Law School Discussion

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 on: October 25, 2014, 11:20:09 AM 
Started by iChaseH - Last post by Maintain FL 350
I'm not sure what will happen to each school's ranking, but I don't think it will matter anyway.

Firms and government agencies that currently hire from Penn State/Dickinson will continue to do so even if the school's ranking drops. Once you get away from the handful of elite schools near the top of the rankings scheme, a school's reputation is pretty much local. Local reputations are based more on alumni networks and the school's profile within the immediate region, and less on rankings.

My guess is that Penn State/Dickinson probably has a good local reputation, and that it probably won't change because of USNWR. Honestly, who cares if a school is ranked, say, #64 instead of #51? Most lawyers know that this is a meaningless distinction.

Geography, however, does matter. It matters especially when you are talking about non-elite, local schools. If you want to live and work in Philly, Temple might be a better choice. You'd have much better access to the local market. If western/central PA is your goal, Dickinson might be a better choice.

I would think more about that aspect and less about rankings.

BTW, didn't Dickinson used to be a separate law school which merged with Penn State? I guess they decided to get a divorce.

 on: October 25, 2014, 02:01:53 AM 
Started by iChaseH - Last post by iChaseH
So recently Penn State Law and Dickinson have decided to become two separate law schools all operating under Penn State's name. The question here is what happens to both Dickinson and Penn State Law's ranking? In 2014 Penn State Dickinson was ranked pretty well at 51. However, what happens now? The rankings aren't going to be out in time for me have before I have to make a decision. I know rankings aren't everything, but I just want to know what in the hell happens now?! Do they both go down in rankings? If so, by how much? Does one go down and the other stay around 51? Really, I'm deciding between Temple and Dickinson...and it's tough. Please answer my question about the rankings then you can rant about choosing Temple over Dickinson or vice versa. I really appreciate your answers!

 on: October 24, 2014, 03:17:39 PM 
Started by cosdcg - Last post by cosdcg
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 on: October 24, 2014, 12:38:33 AM 
Started by Massgirl94 - Last post by Groundhog
You must disclose all incidents of discipline and whatever else is requested of you, both for your application and later for the bar. There is obviously a record of it somewhere if you were placed on any sort of probation. What they probably meant is it does not show up on your transcripts; however most law schools will require conduct certification from your undergrad.

It will likely not be a problem for admissions as long as you disclose, are honest about the circumstances, and briefly acknowledge you were in the wrong.

 on: October 24, 2014, 12:08:25 AM 
Started by Massgirl94 - Last post by Massgirl94
Hi, I was placed on disciplinary action for sneaking into the pool when it was closed at my college. I was placed on disciplinary probation but was told it would not be put on my record. Do I have to disclose it to law school? If I do will it affect my chances?

 on: October 20, 2014, 08:00:46 PM 
Started by ndigiaco14 - Last post by Citylaw
Agreed I do not think it necessarily shows diversity by the time you are a 2L you will be the same age as everyone else.

In the law certain things are considered a suspect class with more protections race, gender, etc, but age is NOT one of them.

If you have space for an addendum you can explain you got through undergrad in two years by cramming classes, etc, which might be impressive, but age is not diversity.

Good luck on the law school process, and feel free to use this board there are good posters that offer great insight on this board.

 on: October 20, 2014, 01:39:47 PM 
Started by ndigiaco14 - Last post by Maintain FL 350
Yeah, I agree with the previous posters. You can write about your age if you want to, but I don't think it will make any difference. Being one year younger than average isn't that unusual.

My understanding is that the only diversity statements that carry significant weight are those associated with URM status. And even then, certain URM groups can benefit more than others (African American, Native American). I'm not even sure that socioeconomic or sexual identity status matters much, either.

All of these are soft factors and with the exception of the above mentioned URM classifications, will pale in comparison to GPA/LSAT profiles. 

 on: October 20, 2014, 12:26:31 PM 
Started by ndigiaco14 - Last post by Miami88
I would say age could be a solid topic to talk about, but not really under your circumstances. If you were 12 years old - ok .... if you were over 30 - ok... But being one year less than the expected age is prob not worth it.

 on: October 19, 2014, 10:05:20 PM 
Started by CTL - Last post by I.M.D.Law
I say the Queen should just sell Quebec back to the French. Good riddance. France already has islands they still own just off the Canadian Coast as is.

 on: October 19, 2014, 10:03:06 PM 
Started by ndigiaco14 - Last post by I.M.D.Law
I'd leave age out. Gender is pointless too since men are now a MINORITY of law students (and many other doctorate fields too) Race is still worth mentioning.

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