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Charles PT Phoenix Offers Tips for Applying to Law School

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Although it has been nearly 20 years since Charles PT Phoenix received his J.D., his time at Wayne State University Law School was an important part of his life. Charles PT Phoenix was heavily involved in school activities, serving on a number of important committees and the Student Board of Governors.  One of those committees led to hiring the first female dean in a Michigan law school

 

Although the school you choose won’t be the deciding factor in your success as an attorney, it is an important decision. If you are currently in the process of getting your law school applications together, here are a few things to keep in mind as you search schools and ultimately apply to several of them.

 

Choose a Law School That Is Near Where You Might Want to Work: Unless you are applying to a bunch of Top 10 or Top 15 schools with national recognition, you will want to choose a law school that is near where you might want to practice. This will maximize your job opportunities as you’ll be able to talk with more recruiters and connect with alumni who are still in the area and may be able to help you out.

Understand the Law School Application Process: When you apply to law school, you’ll learn very quickly that applying to law school is a little different than applying to college.  Be very sure to complete your applications early in January as about half of the offers are made in that month alone (like, I have to admit, I neglected to do).  After that point, you compete not only with others who have yet to complete their applications, but students who applied in January, but didn’t gain admission to their preferred schools.   If you don’t have complete applications until late-March, you will be at the mercy of the remaining slots once the musical chairs stop and the early-applicants have accepted enrollment at one school or another.  Another issue is that you might find yourself paying $500.00 or more to accept seats at one or more of your backup schools and hoping your preferred choices become available.  Then, you will plunk down more seat deposits as additional offers come in.  In the end, you may have accepted 2 or 3 seats from various schools as the options become available.  All of that is nonrefundable.

Don’t Neglect LSAT Prep Courses: Unlike many tests you will take in life, LSAT scores don’t disappear.  Each sitting averages with all prior sittings.  If you take the first test simply to “see what will happen” (yup, I made this mistake, too!), you might find that your score was damaging.  While you might obtain a solid score the next time around, you might find yourself in a very difficult battle.  For example, let’s say you took the LSAT cold and received a 158 (a decent score, but not great), so you took it again with a little bit of prep and received a 166 (a very solid score).   When you apply, the law schools don’t see two scores, but one:  a 162 (the average of 166 and 158).  A 162 is a decent score and certainly strong enough for all but the top 10 or 15 law schools, but a 166 (which you proved you could do with a minimal effort) is good enough for any law school in the country if you have a strong GPA.  While the difference among law schools as a whole is somewhat overstated, there is no doubt that graduating from the top 8 or so schools nationally (or the top school in your state) will open many more doors early in your career, particularly for prestigious clerkships and public service positions.  Make sure to take a review course and take it seriously as the test is very difficult and emphasizes very complex puzzles under very tight time constraints – something you likely did not practice much since being a little kid.

Charles Phoenix Explains How You Can Become Part of a Class Action Lawsuit

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If you have ever seen Erin Brockovich or Better Call Saul, you may have a bit of an understanding of how a class action lawsuit works.

What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?

According to Charles PT Phoenix, an attorney who has worked on class action lawsuits before, a class action lawsuit involves a large group of people who have faced a similar injury or illness due to the same product or actions by an individual or company. Most people involved in these cases are consumers.

Most consumers will not have to do much to be part of the lawsuit.  It does not cost anything to be a part of a class action lawsuit, and the law firm handling the case will notify all people who may have a claim in the class action lawsuit when a settlement is reached. You will know if you are involved in a class action lawsuit when you receive notification by mail or email.

In most cases, you won’t have to take any action until the case is settled. Most class action lawsuits are opt-out, which means that someone involved in a class action lawsuit has to take action to choose not to be a part of it. Then you will likely be asked to fill out an online claim form or send a form by mail.

What Is a Mass Tort Lawsuit?

Although class action lawsuits are often described interchangeably with mass tort lawsuits, mass tort lawsuits are a little different.  For one, every plaintiff in a mass tort lawsuit must file his or her own lawsuit, meaning he or she must hire a lawyer and prove the case in a trial. Mass tort lawsuits typically involve groups of people in the same geographic area, and the number of people who are affected are generally less. Mass tort lawsuits are often seen in defective medical device cases.

Charles PT Phoenix says that, if you have been injured in any capacity, it’s important to contact an attorney. An attorney will be able to assess your case and determine what rights you might have. Even if you do not have a class action or mass tort case, Charles PT Phoenix says you may be entitled to a settlement for your medical bills, lost wages, and general pain and suffering.

Charles PT Phoenix Explains What a Class Action Lawsuit Is

One of Charles Phoenix’s practice areas in law is class action litigation. Charles PT Phoenix is an attorney who has served on a number of positions in class action lawsuits. He most recently was appointed to the steering committee in the 21st Century Oncology Class Action back in November. Charles PT Phoenix is the managing partner of the law offices of Rhodes Tucker in Florida.

What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?

 

You may have been exposed to class action litigation in movies. For example, Erin Brockovich is about a law assistant who helps build a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California in 1993. The case alleged that the energy company had contaminated drinking water in the town of Hinkley. The case was eventually settled a few years later for $333 million, which was the largest settlement in a class action lawsuit in history.

A class action lawsuit involves multiple parties who have had the same injury with the same product or service. They decide to sue a company as a group for a number of reasons. For one, the individual’s injuries are not enough to justify pursuing a claim, but as a group with other people, it makes more sense to sue. In addition to that, attorneys can pool witnesses and evidence together to build a stronger claim.

There are a number of examples of class action lawsuits that are common in today’s court system. One of the most common is mass tort litigation against a medical device company or pharmaceutical company when the product causes dangerous side effects the patients weren’t aware of or the product is defective. Other examples include a multi-party lawsuit against a company for an accident or class-action lawsuit stemming from fraud.