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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Should I go to law school?
« on: April 10, 2013, 10:45:59 AM »
A T2 school will in no way guarantee a job, of any kind, after graduation. Working in engineering instead of a legal environment while you're in law school will only aggravate this when it comes to hiring. Like Jack said, unless you're taking the patent bar and the firm needs a patent attorney, anything regarding engineering will be perceived as irrelevant (or even viewed negatively, as a waste of time that could've been spent doing legal work) to what they want you to do for them, which is almost as a rule grunt work in any area of law they personally don't want to handle, for any new associate.

Because your goal is to be a partner in your own firm, anyway, you still don't have to go to law school. You just have to know something about business, including accounting, recruitment and hiring practices, marketing, business development, human resources, and know a couple lawyers, and you could be a managing partner of a firm tomorrow. They could even be 3Ls now, and creating the firm could be their first application of what they learned in Business Associations, or whatever they're calling it at their school, once they've passed the bar and are ready to jump into practice.

That expert witness thing Jack talked about: hugely lucrative. I can't believe how much those guys get paid. Do that, yesterday.

I guess a couple questions are in order:

1) Can you explain to me what lawyers do?
2) What excites you about doing that?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Should I go to law school?
« on: April 08, 2013, 10:25:32 PM »
Personally, if I were in your position, I would take the engineering degree and job experience to work for the Patent and Trademark Office. That would prevent the loss of three years' salary, the hassle of trying to find a job after leaving law school, and would provide a salary at least comparable to what you would be making after law school (if you found a job right away). So, instead of spending a ton of money for three years, you could be making it. I mean, it would be in DC, but I can think of far worse places.

Quote from: Willamette Law
Course Schedule

Willamette University College of Law's part-time program is a day program only and students must start in the fall. Part-Time students enroll in the same classes as full-time students. First year courses will be assigned after consultation with the Part-time program coordinator. Notification of fall class assignments and schedule will be made prior to New Student Orientation, which occurs in mid-August.


Unfortunately, the only people who know your schedule--including which courses you will take on which days and at what times--will be you and the part-time program coordinator, after you've spoken.

Regional focus has started to become far more evident in the last few years. Go to school where you want to work, where the cost of your education will be lowest, and network your ass off from the very first day you get there. Find a local Inn of the Court, join it, and attend meetings religiously. Get to know lawyers, and better yet, make absolutely certain they not only know you, but like you.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Girlfriend in Law School
« on: December 03, 2012, 03:12:31 AM »
Making something like this work is pretty simple to understand, but can be hard to actually do. Be there when she needs you. Don't complain or pout when she isn't there for you; keep your big boy pants on. There isn't a lot of compromise available in this situation, so just deal with it, and be as consistent and understanding as you can. Fix dinner for her on occasion; she'll need it. Send meals with her to school, maybe, so that's at least one less thing she'll have to think about. Offer to help her with whatever you can do, even if it's just printing out flash cards or doing dishes/laundry when she can't. Big things take time--which, if she doesn't have, neither of you will have--so everything will rest on how well each of you take care of the little things. The fewer things not related to law school she has to worry about, the better it's going to be for both of you.

Black Law Students / Re: Where should I apply? 178/3.11 AA male
« on: October 14, 2012, 09:47:32 AM »
Long Shots: Yale (but if you have a really compelling 250--think "emotionally gripping"--go for it), Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley
Reach: Columbia, Chicago, NYU
Target: The rest of the Top 14, and you'll likely see money from Michigan, Georgetown and Cornell.

Form there, think about what region or city you want to practice in, and you can look at strong regional schools that may give you a full-ride. Leaving law school with no debt can be better than a fancy name on the diploma, if you're willing to put in some legwork with the local legal community.

Black Law Students / Re: GPS 2.1 LSAT 169
« on: October 02, 2012, 07:02:28 PM »
In the city, state, or region where you want to practice should be the focus of your hunt for schools. Schools that place best where you want to practice should be at the top of the list, then narrowed down based on cost of attendance. Don't forget to network your ass off with local attorneys starting day one of 1L. Find and join a local Inn of the Court, and show up for their meetings religiously.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Years Later
« on: October 02, 2012, 06:57:21 PM »
Much respect, PJC. Hope all is going well with you.

Online Law Schools / Re: Mid-Atlantic School of Law
« on: August 22, 2012, 07:41:22 PM »
Flame or not, Enough.

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