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I just graduated Magna from a high third tier (107) law school with an honors concentration in tax law and am looking at tax LLM programs, particularly NYU. I took 8 tax classes and although I obtained a B+ in one course, the remaining 7 have been either an A or an A-. I also have an MBA and although ranks are not given, I was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma so I am somewhere above the top 20%. Through the MBA program I took two accounting courses and earned an A- in both of them. I also served in two editorial positions for the school's probate journal and have been published twice on non-tax issues. I volunteered one semester for VITA. I have also worked in the school's tax clinic (the oldest tax clinic in the country) and, inter alia, obtained a $2500 refund for a client from a fraudulent company that claimed they were going to help him. I am also starting work this Fall at one of the accounting firms just outside the big 4. I also have passed the bar exam in two states with a 168 MBE (top 2.8% of takers). My future employer also wants me to get CPA certification and possibly do an online MST program. One of my tax law professors (they are all NYU LLM alums) told me when discussing my employer that I should apply to NYU's program (something I had been considering for a while but told no one) and that I would have a "pretty good chance" but I can't seem to find any objective admissions criteria online. Does anyone know where I can find some and/or assess my admission potential? I'd also consider GULC, BU, NW, HLS, and some others but really have my heart set on NYU.

Thank you

Current Law Students / Courses question
« on: July 30, 2009, 07:53:47 AM »
I have a 2 credit hole in my schedule and want to practice (broad range I know), estate planning, bankruptcy, general commercial/contract law, corporate law or tax law (if I go get my LLM). I am also in the JD-MBA dual degree program.

Which of these courses should I use to fill my 2 credit hole and why?


Current Law Students / Re: New to law studies
« on: July 24, 2009, 06:26:01 AM »
You are going to have to narrow it down a lot... and what do you mean you just started this week? sounds like you just picked up treatises and casebooks for fun

Current Law Students / Admin or Securities Regulation?
« on: July 23, 2009, 12:49:22 PM »
So I am a JD-MBA going into my third year (of 3 1/2) and am currently planning out the rest of my schedule. With the economy the way it is, I am trying to keep my scope as wide as possible- I am looking at possibly going into commercial (generally), bankruptcy (specifically), corporate, estate and financial planning, or tax law (if I get an LLM at some point) but would like to not completely foreclose on the possibility of practicing any other type of law.

Anyways, I am trying to decide whether to take securities regulation (with an extremely hard to understand and tough grading professor) or administrative law (tough grading professor but have never had him before and have heard he is much easier to understand). Which should I take? while the former is more related to my fields of interest the latter is a "recommended core course" at my school and on the CT bar (although I plan to take the MA bar instead).


Current Law Students / Re: Is the era of biglaw over forever?
« on: June 09, 2009, 06:42:08 AM »
Doubtful. But I sure hope so.

Current Law Students / Re: Audio books for law school?
« on: June 05, 2009, 06:42:16 AM »
Does anyone know if any of the law school reading materials are available as mp3 / podcasts/CDs ?  Books, casebooks, study aides, etc...any of it available in this format?

Thanks for the input!

other than Law School Legends, PMBR, or sum and substance?

Current Law Students / Re: Bar/doctrinal classes?
« on: June 05, 2009, 06:41:27 AM »
Not just T14 -- my T2 school doesn't require bar classes either.  However, they do recommend that students take things like Com Trans, Evidence, etc.  I really enjoy classes like that because the knowledge carries over to other areas of the law.  For example, any case makes much more sense when you understand the rules of evidence that provide the framework for trial. It doesn't seem to be hurting my GPA to take harder classes; although, the curve is somewhat lower than for silly 2 credit classes like law and literature. 

Same thing with my third tier (but so close to second) school

Current Law Students / Re: Con-law "Substantive due process "
« on: May 28, 2009, 10:26:20 AM »
substantive due process is whatever judges want to be law but isn't

Current Law Students / Re: Tips for law review write-on?
« on: May 22, 2009, 08:33:55 AM »
1. Follow directions. If the directions say the note needs to be printed on a sheet of parchment made from the wool of a lamb that is exactly 435 days old, do not use wool from a lamb that is 434 or 436 days old. But seriously, this thing is all about following directions. Margins, font, number of copies, method and time of delivery, what sources you use, etc. are all worth a sizable chunk of the grading.

2. Start early. You need to do that so you can...

3. Edit more than you write. Along with following directions, having perfect spelling, great grammer, and correct citations are key. As a 2L you're going to spend more time with the Bluebook and Chicago Manual of Style (at least I did) than you would ever want to. That's the skill they're looking for.

4. Organize everything. A dull but well-organized note will beat a genius but completely disorganized note every time.

Bottom line: this is about form over function. Get the form right, and if the function (the substance) is passable, you should be in good shape.

I agree. I wrote onto my journal by doing all of the above plus spending the whole write-on period focused only on this; took the days off from work etc.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Quinnipiac Law or Nesl?
« on: May 22, 2009, 07:59:21 AM »
Hi, thanks for taking the time to share your advise.  With deposit deadlines on approach I'm trying to narrow down where to attend next fall.  Right now I'm stuck.  Here are the schools on the table: 

Quinnipiac Law:  18,000 merit based scholarship
NESL:  20,0000 merit based scholarship
WNEC:  28,000 merit based scholarship
Suffolk:  Awaiting reply due to late college cert form.

Roger Williams:  Full Ride (I've ruled this school out based on all the negative reviews I've read.)

About me:  I graduated from UConn with a 3.65 gpa in English.  I had a 157 lsat which puts me above WNEC & NESL 75%ile, and towards the bottom of Quinnipiac's admits.  I potentially would like to work as an in house legal counsel (which I know is a long uphill battle considering my potential schools), and I am also drawn towards IP law.  However, I'm not hell bent on pursuing these areas should I find a propensity for some other area of law while in school. 

My biggest qualms:
Quinnipiac: Location
Nesl: Reputation
WNEC:  Location & Reputation to a lesser degree.

Personally, I'm impressed by Quinnipiac's 10:1 student:teacher ratio, Reduced admissions size, Steadily moving up the ranks, and highest bar passage rate of any school in the country (yes you read that right).

A long established attorney in HFD who is a friend of mine swears by the mantra that you make your own name in the legal field, but I'm just not quite sold on that.  I want to practice within the MA/CT area, so far a reaching reputation is not an issue.  Any imput any of you may have would be greatly appreciated.

Don't hold your breath on Suffolk... they usually don't have any money to give. I am suprised QU didn't give you more though... I was 3.85 (Summa and Phi Beta Kappa) at UMASS in Political Science and History and a 158 LSAT and they gave me $25,000 a year but WNEC only gave me $22,500. I don't know about the others but QU does have an IP concentration if that helps any.

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