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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 / 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 / Overall most important post-1L course?
« on: May 22, 2009, 06:54:33 AM »
Any thoughts?

I was just wonder what your thoughts were on the importance of classes like trial practice, alternative dispute resolution, or introduction to representing clients. I have heard that all three are big wastes of time as courses(although they are easy A's for grades). I do not see myself being a litigator... instead will probably do business planning or estate/financial planning.... I am planning out my schedule and don't seem to have room for one of these courses.... are they really necessary?

Current Law Students / Scheduling Advice for a 3L?
« on: May 19, 2009, 08:09:27 AM »

I am a soon to be 3L who is also enrolled in my school's JD-MBA program. I know this is a pretty wide range but I am still torn between Corporate, Commercial, Bankruptcy, Tax and Estate Planning. Is there any recommendation of what courses to take?

In addition to my MBA courses, I have already taken all the basic 1L courses (civ pro, contracts, con law, crim, torts, property, legal writing and research), advanced contracts (high A), basic tax, trusts and estates, Business Organizations, Taxation of Buainess Enterprises (C corps, S corps and K entities), and Lawyer's Professional Responsibility.

I am scheduled for the coming Fall to take Evidence, a judicial externship (probably with a federal court), estate and gift tax, and bankruptcy. The following spring (2010) I am planning on taking UCC (Articles 2, 2A, 3 and 4), estate and financial planning, and 5 other credits worth of classes (I am thinking advanced bankruptcy for 3 of them).

The following fall, my final semester, I plan on taking business planning, secured transactions and up to 4 extra credits of classes.

I have credits from my journal that I can apply anywhere (more or less), so I am not facing an issue of finding enough credits. Instead I am just trying to figure out which courses will allow me to be broad enough to still potentially practice in any of the fields I am interested in but still specific enough to be helpful....

Any recommendations of how to fill the credit gaps I have or any changes I should make to my current plan? I have not taken securities regulations or administrative law. Should I? If I take advanced bankruptcy next spring, I can only take one of these, which seems more important to me? Also, should I take a trial practice or ADR courses to fill my 2 credit hole in the spring or should I take a course like elder law?

I am kind of all over the place with this stuff.... thanks for any help you can provide.

Current Law Students / Really random question about trusts
« on: October 16, 2008, 05:40:48 AM »
I am working on a paper on business trusts and can't seem to find an answer anywhere to what I would like to know as I work on it... I am taking trusts and estates right now but we are still working on wills issues.... my question is basically, can an individual create a trust in which they are simultaneously settlor, trustee, and beneficiary? and if so, are there any limits on it?

Current Law Students / Why even teach ALWD?
« on: August 18, 2008, 08:02:34 PM »
I am currently in the process of learning the Bluebook for one of my school's journals. For 1L I had to learn ALWD instead. Everyone at most other law schools that I have talked to have taught the Bluebook rather than the ALWD method, almost all journals require Bluebook, and it overall just seems like a much more widely accepted format. Yet half the writing professors at my law school teach ALWD instead. I hope this isn't already posted here, but I can't find it if it is...what is the point of teaching ALWD instead of bluebook?

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« on: August 01, 2008, 12:33:35 PM »

Current Law Students / Boston Firms?
« on: July 10, 2008, 11:31:48 AM »
I am currently in the process of applying for next summer. I know my options are pretty limited, but if at all possible, I would prefer to stay away from the government because of this awful summer (fed. agency treating me like crap among other things). I am mostly looking in Worcester, Middlesex (Framingham) and Suffolk (Boston) counties.

I am in top 1/4 of my 1L class and in undergrad was summa and phi beta kappa from a large research university.

I know my options are limited both because I wasn't top 10% or graded onto law review, and because my shcool is third tier and in a different state, but any recommendations of places where I would have a shot at? either specific firms or general ideas of how to find firms that would take me, preferably places that practice something business-related

My school does have OCI but most of the firms are in state and the ones that do have Boston offices usually look top 15% or higher.

I do plan on trying to write onto law review... how much would that help my chances if I somehow get on?


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