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Law School Admissions / Re: How many are you applying to
« on: September 29, 2004, 01:12:15 PM »
They are giving fee waivers, FYI. I emailed and asked about them and they sent me one via email.

EKC

Uh...could you tell us what you e-mailed them?  I think it might look rude if I just e-mailed them and said, "Hey, can I have a free app?"

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Law School Admissions / Re: How many are you applying to
« on: September 29, 2004, 01:05:19 PM »
ZAP- Could you direct me to those job postings?  I'm definitely interested in seeing those, since I've never seen salaries posted for ADR jobs.

ADR is my sole reason for going to law school, but I want to be a full-time professional neutral.  It's not really something that you can go into right out of law school anyway though.  The usual path is to specialize in a field that has a high utilization of ADR and act as an advocate, then if you haven't pissed off too many people on the other side, start taking on neutral work.  A large percentage of neutrals also have another source of income, commonly as a college faculty member.

I think ADR can definitely be lucrative though.  A friend of mine works for a BigLaw firm, mostly doing labor arbitration hearings.  Entry salary out of law school...$143K.  When I go to arbitration, we have to pay the arbitrator $1500/day not just for hearings, but also to study the case and write a decisison.  They just tell you the number of days they worked on your case, and you just have to assume they're telling the truth!  Even better...a lot of the cases settle right before the hearing starts and the arbitrator still gets his $1500.

I'm not sure what I mean, honestly. :)

I'm not too well-versed in ADR.  I only looked into the earnings for ADR-specialists because I was toying with the idea at one point of going to Pepperdine as well as Ohio State, and both have top ADR programs.  But I was looking at job-postings, and most of them were in the 40,000-70,000 range, or sometimes even lower.  I decided that if I was going into law, there had to be something that would interest me that would pay more.  Besides, for whatever reason, as stands right now I don't find the idea of ADR particularly invigorating. 

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Law School Admissions / Re: Williamsburg, VA
« on: September 29, 2004, 10:37:06 AM »
help101 - Gotta agree with you there, as much as I liked Ithaca.  The job market around Williamsburg is light years better, it's closer to a great metropolis, and the winters are much much more moderate.

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Law School Admissions / Re: How many are you applying to
« on: September 29, 2004, 10:03:50 AM »
I've heard great things about their alternative dispute resolution program. I don't know if that's what I'd want to go into though, since part of my objective is to make a lot of money coming out of law schools, and ADR lawyers don't make as much money from what I've seen.

ZAP

I don't understand what you mean by ADR lawyers.  Are you referring to advocates or neutrals?  I have yet to see earnings stats on professional neutrals and advocates are usually categorized by the type of law they specialize in (family, employment, environmental, etc.).

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Law School Admissions / Re: How many are you applying to
« on: September 29, 2004, 09:48:11 AM »
I'm applying to OSU as well, although I have no intention of staying in Ohio afterwards.  Great ADR program, and it's got a decent reputation otherwise.

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Law School Admissions / Re: How many are you applying to
« on: September 29, 2004, 02:17:26 AM »
I cancelled the score.

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Law School Admissions / Re: How many are you applying to
« on: September 29, 2004, 02:06:52 AM »
Yes...in May, I couldn't score higher than a 158 on the practice exams.  Now I'm scoring consistently in the lower 160's.

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So lawyers don't do anything substantive but philosophers do?  WTF?

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I just met with a prof I hadn't seen in 4 years.  When I asked if he wanted a copy of my official transcript, he said, "Well, you've done well in my classes and that's most important to me...but if you're comfortable with it, that would be fine." 

I told him that my transcript was pretty bad but indicated that there was a definite upward trend (as in, going from a 1.83 GPA to 3.60) and explained my circumstances.  He was pretty surprised about that and said he would be sure to include that in his LOR.

Just one more reason why you should ask for LORs in person if possible....

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Law School Admissions / Re: How many are you applying to
« on: September 29, 2004, 01:48:46 AM »
Too bad I had to cancel on my June LSAT.  I'm pretty much waiting on my scores to knock some schools of that list.

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