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Law School Admissions / Re: OSU or IU-Bloomington
« on: January 03, 2005, 04:24:24 AM »
when considering law schools, I would compare such things as:

cost of tuition, fees and other relevant expenses (travel, housing, etc)
curriculums (my majors, specialty/which electives)
acceptance rates and requirements
the state which I live in, and which state I want to practice in
bar passage percentages (if I want to sit for the bar)
number of students/faculty
financial aid

Incoming 1Ls / Student/Faculty boundaries
« on: December 31, 2004, 05:54:52 AM »
I remember some secret inter-dating between students and faculty during high school.
But now at college, the boundary lines between students and faculty seem much more 'fuzzy'- both the faculty and students regularly cross the line into each other's territory.
Although it makes a very friendly atmosphere between students and faculty, maintaining the strictly professional relationship is not always easy.

I am wondering if it is common at all of the colleges, or am I the only one who sees the problem?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Will man ever walk on the sun?
« on: December 31, 2004, 05:11:43 AM »
Mankind walking on the sun? That possibility is not likely anytime soon.

"Mankind will not remain on Earth forever, but in its quest for light and space will at first timidly penetrate beyond the confines of the atmosphere, and later will conquer for itself all the space near the Sun." - Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky

Incoming 1Ls / Undergrad majors
« on: December 24, 2004, 01:49:45 AM »
I know that law schools require only that undergrad studies are predominantly academic, but what
are the majors of the students here?

i.e. business, mathematics, science, english, etc?

Law School Admissions / Re: Paralegal! Help!
« on: November 20, 2004, 12:32:06 PM »
Seriously, any high school students who want to be a paralegal should start by looking at the job ads. What do the lawyers want? A paralegal is likely to do the work of not only a paralegal, but also a legal assistant, legal secretary, and receptionist. Although the legal training does not happen until college, there are several high school courses which would provide a good headstart.

First, an excellent typist. A slowpoke like me (45 wpm) is not the first choice of a lawyer who needs someone to type legal documents. Eighty wpm is better, and some can type well over a 100 wpm. Some lawyers absolutely want a transcriptionist! Shorthand is not as popular as it was some years ago, but is a skill which some lawyers want their office assistants to have.

Second, business machines!  A 10 key machine might seem a little out of date, but many offices prefer someone who can operate one. Printers, copiers, fax machines, multi-line phone systems--some high schools allow students to work in the offices for practice. Proficiency with computer software programs, usually Microsoft, is important.

Third, paralegals answer phones, make presentations, greet clients, and sometimes represent their clients in court. Public speaking is a must.

Fourth, a lawyer's office also must consider accounts? Who will accept the fees, do payroll, pay bills, etc? Accounting is a preferred course, or some extra math courses, and some offices require knowledge of Quickbooks.

Fifth, a bi-lingual person has a definite advantage at any job. A foreign language is a big possibility.

Now, as I said, the legal training begins at college. If, after reading the previous posts, you should consider becoming a lawyer, be informed that getting accepted into law school requires a Bachelor's degree, letters of reference, good grades and an acceptable score on the LSAT. Good luck.

Law School Admissions / Please clarify and verify
« on: November 07, 2004, 06:59:19 AM »
I am a second year undergrad about to receive my first (of two) AS degree. I have already enjoyed a couple of sessions with the LSAT prep books, and begun receiving law school catalogs.

I keep a printed copy of "Timetable for the Law School Application Process" posted in my 'home office.' The first instruction is "See your prelaw adviser as soon as you think you may be interested in attending law school." My college seems unprepared to give much assistance or counsel in preparing for Law school, so I am learning much of this on my own.
For instance, when I mentioned my desire for law school, I got 'one of those looks.' I actually have to explain the LSDAS and LSAC. I am possibly the campus's only student who is preparing for law school.

I will complete the two AS degrees during 2005 and then transfer during August for my BS -- at which time I will be considered as a junior. Does that mean the following spring (of 2006) I should register for and take the June LSAT, and possibly again for October when I will be a senior?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Practice Tests...(more serious)
« on: November 01, 2004, 04:36:42 AM »

Sick puppy? haha (No I don't have any dogs--too much of a distraction when studying.)
And if you think all of that prep for the LSAT is crazy, how about looking forward to summer and winter breaks--for study purposes!


Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Practice Tests...(more serious)
« on: October 31, 2004, 09:26:53 AM »
 :) Remember, studying is FUN. I won't 'experience' the LSAT until 2006, but I started studying for it last summer (2003). Why that early? Because, not only does it give me an idea of what to expect on the real test, but it also teaches me a more logical way of thinking. It lets me know what areas need the most practice. I also have to fit it in with my regular college course studies, and now Tax School.
I don't work on the LSAT practice books every day or every week--but I have enjoyed a couple of six week sessions with the books, and plan to start another one very soon. As one of the other posters said, familiarity of the material (and the theory) makes the tests easier and is sure to raise the scores.

And if anyone thinks that is crazy, have a peek at the bar exam books! Those are really thought-provoking!

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