john marshall chicago anyone?

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Joymin
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Re: john marshall chicago anyone?

Postby Joymin » Sun May 15, 2011 7:06 am

danimax's long feedback is a good perspective in itself. And if it is indeed true that most law schools use the same books and that professors merely guide you instead of building the legal foundations from scratch for you, then I take it that legal education is what you make of it. However, danimax's explanation still does not allay my concerns. There's got to be some explanation why employers have more of an inclination to hire from some schools versus others (even if they have old buildings, like DePaul does).

    The only objective indicia in front of me are the employment stats and unfortunately, they seem to show a kind of a non-preference for JM grads.

    I was surprised when I checked the JMLS law review site (http://www.jmls.edu/lawreview/) and found that their 'Current Issue' is that of Summer of 2009! Compare the same with the Univ of Iowa law review site (http://www.uiowa.edu/~ilr/) or the Temple law review site (http://www.temple.edu/law/tlawrev/), and you will see that not only are they quite updated but the quality of the articles also appears to be good. This is the indicator of quality in front of me, and I have to draw my inference from it.

    I asked JMLS alumni office for the last 3-4 yr's info about a few representative alumni in my area of interest. Their response was that they don't share such info as a matter of policy. However, I asked a third tier school I've gotten in to, and they happily shared it. Assuming it indeed is a matter of policy, I can not even infer whether the school makes me employable in my specialization notwithstanding the overall rankings.

    Another thing employers will consider is whether you have been in a class full of bright folks and whether you have taken that kind of competition stress in your academic life. If you have demonstrated that you don't crack under pressure (as opposed to going to a "chilled out" place), employers would be more keen on hiring you.

kamericajin
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Re: john marshall chicago anyone?

Postby kamericajin » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:09 pm

I know this is a late post, but.... I went to JMLS and transferred to a tier 1 after my first year. I liked going to school there, but really worried about my prospects for employment after graduation. Which, as far as I could tell, weren't very good as a JMLS grad. Overall, it's a great environment, great professors, nice students.

Also, beware, many of the students take 10 or 12 credits a semester and don't work, so that they can get really good grades. That may or may not be unique to JMLS.

Either way, the decision law school should be taken seriously, and made carefully. It is hard work, and you have to pay back those loans after you graduate.

Good luck with your decision!

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Re: john marshall chicago anyone?

Postby bjsesq » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:16 pm

danimax wrote:So again, my advice is not to worry so much about your job perspective after graduation, but worry more about making your leagal education as pleasant, meaninful, and practical as you can.


How did I miss this fucking stupid gem. God, what an idiot.

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SA1928
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Re: john marshall chicago anyone?

Postby SA1928 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:24 pm

Apparently it does have a pretty decent Legal Writing Program though!

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandr ... g-rankings

kamericajin
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Re: john marshall chicago anyone?

Postby kamericajin » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:17 pm

bjsesq wrote:
danimax wrote:So again, my advice is not to worry so much about your job perspective after graduation, but worry more about making your leagal education as pleasant, meaninful, and practical as you can.



Wow. Why wouldn't you worry about getting a job after law school? Unless you're going to law school for fun.... That is horrible advice!

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Re: john marshall chicago anyone?

Postby lawloser22 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:31 pm

bjsesq wrote:
danimax wrote:So again, my advice is not to worry so much about your job perspective after graduation, but worry more about making your leagal education as pleasant, meaninful, and practical as you can.


How did I miss this fucking stupid gem. God, what an idiot.


Dani hopes to graduate with a $200k Mrs. degree.




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