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Incidently, all the former lawyers and law students I know who have left practice/school all thought that law school was the thing for them when they completed their undergrad.

I know many people who only see the study of law as a means to an end. I think these people are far more likely to leave legal study/practice than those who truly love law. I am the latter.

This is something I've wanted to do for over 10 years, so it is not a whim or even something I discovered while in college. I love the law and that is why I know it is what I want to do. I used to read Black's Law Dictionary for fun and reading an E&E gives me as much excitement as the latest Harry Potter gives others. I have also had the priviledge of taking classes not offered to the average student with some great lawyers who ran their classes both in style and content like a regular law school course. I've even had the pleasure of studying the intricacies of civil and common law and how they impact potential EU collaboration at a prestigious school in Europe. I know that law is what I want to study and practice and I have the experience to back up that assertion.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How consistent are your practice tests?
« on: June 09, 2008, 10:36:17 AM »
I took almost 30 practice tests (that's the only LSAT prep I did) and the last 8-10 were all in the 175-178 range.

Job Search / Re: 1L Summer job process
« on: June 09, 2008, 10:34:37 AM »
Like other people have said I would definitely pick a few less competitive areas to target as well as the usual big cities. As long as you can demonstrate some reason you would want to work in those regions, you should have a couple nice back-up offers in those areas in case your favorite area isn't so kind. For example, I'm from a decent sized city on the West Coast and in addition to applying to major East Coast markets, I will apply to firms in my home town. They're more likely to offer me a job because I go to a much better school than all of their local schools and I have strong ties to the area.

If you think time off would help you mentally I say go for it. I've talked to many people who did take time off and not one regretted it.

However I'm not going to take time off. Here are my reasons: I know that law school is the thing for me so I don't need time to make sure, I would have to start paying my ugrad loans if I took time off and there is no way I could afford that with an entry level job in the city I currently live and would want to work in, and I want to have a new start for myself (ie I'm not sad about leaving my friends). Perhaps most importantly, there is a huge opportunity cost to consider when taking a year off. If I took a year off I would at most be making $50k. That's a potential loss of $150k because if I went straight through I would have an extra year of possibly making $200k (160 in salary and about 35 in bonus). While it might be worth it to some, it is not worth taking time off to me because of the amount of debt I currently have.

I'm not non-trad, but I will have extra expenses. I'm taking out private loans to cover them.

Financial Aid / Re: FAFSA Question
« on: May 24, 2008, 01:22:21 PM »
If a school requires parents income information, it is usually just for institutional need-based aid i.e. scholarships or loans. Your actual EFC for FAFSA will only be based on your income.

That's correct, but the point is yes, you may need to include ytour parents' info.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Driving Cross Country- Trip Planning
« on: May 14, 2008, 04:27:42 PM »
Definitely Triple A. I've done two cross country trips and they are amazing. If you're a member they will give you tons of maps and you can go in and meet with a rep and they will help you plan the trip and find hotels, etc.

Law School Admissions / Re: Do you have a full-ride scholarship?
« on: May 14, 2008, 04:25:04 PM »
I was offered a full ride at Illinois and turned it down. LSAT 170.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Self-Studying Success Stories
« on: May 13, 2008, 04:24:14 PM »
I self-studied. Got a 170 and am very happy with that. I wouldn't change a thing.

I took a logic class in ugrad and it helped me on the LSAT. Being able to diagram arguments was a big help in terms of time on the test.

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