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Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:47 pm
by FineGentleman
I will be attending Hunter CUNY college in NYC this upcoming fall. I want to dedicate my life to being a successful lawyer. I will be interning at the Manhattan Attorney General's Office this summer.

Can you guys give me ANY advice as to what else I should be working on or how I should behave during my internship? Any books I should read? It's just that since you're all currently law students, there must be some things you wish you did earlier. Should I start studying for the LSATS now? Or just completely focus on my GPA?

I'm just anxious about starting my journey.

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:53 pm
by Tom Joad
The biggest early mistake I made in my legal career is that I didn't chose the right name early enough.

Lots of lawyers go by their first initial, then middle name, then last name. Like W. Maximillion Cadwalader instead of Willie M. Cadwalader.

Really common among lawyers though, not sure why, but I should have done it. Right before college would be the perfect time to transition too, since you make all new friends.

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:54 pm
by bk1
Chill. You don't even know if you'll want to be a lawyer in 4 years.

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:01 am
by guano
Focus on your GPA and on having a good time in college.
Worry about getting laid

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:02 am
by FineGentleman
bk1 wrote:Chill. You don't even know if you'll want to be a lawyer in 4 years.

I would like to start working my ass off towards becoming one so that if I start to hate it, I could give it up early to transition to a different career choice.

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:10 am
by hephaestus
FineGentleman wrote:
bk1 wrote:Chill. You don't even know if you'll want to be a lawyer in 4 years.

I would like to start working my ass off towards becoming one so that if I start to hate it, I could give it up early to transition to a different career choice.

Pick a major that could get you a job without law school (eg supply chain or accounting).

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:23 am
by FineGentleman
ImNoScar wrote:
FineGentleman wrote:
bk1 wrote:Chill. You don't even know if you'll want to be a lawyer in 4 years.

I would like to start working my ass off towards becoming one so that if I start to hate it, I could give it up early to transition to a different career choice.

Pick a major that could get you a job without law school (eg supply chain or accounting).

I would not be able to obtain a very high gpa as an accounting major. I have been thinking of majoring in political science.

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:24 am
by DwightSchruteFarms
ImNoScar wrote:
FineGentleman wrote:
bk1 wrote:Chill. You don't even know if you'll want to be a lawyer in 4 years.

I would like to start working my ass off towards becoming one so that if I start to hate it, I could give it up early to transition to a different career choice.

Pick a major that could get you a job without law school (eg supply chain or accounting).


Choose Psych or Comm as your major. Join a frat (top tier only tho). Find out what goes down faster than an anchor and why. Get a 3.9. Take the LSAT. Retake the LSAT. Enjoy Columbia.

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:28 am
by Kikero
FineGentleman wrote:I will be attending Hunter CUNY college in NYC this upcoming fall. I want to dedicate my life to being a successful lawyer. I will be interning at the Manhattan Attorney General's Office this summer.

Can you guys give me ANY advice as to what else I should be working on or how I should behave during my internship? Any books I should read? It's just that since you're all currently law students, there must be some things you wish you did earlier. Should I start studying for the LSATS now? Or just completely focus on my GPA?

I'm just anxious about starting my journey.

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:29 am
by FineGentleman
DwightSchruteFarms wrote:
ImNoScar wrote:
FineGentleman wrote:
bk1 wrote:Chill. You don't even know if you'll want to be a lawyer in 4 years.

I would like to start working my ass off towards becoming one so that if I start to hate it, I could give it up early to transition to a different career choice.

Pick a major that could get you a job without law school (eg supply chain or accounting).


Choose Psych or Comm as your major. Join a frat (top tier only tho). Find out what goes down faster than an anchor and why. Get a 3.9. Take the LSAT. Retake the LSAT. Enjoy Columbia.


"Find out what goes down faster than an anchor and why"

Can you aware me as to what exactly this means?

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:36 am
by DwightSchruteFarms
FineGentleman wrote:
"Find out what goes down faster than an anchor and why"

Can you aware me as to what exactly this means?


You'll find out soon enough. Enjoy college my friend. You have the rest of your life to become a lawyer. You only get 4 years of college. Get a good GPA and enjoy your time.

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:18 am
by seahawk32
1. Leave this site; never return.
2. Get a CS degree.
3. ????
4. Profit.

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:35 am
by Monochromatic Oeuvre
These "what advance preparation can I do" thread OPs are getting younger and younger.

Next week: "I just learned how to tie my shoes. Should I pick up a Torts hornbook, or focus on my fingerpainting?"

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:24 pm
by Yukos
FineGentleman wrote:["Find out what goes down faster than an anchor and why"

Can you aware me as to what exactly this means?


This was so cute :lol:

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:28 pm
by KD35
FineGentleman wrote:
ImNoScar wrote:
FineGentleman wrote:
bk1 wrote:Chill. You don't even know if you'll want to be a lawyer in 4 years.

I would like to start working my ass off towards becoming one so that if I start to hate it, I could give it up early to transition to a different career choice.

Pick a major that could get you a job without law school (eg supply chain or accounting).

I would not be able to obtain a very high gpa as an accounting major. I have been thinking of majoring in political science.


Accounting isn't that hard. If you're going to struggle academically as an accounting major, then law school might be rough. (yea yea I know that UG is way different than LS, but accounting is not one of the toughest majors)

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:30 pm
by KD35
DwightSchruteFarms wrote: Find out what goes down faster than an anchor and why.


TCR. One of the best responses you could ever hope for.

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:16 pm
by Cobretti
Monochromatic Oeuvre wrote:These "what advance preparation can I do" thread OPs are getting younger and younger.

Next week: "I just learned how to tie my shoes. Should I pick up a Torts hornbook, or focus on my fingerpainting?"

Monochromatic Oeuvre wrote:Forgive me for a question that is particularly specific to my situation, but regarding OGI: I'm K-JD and a relatively young one at that (I don't turn 21 for a couple more months), so my resume isn't super-deep. Everything it does have is DC--pretty much every activity is DC-specific, and all my professional contacts are there as well.

you're barely older than him

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:27 pm
by Lacepiece23
Hey buddy if you want to be a lawyer thats great. I knew early that I wanted to be one as well. Get your degree go to a cheap school adn kill the lsat thats all u need. Have fun in college. Be a normal person. Most ppl that go into law aren't.

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:28 pm
by Br3v
bk1 wrote:Chill. You don't even know if you'll want to be a lawyer in 4 years.

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:13 pm
by FineGentleman
Lacepiece23 wrote:Hey buddy if you want to be a lawyer thats great. I knew early that I wanted to be one as well. Get your degree go to a cheap school adn kill the lsat thats all u need. Have fun in college. Be a normal person. Most ppl that go into law aren't.

Alright. I will be attending college for free.

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:52 pm
by buddyt
Major in something that will get you a job. (Hint: if it isn't in the below list, it won't get you a job)
    Computer science/computer engineering/computer systems engineering
    Electrical engineering
    Some other engineering majors (i.e. probably chemical, probably not civil)
    Computer information systems
    Nursing
    Accounting
    Supply chain management

Don't let your GPA slip below 3.9. Get a job after graduation. If you still want to be a lawyer, get a 173+ on the LSAT.

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:32 pm
by FineGentleman
buddyt wrote:Major in something that will get you a job. (Hint: if it isn't in the below list, it won't get you a job)
    Computer science/computer engineering/computer systems engineering
    Electrical engineering
    Some other engineering majors (i.e. probably chemical, probably not civil)
    Computer information systems
    Nursing
    Accounting
    Supply chain management

Don't let your GPA slip below 3.9. Get a job after graduation. If you still want to be a lawyer, get a 173+ on the LSAT.


It would be very hard to get a 3.9GPA in those majors...

Re: Incoming college freshman. What can I do?

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:45 pm
by MikeSpivey
re: majors, here is some food for thought:

http://spiveyconsulting.com/blog/by-pop ... lsat-list/