Well law school is a game of patience if you go to lawschoolnumbers.com you can see whether schools have started giving out acceptance letters or not. Many schools wait until March to admit anyone. One thing to realize is that law school is a lot of waiting just like this after your first semester finals it usually takes 2 months to get your first semester grades, which if received might fail you out and it is quite stressful. Then you get to take the bar and wait 4 months to find out if you passed (which is awful!). Then once you are a lawyer it can take years to finally resolve a case so patience is something you need to learn I know I didn't have as a 0L myself, but just want to prepare you for that. With your numbers you should get into most of these schools, but I have to ask why such differing locations Florida, Idaho, Texas, and California is a strange competition. I really think location should be your number one factor when choosing a law school, but that is just my two cents.
So all valid points -- of late I have given serious consideration as to where I would want to practice law - point well taken. I thought I would give you guys an update.Thomas Jefferson - Accepted/ScholarshipFlorida A and M - Wait-listU of Idaho - Wait-listTexas Southern - Still WaitingFlorida Coastal - Still Waiting
Quote from: Mtm1980 on February 14, 2013, 04:44:47 PMSo all valid points -- of late I have given serious consideration as to where I would want to practice law - point well taken. I thought I would give you guys an update.Thomas Jefferson - Accepted/ScholarshipFlorida A and M - Wait-listU of Idaho - Wait-listTexas Southern - Still WaitingFlorida Coastal - Still WaitingWhat a wacky group of schools. How did you settle on those? Fee waivers? Or did something attract you to the markets? The University of Idaho is different than the others, in my opinion. There's less competition in Idaho, but it's a small market. I personally like Boise a lot, and I think Idaho gives you a good shot at that market. The Idaho campus is gorgeous, especially in the summer (I played at a jazz festival there once).Honestly, if you get rejected/wait listed to Florida Coastal, I would be blown away. That place threw me a $10k scholarship offer and I didn't even apply through LSAC. It took them like a week to get back to me. I applied free online for fun, and they never got my transcripts or anything. They just saw my LSAT score and threw money at me. I don't know if the school has improved since then (2007-2008 cycle) but it was a degree mill in the past. I hope you know what you want to do with your life, and I hope you have reasonable expectations.I don't mean to discourage you from going to law school, but the truth is I went to a great law school and did very well, I fought my ass off to get a law firm job and now I pretty much hate it. I make 60% of the money of the class of 2008, and I have more debt. It's hard for me to not be a little cynical.
Every story is different OP. I went to a mediocre ranked law school and did pretty well academically. I got a job right after getting bar results it wasn't high paying, but it was exactly what I wanted to be doing working as a City Attorney. I got to organize inspection/abatement warrants to take down drug houses, take down drug houses in litigation under the drug abatement act, and I never had to prosecute someone I just went after the properties civily. It was awesome I would go bust into places with Cops and I loved doing that stuff and being a lawyer. Furthermore, I still do and do not regret my decision to go to law school or becoming a lawyer. It sounds like Jack had a tougher time and I know plenty of people that had difficulty finding a job. I will say this go to law school if you really want to be a lawyer do not go if you think it is a quick way to get rich. Being a lawyer gives you power & a license to go to court and get things done, which I think is awesome, but I am not driving a beamer and probably never will be. It really is personal, but do not think being a lawyer is as high paying as T.V. makes it out to be only about 1-2% of people work for BigLaw firms and most of them hate it. I really hate to see people be discouraged from being lawyers if it is what they want to do and there is so much negativity regarding law school, but I think that has a lot more to do with law students expecting things based on what U.S. News says about their school and people having unrealistic expectations as law students. Bottom line if you really want to be a lawyer and know what that entails then go to law school. If you think law school sounds interesting and it is a quick way to get rich then you are going to be very disappointed.