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Law School Admissions / Grades/Working After Undergrad?
« on: October 30, 2004, 07:07:46 PM »
Hi, I wanted to clear something up that I have been puzzled about for a while. The story is that my brother is planning on graduating from my University this spring. He's a smart kid, but just doesn't give a *&^% about school in general. All he cares about is cars and racing. He has maintained a C average (with a few B's here and there) and is planning on getting a job right after he graduates. He is planning on getting his degree in Finance and would like to go straight into a related field, such as being a Financial Analyst or something like that.

What I have been wondering is, do grades matter AT ALL for people like my brother who don't plan on going to graduate school and just want to get jobs right after they graduate, OR is a degree (and personality etc) all that companies care about when they hire recent grads? I always thought that companies only care that the person has a degree in a related field and never ACTUALLY ask for the transcripts. However, I remeber I read on this forum that there is like a 3.0 cutoff or something?

I have looked through a number of job openings in the Finance field around my area, and all simply ask for a "Degree in Finance, Accounting, or Economics)" and there is no mention of grades. So essentially, is my brother OK with just getting the bare minimum to get his degree or is he in a lot of trouble? He is not looking for an unbelievable job - he just wants something solid.

Thanks guys. I'm just trying to help out my bro... ;)

I have always wondered why there are so many pre-med students at average American Universities. I can understand how there are a lot of law students since a lot of law schools accept even relatively poor students, but even the worst medical schools have averages around a 3.7!

How do these kids accept to receive A grades in the most difficult courses at any school, such as Biology/lab, Chemistry/lab, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Calculus and the like? Are these kids just extremely dumb and don't realize that they're probably not going to go to med school, or what's the deal?

And don't tell me that did horrible in High School, so they ended up at an average school. If they did so bad, how the hell do they expect to get A's in these very difficult courses?

If they are indeed smart enough to get 3.7 + in the most difficult classes I mentioned above, what the hell are they doing at average Universities? With their level of intelligence, they should be studying at top schools. Any person, in my opinion, who can get A's in Biology, Chemistry, Calculus is extemely intelligent.

Really, the only answer that I can come up with, is that they get full-rides into these average schools, but then again 400 (estimation) students cannot get free rides.

I would like to hear your opinions on this. I have always wondered what's up with this.

Law School Admissions / Want to grow taller?
« on: October 28, 2004, 01:57:57 PM »   :)

I have been using these pills since May, but no results so far. It's expensive, but I think it will be worth it. My friend used this product a while back and gained two inches.

Anyone know anything about these products? Also, does tea stunt growth because it has caffeine?!?

Law School Admissions / Which Tier 1 schools have binding Early Decision?
« on: October 28, 2004, 12:09:02 PM »
Can someone please give me a list of Tier 1 schools that have binding, early decision? I am tired of calling all these schools and asking this question because it does not list it on their site.


Law School Admissions / Can I be considered a resident of FL?
« on: October 28, 2004, 12:07:04 PM »
My family owns a condo down in FL (for investment purposes), but I currently live in another state. Can I somehow tell the admissions staff at a Florida school that say, my dad or someone lives on that property, and thus get resident status or would this not be possible?

This might sound stupid, but are there "majors" in law school or does everyone who gets a JD pretty much have a choice in terms of what law they want to go into? I mean, will employers look at your transcript and see that you say, take a lot of Real Estate law courses, and assume you want to go into Real Estate law or is the JD pretty general?

If it is , could you pretty much choose any classes you want to take? How many electives are there and how many required courses? Do employers care which classes you took?

Law School Admissions / Southwestern?
« on: October 26, 2004, 03:30:21 PM »
What are your thoughts on this school? I am becoming interested in it because of a few things:

-It has a good Entertainment and Sports law program.
-The JD program lasts 2 years only, which will give me a full year's salary compared to if I graduated from a 3-year school.
-I like LA, but would also like to practice in Northern CA or FL (one day).

According to the admissions office, 67% of graduates go into private practice and of those, the 25th/75th of salaries are $60,000/$95,000.

Based on that information and what you have heard about this school, does it seem solid or is it a just a joke toilet school? Keep in mind I am mostly considering Tier 2 schools, and this is the only Tier 3 I would even consider.

Law School Admissions / Grade Expectations for law school?
« on: October 11, 2004, 07:57:52 PM »
I have been reading a lot about how it is a must to do very well in law school to get a good job - especially if you are planning on going to a tier 2 school such as myself.

My question is - are we talking straight A's here or A's and B's and the like? Also, how hard is law school in general compared to undergrad? Is it extremeley difficult (i.e 24-7 work load and no social life) to get a HIGH GPA in a Tier 2 school?

I know this answer is probably different for a lot of people, but I just want to hear some personal opinions. For me, at least, I find undergrad to be quite rigirous and I don't go to a top school.

I am not very familiar with the Bar exam. Basically, I just know that I'll need to pass it to become a lawyer.

How hard is it to pass the Bar in CA and then a couple years later (if I decide to move) pass it in Florida? Is it even realistic to think that I can work for 1 or 2 year's here in CA and then land a job in Miami? Or do lawyers usually have a hard time playing this moving around game?

Oh, and you may ask, why do I want to start out in CA and then move in a couple of years? Well, I have family here and I plan to attend a local law school in the area. This will make it a lot more affordable because I will get to live at home.

Btw, I will be going to a tier 2 school so I will not have the prestige on my resume when it comes to moving around firms (if that makes a difference in the answer to my question)...

Hello. This might sound like a stupid question - but how important are undergraduate GPA's in trying to obtain employment right after getting a BA/BS degree? I am just asking because I am considering getting a job outside the law field right after I get my BA degree.

Do they even look at the GPA's or is all they care about your personal qualities and the prestige of the school? And also, wouldn't it be possible to simply put a "fake" GPA on your resume if they inquire about it? I mean, is it REALISTIC to think that an employer will ask you for your college transcript like your some baby?

Again, I'm sorry if this sounds stupid but I am very interested in it since I am considering a difference career and don't have a stellar GPA at all.

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