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Law School Admissions / Re: Why do people "fudge numbers" on LSN
« on: January 01, 2008, 07:37:16 PM »
Most people like to be jerks on the internet, and therefore are worried that admissions officers are going to figure out who they are.  In reality, the only time this occurs is when someone's conduct online is so egregious that people start thinking, "someone should tell their admitted schools about this crap"

(Like people posting about lying on applications, drugs, etc)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: scholarship interview attire
« on: January 01, 2008, 07:34:33 PM »
For any interview, wear a suit.  Period.  Who cares whether you look like a tool to the students - you aren't trying to impress them!

1L jobs run the gamut.  Depends on whether it is a big firm, mid-size firm, small firm, public interest employer, legal services provider, legal clinic, etc. 

For big firms, they will have you write memos just like the 2Ls do. Most other places will have you do more variety.  You should read Law School Confidential and talk to some current law students about this Tetris.

For those who are worried that you won't be able to repay your student loans unless you take a high paying Biglaw job, the College Cost Reduction and Access Act will save you (kind of)

Passed this fall, the CCRAA provides that you can use an Income Based Repayment scheme to repay your federal loans (Stafford, GradPlus) at only 15% of your discretionary income over the poverty level.  It also provides loan forgiveness for public interest lawyers after 10 years.

For an IBR (Income Based Repayment) calculatory, go to

For more info on the CCRAA, go to

Go to fastweb and try doing some google searches.  This is kind of a specific request.  Also, check into the MS Society.  I found some societies for the deaf that were offering scholarships to children of deaf parents (my mom is deaf). 

Good luck to you!

Thanks for the clarification Melvin.  Jeez...I stopped here to say hi and don't recognize a soul anymore!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Becoming a prosecutor?
« on: December 28, 2007, 02:04:01 PM »
The debt issue shouldn't be that bad if you plan on keeping that job for 10 years.  Check out the information on the College Cost Reducation and Access Act of 2007 (Passed this fall) which provides for loan forgiveness for prosecutors after 10 years. The Equal Justice Works website has a ton of info on this.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Am I being realistic?
« on: December 28, 2007, 02:02:24 PM »
Don't worry.  You should do just fine! 

FYI kids: I am not saying whether or not Biglaw is a good or bad choice for you.  I am saying that 99% of you will never work in a firm with more than 50 lawyers.  Period.

yawn....biglaw, biglaw, biglaw. 

Hilarious that so much time is spent discussing something that only a small portion of all lawyers ever do and an even smaller portion stay in. 

Once you all are out there for real, you will see that most people who take these "biglaw" jobs don't GET to stay in them for long (if you aren't partner track after 5 years you are fired) or don't WANT to stay in them (you are treated like a law student/kid for the first 7 years and work like a dog for low quality of life). 

Why not discuss medium sized firms, or small ones, or any of the millions of career options that this degree with get you?  The profession is so much more than this, and it pains me to see you kids making all these assumptions and conjecture about something you will probably never experience.

I hate the arrogance of people who think Biglaw is not the RIGHT career option.  Why don't you consider the fact that for some people, Biglaw IS the best option.

Did I say that it wasn't a "right" option?  No.  You will have a lot of difficulty as a lawyer if you can't even understand my post.  LOL!  Quit being so defensive you little prelaw.

No but you didnt say it is often "THE" right option, not "a" right option.  Maybe you will have trouble being a lawyer...

Actually, I didn't discuss that issue at all.  Idiot! My discussion was on biglaw being a rare opportunity compared with the rest of the profession.  Talk to me in 4 years about who was right here. 

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