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WCL = Washington College of Law, American's law school.

It's the only school I've gotten into (no rejections, the rest pending). If I don't get into anywhere else (Fordham, Cardozo), it might not be worth it to go anywhere. American's tuition is just too much to justify going.

Numbers: 164, 3.28, 3 years work experience as the managing writer for the headquarters of an international corporation.

Did you target any schools that will give you ducats?  Or only private schools with outrageous tuitions that won't give you any money?

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I'm a 2L at Temple.  Fire away with questions, if you'd like.

The neighborhood is what it is and isn't that bad. Straying off campus is only a bad idea at night, and since the campus is very well-lit and the regional rail and subway are close to the law school and the paths to each each are well-lit, it's not an issue.  In addition, Temple is buying up N Philly, effectively, which means that the tough areas are being pushed further  away from the law school.

Hey thanks.. I do have a couple of questions actually as I'm leaning more and more heavily towards Temple..

How many people do you know have SA positions lined up/job offers for when they graduate?

How helpful/communicative are the faculty, specifically in those 1L classes?

What's your typical daily schedule like?


Thanks again!

I'm happy you're looking at Temple. We've got a lot going for us!

Jobs:  those that actively seek employment obtain employment.  The problem is that only 10% or so Temple grads get BigLaw gigs, so if you're going to school to get the BigLaw gig, neither attending Temple, Cardozo, nor GM is going to guarantee success.  If you're looking at private firm employment (50K to 100K range), Temple does much better. Temple grads also have success in obtaining pub interest employment (the reason many of us chose Temple) and clerkships.

It feels like a crapshoot to many law students, but most often it's not.  Accepting who you are, what you're willing to accept for employment, what connections you've made, and what your grades will get you is a big part of seraching effectively for employment. So many folks don't get this.

Faculty:  In general, the faculty at Temple are amazing-->kind, recptive, and understanding.  There are exceptions, but I'd guess doors at Temple are much more open than at most schools.

Schedule: 1L schedules are designed to keep students on campus in the morning and afternoon--one morning class and one afternoon class, almost each day of the week. After that, things become quite flexible.

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Just wondering if there are many students who commute to Temple.  I am leaning towards attending (full-time day), but I will probably be taking the train from New Brunswick every day (just over an hour).  Do you think this is reasonable, or will it be completely frustrating?

That, I'd think, would be a royal pain in the butt.  I do know folks that commute from DE and MD, and they use the time on the train to read or sleep.  If you're commuting from NB to reduce costs, you might soon realize that the time of the commute and the pub trans costs suck. That is, the budgetary impact of moving to S. Philly or East Falls--even a studio in CC--wouldn't be that great in the end.

Obtaining in-state tuition at Temple is next to impossible. I know two students that have done it.  Both are married, their spouses are employed FT in the city, and they purchased homes here.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Can someone do this for me?
« on: March 27, 2008, 08:31:24 AM »
2L at Temple.  Ask Qs if you'd like.

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I'm a 2L at Temple.  Fire away with questions, if you'd like.

The neighborhood is what it is and isn't that bad. Straying off campus is only a bad idea at night, and since the campus is very well-lit and the regional rail and subway are close to the law school and the paths to each each are well-lit, it's not an issue.  In addition, Temple is buying up N Philly, effectively, which means that the tough areas are being pushed further  away from the law school.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Villanova?
« on: January 11, 2008, 04:07:14 AM »
If you are a resident of PA, is there any circumstance in which you would take Villanova over Temple or Pitt?

Yes, if Villanova gave me ducats that made it cheaper than Temple and I didn't want to practice PI law.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: FEE WAIVER, sneaky f**kers
« on: January 04, 2008, 01:58:37 PM »
I actually think you have a shot at ducats from Temple.

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This is a great idea. Tells me that I have a 7% chance of getting into the school I now attend.  Is this current cycle data only?  If so, I might use last cycle's data, too.

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Law School Admissions / Re: how many pages should a resume be?
« on: January 04, 2008, 08:00:08 AM »
Well, I won't be an a-hole about it like bewarelemmings, but I reiterate that there is almost NO reason why your resume should be longer than one page.  Almost of of these apps have space to list awards, ECs, and WE.  The resume should be short b/c it shouldn't duplicate info already in your app. 

For example, if your PS is about the success you've had playing college sports--all-american, team ranked top five in the nation under your leadship as captain--there's no need to occupy five lines on a resume re: that sport.

A good app is concise:  it shows adcoms that 1) you're cool and they should take you, and 2) you're not a smack.  I fear that folks with one or two jobs, and a coupla of summer internships will be prompted by this thread to use a two-pager.  Don't do it.

Other Resume Advice:

1) lose the objective, if you have one.
2) lose your skills section.  No adcom cares that you're good with Photshop and Word.
3) Use Times 12. You can fit more on that way, if you really feel you need to
4) No job or internship should require more than TWO bullets of explanation.  It is your job to be clear and concise.
5) DO NOT put periods at the end of your bullets!  This also means that no bullet should have more than one sentence in it!
6) Do not use multiple font types (or sizes) in your resume.  In fact, use the same font (and size) throughout your app if you can.
7) Don't leave your contact info in the header.  Just put your LSAC number and name.
8 ) eliminate bullets and experiences that are redundant. If you canvassed for Edwards in 2004 and 2008, list it as "Edwards for Prseident 2004 and 2008, Canvasser.

I have 10 years professional WE in three fields and 3 years volunteer work.  My resume fits on one page.

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