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I see that school rankings mean something to a lot of people; however, I could couldn't care less about them.


Fixed.

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 Post subject: Re: Please help me choose a school, seat deposits are coming up!
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Yikes. You really need to decide where you want to practice after you graduate and choose a law school in that area. What is your GPA/LSAT? Are you married? Will your wife have a job that will cover cost of living expenses? What are the stipulations of your scholarships?

And although your "hours of research" may have shown you that there are lots of non-T14 grads in biglaw firms, these lawyers either graduated 5+ years ago or were at the top of their class. You will see a lot of people on TLS telling you not to take the "I'm a special snowflake and I will be great at whatever I do" approach to law school. Many people enter law school thinking this, and many are wrong. Just be careful when taking out tens of thousands of dollars in debt.


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 Post subject: Re: Please help me choose a school, seat deposits are coming up!
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Smooth Sail wrote:
Thank you for the fix.

My pet peeve is when people have the audacity to disregard the topic and find themselves time to fix grammatical errors. Good thing I didn't type in short hand or code like most of the posts on this site.

Please respond if you have any insight about the schools I have listed.

Thank you for your time.

Respectfully,

Smooth Sail


Ouch, I'm really sorry mate. Dammit! I did it again... :( But at least I bumped your thread, right?

But, to at least lend some relevant advice from a longtime TLS lurker. Firstly, I've spoken to a few partners at some big corporate firms recently about opening up practice post-law school, and each of them said that it would be a "very bad idea" if you have no experience with a firm first. The experience gained from a big firm that allows for rotations is invaluable, and the consensus among them was "7 years" at a big firm before a person would be close to being ready to open a firm (not sure why 7, but perhaps because that is around the time partnerships are handed down I suppose). But, either way, according to them it seems that BigLaw is the best place to get started, especially if you want to open your own practice in business/entertainment law (to make contacts/get the legal experience necessary so you can hit the ground running when you do open your doors). So, to relate this to you, it would be wisest to go to a school that opens up the most opportunity for you to gain firm experience (I doubt the law school curriculum will be enough to prepare you for practice). Based on my TLS lurking, it seems that the schools you've listed as being admitted to won't cut it --especially if you are going into debt for them (not sure what L&C's tuition is, though). I would say the best shots you have on your list are at Stanford/Michigan/Georgetown. I have heard good things from Hastings, though, from a regional standpoint (since it is in the heart of SF, probably similar to Fordham in NYC). You're family should be the most important thing to think about (both short term and long term). I have a family as well and I know that the financial situation (both short and long term) are the primary considerations for me. Choose based on two things: amount of debt coming out of school and chances that you will get a job that will pay off the debt/pay for your family as well.

My 2 cents. I hope it helps, if not, sorry to clutter the thread. But at least I bumped it :)

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 Post subject: Re: Please help me choose a school, seat deposits are coming up!
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I see that school rankings mean something to a lot of people; however, I couldn't care less about them. After hours of research, I have seen many non-T14 alums in "big law" and prestigious firms. I firmly believe every person has to carry their own weight, and with a decent personality and good education, they should be able to succeed in their specialized fields.


Someone please explain to him all the things that are wrong with the above sentences.


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 Post subject: Re: Please help me choose a school, seat deposits are coming up!
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Where do you want to practice? Where do you want to practice? Where do you want to practice?

Also, 3.79 GPA is solid. 154 LSAT is not. You should retake the LSAT and get better offers at better schools. It doesn't matter how good the business and entertainment classes are at certain schools, what matters is the school's ability to find you legal employment.


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 Post subject: Re: Please help me choose a school, seat deposits are coming up!
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Smooth Sail wrote:

Stipulations of scholarships:
Lewis and Clark-Top 20%
Whittier-Top 5%



These are fucking ridiculous.

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Syracuse, Texas Tech, McGeorge, Tulsa-Top 50%


Texas Tech is the only halfway decent option out of here, and it's not great. 3.79 is a great GPA, any way to convince you of a retake?


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 Post subject: Re: Please help me choose a school, seat deposits are coming up!
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My GPA is 3.79,cum laude/LSAT 154. Yes, I am married. My wife will be caring for the kids at home. I have saved enough money for the next five years (I began planning for law school while in the Marine Corp, even before family).

Stipulations of scholarships:
Lewis and Clark-Top 20%
Syracuse, Texas Tech, McGeorge, Tulsa-Top 50%
Whittier-Top 5%

By the way, stipulations will not matter at Syracuse, Texas Tech, McGeorge, and Tulsa. If I lose my scholarship, my GI Bill will cover the cost of tuition.


Those stipulations on L&C and Whittier are pretty rough. If you lose that $$$ you are pretty screwed considering it seems the GI Bill won't cover those schools (not familiar with it just basing that on the schools you've listed that it covers). I would have to say that the better the school, the better prospects you have all around, obviously. So, even if you don't want BigLaw, you're prospects for PI/Small firms are going to be much better if you were to graduate from a T14. Another thing to keep in mind is that (and this should be confirmed by others) small/mid-sized firms probably like to hire experienced attorneys so as not to have to spend so much money on recruitment/training. You're GPA is pretty awesome from UG and the military experience is fantastic for softs. The only thing holding you back is that LSAT. In this case, retake is definitely warranted. If you can bump that into the mid 160s you are looking at much higher-caliber schools and perhaps even a T14 or two if you ED (UVA? NU?).

Either way, your military experience will more than likely be extremely valuable for you in law school. Not necessarily in a tangible way, but in a discipline way. I have heard that the most successful students are those either with WE or military experience.

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I've seen life in a different way than most, only another combat veteran could fathom similar experiences.


Not sure how this is relevant to this particular thread, but you are probably right. This will definitely make an awesome personal statement topic! Not sure what you wrote your PS on but if you talk about this you are going to be golden. I come from a very unique background as well, and having written my PS on that made a big difference in my admissions I think. Several acceptance letters had hand-written mentions of my PS.

Hope this helps,
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 Post subject: Re: Please help me choose a school, seat deposits are coming up!
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Smooth Sail wrote:

I did retake the LSAT, and both times I had to stop in the third section. I scored the same for completing two complete sections (analytic, logical), and one set of the reading comprehension section. Unfortunately, my health prevents me from sitting for the whole test. I was wounded in combat, and my body is paying dearly for the injuries.


No offense, but if you can't sit still for 4 hours, law school might not be the right choice for you :?.


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I prefer California and New york, but I will go where the job sends me.

I did retake the LSAT, and both times I had to stop in the third section. I scored the same for completing two complete sections (analytic, logical), and one set of the reading comprehension section. Unfortunately, my health prevents me from sitting for the whole test. I was wounded in combat, and my body is paying dearly for the injuries.

Hence, the reason I'm looking for the solid education. I could only hope for the best when it comes to job placement from the current list of schools. I'm also not going to wait for them to place me, I will be out there hustling myself.

Respectfully,

Smooth Sail


Jesus bro, that's unfortunate. Especially (if I am reading this right) you were able to get a 154 leaving 2 entire sections blank.

I would think about a different career path given the circumstances.


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Smooth Sail wrote:
I did retake the LSAT, and both times I had to stop in the third section. I scored the same for completing two complete sections (analytic, logical), and one set of the reading comprehension section. Unfortunately, my health prevents me from sitting for the whole test. I was wounded in combat, and my body is paying dearly for the injuries.


I am almost certain LSAC needs to accommodate you if it is a legitimate disability (which it sounds like it may be). Not sure what they can do, but they may be able to give you more time --which would be the only advantage you need since the LSAT's difficulty is derived from the time constraints. Maybe I am wrong, but it just doesn't seem right to me if they don't at least make some effort to make an accommodation for a genuine disability.


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I am almost certain LSAC needs to accommodate you if it is a legitimate disability (which it sounds like it may be). Not sure what they can do, but they may be able to give you more time --which would be the only advantage you need since the LSAT's difficulty is derived from the time constraints. Maybe I am wrong, but it just doesn't seem right to me if they don't at least make some effort to make an accommodation for a genuine disability.


It doesn't sound to me like he needs more time on the actual test, but perhaps a break between sections. I'd look into that. Seems reasonable.


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Smooth Sail wrote:

I set a goal to be an attorney as a child. So far, I have yet to fail a goal. Unfortunately, my LSAT score is what it is. It's a bit sad how that one number determines the quality of school I will attend, but the end result is that I want to be an attorney. I have an opportunity to minimize my debt, and I have saved income to pursue this next goal.



I understand the sentiment, but the reality is there is a likely chance you will end up never practicing law out of these schools. Less than 60% of law grads in '09 obtained full time JD required employment. Many of these schools are in saturated markets, place super regionally into small and insular markets, or you stand a huge chance at losing your scholarship.

If you must go, Texas Tech is your best bet. Stips on Lewis & Clark make it difficult to retain your scholarship. Syracuse is in a market with 15 other law schools. Tulsa isn't good. Whittier and McGeorge shouldn't even be law schools.

Tech has a relatively good reputation and good placement for its ranking if your content with living in Texas. I'd also blast UC Hastings with letters of continued interest and go there if your debt would be minimal.

You're truly in a unique situation and a tough spot. I hope some of this was helpful and I wish you luck.


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The first test was not accommodated (didn't know LSAC did such a thing). The second test I did receive accommodations: a private room next to a bathroom, podium, and a stopwatch to stop my 35-minute sections for bathroom breaks. I did not receive additional time. I have a broken spine, and a disease that is destroying my intestines. I constantly bleed and have to use the restroom. I recently had my eighth surgery and so far I am doing better. I have a few more issues; however, I will not post them.

I set a goal to be an attorney as a child. So far, I have yet to fail a goal. Unfortunately, my LSAT score is what it is. It's a bit sad how that one number determines the quality of school I will attend, but the end result is that I want to be an attorney. I have an opportunity to minimize my debt, and I have saved income to pursue this next goal.

Respectfully,

Smooth Sail


This is rough. I think you are doing a disservice to yourself though if you settle for that LSAT score. I would say give it one more shot and see what happens. Study your arse off and see if you can improve your score even with your condition. If you can break 160 it will be even more likely you will accomplish your goal.

I certainly don't think you should give up though. And, based on what you've posted at least, it seems giving up just isn't an option. If your retake yields a lower/similar score then just take the school that gives you the most $$$ and is in the region you would like to practice. That is the best advice you are gonna get probably.

Additionally...it is a bad idea to go to a school with the intention of transferring. Transferring is a crap-shoot when you are going in as a 0L since you will need to be top 5% of your class to make transferring worth while from the schools you've listed and riding on that is just not a good idea. It is easier to score well on the LSAT (a learnable test that is predictable) than it is to transfer.


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Smooth Sail wrote:
Thank you, flem.

I like Texas Tech as well. I have already started the email process with Hastings. I've sent them a missive every week. I don't know if I am over doing it, but I am hoping they know I am serious.

If I lose the scholarship at Lewis & Clark, my GI Bill with the Yellow Ribbon Program will cover $27,500.00 out of their ~$38,000.00 tuition. If all fails with the wait list, should I choice L & C over a full ride at Texas Tech?

Respectfully,

Smooth Sail


Not if you're content with being in Texas. L&C is one of those schools that seems to be respected in the region but its placement isn't that good, which is obviously contradictory. Also it's my understanding from what I've read here and elsewhere that the PNW is quite unfriendly to outsiders. So there's that, too.


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Smooth Sail, you are my new hero, man. That's rough, but you sound very determined. I hope you get into the school of your choice and end up at your dream job. Going into private practice immediately out of law school can be tough, so you might have to start with biglaw. Here's a list of what firm recruiters think of schools:

Ranking by US News of what recruiters think about schools, and a year old, I believe, but still, should serve as a good reference. You said you don't care about the rankings, but there might be some truth to this since this is coming straight from the recruiters:

1. Harvard
2. Stanford
2. Yale
4. Columbia
4. Mich
6. NYU
6. UVA
8. Cornell
8. Duke
8. NW
8. Chicago
13. Gtown
13. Penn
15. Vandy
15. WUSTL
17. Texas
18. Bu
18. Emory
18. Wash and Lee
18. UCLA
18. UMN
18. ND
18. USC
25. BC
25. UNC
25. Iowa
28. Hastings
28. GW
28. Illinois
28. W & M
32. BYU
32. Fordham
32. IUB
32. Arizona.
32. U Wash
32. WIsconsin
38. OSU
38. Tulane
38. WF
41. SMU
41. Utah
43. AMerican
43. Davis
43. ASU
43. UF
43. ALabama
43. Georgia
43. Oklahoma
50. Baylor
50. Pepperdine
50. COlorado
50. Kansas
50. Kentucky
50. Miami
50. Oregon
50. Richmond
58. GMU
58. Gonzaga
58 Loyola-Chi
58. Marquette
58. PSU
58. Houston
58. Maryland
58. Mississippi
58. Mizzou
67. Catholic
67. Depaul
67. Drake
67. IU-Indy
67. Loyola-LA
67. Temple
67. ST Louis
67. Uconn
67. Denver
67 Louisville
67. USD
67. Nova
67. Dozo
81. Brooklyn
81. Case
81. Creighton
81. FSU
81 Hofstra
81. L&C
81. LSU
81. Loyola-NOLA
81. MSU
81. Samford
81. Cincy
81. Seattle
81. Nebraska
81 Pitt
81. SC
96. Chi-Kent
96. Santa Clara
96. Seton HAll
96. Cuse
96. Vermont
96. WVU


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Smooth Sail, you are my new hero, man. That's rough, but you sound very determined. I hope you get into the school of your choice and end up at your dream job. Going into private practice immediately out of law school can be tough, so you might have to start with biglaw. Here's a list of what firm recruiters think of schools:

Ranking by US News of what recruiters think about schools, and a year old, I believe, but still, should serve as a good reference. You said you don't care about the rankings, but there might be some truth to this since this is coming straight from the recruiters:

List of schools


This is worthless. You think a recruiter from a firm in Oklahoma thinks higher and would rather recruit out of a school like UW than they do OU? This is national perception when it's regional perception that actually matters.


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