What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

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What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby Ken » Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:21 pm

Dear TLS site users,

Please post articles that you would like to see written that other TLS site users can write about as entries into the contest. Anything that is missing on TLS that you would like to see would likely be valued by others as well.

For myself, I would really like to see TLS integrate video and I will soon be posting 2-3 minute videos of myself talking about getting a good letter or rec, writing a strong personal statement, crafting a strong LOCI, etc.. But I would love to see others posting videos on anything including LSAT tips, study tips, etc. Any videos (be sure to mention TLS and have the website with hyphens present) will definitely get prizes. Post them on Youtube and like to them from TLS.

What else would everyone like to see?

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby bumblebeetoona » Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:29 pm

I'd like to see more info for non-trads. Seems like a subset that doesn't get enough love. If someone balancing a job and a family could write an article (or make a video) about how they got through the process, it would be awesomely helpful.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby Gwen » Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:30 pm

bumblebeetoona wrote:I'd like to see more info for non-trads. Seems like a subset that doesn't get enough love. If someone balancing a job and a family could write an article (or make a video) about how they got through the process, it would be awesomely helpful.

+1

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby MrOrange » Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:30 pm

Transfer information. The Yahoo group is useful, but I think TLS can do better.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby pjarron » Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:33 pm

MrOrange wrote:Transfer information. The Yahoo group is useful, but I think TLS can do better.

+1 I would love more transfer information and I'm sure TLS can do better, not that the Yahoo group is bad, but TLS can do better I think.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby Ken » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:36 am

Thanks for the excellent idea. I agree that TLS needs to provide more information for both non-traditional students and particularly for transfer students.

The good news is that I talked to PK (who transferred from U. of Florida to Michigan) and he is going to help me create a much more expanded section for transfer students, as this is a large area of interest that TLS currently does not cover.

My goal is that TLS will have the best content in every law school related areas so thanks for your feedback and please keep the ideas coming. Best,

Ken

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Postby 06072010 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:40 am

Ken wrote:Thanks for the excellent idea. I agree that TLS needs to provide more information for both non-traditional students and particularly for transfer students.

The good news is that I talked to PK (who transferred from U. of Florida to Michigan) and he is going to help me create a much more expanded section for transfer students, as this is a large area of interest that TLS currently does not cover.

My goal is that TLS will have the best content in every law school related areas so thanks for your feedback and please keep the ideas coming. Best,

Ken


The biggest part of what we want to do is to have a better transfer database than is out there right now. I'm going to shoot up a questions thread soon to see what the most compelling transfers questions are.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby crazycanuck » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:42 am

A video about fashion would be AMAZING. Maybe 2 different videos for women and men, explaining what is appropriate for business casual events and more formal events. Good brands to look for in suits, tailoring, stuff like that. A video would make it extremely effective, but probably very difficult to do.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby MrOrange » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:44 am

PKSebben wrote:
Ken wrote:Thanks for the excellent idea. I agree that TLS needs to provide more information for both non-traditional students and particularly for transfer students.

The good news is that I talked to PK (who transferred from U. of Florida to Michigan) and he is going to help me create a much more expanded section for transfer students, as this is a large area of interest that TLS currently does not cover.

My goal is that TLS will have the best content in every law school related areas so thanks for your feedback and please keep the ideas coming. Best,

Ken


The biggest part of what we want to do is to have a better transfer database than is out there right now. I'm going to shoot up a questions thread soon to see what the most compelling transfers questions are.

What rank at X school makes one competitive for Y transfer.

In other words...school in the 20's, 30's, 40's, etc...where do you need to be in those 1L classes for t-14, t-13, on down to Yale.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby 06072010 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:45 am

MrOrange wrote:
PKSebben wrote:
Ken wrote:Thanks for the excellent idea. I agree that TLS needs to provide more information for both non-traditional students and particularly for transfer students.

The good news is that I talked to PK (who transferred from U. of Florida to Michigan) and he is going to help me create a much more expanded section for transfer students, as this is a large area of interest that TLS currently does not cover.

My goal is that TLS will have the best content in every law school related areas so thanks for your feedback and please keep the ideas coming. Best,

Ken


The biggest part of what we want to do is to have a better transfer database than is out there right now. I'm going to shoot up a questions thread soon to see what the most compelling transfers questions are.

What rank at X school makes one competitive for Y transfer.

In other words...school in the 20's, 30's, 40's, etc...where do you need to be in those 1L classes for t-14, t-13, on down to Yale.


Right, I'm hoping an updated database would make those connections for us. I'm interested to know if transferring is more competitive these days.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby MrOrange » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:48 am

PKSebben wrote:
MrOrange wrote:
PKSebben wrote:
Ken wrote:Thanks for the excellent idea. I agree that TLS needs to provide more information for both non-traditional students and particularly for transfer students.

The good news is that I talked to PK (who transferred from U. of Florida to Michigan) and he is going to help me create a much more expanded section for transfer students, as this is a large area of interest that TLS currently does not cover.

My goal is that TLS will have the best content in every law school related areas so thanks for your feedback and please keep the ideas coming. Best,

Ken


The biggest part of what we want to do is to have a better transfer database than is out there right now. I'm going to shoot up a questions thread soon to see what the most compelling transfers questions are.

What rank at X school makes one competitive for Y transfer.

In other words...school in the 20's, 30's, 40's, etc...where do you need to be in those 1L classes for t-14, t-13, on down to Yale.


Right, I'm hoping an updated database would make those connections for us. I'm interested to know if transferring is more competitive these days.

I'm almost scared to find out, but given that I'm going to be thinking about it come next spring...I'd like to know.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby Drummingreg » Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:17 am

Hmm, maybe something which highlights the different areas of each LS where they excel. You could have video titles such as "Top IP Law Schools" or "Top Public Interest Law Schools." Maybe interview some graduates or mention their achievements. i.e. for "Top Clerkship Law Schools" you could discuss their SCOTUS clerks. It might help those 0Ls who already know what type of law they would like to practice.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby James Bond » Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:33 am

I know this is "Top Law Schools" and not "Pretty Good Law Schools" and all, but I think a lot of us have grades and LSAT scores that easily get us into the T50 schools but don't quite make the T14 cut that many of this site's info/interviews/etc. apply to. I would also like to see updated school bios. Some haven't been touched in years.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby Drummingreg » Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:39 am

biv0ns wrote:I know this is "Top Law Schools" and not "Pretty Good Law Schools" and all, but I think a lot of us have grades and LSAT scores that easily get us into the T50 schools but don't quite make the T14 cut that many of this site's info/interviews/etc. apply to. I would also like to see updated school bios. Some haven't been touched in years.

Credited. Also, maybe a video series that goes by region. "Southern Law Schools" "Law Schools of the Midwest." It could highlight some of the better regional schools.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby art vandelay » Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:43 am

biv0ns wrote:I know this is "Top Law Schools" and not "Pretty Good Law Schools" and all, but I think a lot of us have grades and LSAT scores that easily get us into the T50 schools but don't quite make the T14 cut that many of this site's info/interviews/etc. apply to. I would also like to see updated school bios. Some haven't been touched in years.


Ditto updated bios. Some of those are woefully outdated.

Even if it's not possible to update 60 or 70 schools, updated profiles for at least the top 20 schools or so would be nice.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby James Bond » Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:44 am

art vandelay wrote:
biv0ns wrote:I know this is "Top Law Schools" and not "Pretty Good Law Schools" and all, but I think a lot of us have grades and LSAT scores that easily get us into the T50 schools but don't quite make the T14 cut that many of this site's info/interviews/etc. apply to. I would also like to see updated school bios. Some haven't been touched in years.


Ditto updated bios. Some of those are woefully outdated.

Even if it's not possible to update 60 or 70 schools, updated profiles for at least the top 20 schools or so would be nice.


That would be the whole point of fellow TLSers writing them. It wouldn't all be on Ken's shoulders, so more could be done in less time.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby Drummingreg » Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:45 am

Alright, last post. There could be a series of informational videos for the less knowledgeable TLS'ers for when they join or just as reference for those that are curious. Ex. "How do clerkships work?" "How does LRAP work?" "What is a day in the life of the average 1L?" (a video diary would be fantastic) "What is Law Review/Journal?" "How can I get into IP law?" Just some suggestions.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby Arrow » Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:04 am

I am currently working on a transfer article, and will definitely try to answer those common questions. If there are other common transferring concerns, let me know. The downside is of course, by the time I have finished, this year's transferring cycle will be over.

Figuring what are your chances of transferring is going to really be my personal guess based on all the data I have seen. I ain't not admissions officer, but there are common trends among the tiers. There are so many possibilities and types of transfers, some of which are super rare too (which makes it kind of interesting).

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby Wahoo1L » Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:30 pm

crazycanuck wrote:A video about fashion would be AMAZING. Maybe 2 different videos for women and men, explaining what is appropriate for business casual events and more formal events. Good brands to look for in suits, tailoring, stuff like that. A video would make it extremely effective, but probably very difficult to do.


A fashion article would be wonderful.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby lz06 » Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:10 am

Advice on asking for fee waivers

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby pjo » Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:14 am

I'd really like to see some articles about firms and their different legal markets. I know this might be tricky b/c of confidentiality and ppl don't want to give away to much info (including who they work for) but it'd be nice to know from the inside what different firms really look for in new associates. Also avg hours for starting associates and ESPECIALLY the culture of the firm (which I have found is often hard to figure out unless you speak directly to someone at the firm.

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby TTH » Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:02 pm

Maybe a section under personal statements covering the different types of optional essays (i.e. Why X, DS, Addenda, etc.).

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby Ken » Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:32 am

I think an article on other essays (Why X Law School, Yale 250, Diversity Statement, etc.) would be very helpful.

Please keep the suggestions coming!

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Re: What articles do you want written by fellow TLSers?

Postby 98234872348 » Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:36 pm

I believe that an article detailing different career paths of lawyers would be extraordinarily helpful. Many of us aren't quite sure what sort of practice areas are available (i.e. patent, estates, real estate, tax, M&A); an article describing the various aspects of legal practice and the careers associated with them would undoubtedly help pre-law students make decisions about whether or not to attend law school and, if applicable, which school to attend.




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