What are the most helpful resources besides TLS?

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bravozulu
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What are the most helpful resources besides TLS?

Postby bravozulu » Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:28 am

Hands down, impressed. However, are there other resources or sites you have found helpful? Our pre-law "advising" office is weak at best, so our pre-law society needs somewhere to point students aside from the test prep sites which have so much marketing on them.

What other sites or resources have you found most helpful or is something you share with other highly motivated future lawyers?

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observationalist
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Re: What are the most helpful resources besides TLS?

Postby observationalist » Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:46 am

Here's one that will help explain a debate that's been unfolding about whether schools should report more information about job prospects: http://www.lawschooltransparency.com. We've been working on a plan to contact prelaw advisors at undergrads to let them know what we're trying to do and how it might help their students, so if you find it useful I'd appreciate it if you shared it with other prospectives. Good idea on taking the initiative... my UG's prelaw advisor wasn't very sophisticated either (though they did get me on the path I eventually chose, so I owe them one for that.)

The website includes a tool showing you what information schools report to USNews regarding job outcomes. A lot of people have been working to get better information from law schools regarding job prospects... the information they're required to report is minimal and the manner in which schools portray their job stats makes it very easy for prospective law students to make incorrect assumptions about reasonable debt loads, starting salaries, job types, etc.

Also, prospective law students are encouraged to contact the schools directly and ask them for job stats for the most recent graduating classes. All schools have this data readily available, and as a potential investor in their programs you should be comfortable asking them about what they can offer. Simply providing the percent employed in private practice, or stating the median salary without telling you what percentage of a class reported their salaries, are likely to mislead you and your classmates.

G'luck!

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Re: What are the most helpful resources besides TLS?

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Bumi
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Re: What are the most helpful resources besides TLS?

Postby Bumi » Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:14 pm


bravozulu
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Re: What are the most helpful resources besides TLS?

Postby bravozulu » Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:22 pm

Lots of great sites. Assuming students aren't just LSAT scores and GPA as Kaplan likes us to think, does experience help? Are there any sites that are helpful beyond those two integers? Profound volunteer experience, starting a company, etc. would impress law schools. If students were just numbers, there wouldn't be admissions committees whatsoever.

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Re: What are the most helpful resources besides TLS?

Postby Hattori Hanzo » Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:00 am

bravozulu wrote:Lots of great sites. Assuming students aren't just LSAT scores and GPA as Kaplan likes us to think, does experience help? Are there any sites that are helpful beyond those two integers? Profound volunteer experience, starting a company, etc. would impress law schools. If students were just numbers, there wouldn't be admissions committees whatsoever.


All of that is only marginally important and not worth much consideration. 90% of the app is numbers. If you started a company and want someone to care about it you should go to B school.

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Re: What are the most helpful resources besides TLS?

Postby Bumi » Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:50 am

bravozulu wrote:Lots of great sites. Assuming students aren't just LSAT scores and GPA as Kaplan likes us to think, does experience help? Are there any sites that are helpful beyond those two integers? Profound volunteer experience, starting a company, etc. would impress law schools. If students were just numbers, there wouldn't be admissions committees whatsoever.


Actually, LSN is pretty good for that stuff. People usually put if they started a company or cured cancer, so if they are the single green triangle in a sea of yellow and red, you can tell why.




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