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Re: Southwestern

Postby joonhp » Thu May 06, 2010 3:15 am

Danteshek wrote:
joonhp wrote:What to do...Southwestern FT or Santa Clara PT...*sigh*


How long have you lived in LA?


I grew up in LA, but lived for several years in the bay area after college. My goal is biglaw and I know it requires top 10 percent at either institution. I am still trying to figure out which market is better. I know SCU has a good rep at the big firms in the bay area because I met a number of SCU grads while paralegaling. Do Southwestern grads receive offers at the larger firms in the LA area?

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Re: Southwestern

Postby Danteshek » Thu May 06, 2010 3:40 am

Some big firms hire top Southwestern students. Other large firms tend to pass them over. In general, you want to be someplace where you won't feel like the unwanted stepchchild (the SW associate at DLA Piper told me that was her nickname). So even if you get a big law offer, you might be better off someplace else. Biglaw cannot be an expectation for any student at SW. Sure, if you hit it out of the park, you have a shot.

I think you should come to Southwestern because LA is where your roots are. That will be your competitive advantage when decide to look fo a job. And you will develop your LA network even further as a student at SW. Lastly, LA is a much larger legal market than San Jose/SF.

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Re: Southwestern

Postby Norwood » Thu May 06, 2010 1:07 pm

Biglaw is barely a possibility at either school and out of any school especially in this economy, however SCU will provide you with a slightly better shot. I wouldn't say that LA has a MUCH larger market than the Bay Area, they seem pretty comparable especially considering many SCU grads are hired in SF as well. You need to keep in mind, one of these schools isn't going to give you an huge advantage over the other when it comes to employment in their region. What will give you a huge advantage is excelling at the school you choose to attend. Choose a school you like and work you butt off, and in this way you'll maximize your employment opportunity. You should look at the area, its facilities, visit the campus, sit in a class, talk to current students, etc. and figure out where you're going to be a happy law student.

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Re: Southwestern

Postby Mr. Matlock » Thu May 06, 2010 8:09 pm

Fuck me. Wait-listed. :? So much for the optimism I had with the LSN chart.

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Re: Southwestern

Postby cubedweller » Thu May 06, 2010 10:47 pm

Mr. Matlock wrote:Fuck me. Wait-listed. :? So much for the optimism I had with the LSN chart.


Sorry to hear man... :(

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Re: Southwestern

Postby filmbuff » Thu May 06, 2010 11:34 pm

So sorry, but at least the agony of wondering and waiting is over and I really think that there is going to be a lot of movement on this waitlist in the coming months. At least with waitlist status you can send a LOCI/other materials and try to be a little proactive with your file. It could have been worse, of course, if a rejection had been issued, so just think how you would be feeling right now with that! At least Pepperdine are still in the running for you and, I think, Loyola?

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Re: Southwestern

Postby Danteshek » Thu May 06, 2010 11:45 pm

Mr. Matlock wrote:Fuck me. Wait-listed. :? So much for the optimism I had with the LSN chart.


Take the full ride at La Verne. The DA is not going to care. You can work for the Riverside or San Bernadino DA while you're in school. There are even DAs from unaccredited schools. I met one who went to Pacific Coast School of Law.

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Re: Southwestern

Postby SwollenMonkey » Fri May 07, 2010 3:37 am

Mr. Matlock wrote:Fuck me. Wait-listed. :? So much for the optimism I had with the LSN chart.



Welcome to the club. Its been a month since I was wait-listed. Now, I hear people can't pay deposits. I'm not optimistic yet. =-\

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Re: Southwestern

Postby onthecusp » Fri May 07, 2010 6:21 am

Danteshek wrote:
Mr. Matlock wrote:Fuck me. Wait-listed. :? So much for the optimism I had with the LSN chart.


Take the full ride at La Verne. The DA is not going to care. You can work for the Riverside or San Bernadino DA while you're in school. There are even DAs from unaccredited schools. I met one who went to Pacific Coast School of Law.


Dante, would you take a full ride at La Verne over Sticker at Southwestern knowing what you know now?

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Re: Southwestern

Postby onthecusp » Fri May 07, 2010 6:33 am

rossrobert wrote:
filmbuff wrote:Rossrobert: So sorry to hear this as I thought from your questions about the login information that you had already been accepted. Plus, I had an answer for you about the login! I would suggest calling admissions and asking if you can be considered for the part-time evening program. It is certainly less competitive and unless your numbers were just completely off the beaten path, then it's worth a shot and I know there are still spots available. You can then apply to the Dean of Students to transfer in to the traditional program after the first year. If they say no, ask if you can be at least wait-listed for the part-time. See if they are willing to play ball at all. Not much comfort perhaps when you live in NY, but let us know!


Thank you for your support! I was asking about the login information since my status had changed that a final decision letter was on its way and i was anxious to see if i would be able to log on to that part of the website. I did apply for the part-time programs as well and was hoping I would at least have a shot at that. My GPA is a 3.52 (which I believe is at their 75%), however my LSAT score is below their 25%. I am not a good standardized test taker, but should mention that I do have a learning disability, which plays a factor in this. I spoke about my ld in my personal statement, e-mailed people in the admissions office regarding my situation and even spoke with the counselor in the diversity affairs office. I submitted additional documentation of my IEP from when I was younger ,which indicates that I received extended time on exams and then after speaking with the counselor we agreed that I should submit a LOCI. I submitted the letter along with additional documentation of testing from a few years ago which reiterates my need for extended time on tests. I was told to make the admissions committee aware that these documents were important since I was not able to receive proper accommodations for the LSAT. When I contacted LSAC regarding accommodations they told me I would have to be tested again to be considered. Right after I spoke with LSAC, I started to make calls to find out there were waiting lists and the testing and results would not have been completed by the deadline LSAC enforced, therefore resulting in both of my horrible LSAT scores. I really thought that the committee might have looked somewhat past my score since there is a nice section on their site about students with learning disabilities and what they do to accommodate those students. As far as SW playing ball, I don't think they are willing to play as the letter states, " You may be assured that the materials you submitted have received full attention by the Admissions Committee, whose decision is final." Obviously I am very upset by this, but the only person I guess to blame is myself and to remember that everything happens for a reason....

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rossrobert wrote:got rejected today :-( really upset about this...good luck to the rest of you.


Sorry to hear. Have you been accepted to any other schools? Taking a year off isn't to retake the LSAT and just chill out is not always such a bad idea, especially if you are on the younger side. If it makes you feel any better, I applied to 36 schools and only was accepted to two of them. I had something like eight wait-lists. This is not at all indicative of your ability to succeed in law school.


I have not been accepted to any other schools, which has really made me stressed out. I am 24 and graduated college in 2008, I have been working these past two years and really did not want to take another year off from school. I took the testmasters prep course, which I believe did help me, but I feel like there is no hope in doing better unless I receive accommodations, which who knows if they will even grant me that. Hopefully everything works out in the end.

I apologize for the venting, but thank you for listening.

Good luck to everyone!


To be honest, this is rarely ever my advice, but you need to retake the LSAT. If you have a 3.5 GPA, you're capable of pulling off a 160+. Imagine taking the next 5 months or so to prepare for the October LSAT, having the pressure of already going through it once before and scoring a 160+. Not only would you be in at Southwestern, you damn well might be considered for a full ride, not to mention all the other T1 and T2 schools that would consider you as well. You have a great GPA for any school outside of the Top 30. I'm 29 and will be entering my first year of law school. It's really not that big of a deal. You're still a baby. One more year isn't going to kill you.

You've already taken testmasters, you know how to do the problems, now you just have to get good at taking the test. Take as many PT's as possible before October and get your 160. If I had your GPA, instead of being waitlisted, I'd probably be looking at a very generous scholarship offer from Southwestern, and all I scored was a 157. Don't sell yourself short, and don't feel pressured to rush into law school. Seriously, 24 is practically pre-pubescent now a days. Do this for yourself.

Re-apply next cycle on the first day they allow applications, take the test in October, get your 160+. You'll thank yourself later.

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Re: Southwestern

Postby bamlax » Fri May 07, 2010 11:28 am

onthecusp wrote:
Danteshek wrote:
Mr. Matlock wrote:Fuck me. Wait-listed. :? So much for the optimism I had with the LSN chart.


Take the full ride at La Verne. The DA is not going to care. You can work for the Riverside or San Bernadino DA while you're in school. There are even DAs from unaccredited schools. I met one who went to Pacific Coast School of Law.


Dante, would you take a full ride at La Verne over Sticker at Southwestern knowing what you know now?


Thought this was kind of interesting and positive info for Southwestern, but I have no idea about La Verne.


http://members.calbar.ca.gov/search/demographics.aspx

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Re: Southwestern

Postby Fergie » Fri May 07, 2010 11:34 am

just withdrew with full ride........good luck to ya'll. Hope the spot goes to one of you! :D

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Re: Southwestern

Postby SwollenMonkey » Fri May 07, 2010 1:03 pm

Fergie wrote:just withdrew with full ride........good luck to ya'll. Hope the spot goes to one of you! :D


Thanks!

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Re: Southwestern

Postby Danteshek » Fri May 07, 2010 3:22 pm

onthecusp wrote:
Danteshek wrote:
Mr. Matlock wrote:Fuck me. Wait-listed. :? So much for the optimism I had with the LSN chart.


Take the full ride at La Verne. The DA is not going to care. You can work for the Riverside or San Bernadino DA while you're in school. There are even DAs from unaccredited schools. I met one who went to Pacific Coast School of Law.


Dante, would you take a full ride at La Verne over Sticker at Southwestern knowing what you know now?


I wouldn't. Being in LA is very important to me. I went to middle school and high school here. I know tons of people, and so does my mom. Dozens of my high school classmates are practicing lawyers in LA. Also, I am probably going to work in private practice. If I knew for sure I wanted to be a DA (like Mr. Matlock), I would seriously consider a full ride at La Verne.

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Re: Southwestern

Postby vvoc » Fri May 07, 2010 3:41 pm

just out of curiosity...stupid question maybe but why is it important that you attend a law school in the region you want to work? are alumni more likely to hire one of there own?

is it easier to get a job because of local name recognition? just want to know if there is any REAL benefit in attending a school where you want to practice as opposed to one that offers you money....thanks

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Re: Southwestern

Postby uwb09 » Fri May 07, 2010 3:51 pm

vvoc wrote:just out of curiosity...stupid question maybe but why is it important that you attend a law school in the region you want to work? are alumni more likely to hire one of there own?

is it easier to get a job because of local name recognition? just want to know if there is any REAL benefit in attending a school where you want to practice as opposed to one that offers you money....thanks

the biggest reason, is that during law school you should be out in the local area networking, making a name for yourself, diving into the local legal scene, etc...

name recognition is also up there, the local firms and business work with tons of students from that school, and have built up an association with it. And not just students, but working with the school itself and it's faculty.

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Re: Southwestern

Postby Danteshek » Fri May 07, 2010 3:59 pm

vvoc wrote:just out of curiosity...stupid question maybe but why is it important that you attend a law school in the region you want to work? are alumni more likely to hire one of there own?

is it easier to get a job because of local name recognition? just want to know if there is any REAL benefit in attending a school where you want to practice as opposed to one that offers you money....thanks


The reason it's important is because if you're at a local school like Southwestern, 95% of your classmates are going to practice in the same area. 94 out of ~230 kids in the full time program my year went to UCLA for UG, and another huge chunk from USC. Those kids are not going anywhere after they graduate from Southwestern. If you can develop relationships with these people, who already have their own extensive LA networks, that can help you as you start your practice. The other reason is that if you go to a local school, where you want to practice, you can start networking in the working legal community while you're in school. You would not have that opportunity if you were going to school somewhere else. It's not just about getting a job. It's about building a name for yourself, from the moment you step foot on campus.

If you go to USF (for example), and then come to LA after you graduate, you'd be starting from scratch. Nobody will know you. If you go to a top school like Berkeley, people won't care as much that they don't know you, because they'll assume you are smart because you went to an elite school.

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Re: Southwestern

Postby Mr. Matlock » Fri May 07, 2010 4:18 pm

Danteshek wrote:
onthecusp wrote:
Danteshek wrote:
Mr. Matlock wrote:Fuck me. Wait-listed. :? So much for the optimism I had with the LSN chart.


Take the full ride at La Verne. The DA is not going to care. You can work for the Riverside or San Bernadino DA while you're in school. There are even DAs from unaccredited schools. I met one who went to Pacific Coast School of Law.


Dante, would you take a full ride at La Verne over Sticker at Southwestern knowing what you know now?


I wouldn't. Being in LA is very important to me. I went to middle school and high school here. I know tons of people, and so does my mom. Dozens of my high school classmates are practicing lawyers in LA. Also, I am probably going to work in private practice. If I knew for sure I wanted to be a DA (like Mr. Matlock), I would seriously consider a full ride at La Verne.

This is 100% credited. It's just coming to terms with relegating the rest of your life to the Inland Empire, and in my case, the hour long commute each way that would be facing me each day. (Living under the dream I actually get a job once I graduate)

Here's praying satellite radio never goes belly up.

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Re: Southwestern

Postby SoCalStudent » Sun May 09, 2010 2:00 am

Danteshek wrote:
I wouldn't. Being in LA is very important to me. I went to middle school and high school here. I know tons of people, and so does my mom. Dozens of my high school classmates are practicing lawyers in LA. Also, I am probably going to work in private practice. If I knew for sure I wanted to be a DA (like Mr. Matlock), I would seriously consider a full ride at La Verne.


Hey Dante, what are the prospects of working as a DA? Is it tougher than doing private practice or working big law? It's all contingent on my Oct. LSAT, but I may actually choose a lower ranked school based on scholly offers now. If by some miracle I got into UCLA, I think I'd pick SW now if I got a full ride.

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Re: Southwestern

Postby Danteshek » Sun May 09, 2010 2:14 am

If you want to work for the DA, you extern there and take criminal law electives, of which Southwestern has plenty. Right now the office isn't hiring, but I expect it will be by the time you graduate. At any given time 30-50 Southwestern students are working in the DA's office. I think about a quarter of the DAs are Southwestern alums.

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Re: Southwestern

Postby SoCalStudent » Sun May 09, 2010 4:19 am

Danteshek wrote:If you want to work for the DA, you extern there and take criminal law electives, of which Southwestern has plenty. Right now the office isn't hiring, but I expect it will be by the time you graduate. At any given time 30-50 Southwestern students are working in the DA's office. I think about a quarter of the DAs are Southwestern alums.


Right now, my interest is in criminal law, so working in a DA's office would be ideal. That's a bumer they aren't hiring though :(. Hope this changes for the '11-'12 school year! Would you know the starting salary by any chance? $50-$60K?

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Re: Southwestern

Postby Danteshek » Sun May 09, 2010 5:49 am

about 60k

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Re: Southwestern

Postby Callie » Mon May 10, 2010 11:43 am

Danteshek wrote:
94 out of ~230 kids in the full time program my year went to UCLA for UG, and another huge chunk from USC.


How is this information known? Is it actually printed somewhere since you know so precisely?

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Re: Southwestern

Postby Chakazulu » Mon May 10, 2010 1:08 pm

I'm interested in tax law, but also a DA position. I'm assuming I'd take a lot of courses on taxation. However, can I raise my chances of being selected to DA by focusing on tax?

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Re: Southwestern

Postby Danteshek » Mon May 10, 2010 1:44 pm

Callie wrote:
Danteshek wrote:
94 out of ~230 kids in the full time program my year went to UCLA for UG, and another huge chunk from USC.


How is this information known? Is it actually printed somewhere since you know so precisely?


This was one of the facts about our class that Dean Garth mentioned at orientation.




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