schools with your current GPA LSAT and tell them you are planing on retaking the February LSAT. They will likely not make decision until your next score is received, but again confirm you can do that with individual schools. I am just some guy on the Internet and the admissions at each schools will be netter qualified to tell you about their individual polices than some anonymous Internet poster such as myself.
Good luck and be proud of yourself for having the courage to take the LSAT.
« on: January 13, 2014, 08:57:13 PM »
Miami offers some good advice and I want to add onto it.
1) I completely Gree postponing graduation in hopes of going from a 3.37 to a 3.4 will do little to improve your admission chances. On top of that it is also possible your GPA will go down gettmg Straight A's is a good goal, but getting 8 As is not a certainty. I think you are better off finishing strong and on time opposed to making last minute adjustments. On top of that you are better served studying for the LSAT opposed to eating straight As
2) 173 would be a great score, but I don't know how many OLs tell me the are getting 170+ scores on their practice scores, but it is practice often the test is never taken or a much lower score is attained. Obtaining a 173 puts yo in the top 5 percent of test takers and nothing personal, but there is a 95 chance you will not be in the top 5 percent.
3) Indtead of considering schools etc get a real LSAT and GPA if you finish with a 3.3-3.4 and 173 LSAt you will have man choices, but so many law students start considering schools etc before they have numbers and it is just wasted energy better conserved on studying for the LSAT
4) Additiomally, I would encourage you to not solely base your law school de vision on rankings. There are a number of more important factors such as location, cost and your personal feelings about each school.
What an unregulated for profit magazine like U.S News thinks about a school should not be the basis of a life altering decision.
Although Columbia is certainly an outstanding school, but I don't think You needed U.S News to tell you that.
Good luck with everything and I sincerely hope you score 173 on the LSAT, but don't be discouraged if you come away with a 155-160 believe it or not 90 percent of lawyers did not attend the top 10 percent of schools.
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:48:58 AM »
When choosing a law school I think any 0L should consider the following factors in this order (1) Location (2) Cost (3) Personal Feelings about the School (4) Understanding the Reality of Legal Education (5) Last and Least rankings.
Each Factor is analyzed and applied to your situation below.
This is always a huge factor and particularly in your situation. I am sure you are aware Las Vegas and Hawaii are two very different places and you will spend a minimum of three years at either school and likely the rest of your legal career.
If you attend Hawaii you are going to take the Hawaii Bar and if you attend UNLY you will take the Nevada Bar. If attend law school at UNLV your internships etc will be in Las Vegas and if your in Hawaii your internships will be in Hawaii. A Hawaii law firm or government agency will not go out of their way to recruit from UNLV and vice versa.
If your ultimate goal is to end up in Hawaii then attend law school in Hawaii, but be sure you actually familiar with Hawaii. It is a great place to vacation, but Hawaii can be very isolating and if your from Nevada you may want to consider staying there. Law school is difficult and from your post I can't tell if you actually know anyone in Hawaii. If your waiting on friends possibily move to Hawaii they likely will not end up there and accessing friends, family, etc from Hawaii will be difficult and the combined with acclimated with the stress of law school could be very difficult.
Both Hawaii and UNLV offer in-state tuition and it will be 24k per year if your a Nevada Resident. However, if you can get residency in Hawaii you will only pay 17k per year, but if residency cannot be obtained Hawaii will be 35k x 3= 105,000 in tuition.
24k x 3= 72,000 in UNLV tuition so $33,000 in tuition plus if you have family in the Vegas area you will save money possibly getting free meals from family etc.
3. Personal Feelings about School
Each school has a culture to it and make sure the school you attend fits what your style. You should visit both schools talk to professors, admins, students and walk around the campus see what school feels right to you.
4. Reality of Legal Education
Any law school will teach you essentially the same thing your first year will consist of Torts, Contracts, Civil Procedure etc and you will read Supreme Court cases. As an FYI the Supreme Court does not write seperate opinions for different law school.
With that said Hawaii is rumored to provide blatant tips to Hawaii law students to pass the Hawaii Bar exam the only state rumored to do that and it is only a rumor.
U.S. News is nothing more than a for-profit unregulated magazine offering an opinion, but if you really can't decide it may be worth using as a tiebreaker.
Whatever school you choose will be a life altering decision and there is no RIGHT answer, but if your goal really is to end up practicing law in Hawaii then attend Hawaii, but if you never actually been to Hawaii and do not know anybody there and simply think living there would be cool you may want to think twice about moving to such an isolated location for law school.
Good luck whatever you decide.
17,000 per resident and 32,000 non-resident
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