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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Thoughts on law school?
« on: December 08, 2013, 03:17:00 PM »
Great post Maintain.

If you think you can do better on the LSAT go for it, but if you did everything you can do then a 148 may be the best you can do. I would encourage you to give it one more shot and take the February LSAT you really have nothing to lose the majority of schools only look at your highest score so if you do worse nothing to worry about it if you do better then great.

Good luck

Great to hear!

However, it ends up having the courage to actually show up and take the test is to be commended. I cannot tell you how many people I have encountered that continually put the test off and I am sure you did fine. Congrats on taking your first step towards a legal career and continue to use this board as there are very helpful posters here as you continue your law school journey.

Studying and Exam Taking / Re: First Exam as a 1L! Freaking Out!!!
« on: December 06, 2013, 12:44:48 AM »
Having gone through law school myself I can tell you everybody probably feels exactly the same way. When I was in law school my first exam was torts as well and I had a similar situation I was freaking out as well and I didn't do well on my torts exam a C+ not great, but after that exam I learned the importance of time managment and got A's on all the rest of my exams 1L and ended up finishing in the top 10% of my class at graduation.

Really don't even think about your Torts exam focus on what you have next what's done is done You probably did fine, but do not let this experience mess up your property, civil procedure, contracts and whatever other exam you have. Those are in your control and focus on each one.

Also remember no school wants you to fail out a few people in my class did poorly first semester and they had to take one exam class the next semester, but they all ended up doing well graduating, passing the bar, and I was actually in Court against one of the girls from my class that had a first law school semester and she beat me on a few issues in  Court today and is a great attorney. The fact I got a better Contracts grade in 1L didn't really come up in our breach of contract case. : )

Do the best you can and don't overthink things that is number one problem law students encounter.

Good luck on the rest of your exams.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Thoughts on law school?
« on: December 03, 2013, 09:18:38 PM »
With those scores it is highly unlikely you will attend BC, Tulane or SMU.

That does not mean you cannot obtain a quality education as I tell numberous people on this site at every ABA law school you learn the same thing and any ABA school will provide you with a bar exam ticket, which will enable you to obtain a law license. What you do with that is up to you.

With that said it appears you want to attend law school in Boston or Texas/Louisiana.

In Boston you might want to consider New Englad, Western New England or Suffolk.

In Texas South Texas College of Law, Texas A & M, or Texas Tech might be options.

As an aside Louisiana is the only state in America governed by Civil Law the European system so you might receive a different education at a Louisiana Law School than you would at any other school across the County and unless your plan is to live in Louisiana after graduation you may want to consider attending school in a different state.

If there are other schools you are interested in Miam's advice is excellent and will provide you with information on other schools within your range.

Good luck.

Washington and Lee / Re: Washington and Lee Graduates Salaries Decline
« on: December 03, 2013, 12:44:20 AM »
Yes I do based on real life experiences.

My main point is filling out a voluntary survey is not on the top of most people's priority list particularly those who are busy practicing law.

I figured as much

I wish you the best, but the Bar Exam will not be as flexible as American Heritage. You will have to take the Bar Exam in February or July and be ready to go.

It is interesting to hear these perspective on the online schools and I imagine it is the reason their pass rates are so much lower. It is not that the education is any worse, but at an ABA school you are forced to cram a massive amount of information for finals and they do not work around your schedule, which is stressful, but when you take the Bar Exam they cram everything into one three day test making law school finals seem like a joke.

I wish you the best on your legal education and future legal career.

LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Repeated information on certain applications on LSAC
« on: December 03, 2013, 12:33:57 AM »
I would say just fill it out never hurts to add a resume, but as Irrx said it really will not make much of a difference. Remember a few admission officers are reading 1000's of applications and they are not nitpicking every detail. Your LSAT/GPA will be the basis of the decision and you should have a competent personal statement, adding these additions or not will probably account for less than 1% of the decision, but you might as well provide more information there is nothing to lose.

It is good you determined it was not for you, but it can be a very rewarding career. I am an attorney and love it, but I have worked at horrible places and awesome ones. The law is like any career it works for some and not for others I would never want to be a nurse or doctor, but plenty of people love it.

However, I encourage anyone interested in attending law school to do what the OP did and test it out. I was a paralegal myself before law school and knew it was for me, but the OP just saved  3 years of his life and 100K by seeing how it works first hand.

This is basically like every profession T.V. and Movies glamorize Doctors, Lawyers, Cops, but at the end of the day your going to work and will have to deal with B.S and I don't know many people in any profession that claim to be underworked and overpaid. 

L.L.M. Board / Re: LLM in tax without a JD
« on: November 25, 2013, 09:09:56 PM »
Good info and very responsive to the question. This board has some great posters.

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