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Law School Applications / Job Prospects from New England
« on: December 21, 2005, 10:01:10 AM »
I applied to New England PT, hoping it would be a safety.  When I got accepted to Suffolk, I began to think that maybe New England would offer me some money, so I though about asking New England to consider me for their FT program as well.  Then I looked at their website some more and read about career opportunities.

Here is what it says on New England's website about the prospects of getting a job.  Not exactly confidence inspiring, but at least they're being honest. 

Boston is a center of legal education and professional activity. It is home to law firms with hundreds of partners and to small boutique firms with specialized practices. As the state capital and regional center, it houses offices of local and state government, as well as federal agencies, providing a ready link to the public sector. A city with a strong financial services industry, it is an ideal location for students who are interested in working in regulatory, compliance, or contract-management positions, and New England School of Law graduates began entering business and quasi-legal positions long before this became a trend.

Because of the large number of law schools in Boston and the region, however, the local legal employment market is very competitive. Students must remain open to various job possibilities and are urged to consider opportunities outside the Boston area. Career planning and placement are the individual responsibility of each student and alumnus/alumna. The Career Services Office supports this effort by providing guidance and assistance to both current students and graduates as they negotiate that process.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Suffolk is gorgeous
« on: December 20, 2005, 12:27:13 PM »
I'm hanging around these boards and I'm boredboredbored.  So let me add my 2 cents about my suffolk visit.

Suffolk's Sargent Hall is gorgeous.  I was blown away.  And the location rocks - just steps out of park street station - easily the most conveniently located of all the Boston Law schools.  They built this new location in 1999 and technologically, its on the cutting edge for law schools.  I still can't figure out why US News has them as a 4th tier school.  Based on their local reputation and presence and their facility, I'd expect more.  I'm going to have to research their faculty a bit. 

I compare Suffolk to Northeastern because that's the best school I can still hope for.  Northeastern's faculty was extremely impressive to me, but very little else about the school was.  The facility was unimpressive - they have no wireless and their computer labs are tiny.  Their location is borderline dangerous.  And the entire atmosphere is liberal enough to choke a Kennedy. 

So at this point, I don't know if I should hope for an acceptance from Northeastern or not.  With my grades, they're a longshot (but so are all schools) so maybe I won't even have to worry about it. 

I have a Dell 600M which I bought recently because the deal was way too good to pass up.  I'lll be beginning school in the fall (assuming somebody accepts me).  What sort of bag should I get.  Do 1L's carry around a lot of books?  Do I need a big bag that can accomidate my laptop and a lot of books? 

I graduated 10 years ago and never used a computer in college, so I have no idea how students carry around their computers. 

Law School Applications / Post interview ettiquette? Thank-you note?
« on: December 07, 2005, 02:32:16 PM »
I know its customary to send a thank-you note after a job interview.  Does the same hold true for a law school interview?
And my interview wasn't really an interview.  Long story short, Suffolk dean of admissions contacted me, I ended up meeting with an assistant director of admissions because the dean was out sick. We spoke for about 10 minutes - they just wanted to discuss my low GPA (I'm an extreme splitter). 

So it wasn't really an interview, more like a clarification of my record and abilities.  So should I write a thankyou note?  And if I do, should I address it to the Dean who wanted to speak with me, or the assistant director who did speak with me?

My thoughts are, I write a letter to the dean thanking her for their interest and offering to make myself available should she wish to speak with me personally. 

Any thoughts?

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Northeastern Open House feedback
« on: November 09, 2005, 11:45:00 AM »
I attended the Northeastern open house last night.  The co-op program seems like a very good thing.  And the faculty were very impressive.  I did find the atmosphere to be overpoweringly liberal.  At times I was uncertain if I was at the Northeastern School of Law or the School of Social Work. 

I had a hard time relating to them and I'm uncertain if they'd have any interest in me.  The Dean said they usually have a 60/40 female/male split and she even joked about how bad it was the one time the ration approached 50/50.  They also said they strive to maintain 25% people of color.  They didn't quantify how many gays they accept, but it was obvious that they embrace gays too.  So my question is, do they have any interest is a heterosexual white male?  I'm not sure they do.     

Law School Applications / Anybody going to Northeastern tomorrow night?
« on: November 07, 2005, 02:30:02 PM »
Northeastern is having an open house tomorow night?  I plan on submitting an early action app there later in the week, so I figure its a good idea to hit check them out.  Anybody else? 

Law School Applications / I'm auto-dinging UK
« on: November 07, 2005, 02:16:31 PM »
University of Kentucky sent me their brochure today.  Acutally brochure is an understatement.  It was a full size school catalog with an application.  Unfortunately for them and for me, when I was opening the envelope, I got a giant slice in my finger.  I worked part-time at Staples for almost 10 years.  I've worked in 3 different offices over the last 8 years.  I've never, in all that time, seen an envelope with a flap as dangerously sharp as the one that sliced me open today. 

UK, I ding you!

Personal Statement / Lines between paragraphs? Indents?
« on: October 28, 2005, 11:32:56 AM »
Sorry, I know I've read this before, but i'm about to send this thing and I can't find the info here. 

What is the consensus on paragraphs?  Are we supposed to indent the first line?  Or do we just skip a line between each paragraph?  Both?  Neither?

Thanks for the guidance.

I have 10 years of work experience, the last 3 years in a law office.  I don't consider that particularly impressive.  But the more I think about it, the more I wonder how anybody can have impressive work experience on their resume.  Because if it was that impressive, why would they be walking away from it to go to law school?

Studying for the LSAT / ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: October 20, 2005, 02:39:01 PM »
It's not going to happen today, is it?  Oh this is painful.  I'll survive today, but if it doesn't happen tomorrow, I might not make it through the weekend. 

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