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Unread 02-09-2011, 08:35 AM
 
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Try top 1%. The market is bad right now, and going to a 4th-tier school like those is a very poor choice.
Texas Tech is 3rd tier....not that it really makes any difference in this economic climate. I would suggest going to a law school that is in the region you would like to work in. You will find a lot of local employers are alumnus of a near-by school and that will give you an advantage.
But seriously, I strongly recommend against attending any law school right now. I am an attorney (fortunately, a gainfully emplyed one) but I know many attorneys and recent graduates who are not finding work in this job market. Add to that the fact that most have staggering student loan debt, and it's just not a good investment. The real catch 22 is that their law degree works against them in even finding jobs outside the legal profession. They are considered "overqualified" or are viewed as failures because they are attorneys who aren't desirable to legal employers for some reason. Also, some non-legal employers fear that if they hire someone with a JD, the person will leave the minute they get a job offer in the legal profession.
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Unread 02-09-2011, 10:52 AM
 
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If you are not from Texas, you cannot attend a state school at state tuition prices. Thee cost is much higher, closer to private school rates. Also, only a small percentage of out of state applicants are accepted.

Then you have to consider that no one can find jobs in the legal field and that plenty of lawyers are out of work, though some get paralegal or temp work. I am sure you have read the recent articles about the crisis in legal market in the US. if you already have your LLB I would jut try to find work with that, doesn't look to overqualified like with a bachelors and JD. You could do an LLM and work in most states an (LLM U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers, but only if it is from certain countries like the UK, Australia, etc) then again finding a decent job is another issue.


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/business/09law.html

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Unread 02-09-2011, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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If you are not from Texas, you cannot attend a state school at state tuition prices. Thee cost is much higher, closer to private school rates. Also, only a small percentage of out of state applicants are accepted.

The first year you don't qualify for in-state tuition, but Texas isn't hard to get it the next 2 years.

And public law schools prefer about 50/50 in/out of state in Texas, except for UT, which is about 60% in-state.
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Unread 02-09-2011, 04:49 PM
 
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Thanks guys. I appreciate all the info. I am taking in everything and hopefully I will make the best decision for me and my family.

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Unread 02-09-2011, 10:32 PM
 
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What about the curve-ball of doing more critical care and being a nurse anesthetist? Most programs are 27 months and it's a good living and fulfilling.
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Unread 02-10-2011, 01:57 PM
 
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I would agree with the above posters who say to NOT enroll in law school. I have many friends both established attorneys and new graduates who advise against becoming a lawyer now. One of my friends graduated in 2009 from BYU law and can't get a job. He finally came to town and got on with an immigration attorney making $40K a year :-O
Definitely not worth it. Stay in nursing. You'll make more.
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Unread 02-12-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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The first year you don't qualify for in-state tuition, but Texas isn't hard to get it the next 2 years.

And public law schools prefer about 50/50 in/out of state in Texas, except for UT, which is about 60% in-state.
Absolutely not true.

For all Texas public universities, but this statement is from UT (and this is a new law, it used to be less)

"Non-residents would be wise to submit their applications as early as possible, as the school cannot legally matriculate more than 35% non-resident students".

However, they typically do not admit that many and when they do, they are top candidates. Admissions criteria is pretty tight at good schools.

I don't know why someone with a reputable LLB would go do another law degree when u can just do an LLM.
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Unread 02-12-2011, 10:58 AM
 
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Absolutely not true.

For all Texas public universities, but this statement is from UT (and this is a new law, it used to be less)

"Non-residents would be wise to submit their applications as early as possible, as the school cannot legally matriculate more than 35% non-resident students".

However, they typically do not admit that many and when they do, they are top candidates. Admissions criteria is pretty tight at good schools.

I don't know why someone with a reputable LLB would go do another law degree when u can just do an LLM.

They admit far more than that. Not all of them go.

From UT -

Is it true that the Law School only admits 35% of its students from out of state?
No, the Law School may matriculate no more than 35% non-resident students. However, each year the Law School extends offers of admission to several hundred non-resident applicants.


Sorry, I was off by 5%. BFD.
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Unread 02-12-2011, 11:00 AM
 
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Actually you said 50/50, then 60 percent so not only was it an incorrect statement, the math is wrong too.

Thanks for apologizing for your error. :-)
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Unread 02-12-2011, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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Actually you said 50/50, then 60 percent so not only was it an incorrect statement, the math is wrong too.

Thanks for apologizing for your error. :-)

I said other public universities, not UT...when I looked at them, they didn't mention a 35% rule. UT has always favored in-state applicants more.

But if I were to consider law schools in Texas, I wouldn't even consider any public options beyond UT or UofH.
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