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Choosing the Right Law School / University of Miami vs. Stetson
« Last post by tntofl on April 13, 2016, 12:33:48 PM »
Hello, I am having a tough time deciding between the University of Miami and Stetson, and was hoping to receive some feedback. I am primarily interested in criminal law and as far as job prospects I am not too concerned with getting into a big law firm after graduation. I am receiving a partial scholarship from Stetson and nothing from Miami; however, what is making my decision tough is the rankings between the two and I also think that Miami's name might carry me further if I decided to move away from FL. I would love to hear opinions about the two schools and if I should go towards the money or if rankings/name would carry me further. I should also be upfront and say that I am out of state and have never visited either school (I didn't have the opportunity or time over the past few months). Again, I appreciate any feedback, I have to make the first seat deposit by the 15th.
Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« Last post by cinnamon synonym on April 12, 2016, 02:47:22 PM »
So with this security referral by the FBI...why should Clinton even talk with them? 
Will it look bad for her if she says to them to conduct their security inquiry without her, after all she is running for president and she is busy.

Condoliza rice and Colin Powel both had their own private emails which they conducted ALL of their business on and they both had their own private email servers to conduct their government business.

Both Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell had "top secret classified information" regarding military intelligence information removed from the compartmentalized secure computer system and put it in their private email system.

Neither Rice nor Powells emails were compromised by hackers---everyone knows that hackers can't easily get into private email systems.

Both Rice and Powell had their email servers sent to a private company to have their  personal emails erased.

When the FBI prosecutes those who mishandled classified information they always find the special "classified markings" on the document...these markings can never be stripped off.

Hillary should be fine with this review.

Law School Admissions / Re: URM non tradional
« Last post by 😄🔫 on April 11, 2016, 06:34:53 PM »
Jumps tend to be more like 2 points, but 5 is doable (heck some get double digits)
make sure to use a good prep company though (don't just buy a book and pretend its the same thing)
General Off-Topic Board / Re: California Bar Exam Shortened (made easier)?
« Last post by 😄🔫 on April 11, 2016, 06:33:48 PM »

One less day that the out of towners have to waste in a hotel eating fast food

With $15 minimum wage out there now, who can afford to miss an extra day of work??
General Off-Topic Board / Re: California Bar Exam Shortened (made easier)?
« Last post by loki13 on April 11, 2016, 08:57:44 AM »
Here's my thoughts, in brief-

First, as a general matter, I think it was a bad decision to move from three days to two days. If for no other reason that the three day CalBar had a certain ... mystique. I have more than one bar, and I can tell you - my three day CalBar is by far the most impressive, because of the three days.

I also think the changes are ... unfortunate. The essays are the part where the CalBar shines, although (in fairness) with the holistic grading approach ... it mostly weeded out the incompetent. Which is good!

I don't share your view of the PTs. Personally, the inclusion of PTs (which other Bars do not have) is not just distinctive for California, it also most closely resembles actual legal practice. You are given an issue and an area of law; now, make it work.

I also don't share your view that California will be flooded by out-of-state attorneys. The primary barriers to entry in California are two-fold; the existence of a Bar, and the rules on reciprocity. In short, if you're going to move and practice, you're going to take the Bar regardless of two or three days; it's the reciprocity rules that keep out most attorneys.

My personal view is that the three days is a good idea; but, then again, I would also be in favor of re-working the Bar extensively to more accurately reflect current legal practice; fewer "race to the courthouse to record a deed in random jurisdictions multiple choice questions," and more questions that reflect a knowledge of the law as it might be used.
Law School Admissions / Re: URM non tradional
« Last post by Lawyer2020 on April 10, 2016, 02:49:07 PM »
I retook LSAT and gained a slight increase which was helpful in securing merit aid at GGU and San Francisco.  Although, I was admitted to Santa Clara, I opted to attend  USF.  I am confident I made the correct choice over GGU's  full ride because of the 3.0 stipulation and because of USF's strong alumnae base.
Although employment stats are horrible, I will be networking with current contacts, and at present time  I feel a strong interest in criminal law  or healthcare / malpractice and board investigations.
I'll keep updating.
For those that are wondering if law school at 40 is possible, I strongly encourage  you to  rethink what your plans will be before entering .  Non traditional students are unique, don't let age alone  deter you.
General Off-Topic Board / California Bar Exam Shortened (made easier)?
« Last post by Maintain FL 350 on April 10, 2016, 12:24:55 PM »
Well, it's official.

After considering the issue for a while, Calbar has decided to shorten the bar exam to two days. This follows New York's adoption if the Uniform Bar Exam or whatever it's called.

I have mixed feelings.

The main difference is that the new bar will have 5 instead of 6 essays (a mistake, IMO), and one 90 minute PT instead of two 180 minute PTs (a good move, IMO). I felt that the PTs were pointless busy work, and would like to have seen them replaced or shortened anyway. Losing an essay, though, is not good. The essays test substantive legal knowledge and issue spotting, both super important.

I guess my ideal would be a three day exam with more essays/multiple choice, and less PTs.

The other issue, of course, is whether this will flood the CA market with more out of state attorneys since this exam will be (presumably) easier to pass.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« Last post by cinnamon synonym on April 08, 2016, 08:05:44 AM »
Well, we’re certainly going to carry on. I think it’s a security review,” Clinton said. “It is a security review and there are lots of those that are conducted in our government all the time and you don’t hear about most of them. You hear about this one because, you know, it does involve me, so that’s why it gets so much attention.”

Wow. I guess I was wrong. Hillary is not under criminal investigation.
I thought for sure that she has some legal issues.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« Last post by cinnamon synonym on April 07, 2016, 01:48:13 PM »
You know Hillary is in serious trouble when cnn rolls out Claire McCaskel and James Carville to defend her. 

....hillarys time is almost up.
Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« Last post by cinnamon synonym on April 07, 2016, 01:44:22 PM »

Ok, while the posters who were arguing that there is no criminal probe into Hillary Clinton's actions have gone deaf and dumb regarding her serious issue they have NOT gone blind as they view this thread EVERYDAY and can't refute the inevitable.  LMFAO!

They cant even defend Hillary Clinton any more..."oh, all politicians lie." "forgive her".  Bullshite!

I challenge anyone to list 3 of hillarys accomplishments!!!!!!!!

Nobody can do this because she has NONE.

But good luck; I dont see it happening
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