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User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3531 posts, RR: 5
Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2539 times:

Well Ive decided to complicate my life even more, be in school till i'm 25 and add additional debt onto my already outrageous student loans.

I'm going to Law School.

I had this epiphany on tuesday of last week, in my Legal and Ethical Issues in Communication class. I am currently enrolled in Journalism graduate school, and the program at the University of Iowa I am in allows me to get my JD (juris doctorate..law degree), and my MA concurrently. So I will come out of the program in 4 years total (3 more after this year) with an MA and a JD.

The MA in journalism will come in handy, as I would like to specialize in First Amendment Law. It seems like First Amendment law (Freedom of Speech, expression, etc...) would be a good fit for me anywho with my background in Comm and Journalism, and it First Amendment law actually matters, not that criminal law and tort (civil) law doesn't matter, but First Amendment law has direct implications on society and culture in general...

anyway, I am really excited about my decision, and I have already set things in motion for this to happen. I am taking the December LSAT, and have already started studying for that.

I haven't told the family yet, as this will obviously complicate things in my life and add quite a bit more student loans onto my plate. however, there are advantages to being a graduate student as well as a law student, and I should be able to TA at least half time for a year or two while in Law School. I also go to an in-state public school, so that makes the price a bit more reasonable.

Anyway, I'm looking for any advice or anything else i should know about this (law school, being a lawyer, etc...). Thanks in advance, and I hope I feel as good about this decision 5 and 10 years down the road as I do right now...


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2530 times:

What's the over/under on Aa777jr "signed by" posts in this thread?

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2527 times:

Quoting Planespotting (Thread starter):

Let me tell you this from probably the opposite point of view you were expecting.
My Advice: DO IT!!
My Rationale: My Dad and My Uncle did it, then not terribly long ago my Aunt did it. They all have more money then they know what to do with, and lead VERY reasonable lives. I, however, never made it past 2nd year undergrad and struggle for everything. I know who's to blame and I face that son of a bitch every morning in the mirror, but if I had it to do over, I'd definately get through graduate school, and law is noble if you make it so. Just don't become an ambulance chaser!!


User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2497 times:

Quoting Planespotting (Thread starter):
The MA in journalism will come in handy, as I would like to specialize in First Amendment Law. It seems like First Amendment law (Freedom of Speech, expression, etc...) would be a good fit for me anywho with my background in Comm and Journalism, and it First Amendment law actually matters, not that criminal law and tort (civil) law doesn't matter, but First Amendment law has direct implications on society and culture in general...

Don't become fixated on a particular field of law before you've been in school for at least a year, and don't be blinded by what you studied as an undergraduate. You might find something new that really motivates you.


User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2483 times:

I just started Case Western Law school. I can give you a lot of answers to a lot of questions. email me at juriel83@hotmail.com

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2479 times:

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 1):
What's the over/under on Aa777jr "signed by" posts in this thread?

I say 3...and I'm taking the over on that...

Greg



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26708 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2471 times:

Don't forget, you can go on a mission to Latin America in your 1L year and suddenly graduate the same year at a top 20 law school (UT Austin). After that, with pretty much no schooling, you will get a job at a major aviation law firm. Look at me, I did it.

Signed,
AA777jr

Ok, so now for the reality. Law school is a trip for sure. Make sure you REALLY want to do it because at many schools you will be surrounded by ultra-competitive a$$holes who love to screw others over and talk behind their backs. Combine that with an administration that is only concerned about being an alumni mill and it is a recipe for disaster. On the bright side, there are many professors and students who really love the law and who will inspire you if you let them. That said, I want to repeat, if you really love the law and truely want to be a lawyer, go to law school.

Signed,
N1120A (a real law student)



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User currently offlineB744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 6):
Make sure you REALLY want to do it because at many schools you will be surrounded by ultra-competitive a$$holes who love to screw others over and talk behind their backs.

This happens everywhere. get used to it!

law school is nice, if you have the money, time, energy, and desire to do it. Get ready for a mental boot camp, you will be overwhelmed on purpose.


User currently offlineJake056 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2457 times:

If that is really what you want to do, then best of luck to you!! I have been a lawyer 18 years and can tell you law school was very tough. It takes a lot of discipline and hard work and even "bright" students don't always do well, whereas some just seem to "get it". You have to spend a LOT of time studying.

I specialize in litigation representing health care concerns and insurance companies.

Don't think about specializing now, it is too soon for that. And don't focus on making lots of money. The reality is that if you probably will make a decent living, but not be rolling in dough. Here in NYC there are millions and millions of lawyers (or so it seems!), so competition is keen.

I also went to Case Western Reserve in Cleveland--class of '87.

Good luck!!


User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3531 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2450 times:

Thanks for the responses, it definitely made me think about some things, and the reality is...


for the first time since i was 17 (when i was 100% sure i wanted to be a pilot...haha) I am 100% sure about what I want to do again. These past 5 years or so have been a rollercoaster, and I've had many options come my way, and nothing really *clicked*. I completed all the requirements for my aviation degree, but with the way everything in aviation is now, it's just not worth it for me to go that direction. Hopefully not being involved directly in aviation will allow me to maintain my passion for it.

I went to J-school because I like to write, and I've been told I write very well, and if nothing else it would make me an even better writer, which is not a bad thing at all. I am very interested in law and have been for some time, I just never really had a chance to look at it other than from a casual perspective. But now as i can look at it through more focused lenses, I can see that it will definitely be a good place for me to go.

Thanks again for the responses.



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User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2431 times:

Quoting Jake056 (Reply 8):
I also went to Case Western Reserve in Cleveland--class of '87.

Did you have Katz for Crim, Kostrinsky for K, or Gherhart for Tots? I Think Gherhart wa actually the Dean back then.... I really like Case. Great enviornment. I also plan on going to NYC to practice.


User currently offlineJake056 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2428 times:

Yes, I had Katz for Crim and Crim Pro. He was a lot of fun! I had Mehlman for property. It's been so long I forget the names of the others!! Kostrinsky was there, but I didn't have her.

It was a great school. Lots of changes I see from the alumni magazine. I haven't been back there since graduation!! I loved the library and miss it to this day. We had Justice O'Connor visit. She spoke in the Moot court room. Nice funny lady.

If you are a first year, make NO MISTAKE and get the study guides (Gilberts, Emanuels, etc.). I never found the nutshells too helpful, but some did.

I lived on campus the first year--Clarke Tower--but off campus was better.


User currently offlineAlberchico From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 2940 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2424 times:

Are any of those schools that offer law degree's online any good? Or are they worthless ?


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User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2423 times:

Quoting Jake056 (Reply 11):
I lived on campus the first year--Clarke Tower--but off campus was better.

Case does not let grad students live on campus. I'm on Mayfield and Coventry.


User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2422 times:

Quoting Alberchico (Reply 12):
Are any of those schools that offer law degree's online any good? Or are they worthless ?

Unless you want to practice in California then they are worthless. You need to go to an ABA school to be a "real" lawyer.


User currently offlineJake056 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2420 times:

Regardless of where you want to practice, diploma mills are worthless. You'd be better off burning your dollars.

Yeah, Cleveland Heights. I lived on Overlook. If you like food gotta check out the Westside Market. Nothing like it here in NY, as you probably know.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26708 posts, RR: 75
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2419 times:

Quoting B744F (Reply 7):
This happens everywhere. get used to it!

Don't tell me to get used to something. I was stating my opinion on something I have experience with, so get used to it. Also, it doesn't happen everywhere. Having had experience at 2 law schools as well as having talked to faculty and students alike, there are some places far worse than others.

Quoting Alberchico (Reply 12):
Are any of those schools that offer law degree's online any good? Or are they worthless ?

Completely



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User currently offlineB744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2403 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 16):
Don't tell me to get used to something. I was stating my opinion on something I have experience with, so get used to it.

I was saying how in the real world, you will find that type of attitude everywhere, so somebody should get use to how to deal with it if they expect to get anywhere without punching said people in the face.


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2399 times:

Quoting Planespotting (Reply 9):
I went to J-school because I like to write, and I've been told I write very well, and if nothing else it would make me an even better writer, which is not a bad thing at all.

My Dad was a Judge (he's back in private practice now) He just finished a book on the 4th ammendment, and has FOR many YEARS taught a brief writing course @ UMiami. One point he repeated to me over and over again as a frustration of his job as an apellate Judge was that he very often got briefs that left a lot of open questions and were poorly written. Mixing Journalisim and Jurisdoctorates (IMHO) will ensure that you will have a good carreer, because you should be able to effectively convey your message to the Jurists you are trying to win your cases in front of.


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16892 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2391 times:

Any opinions of Touro Law School on Long Island, it's ABA approved.


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26708 posts, RR: 75
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2376 times:

Quoting B744F (Reply 17):
I was saying how in the real world, you will find that type of attitude everywhere, so somebody should get use to how to deal with it if they expect to get anywhere without punching said people in the face.

That doesn't mean that attitude is acceptable behavior. You deal with it by not associating with people like that

Quoting STT757 (Reply 19):
Any opinions of Touro Law School on Long Island, it's ABA approved.

It is a very low ranked Tier 4 law school. You should go for somewhere else unless you have some specific reason to go there.



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User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4283 posts, RR: 52
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2376 times:

Quoting Planespotting (Thread starter):
I am taking the December LSAT, and have already started studying for that.

Just signed up for the December LSAT today as well  Smile Keep me posted on how it's going and good luck!

Texan



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26708 posts, RR: 75
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

Quoting Texan (Reply 21):
Quoting Planespotting (Thread starter):
I am taking the December LSAT, and have already started studying for that.

Just signed up for the December LSAT today as well Keep me posted on how it's going and good luck!

If you can, take Testmasters (the Santa Monica, CA based company), they are the absolute best at LSAT prep



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User currently offlineAlberchico From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 2940 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

Kaplan also prepares you good for the LSAT here in New York. Of course if you can get in to begin with that must prove that you are intelligent and capable of handling the workload.


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26708 posts, RR: 75
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

Quoting Alberchico (Reply 23):
Kaplan also prepares you good for the LSAT here in New York

Kaplan has much less class time for about the same amount of money as Testmasters. Also, Testmasters has a large presence in New York

Quoting Alberchico (Reply 23):
Of course if you can get in to begin with that must prove that you are intelligent and capable of handling the workload.

To get in to Kaplan, or any other test course, all you have to do is cut the check



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25 Post contains images Texan : Thanks for the tips! I looked at Princeton Review but can't do it because of work schedule. Hopefully one of the other two will work out Texan
26 Post contains links Alberchico : I meant that if you get into law school you should pat yourself on the back and stop worrying. If you were selected that means you demonstrated the p
27 Post contains links N1120A : This is Testmasters http://www.testmasters180.com/
28 Alberchico : One more piece of advice..... You need to be absolutely confident in your abilities and trust yourself. There wil be a point when things will get toug
29 B744F : yeah good luck with that when they happen to be your co-workers, supervisors, and bosses
30 Flyboy36y : The truth is that Law School is not that hard. A lot of it is mental. Everyone wants to make Law Review or ger selected for bla bla bla.... just try y
31 SCCutler : Good advice. Don't allow yourself to be sucked into being one of the jerks. Law is a severely inbred profession; a number of your classmates will be
32 Alberchico : Is it possible to specialize in aviation law ? Since we're all aviation fanatics anyway. Does anybody have a link where I can find law schools that sp
33 Texan : SMU here in Dallas publishes a quarterly Aviation Law Journal and host an annual Aviation Law Symposium. They do not have an aviation law program per
34 Post contains links SCCutler : For information about SMU's Journal of Air Law and Commerce, see: http://www.smu.edu/lra/Journals/JALC/Overview.asp My old alma mater is pretty signif
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