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dsc5050
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Need Help on Deciding on a law school

Postby dsc5050 » Thu May 06, 2010 1:29 pm

OK. So currently I am still waiting from U Buffalo, Rutgers Newark, Seton Hall, Brooklyn and St. Johns Law School...

My major : Mechanical Engineering
MY GPA : 3.71
my LSAT : 154 :(

Currently Accepted to:
Pierce Law + 5K scholarship
Hofstra Law
New York Law School + 15K scholarship

The question is which school should I go to? I know Hofstra is ranked the best but how much of a better opportunity will I have going there to get a job? Furthermore I am planning on going into patent law and hofstra has only 4 classes for patent law, while NYLS and Pierce have about 10.... Just trying to get suggestions. It seems to me NYLS is the best if I do not get into any of the above I am waiting from.

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darknightbegins
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Re: Need Help on Deciding on a law school

Postby darknightbegins » Thu May 06, 2010 7:44 pm

dsc5050 wrote:OK. So currently I am still waiting from U Buffalo, Rutgers Newark, Seton Hall, Brooklyn and St. Johns Law School...

My major : Mechanical Engineering
MY GPA : 3.71
my LSAT : 154 :(

Currently Accepted to:
Pierce Law + 5K scholarship
Hofstra Law
New York Law School + 15K scholarship

The question is which school should I go to? I know Hofstra is ranked the best but how much of a better opportunity will I have going there to get a job? Furthermore I am planning on going into patent law and hofstra has only 4 classes for patent law, while NYLS and Pierce have about 10.... Just trying to get suggestions. It seems to me NYLS is the best if I do not get into any of the above I am waiting from.


Whichever you can go for cheapest. If cost is equal maybe Pierce as they have a good Patent Law program. But follow the money first.

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Thomas Jefferson
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Re: Need Help on Deciding on a law school

Postby Thomas Jefferson » Thu May 06, 2010 7:55 pm

I'll be the one to say it. You really should retake. If you can break 160, with your GPA you're looking at substantially better options. I'm generally of the opinion that the 'study harder and retake' advice gets thrown around to quickly on TLS, but your GPA can get you into some much better schools if you up your LSAT even just a little. Fordham, a bunch of T30s and possibly even a T20 or two could become available to you. Add your engineering background and desire to do patent work to that, and you should have some awesome options for law school and beyond.

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holybartender
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Re: Need Help on Deciding on a law school

Postby holybartender » Thu May 06, 2010 8:03 pm

Retake.

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Re: Need Help on Deciding on a law school

Postby samfam » Thu May 06, 2010 8:12 pm

Please please please don't go to NYLS. A very good friend of mine did, did very well, ended up with a federal clerkship, and found his employment options to be completely nill because of the reputation of the school. He JUST found a job, more than a year and a half after his clerkship ended, working in a tiny plaintiffs firm. I confess that given how tough things are right now, I would discourage anyone who isn't getting $$ from a T6 school from going to law school at all until the market recovers. This holds especially true for NYLS.

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Re: Need Help on Deciding on a law school

Postby romothesavior » Thu May 06, 2010 8:13 pm

samfam wrote:Please please please don't go to NYLS. A very good friend of mine did, did very well, ended up with a federal clerkship, and found his employment options to be completely nill because of the reputation of the school. He JUST found a job, more than a year and a half after his clerkship ended, working in a tiny plaintiffs firm. I confess that given how tough things are right now, I would discourage anyone who isn't getting $$ from a T6 school from going to law school at all until the market recovers. This holds especially true for NYLS.


Your friend got a federal clerkship and couldn't find work? I find that hard to believe.

But not going to NYLS (or any of these other schools) is credited.

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tadams86
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Re: Need Help on Deciding on a law school

Postby tadams86 » Thu May 06, 2010 8:27 pm

holybartender wrote:Retake.

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Re: Need Help on Deciding on a law school

Postby romothesavior » Thu May 06, 2010 8:37 pm

What were your study habits for the LSAT?




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