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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Temple University 2011
« on: May 20, 2008, 10:02:18 AM »
I too have decided on Temple. I will be moving from MN and won't be coming down until mid/end of July. I was wondering if that won't be too late to start actively looking for housing? Any advice? Thanks.

Many (if not most) apartments open August 1. Be careful of signing on without seeing the neighborhood.  Don't get hooked into living near campus. Live near public transportation.  Parts of South Philly, the art museum area, much of Center City, Bella Vista... are good places to live.  Get in touch if you have specific questions.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Temple University 2011
« on: May 19, 2008, 11:43:06 AM »
Fire away other questions, too. Temple 2L here.

Likewise- thanks for the offer!  Looking over the Admitted Student Sites, I see that Temple 1Ls take two courses their first semester, Litigation Basics and Business Basics.  Could you tell me a little bit about those courses and what they entail?

Pass/Fail classes.  Lit Basics provides background on basic trial skills, lawyering, etc.  Business basics is like an accounting and corporations overview. 95% of students get an "S" in these two. One credit each.

Great, thanks for that info!  One more question:  what are the 1L electives that were offered your 1L spring?

BusOrgs, Intro to IP, Environmental, and Intl

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The only search that remains on this site is on the home page.  It's kinda useless, but...

I don't know of anything specific on the Internets, but I know that there are some good threads in the Non-Trad section of this board that helped me.

Go to law school ONLY if you want to practice law. And, watch how much debt you take on, especially if you want to work in the public interest.

1. where's the search feature so I can see what info is already out there?

2. any other career-change specific groups out there on the internet (i'm coming from mental health, MSW)

3. how can I be sure I even really understand what law school can do for me?  I think I understand what I'm getting into but I also thought I knew with my MSW degree.  Is there somewhere on the internet I can go to basically get an answer to...  I want to do _____________ , will a law degree help me do that or is it not the best choice?

Thanks in advance for your direction!

Be well.

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Personal Statement / Re: 8 page PS?
« on: May 05, 2008, 08:21:50 AM »
PS shouldn't be longer than two page unless school states longer is okay. Use Times 11 and 1" margins to get more in, if your really want to. PM it to me.  I'll hack 1400 words out of it.

some schools I apply to say that they have no set restrictions on number of pages and content (this is quite common actually).

I have a PS going that is 8 pages long double spaced, just over 2000 words.  I would like to work in another paragraph.

do you think this might be a bit too much?

I still feel that I haven't talked about all my relevant experience though.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Temple University 2011
« on: April 30, 2008, 04:03:28 PM »
Fire away other questions, too. Temple 2L here.

Likewise- thanks for the offer!  Looking over the Admitted Student Sites, I see that Temple 1Ls take two courses their first semester, Litigation Basics and Business Basics.  Could you tell me a little bit about those courses and what they entail?

Pass/Fail classes.  Lit Basics provides background on basic trial skills, lawyering, etc.  Business basics is like an accounting and corporations overview. 95% of students get an "S" in these two. One credit each.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Temple University 2011
« on: April 30, 2008, 12:44:18 PM »
I'm pretty sure (minus 1 long-shot with another school) that I'm going to Temple as well. I'm looking forward to it!

What do people think about housing options? I've heard Queen Village is a pretty nice place to live. Ideally, I'd like to be able to bike to school, but I wonder if it's safe biking through the north-end neighborhoods late at night?

Also, does anyone have any suggestions on the best time to visit the city to try and find a place? My ideal place would be a small 1 br/studio with wooden floors and nice natural light for less than $800 (if such a place exists:).

Temple '11!


Queen Village is a great neighborhood.  It's a quiet and beautiful part of town near all kinds of great bars and restaurants.  I highly recommend it, but finding a cheap place to live will be tough in Queen Village.

The sooner you can look the better, but the rent market here isn't cutthroat (as in New York, for example).  Sometimes in Philly it really just comes down to timing and luck in terms of finding a cheap place.  Check the classifieds in Philadelphia Weekly and the Citypaper, as well as Craigslist.  The first two options in particular have been good to me during two apartment hunts in Philly.

Go further south to save ducats in your apt search. Avoid getting a place via phone / email b/c many areas are block-by-block. Almost better to spend a weekend in town spotting places with "For Rent" signs in the window. Be careful. Landlords will overcharge law students, especially young, female law students...  Ask about specific neighborhoods and blocks, if you'd like.

Fire away other questions, too. Temple 2L here.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: LEEWS- helpful?
« on: March 30, 2008, 08:59:13 AM »
Reading the cases, talking to profs in office hours, reviewing / taking old exams, writing outlines, study groups...NOT LEEWS

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Transferring / Re: Transferring from Villanova/Tulane
« on: March 28, 2008, 11:28:49 AM »
I guess I don't really understand why you felt the need to reply to my post.  Nowhere did I say I was set on transferring schools.  I posted this in case someone has attempted to transfer under similar circumstances.  I am perfectly fine graduating from either of these two schools, however, I like to stay informed about all my options.  I am by no means heading into law school with the intent on transferring. 

If you have nothing to say other than how hard it is to transfer, which is something I've already been made aware of, then what is the point in posting in response to my original statement?  I guess I fail to see your logic.  Forgive me if I'm wrong but more than likely you have attempted to transfer and either not reached your target school or successfully made any move at all.  If anyone has any real information other than, "transferring is hard don't even think about it" please feel free to respond.  I really value the input of those who have been through the process before whether successfully or unsuccessfully. 

I posted this in case someone has attempted to transfer under similar circumstances.

The poster's point, I'd guess, is that hypothetical transfer questions are a huge waste of time and energy. I mean, until one is finishing up 1L at Nova or Tulane with top 10% grades, what's the point? So, the poster is suggesting that you not even think about transferring or what it will take to transfer until it becomes an option.

The answer is that it takes a miracle to transfer from a T2 to a T14. And, if one's grades are THAT good, her job prospects are likely just as good if not better staying where she is.

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Temple / Re: TEMPLE BIG LAW chances with trial ad team
« on: September 29, 2007, 10:49:51 AM »
What class rank would be needed at Temple University School of Law to get Big Law if one also was on the Trial Ad Team which is highly ranked?

A 2L at Temple here.  I would be more concerned with getting on law review than trial team if you're interested in biglaw. Even more, I'd be concerned with grades. 

For high-end Philly firms:

Folks in the top 10% are a lock (unless they're awful in their interviews), folks in the top 20% have a shot if they've got law review (a journal helps, but the review is what you want), folks in the 20% to 33% range have a good shot at a good paying gig in a respectable firm in Philly.

I'd cut these percentages in half for NY.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: 12 Hours A DAY?
« on: July 23, 2007, 10:17:20 AM »
12 hrs a day? not likely!!!  I think anywhere from 4-5 is a more accurate guess.  Some times I would only study as little as 1-2 hours, and when legal writing projects were due/the final few weeks, I would study closer to 7-8 hours a day

This is waht I did first semester. @nd semester I studied 2-4 hrs/wk plus 60 hrs/wk for the last two before exams.  My grades were the same both semesters.

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