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Agreed, there's no set definition of "non-trad".  But top-tier UG, moderately-high GPA, and a couple of years in I-banking, actually describes quite a few law students/applicants I know.  I think that's actually a fairly "traditional" background for law school. 

At this point, all that really matters is your LSAT score.

I would go with SLU over UDC.  SLU actually places decently in DC.  IHowever, the reverse question of "How does UDC place in STL" is the dealbreaker to me.  I'd venture to say (though you should check with UDC to confirm) that there are very few (if any) UDC grads practicing in STL.  I also would not be surprised if many STL employers have never heard of UDC, esp since UDC only obtained full accreditation from the ABA in 2005. 

Current Law Students / READ THIS BOOK
« on: January 26, 2009, 12:49:27 PM »
The Spiritual Revitalization of the Legal Profession

Briefing isn't really that hard of a "skill" to learn.  If you can do it once or twice successfully, it doesn't really matter if you've done it hundreds of times. 

Agreed.  I learned how to brief cases in undergrad, so it can't be that difficult!  It's the analysis/application-to-fact part that gets tough on exams/memos.  I've been asked to brief cases on all of my internships though.

Current Law Students / Re: Judicial Internship vs. Paid Law Firm
« on: January 22, 2009, 09:23:13 AM »
Ditto SFPD- a dist ct judge (also depending which district) isn't that terribly prestigious.  $1300/wk is nothing to sneer at.  Take the money and run!

The important question is: what do you want to do?

Speaking from experience, it is possible to get a 1L summer internship (yes, even paid) with bad grades.  Check the job postings carefully- some employers won't even ask for your transcript, just resume and writing sample.

Current Law Students / Re: 2.0 - Should I drop out?
« on: January 20, 2009, 03:01:31 PM »
No, that isn't "par for the course for students after their 1L semester".  Don't drop out because of your grades.  Drop out because it's not something you're interested in enough to waste your time and money on.  Life is too short.  Figure out what you really want to do with your life and move on.

As already noted, there's nothing you can do to change your GPA as calculated by LSAC.  I don't think a second degree will help you much in terms of law school admissions.  The only thing you can do is improve your LSAT score.  My guess is that you'll probably need to score 160+ to get into an accredited school.  The good news is that they don't average out scores anymore.  Also, keep in mind that most law school apps ask whether or not you've been in law school before.  It will not look good that you dropped out somewhere else so you REALLY need to focus on LSAT. 

Some unsolicited input- from your few posts (esp w/regard to getting a grad degree before applying to law school), I get the sense that you're not entirely sure what you want to do as a career.  Have you sought career counseling/testing?

Job Search / Re: Equal Justice Works Career Fair
« on: September 17, 2008, 08:33:28 AM »
I didn't go last year.  I'm only going if I get interviews since I've gotta take off classes and pay my way down there.  There are much fewer employers looking to hire post-grad :(

Job Search / Equal Justice Works Career Fair
« on: September 15, 2008, 09:02:44 AM »
Anyone else applying for post-grad jobs through this thing?  Looks like most employers are only looking for summer interns though.

Current Law Students / Re: 60 mile commute to LS. Am I nuts?
« on: April 23, 2008, 06:48:46 PM »
I say hang onto the WL at W&M (for the reasons that others have posted) and move if you get in.  I went from a 20-minute commute to a 45-minute commute this year, and it really does make a difference.  I can't imagine driving over an hour each way, not to mention you'd have to worry about traffic as well.  A couple classmates commute at least an hour from out-of-state, but at least they take commuter rail and can study on the train.

Another thing to think about- if commuting becomes an obstacle to the amount of time you can spend on campus, it can also adversely affect your classmates/moot court partners.  I've done a couple of group projects with the aforementioned classmates and I must say that they really held the group back because of scheduling difficulties and the fact that they simply had less time that they could commit.  The other group members really resented it, and I'm sure it affected the individual's grade for the one project where the group members were required to evaluate each other.  Moot court is also really intense, lots of long days around competition time.

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