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What does instate tuition matter if you are only looking at private schools in Chicago, if you are at an out of state public school you will probably pay less than the Chicago options

If I go to a Chicago private school I can commute from home to save on living expenses.

If I leave Chicago I'd have to pay out of state tuition + travel expenses(flights) + rent for an apartment


You pay out of state tuition for only the first year at some state schools and then you pay about $10K per year for tuition for year 2 and 3.  Flights is only twice or three times a year.  It's not that expensive if you're looking at the overal cost. 

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Transfer Friendly Law Schools
« on: November 24, 2009, 12:33:20 AM »
Anyone know which schools are transfer friendly?

Top law schools would be Georgetown and WUSTL.  None-top law schools would be most state schools with huge class sizes. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Who's more selective: BU or BC?
« on: November 11, 2009, 08:14:48 PM »
Ugh.  Got my scores.  153.  Ouch!

When you said AA, you mean African American and not Asian American, right?

Oh, yeah.  African American.  BU and BC are prayers now as I didn't get anywhere near the 160-range, but I'm just going to try to kick ass with my personal statement.  And I know my professors will write very strong recs for me.  They're quite impressed with what I've been doing with the five years since I've been out of undergrad.  Here's to hoping for IN at Boston. 

Asian American and African American are in total different position since Affirmative Action is against Asian Americans (East Asian Americans) while in favor of African Americans.  Since you'r African American, you might be in at one of BC/BU or both. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Who's more selective: BU or BC?
« on: November 11, 2009, 01:14:38 PM »
Ugh.  Got my scores.  153.  Ouch!

When you said AA, you mean African American and not Asian American, right?

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What are the alternative choices for these history/political science majors who are not in demand at all in today's job market? 

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Affirmative Action / Re: Howard University: lol funny idea
« on: November 08, 2009, 10:16:59 AM »
According to LSAC, Howard has 25 whites and 25 Asians.

How do you feel about affirmative action benefiting blacks?

In terms of?

Do you think there should be affirmative action?  If so, for how many more years/generations?

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Affirmative Action / Re: Howard University: lol funny idea
« on: November 07, 2009, 10:16:04 AM »
According to LSAC, Howard has 25 whites and 25 Asians.

How do you feel about affirmative action benefiting blacks?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Low GPA, High LSAT
« on: November 06, 2009, 01:19:58 PM »
168 - 170 makes almost anywhere possible with a 3.2.

Define "almost anywhere" and "possible." 

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3L job search / Re: Studying for the BAR, huge DEBT, no JOB, WHAT DO DO?
« on: November 04, 2009, 01:16:07 PM »
You should be disheartened.  It's a miserable process because it seems so hopeless at times.  There's really nothing wrong with being miserable in and of itself.  It's a perfectly normal reaction to your situation.  Just don't let your miserableness turn into a depression that keeps you from doing what you need to do.  Study for the bar, take the bar exam, and then start looking for a job. 

...

I'd second Dr. Balsenschaft's advice, and further point out that Dr. B's advice is entirely on point for the situation right now. You're depressed about having only California options. Nothing wrong with being disappointed at what's transpired so far. That's a reasonable response. But you can't let "feeling glum" stand in the way of actual progress.

According to your prior posts, you've been diligent about rustling job prospects. Assuming you followed Dr. B's advice, you made a note of all the firms who wanted to talk to you after you received your bar results and you've already zipped off friendly "remember me?" e-mails to them all. You've networked, schmoozed, asked everyone who knows anyone to talk about you, etc.

If it's true that you've shaken the bushes and trees in Chicago, doesn't it seem sensible to move to try something new? Work at your brother's firm. You can do a lot more than glorified paralegal work -- you can do everything but sign the pleadings and argue in court. So, research, write, talk to clients, negotiate with opposing counsel, learn the law, learn how the legal industry really works, meet people, make friends, and have something substantial to add to your resume.

You can always return to Chicago after you've "done the west coast thing." No firm will question your geographic loyalty. If there's really any doubt, work out a deal where your brother's firm has a collegial relationship with an employment firm in Chicago. Then, there'll be cross-referrals and joint articles and any number of ties that will keep your resume full of Chicago. I don't think that's necessary, though. The best thing for you to do is add something new to the package that you present employers and come back to try again. Coming back is proof enough that you really want to be in Chicago.

You've expressed a lot of concern about your debt, especially. You don't want to run out of deferment time when there's a real solution right in front of you. It's okay to feel bad about where you are -- but keep putting one foot in front of the other, despite how you feel.


Thank you for taking the time to offer me your advice.  I do appreciate it.  I know what you're saying makes sense, but do you really think I should be there for 3 years?  I was thinking 6 months, tops...?

It takes you more than six months to be licensed in CA (study and get result) assume that you do pass it.  You should have at least 2 years commitment.  At least!  It passes by really fast.

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3L job search / Re: Studying for the BAR, huge DEBT, no JOB, WHAT DO DO?
« on: November 03, 2009, 01:26:59 PM »
This plan has fail written all over it.

Thanks for piping in, Joey.  Appreciate it.   

Seriously.  Why aren't you not considering take the job, be there for 3 years, get some experience and after three years when the economy recovers, you go back to Chicago and land your dream job. 

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