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Studying for the LSAT / Re: December LSAT Support Group
« on: November 11, 2013, 09:15:02 PM »
If you just started a new job, are struggling to pay rent and suffering from vertigo it may not be the best time to take the LSAT.

The test is not going anywhere and it might be a good idea to have some stability in your life before taking the test. I was in a similar situation when I first considered taking the LSAT, but there was to much going on and I ended up taking the June instead of the December test. I do not think I would have even gotten a 140 had I taken it in December, but my life got under control and I did well enough on the June LSAT to get a scholarship then I graduated passed the bar and now love my job as a lawyer.

I rarely advocate putting off the LSAT, but if your current situation is your struggling to make rent it may not be the ideal time to take the test particularly since it is not going anywhere. Just my two cents good luck.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Non-ABA approved Test Takers
« on: November 11, 2013, 08:31:45 PM »
There were several state supreme court cases that allowed non-aba grads to take state bar exams, but it many states still do not allow non-aba grads. Here is an article of one such case in Massachusetts http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/grad_of_non-aba-accredited_law_school_can_take_massachusetts_bar .

I believe Tennessee has also allowed non-aba grads to take the exam. I imagine if you petitioned any state after you graduated your argument under the Privileges & Immunities clause would be strong, but having to go through a Supreme Court case to get your law license would be a hassle.


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Studying for the LSAT / Re: What should a good Lsat book be for beginners?
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:53:40 PM »
Can't argue with the other posters if your only a sophmore you have plenty of time to prepare and I think anyone will tell you practice makes perfect. The more practice tests you take the better off you will be. Part of me thinks the books are a bit overrated, but to each their own.

Good luck .

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Washington and Lee / Re: Washington and Lee Graduates Salaries Decline
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:42:24 PM »
Is that to surprising?

First Biglaw is on the way out, which where many of the astronomical salaries came from.

On top of that many people choose positions based on things other than salary. When I graduated I had job offers from insurance defense firms that paid far more than the City Attorney job I currently have. I am more than happy making less doing something I love opposed to doing insurance defense and fighting to make money away from someone's family who was killed in a car crash.

As I say to all of your posts there is a lot of individuality to each person's career choice and looking at pure numbers like this is flawed. It is true that salaries are reduced for lawyers and the market in many industries is correcting itself because salaries were astronomical and unrealistic for many years, which is why the rescission occurred. 200,000 homes were valued at 700,000 etc, but reality struck and these drops are occurring across the board.

Is there a school whose salary has increased over the past few years? I would be interested to see that information.

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Personal Statement / Re: diversity statement?
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:29:31 PM »
Agree with Maintain this is a good essay and I believe you posted it previously in a different thread. Each school has their own criteria and if your applying to a Jesuit school such as Gonzaga, Santa Clara, San Diego, or USF joining the Jesuit Volunteer Corps might be something you really want to sneak in.

However, if your applying to a school in a highly diverse area and your white it may come across poorly. I think this is a great personal statement, but Diversity as far as I understand it is related to race, but I could be wrong. Remember I am just some guy on the internet I recommend contacting the admissions officer of schools you are applying to and ask if this experience would be appropriate as a diversity statement.

Good luck and great story.

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L.L.M. Board / Re: LLM in tax without a JD
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:02:01 PM »
That makes sense I imagine no school offering a Tax Law LLM would be opposed to having a tuition paying  tax professional in their school.

I also imagine the restrictions on LLM's are not as strict as those for a J.D. program so they could make exceptions along the way.

 Out of curiosity I did a quick Google search to determine if the ABA even regulates LLM's, but came up with varying results  does anyone know if the ABA regulates LLM's?


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Syracuse / Re: Warning regarding Syracuse Law
« on: November 04, 2013, 09:34:00 PM »
Old post, but interesting insight about attrition. It does seem as though very few schools fail students out and there were definitely a few people at my school that did not seem capable of feeding a cat yet alone passing the bar and none of them did.

I do think education in all facets is becoming to lax everyone is supposed to get a participation ribbion and told how special they are, which I imagine is what is leading to the high rates of unemployment among grads in all forms of education rather than the educational quality or even economy.

The legal profession is tough and many schools I visited seem to coddle law students opposed to prepare them for the realities of legal practice and I think it is institutional laziness and wanting to avoid conflict with students that is leading to a lot of problems in the profession.

I would before requiring all students to pass the First Year Bar Exam as non ABA California law schools are required to do.  Better to find out you don't have what it takes one year in opposed to three years in.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: New Law School Rankings
« on: November 04, 2013, 08:58:02 PM »
Legend I am pretty sure most people thought Stanford was a joke l until this new ranking methodology came out. It has really opened my eyes and had this been out when I was applying I would have chosen to attend Stanford, but how could I have known possibly known how well regarded it was prior to this new system?


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L.L.M. Board / Re: LLM in tax without a JD
« on: November 04, 2013, 08:49:41 PM »
Yea I was under the impression a J.D. was a prereq to an LLM program, but I imagine the best people to ask our admissions officers of the various LLM programs.

I would think having a tax law L.L.M without a J.D. would be a bad idea. Nobody other than lawyers have any idea what an LLM is and without a J.D. it would just seem off, but I am just some guy posting on the internet what do I know.

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Distance Learning
« on: October 29, 2013, 09:16:35 PM »
Agreed each state bar has their own rules and you don't want to go through law school only to find out you cannot get licensed or have to go through a Supreme Court battle to obtain a license.

California is probably the most liberal of states when allowing individuals to take the exam, but even they have restrictions and they can decide to say no so as Jonlevy suggests get everything in writing and talk to the State Bar before you are interested in joining prior to paying a dime in tuition.

If the school can you get a bar exam ticket then you can get a license and once your licensed you have the ability to practice law and whether you succeed or fail will be up to you.


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