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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Anyone who is going to Mercer Law
« on: March 22, 2010, 12:55:50 AM »
I just got acceppted to Mercer Law School in GA. I am thinking of going there. If you go there how do you like it overall? How is the career services department, do they help you find internships? How are job prospects? Do you like Macon? Thank you so much for your help!! :)

How about Stetson?  How about FIU?  How about GSU?  How about UMississippi?  How about U. South Carolina? 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: In state v. Out of State
« on: March 10, 2010, 10:05:52 PM »
I applied to law schools and am currently waiting for responses. I am from california and would love to live here in the long run. I have gotten into several good out of state law schools that I would love to go to in theory. My question is to what extent do state bar exams vary and how well would a school in washington prepare me for the CA state bar exam.

Califormia is probably one of the few stats that have all type of law schools, ranging from Stanford to the bottom of tier 4. If you can get into Harvard, you should have a good chance at Stanford.  If you can get into Michigan, you should have a good chance at Boalt.  If you can get into UT, you should have a good chance at UCLA.  If you can get into a Tier 2 out of CA, you should be able to get into U. San Diego or something.  There is no need to go to any other school than the ones in CA if you want to stay in CA. 

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3L job search / Re: firstlawjob.com
« on: March 10, 2010, 10:01:11 PM »
I am a current client of firstlawjob.com and have been extremely happy with the results so far.  I am so boggled down with class work however my counselor has been in contact with me weekly and I have gone on 4 interviews in the last 3 weeks.  I canít wait for the studying to end!!  :)

What's your class rank?

What kind of firm?  Any offers?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: DePaul Vs FSU Vs GSU VS Denver
« on: March 10, 2010, 09:54:25 PM »
I have been accepted to all these schools with DePaul and Denver paying 50% tuition and GSU being in state. Does anyone have any information that can help me make my decision. thanks

If you don't care where you end up after graduation, pick the school with the lowest overall cost.  If you care about location, pick a school that's in that location or very near it. 


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The ranking will usually leak out late March or early April and the official magazine usually comes out mid to late April.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: For those who don't like rankings...
« on: February 28, 2010, 02:00:51 PM »
They should do it more like the NCAA and rank the top 25 and make it more of an honor instead of trying to distinguish between the 73rd and 114th best school. How the hell can you really tell the difference outside of the top 20-25 schools the schools are respected only in their region.  Pepperdine is really well regarded in L.A., but on the East Coast nobody has even heard of it. Cardozo the same deal, nobody on the West Coast has heard of it.

I really don't see how it is possible to distinguish once you outside of the top 20 or so schools. Everybody knows the Ivy League schools and UCLA, USC, University of Michigan and so on. However, once you get outside of those nationally known schools tell me how you measure the difference between Willamette and Hamline, or Gonzaga and Texas Wesleyan. Really what makes the 100th best school better than the 122nd?  

Well, the incoming class of 100th best law school has an average undergrad GPA of 3.45 compare that to the 122nd best school's class of 3.14. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: U Houston or SMU
« on: February 28, 2010, 01:53:11 PM »
Hou is much cheaper but heard new stds of 2.5 to grad, req'd curve for all 3 yrs has 1L's going nuts, dumpy bldg that leaks and floods.
SMU very expensv. overrated and Dallas does not support law school with hires as much as Houston does UH. SMU much easier after 1L over.
I have no other options. Both places have decent job placement rates, have not seen any new ## on attirition at UH since the stds. change.

Go to UH.  With the money you safe, it's enough to buy a couple of new cars or a very big down payment on a house. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: GSU
« on: February 28, 2010, 01:51:54 PM »
I was wondering how long it takes to hear back from Georgia State, I have a 3.8 with a 165. I think I should be solid but it has been a month since my application has been in and I have not got any notification yet.
Thanks

With those numbers, why do you care about GSU?  Focus on UGA or Emory.  Also get your apps to Cornell and Duke.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: T1 non T20 Law Schools - Worth it?
« on: February 14, 2010, 11:29:25 PM »
Thane,

I understand what you are saying.  I do want to go to law school and become a lawyer.  I have expensive options in T10-T30 range and much less expensive options in T70s.  The bottoms line is that I am looking to get a good legal job upon graduation.  In case I do not get a good legal job I  would like to work in accounting for a while to be able to pay my mortgage and save for my kids' college.  If I go for an average accounting job with JD on my resume, they wil lquestion my commitment for industry and qualification level (they might feel I am hard up for cash and will quit any chance I get).  That is the summary of my dillemma.  I understand that is not easy and might have many alternative solutions.

If your options with T10-T30 include Top 14 such as Duke and Cornell, you should definately go to one of those.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Deciding amongTier 3/4 Schools
« on: February 14, 2010, 04:30:02 PM »


Plans/Hopes:
-interested in public interest law, specifically environmental law
-would like to work for non-profit or gov't
-ok with leaving law school with degree and returning to gov't work similar to prelaw school (there are a lot of lawyers running around here that don't actually practice but have jobs i'd like)


What kind of agency/government do you work at right now that has lots of lawyers running around?  Do they do legeal work or work that can be done by non-attorneys?

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