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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: schedule and missing class
« on: September 30, 2009, 11:57:48 PM »
Depended on the class for me.  Most professors didn't take attendance.  We were generally allowed about 3 absences.  I probably missed a total of 6 classes during the three years I was in law school.  For classes like Tax, missing anything could be a total disaster.  For my criminal procedure class, you could miss a few days and it wouldn't matter much, because the professor just went over the materials we were assigned without adding much. 

If you really need to miss class, it sometimes helps to speak to the professor and ask if there is anything you should be focusing on in the reading for the days you are missing.  Also, getting notes from 2 different classmates is crucial to see what was emphasized in class. 

Missing class here and there is no biggie.  Making it a habit is a bad idea.

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I don't think that I am neurotic at all.  I just am trying to get away from the constant discussions about huge salaries and big law firms around here.  For most people, it is unrealistic.  I think that the more visible (BIGLAW) portion of the profession gets too much attention, and many posts here are indicative of that. 

If more law schools/pre-law advisors spoke realistically to students about career potential (and earning potential) more people who were going to law school because they aren't sure what else to do with that fabulous liberal arts degree would consider other options more seriously.

 

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General Board / Re: Psychiatric Disability Right in Law School
« on: September 30, 2009, 11:47:47 PM »
I can tell you this: Many students at my law school with a wide variety of disabilities were permitted special accommodations in testing.  The disabilities ranged from dyslexia and severe ADD to other "unknown" disabilities.  My guess is that those who didn't discuss why they weren't taking exams with the rest of us (they got to take them later in an interview room alone) had anxiety problems or other psychiatric issues. 

If you are concerned about it, make an inquiry with the admissions office anonymously, and they should be able to give you some information.

For those who don't understand how having these issues could cause issues in taking exams, you should look on wikipedia for information about how these illnesses can affect people.

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While I accept your point Ninja1, I think there are still a lot of people here who think they will be one of those earning $100K plus upon graduation.  Trying to start a little dialog about reality with some of the people here.

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It worries me that 48 people viewed this thread, and no one has responded.  Please please take my advice and think about this in advance!

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Law School Applications / Re: When Taking a Year Off is NOT Beneficial
« on: September 23, 2009, 01:18:46 PM »
A year off is not beneficial if you are living in your parents basement.  If you are working full time and saving for school, it's brilliant!

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Before law school, I thought I would be kicking butt at it.  But I essentially got straight Bs my first semester, and one C my second.  That put me at about the 50th percentile. 

Boy, I was totally unprepared for that reality. Luckily, I had planned to do public interest work anyway, but if my heart was set on a six-figure salary, I would have been royally SCREWED.

I decided to stick it out and my grades steadily improved, but I was lucky.

What will you do if you are in the bottom half of the class after your first year of law school?

It's a good idea to think about this now, before it actually happens to you!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: student loans/rent?
« on: September 23, 2009, 01:10:33 PM »
This is a terrible idea.  What if the property is in foreclosure, and this landlord is about to lose the house?  When he does, your rent money goes with him.  As a future lawyer, you should be on the alert for things like this.

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Results gained by HLS grads are NOT TYPICAL!  Having "fine" grades at my law school will lead directly to post-graduate unemployment in this market.

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In case you all have had your heads in the sand, this is a terrible time to be thinking about law school, unless your parents are paying for it or you have a full scholarship.  The job market is terrible, and will continue to be for several years with the near collapse of the BIGLAW hiring model.  And since most people don't practice in BIGLAW, I thought you would all like to take a look at this article that sums up salary distributions among law grads

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2009/06/30/the-dawning-of-the-end-of-the-bi-modal-era/?mod=relevancy

Essentially, you will probably take on $100K in debt, and earn between $40,000 and $65,000 per year following graduation.  (If you can even find a job)

With all this being the case, why are so many people still lining up to go to law school?

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