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Law School Applications / Re: fulltime vs part time evening?
« on: October 01, 2004, 12:44:26 AM »
Each school has their own regs about transferring from p/t to f/t, but yes, most allow you to transfer to f/t after a year without any problems.

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Law School Applications / Re: Site describing school specialties?
« on: October 01, 2004, 12:40:58 AM »
USNews is the only ranking I know for ADR programs.  My ADR prof said to pay no attention to them since there are so few schools with ADR programs. 

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Law School Applications / Re: How many are you applying to
« on: September 29, 2004, 03:12:15 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 Applications / Re: How many are you applying to
« on: September 29, 2004, 03:05:19 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 Applications / Re: Williamsburg, VA
« on: September 29, 2004, 12:37:06 PM »
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 Applications / Re: How many are you applying to
« on: September 29, 2004, 12:03:50 PM »
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 Applications / Re: How many are you applying to
« on: September 29, 2004, 11:48:11 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 Applications / Re: How many are you applying to
« on: September 29, 2004, 04:17:26 AM »
I cancelled the score.

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Law School Applications / Re: How many are you applying to
« on: September 29, 2004, 04:06:52 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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