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« on: January 21, 2005, 02:07:26 AM »
numbers: 158 LSAT/3.65 GPA
undergrad: UC Berkeley
major: political science
I think the money from Chapman came because they want to boost their rankings to 3rd or 2nd tier so they're giving any student with numbers that will get them there scholarship money.
I can't really say since I never pursued a grad degree. However, there are processes you follow in LS research that seem particular to LS. For instance, you might be asked to whats called Shepardize a case, using Lexis and Westlaw to find cases and articles on your subject matter, and going through federal and state materials to find your cases. I've forgotten the specifics of much of this since it was so long ago for me, but I do remember it being different from anything I had ever done in undergrad. You might find LS research to be easier or the same as what you underwent in grad school, but it might still be worthwhile to familiarize yourself w/ the specifics of LS research.
« on: January 01, 2005, 01:45:03 AM »
I figured I should put in my 5 cents. I'm not Persian (but I was born in Iran), but I am Assyrian/Babylonian, which is a Middle Eastern ethnicity, a sizeable portion of which comes from Iran. Many of my family members have mixed Persian and Armenian blood in them. One thing I can say about Persians (and Armenians) is the generally high value they place on education and using that education to enter a "respectable" profession, which is pretty much being a doctor, lawyer, or engineer. My parents are very much like this and when I dropped out of law school the first time to work in the movie business, they were extremely disappointed. It didn't matter to them that I made good money and I made connections with some of the most famous and powerful people in Hollywood. All they cared about was the fact that I would not be a lawyer or doctor. Now that I've decided to go back to law, they're happy again Anyway, I just wanted to give you another personal perspective on this. I also don't think that all Persians are materialistic or spoiled. Granted, all the Persians I've known in my life have been wealthy, but none of their children were given BMWs or Mercedes to drive when they were teenagers. All of them were expected to work and save their money to get the things they wanted. There were no handouts for them even though their parents were more than able to give them anything they wanted.
I recommend you just read them. The Gilbert's Law Summaries are designed to provide you with the concepts and definitions you will need to understand in your classes. Cases are cited as examples in the explanations, but these cases will not necessarily be the same cases your professors will assign to you in class. The point of reading these books is to understand the concepts and definitions of the subject.
A good book to start with in case you don't want to buy all the Gilbert's Law Summaries now is the Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis book. I can't begin to tell you how valuable this was to me. Most students think research and writing in law school is not much different than what they're accustomed to in undergrad, but its a big difference...especially the research part.