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u/Oldersupersplitter · 2 pointsr/lawschooladmissions

Alright some great brand recommendations on here, so I’ll jump in on the other questions (eg. color and style).

First of all check out Dressing the Man by Alan Flusser. It’s an absolute bible of men’s fashion, and it has fascinating and helpful advice for just about every aspect of style you’ve never thought of, with a focus on suits and formal/professional wear. Amazon:

You mentioned 2-3 suits and that’s a perfect number to have for an all-purpose wardrobe. Navy, grey, black (edit: black is not as necessary as the others and could be swapped). Your choice whether “grey” means charcoal or light grey, they’re both great and versatile (if you feel like ever getting suit #4, get the one you didn’t get in this round). I personally recommend no pinstripes or other patterns until you’ve fully established your baseline wardrobe. If nothing else, patterns are more memorable so you can’t wear the same suit as frequently. Ditto with more interesting colors. Start with the core 3-4 colors above, then branch out.

Shirts can and should have more variety, and are obviously cheaper to buy in numerous options. While some brands have reliably higher quality shirts (ie. Brooks Bros), there’s nothing wrong with stocking up on cheap and interesting ones as well. Hell, half of my shirts were stumbled upon in thrift stores and sample sales for cheap and I get compliments all the time. Construction quality matters, but not nearly as much as for suits.

As for colors, get a set of standard single-colored shirts (white, black, blue, etc), because these will be easy to match with a wide variety of ties. Solid color shirt, solid color suit, flashy patterned tie is probably my go-to set up, and it’s very easy to rotate. As you get more comfortable with the basics, or find an item that strikes your fancy, you can play around with more complex combos. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with breaking the basic mold, and some of the best outfits happen that way, but it’s more difficult to know what works well at first, so that’s why I recommend starting with a more straightforward approach. Dressing the Man has multiple chapters on colors, patterns, and the mixing and matching thereof.

One fascinating point I remember from Dressing the Man is the idea of matching the clothes to your facial features. Not every color/pattern looks equally good/bad on different people. For example, notice the contrast of your features. If you have high contrast features (ex dark hair, light skin), you will probably look awesome with high contrast clothing (ex black suit, white shirt, striking pattern tie), and less so with low contrast clothing. However, the opposite holds true for low contrast faces (light hair, light skin, and/or light eyes). A low-contrast outfit (ex navy/grey/tan suit, blue shirt, yellow tie) will match your face well, but a high contrast outfit will make your face look washed out and bland in comparison. And in case anyone is wondering, people with dark skin fall under the “high contrast” category for these purposes, even if their skin and hair are similarly dark.

Shoes are another key element. Black pair, medium or dark brown pair, with a sleek, simple design (rather than lots of ornaments/flash) so that you can use them with all of your suits. From there feel free to experiment with some more awesome, flamboyant options that may or may not be as versatile (ex double monks or walnut Strands from Allen Edmonds). Dress boots are an interesting option too. I would much rather invest in high quality shoes and meh suit than the other way around. One, you’ll be walking on them all day so comfort matters. Two, they take a beating so durability equals money. Three, people are much more likely to notice how good/bad shoes you are than clothes in many cases, especially sartorially-minded folks. Four, the total cost of top quality shoes isn’t as high as it is for suits.

I’m sure there’s more and I may edit later, but that’s my brain dump off the top of my head! Cheers to you, snazzy future lawyer!

u/Reanimated1 · 1 pointr/lawschooladmissions

I used 7Sage and this book:

That book is amazing and really breaks down the deconstruction of arguments in a way that just clicked for me. Not particularly helpful in the LG department, but thats where 7Sage came in.

So I would say that book is great for boosting LR and 7Sage is great for boosting AR (LG). The book also had some decent methods of breaking down RC.

Good luck. Glad I'm done with all that.

u/i_eat_chapstick · 3 pointsr/lawschooladmissions

Sure! I think I would like to practice in the Boston area, but I'm not positive. I don't really have any desire to go elsewhere right now, but I'm sure that may change. My understanding is that it's relatively easy to get into NY, as there are more firms there, and therefore more openings available. I know that DC is an extremely competitive market, even for students at GULC and GW, so I'm sure it is pretty difficult to break in there.


Everyone says to relax before 1L and try not to prepare, and they're right.Though, I read this book:


I thought it was pretty helpful, as it told me what to expect on law school exams, which nobody in school has explicitly explained so far. So I'm kind of tailoring my learning to keeping the endgame in sight. Other than that, maybe familiarize yourself with the structure of the court systems, but you can do that in 10 minutes.

u/CMac86 · 3 pointsr/lawschooladmissions

During law school-get a better idea of what type of law I want to practice, what types of law I would be good at, and what there is demand for in the areas that I am most interested in living. I've read the Abrams book of legal specialties a few times (link is to the book on Amazon). From that book, and other research, so far I am most interested in soft IP (trademarks, copyrights, branding, etc), estate planning, veterans advocacy (specifically with regards to disability claims and the VA-I've read around a dozen VA appeals cases pertaining to the issues that I have), and general contract law (ties in with my past where I performed in theatre pits and as a hired gun for pop acts). I'm also fascinated by 1st and 2nd Amendment law (check out the book Gun Fight). I took a class on 1st Amendment/Mass Media law during undergrad after getting my interest sparked at a law school experience day mini-class. I'm not sure how the last two would translate into careers. I know just enough about different types of law and what lawyers do to know that whatever I think I want to do at this point will probably change once I'm in school.

Graduate with minimal additional debt.

I don't have big law dreams. Financially, I'd like to get a job that pays at or above the 25th percentile for attorneys in the area that I'm most interested ($62k per Pay Between that salary and VA disability (I'm anticipating 30-80% service connected, so $750-$2k/month), I could pay off all of my undergrad debt in a timely manner while living comfortably (if I hit 50% disability, I get free medical for life). My dream/unicorn type of jobs would be working for a music equipment company as a lawyer in a soft IP capacity or working for a theatre company/union on contracts and/or labor negotiations. For those two, I feel like my experience with music gear and playing in theatre pits/freelance work could be beneficial. I'd rather be happy than rich, but I want to reach the level of financial stability where I'm not living paycheck to paycheck.

I'm open to government work, if it is a GS job. I'll have just under 8 years of active duty time on the books when I separate. Getting a GS job would allow me to be closer to getting a government pension.

u/lawstakovich · 1 pointr/lawschooladmissions

Hi! Would you like to join the 0L book club? In December we are reading One L and Anonymous Lawyer and discussing them in January :) We have a lot of awesome books on the calendar. If you want to join, just let me know. You can always just lurk and read when you feel like you like book!

u/GTlawmom · 1 pointr/lawschooladmissions

You've already accomplished some amazing things so it's not going to be hard for you to learn to live on your own. If you can give yourself some time on your own before law school that would be helpful. For my kids, I've found that a meal service such a Green Chef (organic) really helps in learning to cook because they send you all the ingredients and instructions. That way you don't have to grocery shop or figure out what to cook--it might be a good in-between. If you want to really learn to cook, consider reading Alice Waters: It can be hard to find time to exercise while in law school; consider walking on a treadmill or biking while studying (some people hate this, but I like it). Good luck!

u/rem3sam · 1 pointr/lawschooladmissions

I used the LSAT Trainer my first go-round, and while I liked its style (and it gets great reviews here and at TLS), I felt like it was just a little too light in terms of instruction. Granted, I wasn't nearly rigorous enough with actually doing the (outside the book) drills prescribed, but I would have preferred to have more questions, exercises etc within the book, and have outside exercises supplement that. My second take I used the Manhattan series which I greatly preferred - a lot more material within the book, and I found its instruction style very helpful especially for LG. I also studied a lot harder for my second take so I'm sure that played into my opinions about the books, but even if my score hadn't increased I still think I'd prefer the Manhattan books.

Edit: I went from 160 to 168 with a year between sittings, but only about two months of consistent studying before the second exam

u/chyflo96 · 4 pointsr/lawschooladmissions

this book has been helpful for a lot of people. Also, corporate and sports law are pretty competitive areas of interest. I’m sure someone else on here could offer you more advice/info on that area of law.

u/takeachancethrowaway · 12 pointsr/lawschooladmissions

- Amy Cuddy's book and TED Talk (tl;dr: your body language shapes how you feel; pose like Wonder Woman and fake it until you become it)
- Shawn Achor's book and TED Talk

- pretty much everything by Brené Brown, but The Gifts of Imperfection is a good place to start

- find a therapist trained in CBT who can help you identify and reframe negative thoughts. If working with a therapist IRL isn't possible right now, try an app like Joyable

- law school specific book recommendations: How to be Sort of Happy in Law School and The Anxious Lawyer. I've also heard good things about this podcast.

u/PhDtoJD · 8 pointsr/lawschooladmissions

I would look at Law School Transparency. That website will allow you to get an in-depth look at the employment outcomes at each school, as well as the cost of attendance. Outside of the top 20-ish schools, every school is a regional school, and so location, employment outcomes and cost of attendance are more important than ranking.

In my opinion, you should totally ignore US News rankings outside of the top 20. Schools can do things that harm their students in order to boost their ranking. For example, a big part of the reason that Wake Forest is ranked above UNC is that Wake Forest charges higher tuition. This means that their expenditures-per-student are higher, which boosts their ranking.

I found this book to be really helpful. Just be aware that the job market situation is not nearly as dire today as it was when it was published, and so there are now more law schools that are worth attending.

u/tbk9 · 2 pointsr/lawschooladmissions

Completely agree, though it does depend a bit on the type of URM OP is.

And for a more renowned reference on the URM LSAT boost, Anna Ivey (previously of the University of Chicago admissions) gives a 10 point boost to URM candidates in her book.

u/MegasBasileus · 3 pointsr/lawschooladmissions

Ok congrats on the numbers! Just look at it from the perspective of an admissions officer. They have the task of evaluating candidates and there are many outstanding candidates, they are tasked with risk assessment. I bought a book with lots of essays with your numbers. Maybe if you don't feel like you have the legitimacy (this a question you need to honestly evaluate yourself) to make the case as a policy lawyer (yet) maybe go a different route.

There are lots of examples in the book of how an internship or work experience inspired them for law school, these people obviously got in, the book I mentioned has each candidates resume as well.

It's not my place to tell what your personal statement should or shouldn't be about, but take a look at the book or if you want it I can mail you my old copy. My guess would be to run with some small experience or moment that stuck with you while interning or working.

u/chillychinchillaa · 4 pointsr/lawschooladmissions

Regarding your introversion, I highly recommend Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.

Susan Cain, the author, is an HLS grad and gives her story of what it was like being an introvert as a corporate attorney.

u/circ · 3 pointsr/lawschooladmissions

Then go to neither. Read this book, retake the LSAT and get a 170, apply earlier in the cycle, then maybe MAYBE go to one of those schools, if they offer you money and you feel great about it.

u/pagrok · 9 pointsr/lawschooladmissions

If you want to be more critical about $ and law school options, just read Don't Go to Law School (Unless). It's written by an actual law professor who shows you how to analyze the choice to go to law school and where best to go.


u/Hstrat · 2 pointsr/lawschooladmissions

On this point, I highly recommend Don't Go To Law School (Unless). It's not a fun read for those planning on law school, but I think reading it with an open mind is important.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/lawschooladmissions

> But I also don't want to be saddled with ton of debt with limited career progression opportunities. Was curious how people were factoring this into their calculations

That's the situation many people find themselves in. Worse, yet, is that a JD can hinder your career opportunities elsewhere, as people are wary of failed lawyers. Basically, a lot of people get completely shafted with $180,000 worth of student debt (that cannot be forgiven), and absolutely no career opportunities, because there just aren't enough jobs in law. I suggest reading this before applying to law school.

Personally, I decided that I wouldn't go to law school if I didn't get into a top school that had some guarantee of a good return of investment. That may or may not be what you want to do as well.

u/Thor_of_Richmond · 7 pointsr/lawschooladmissions

this will teach you really important skills for law school

u/Merintil · 3 pointsr/lawschooladmissions

Just show up again with a fake mustache or something