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Law School Admissions / Re: jd vs. mba
« on: May 11, 2007, 06:20:23 AM »


I agree with what you said about being super rich.  If you want to be super rich law is not the way to go.  However, if you just want to be in the upper echelons of upper-middle class law is a more sure bet (imho) than being a doctor or investment banker, etc for most of the population because it requires a more broad and more easily acquired skill set. 



Define super rich?

From the context of the original comment I took it to mean around $15 million or more.

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Incoming 1Ls / Law School and Flash cards
« on: May 10, 2007, 02:12:50 PM »
I work as a paralegal now and a bunch of the attorneys I work with have said I should get flashcards and work through them before school starts so its less confusing when it all starts.  Does anyone think this might be worth it?  Has anyone used commercially available flashcards and if so what are good publishers?

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Law School Admissions / Re: jd vs. mba
« on: May 10, 2007, 02:01:03 PM »
The answer depends on whether you actually prefer the law. If you go to law school, do it because you love the law, not because you want to get rich. If you're coming out of college, and your primary goal is to get rich, go to work at an investment bank, brokerage house, real-estate development firm, or computer-technology company and learn how that businesses works. While you're there, think about starting your own business or going to business school. 

Having been out of law school for a few years, I can't help but smile when I see so many people obsessed with the law-school admissions process. Unfortunately, the primary impetus for this competition appears to be money. The ironic truth, however, is that even the people who go to the most prestigious schools and work for the most prestigious firms very rarely get rich, and the few who do get rich will nevertheless wind up making salaries that are dwarfed by those of successful businessmen. Look at Forbes's list of the 400 richest Americans. How many practicing lawyers made the list? One. How many people from the finance, real estate, and computer-technology fields made the list? Hundreds.

Generally, law-school applicants fall into one of two categories: (1) those who have a genuine passion for the law; and (2) middle- and upper-middle-class kids who mistakenly think that practicing law is a good way to become rich. Of course, those who actually are rich know better. Indeed, very few children of the super rich go to law school, and even fewer go with the intention of practicing law. Why? Because they have no illusions regarding money.
 


I agree with what you said about being super rich.  If you want to be super rich law is not the way to go.  However, if you just want to be in the upper echelons of upper-middle class law is a more sure bet (imho) than being a doctor or investment banker, etc for most of the population because it requires a more broad and more easily acquired skill set. 

I think more people can hack law school than can hack med school and I think there are a lot of people that are numbers shy that think they could never go into banking but could see doing law an alternative.  In many ways law is the "safe" option for job security and money.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Cornell Reserve List
« on: May 10, 2007, 06:05:18 AM »
The Cornell adcomm staff is tiny.  When I went up for ASW they said that there are only about 4 people reading files. Even if you have nothing new to say I would call and try and get to talk to Sarah or Henry and let them know that although you have nothing substantive new to add you expect your grades on XX date and you remain strongly interested in Cornell, and if its the truth tell them if offered a place off the waitlist you would attend.

I think at such a small school as Cornell a statement like this might help your chances.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Northwestern c/o 2010
« on: May 07, 2007, 06:02:47 AM »
I just got back from Chicago where I bought a condo in the gold coast!

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law school car shopping guide
« on: May 02, 2007, 12:21:00 PM »
Yay!  Its always good to hear your not nuts. 

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Law School Admissions / Re: GULC PT Waitlist Thread
« on: May 02, 2007, 12:05:19 PM »
Just wanted to let you all know that I withdrew from GT-PT yesterday so hopefully they'll be at least a few spots opening up.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law school car shopping guide
« on: May 02, 2007, 12:02:17 PM »
I'm sending my 99 Golf with less than 40K miles to SC with my dad while I go to Chicago for law school.  I don't want to sell the car because its worth so little and I might want it during the summer depending on where I work or maybe in my 2L or 3L year in Chicago when I have more time do stuff outside law school. 

He's going to pay the minimal insurance and taxes.  Is this a nuts idea -- it seemed like a good idea to me?

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Thanks a lot -- I know its hard to say how much work is enough, its just that some people give you the distinct feeling that you will never get more than 4 hours of sleep and be constantly behind/in a state of panic.

I don't think I could do 2elandbored's schedule because it runs to late for me, but Ann's looks ok.  I hope  I read as fast as Ann (I doubt it).

I'm mostly concerned because I know I need to have a life outside of law school.  I think a non-lawschool activity like volunteering at a soup kitchen or animal shelter or a non-law people sports team would be a good idea for my sanity.  Anyone have any thoughts on this?

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Help me decide on a laptop...
« on: April 30, 2007, 10:15:14 AM »
I want to play in this thread -- NU pretty much makes you chose between the OPs 2 models if you want support through the school.  I'm leaning towards the bigger one even though I'm only 5'3".

I guess I figure an extra pound or so of laptop isn't really a big deal considering the size of casebooks!

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