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 on: August 06, 2014, 01:12:08 PM 
Started by mithankania - Last post by mithankania
Afternoon Folks-

Found the forum very helpful and full of knowledgeable people.

As the title states, I am considering to give LSAT in the coming months or even next year.

Question is, should I go to law school or no? If so, how should I prepare and what should be my school options for it?

Just to give you a background about myself, have a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering(68%), did my Masters in Telecoms(3.45 GPA, one C). Have good speaking, presentation and analytical skills. Being English as the second language, writing skills are just fine, not the best( I guess?).

Just testing the waters at the moment and dipping my toes for LSAT.

Based on my background/profile, would it be a good idea to go to law school? If it matters at all, I am in Washington DC area.

Would appreciate any advice, guidance and input. I have pretty thick skin, so any honest comment/opinion and critique won't upset me.

Thanks for helping out guys.

 on: August 06, 2014, 12:34:38 PM 
Started by jmazz88 - Last post by jmazz88
Okay so I'm debating on attending Touro Law School this Fall with a 50% scholarship. Since i'm living with with my parents I will be around 80k in debt with all things considered. My other options are St. Johns or Hofstra at sticker (200k+ after graduation debt). I would be happy with a small law firm job out on Long Island and obviously am not expecting to work at a big firm. What do you guys think? Anyone familiar with Touro and/or the Long Island market? Also, I can't retake the LSAT.

 on: August 05, 2014, 06:08:52 PM 
Started by NewlyMinted - Last post by NewlyMinted
I know some states let them graduate in two years (if they lie on paper and say it was 3 years due to going through summers)

Honestly, I think undergrad is a joke for law school. With no prereqs or required major other than between an AA to a BA (depending on the state) its just stupid. I say go back to having the whole thing be the equivalent of an Associates Degree. Keep the LSAT, but look to High School GPA if you need a GPA. Why waste time with undergrad at all?

 on: August 05, 2014, 06:05:00 PM 
Started by NewlyMinted - Last post by NewlyMinted
Julie isn't a troll. She's an institution.
an institutionalized troll maybe

 on: August 05, 2014, 04:27:22 PM 
Started by NewlyMinted - Last post by Groundhog
Julie isn't a troll. She's an institution.

 on: August 05, 2014, 03:54:16 PM 
Started by NewlyMinted - Last post by Groundhog
Water law seems pretty essential these days in California...but I digress.  :-X

My 1L year consisted of the following:
Civ Pro
Law & Ethics
Legal Writing & Research
Con Law I
Professional Responsibility
Legal Writing & Research

Adding all the CA bar subjects but skipping Cal Courts/Procedures as you can learn that in a couple days, you'd add Con Law II, Remedies, Gifts/Wills/Trusts(may be more than one class), Evidence, Community Property, Business Associations(I forgot I took that!). That's pretty close to a full second year and it doesn't include any specialized classes like finance, securities or real estate that one can take as early as first semester of 2L year.

I also see the benefit to the profession and student to having a 2nd summer that isn't dedicated to studying for the bar that can be used for internships. Rising 3Ls are much more knowledgeable about the law than people who just finished 1L year and have had a chance to take electives that might be much more relevant to where they're working.

Perhaps reducing the requirement to 2 1/2 years and allowing students to sit for the February bar exam would be a reasonable compromise. That way, you get to take electives, do a 2nd(or 1st) internship, still get out of school and take the bar six months earlier. Thoughts?

 on: August 05, 2014, 01:25:08 PM 
Started by NewlyMinted - Last post by NewlyMinted
At my school all of those classes (Evidence, Con Law, Wills & Trusts) were required. They added Community Property as a requirement in my last year.

The electives tended to be stuff like Water Law, Animal Rights, Women and the Law, Capital Punishment, etc. Not that those are meaningless, they're not. They do have value. I just question whether their value is greater than learning how to draft a review a contract or draft a prenuptial agreement. Most lawyers are far more likely to encounter those types of things in their practice.
electives are ok, but shouldn't be required is the point. If its not on the bar, fudge it. I think voluntary extra certificates in subjects (short of an LLM) should be an option, but requiring ALL to take electives that are not bar topics? That is just a waste of time and money to pretend that "look they went an extra year they must be more qualified" as a shield for "did we rape their wallets?"

 on: August 05, 2014, 01:22:57 PM 
Started by NewlyMinted - Last post by NewlyMinted
said like someone who think he know what what.

Jesus. Ten years in and Julie Fern is still going.
I think admin killed her finally. If not it would pretty ironic to talk about banning trolls while the main one lurked.
Maybe admin is troll? I dunno.

 on: August 05, 2014, 10:42:11 AM 
Started by shawng818 - Last post by Citylaw
Groundhog makes a good point L.A. is a much more competitive city than San Diego. However, L.A. does have more opportunities, but with that comes stiffer competition.

Both are good solid options and you should be proud of your acceptances getting into any ABA school is very difficult. I think after you visit both schools you will have your answer one of them will give you a gut feeling and that is what you should listen to. You can look at endless stats, internet posts, etc, but they are all b.s. at the end of the day what matters is your educational experience and you are the only that knows what will work best for you so listen to your gut and visit the schools.

 on: August 05, 2014, 02:40:25 AM 
Started by NewlyMinted - Last post by ( )
said like someone who think he know what what.

Jesus. Ten years in and Julie Fern is still going.

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