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Black Law Students / Bad Grades...What Now?
« on: January 08, 2010, 02:24:37 PM »

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How long are law school classes?
« on: March 25, 2009, 09:21:20 PM »
i know in undergrad classes were 80 minutes, i think... how long are they in law school

At my school all of our classes are 55 minutes and either 2, 3 or 4 days a week depending on the number of credit hours.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Cornell - Hughes
« on: December 08, 2008, 05:03:58 PM »
Has anyone on here lived at Hughes during 1L?  I'm trying to decide whether it is a good idea to live on-campus or off.  Can any Cornell folks offer up some advice? 

I lived in Hughes as a 1L and it has been a pretty decent experience. You can't beat the convenience and when the temperature is in the teens you'll be happy to not have to walk to get to class. Most people were pretty low stress so I never felt completely overwhelmed with people constantly talking about/studying the law. As far as off campus I would never get a place sight unseen. A lot of the places here are real dumps. Also Cornell is on a big hill so one place may be closer to campus but if it's an uphill walk it can be worse than living a little farther out. As long as you don't have a problem sharing a bathroom and a kitchen then I don't think you'll have a problem with Hughes.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cornell Law and DC Placement
« on: May 25, 2008, 07:31:59 PM »
I'm planning on doing the same thing -- LS at Cornell (if I can get it), and then government work in DC.

Good luck!

Any particular reason why you favor Cornell over any other school?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cornell Law and DC Placement
« on: May 24, 2008, 09:02:55 PM »
Thanks for all the advice! I do think I'm going to go to Cornell though I'd much rather be in DC in Ithaca. Guess I'd better invest in a new coat.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cornell Law and DC Placement
« on: May 24, 2008, 07:41:54 AM »
That would be my guess as well. I'm assuming that because not many people seem to be answering there isn't a lot of info out there. I did contact Cornell's career services who ensured me if I had grades at least in the middle of the class I would have no problem breaking into the DC market. I know that Cornell is a t-14 and an ivy but for the DC market I was convinced that GW would be the better option. But there was no way I could turn down going to Cornell where I would end up with less than $100,000 in debt whereas if I went to GW I would end up with $180,000 (a big difference!). The good thing is I have paid my deposit at both schools so I guess I still have the right to change my mind.

Choosing the Right Law School / Cornell Law and DC Placement
« on: May 23, 2008, 08:49:11 AM »
I recently decided to go to Cornell over GW law. The deciding factor was the fact that Cornell gave me over $100,000 in need based money. I already know that I want to be in DC after graduation and it seemed like GW would have been safer for me since it is in DC but I am also interested in government work so the lighter debt load is in my best interest.

Though I am interested in gov't work, I haven't ruled out Biglaw. I have been doing some research on Cornell and going on websites for some firms in DC. Most seem to have a substantial number of G-Town and GW grads (and of course grads from the top 4 law schools) but not very many Cornell grads. My concern is how hard it would be to break into the DC market from Cornell. I've spoken to some current Cornell law students who said that it isn't extremely difficult. Does anyone know whether or not Cornell placement in DC doesn't seem as high because Cornell grads choose not to go to DC or because DC is a harder market for Cornell grads to break into?

Sorry if there has been any other threads about this :)

Black Law Students / Re: What Do I need to do from here?
« on: May 22, 2008, 04:23:34 PM »
Focus 100% on studying for the LSAT. There is no point in picking schools to apply to until you have your score. If you have to do something other than just studying for the LSAT, work on your essays and getting in contact with the people who you plan on asking to write your recommendation letters (there is no bigger pain then getting your apps in early and have them not go complete until late December because of a slow recommender-trust me!). But I wouldn't even start worrying about that until August. Aim to have your apps out the door and complete in September/early October. But your time this summer will be better spent acing the LSAT. Relax-everything else can wait. Good luck!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Georgetown Waitlist
« on: May 05, 2008, 09:12:22 AM »
Has anyone heard anything since the e-mail went out about hearing something by the 15th?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: North Carolina Central vs Duke
« on: April 30, 2008, 10:11:12 AM »
A majority of Duke grads do not stay in NC so I would not be concerned about them. The largest legal market in NC is Charlotte. Most of the attorney's there seem to be from UNC, Vandy, some Wake and mostly the t-14. As far as the other legal markets in NC, Greensboro and Raleigh, I'm really not sure how NCCU grads place. If you are really concerned about job placement in either of those areas e-mail their career services or a member of the student body (such as the BLSA president) and ask them. An actual NCCU student would be able to tell you better than any of us can. Also do a nalp search of law firms in the area and look at the schools where their attorneys come from. Most NCCU alumni that I know do not work in law firms but rather do a lot of PI work.

NCCU has a great reputation in NC and does have the highest bar passage rate in the state (at least it did a year ago I'm not sure about now). NCCU has an extremely high attrition rate but if you make it past the first year you can be sure that you are receiving a quality legal education.

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