Any advice/comments on becoming an in-state student? Know anyone who's done it?
I'm currently a 1L at Temple and will answer any questions if you've got them. Personally, I turned down several offers from "higher ranked" schools in favor of Temple because I determined Temple offered the best cost/quality ratio. I personally don't think it's worth going into huge debt for something so uncertain as a law degree. Thus far I am extremely pleased with Temple and have no complaints aside from the temperature in the classrooms. I had a pretty good first semester grade-wise, not great, and I had no trouble landing interviews for summer positions. Temple is very well recognized around Philly and is without a doubt the most respected school in the area (UPENN Aside). There are people who get biglaw jobs in NYC and other regional cities, but I have no desire for that type of work and I can't say I know what their grades were, but I assume they were at or near the top of the class. Having said that, there are absolutely no guarantees that you are going to finish at or near the top, no matter how smart you think you are or how hard you're willing to work. The skills that set the top students apart are intangible and cannot be recognized prior the law school experience. All of your classmates are smart, they all work hard, and they all want to finish at the top. However, if you do work hard you will be able to do well enough to maintain a scholarship and get a "good" job. For me a "good job" does not entail a large firm, does not entail working 90 hours a week, and certainly doesn't entail wiping someones ass for 6 years. I'd be happy to answer any other questions if you've got them.
Sounds like your typical under-achieving justification. I love how the people who slam biglaw are always the kids who fall short of the top of the class.
QuoteSounds like your typical under-achieving justification. I love how the people who slam biglaw are always the kids who fall short of the top of the class.I have no idea why I'm even responding to you because you're obviously just a fucktard, but for some reason I can't help myself. First of all, class ranks have yet to be distributed so I have no idea where I rank. I finished with a 3.3 first semester so that should put me at or near the top 20% and I consider that a success. I also got best memo notation in LR&W . . . whatever that's worth. Second, why the @#!* would I want to work for a big law firm and spend my days quibbling over other people's money, working for a dickhole boss that could give two shits about me as a human, and doing work that is boring as poo? There is no group more miserable than the biglaw associate and all you need to do is talk to a few to realize this. It takes a real dickwad with limited insight into the value of life to enjoy that type of existence. While it may be for some it sure as hell isn't for me. Third, if I worked biglaw I'd be working with people like you. Every morning I would have to wake up and confront the horrible reality of going into work to deal with motherfuckers like you and I doubt I could keep from killing myself. I'd have to feign interest in your stories about all the girls you anally raped while they were passed out at your fraternity and pretend I give a poo when you tell me about the quasi-prostitute you blew coke with in the luxury suite at the Knicks game. Finally, I want the work I do to have purpose. I want it to have meaning beyond the monetary squabbles of the rich. Call me crazy, but I think the law has value as a tool for social change and I think people like you only help to devalue the public perception of the integrity of the law.