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Thanks everyone for the tips.  I guess my plan right now is to go to work and just not mention it, then if it does come out, treat it like it's no big deal.  On the plus side, I work for a company with 25K+ employees and they do have legal positions I'd be very interested in.  I guess we'll see how it goes, but many thanks to those that took the time to answer my post.  I appreciate the suggestions and will keep those in mind as I navigate these waters.

So here's my situation.  I just started a new job after separating from the military.  It's a great position, solid pay and a really awesome organization, I am psyched about the opportunity and looking forward to working there.

But, I'm starting evening law in the fall.  Since it isn't a minor transition for me, but a total career shift, I'm thinking my new boss may not love the idea that I'm already planning my future in a different career track.  I definitely don't want to lie about it, but I also don't think there is any reason to share this tidbit.  The standard hours arent a problem and they have no reason to find out I'm in night school under normal circumstances.

So, the quandary I come across is this: How do I handle it if there is some 'mandatory overtime' that arises and it would impact my attending classes?  I certainly don't want to lie, but it could be hazardous to my financial well-being to be totally forthcoming.  Any thoughts on how to handle this delicately?

Current Law Students / Re: New Member
« on: March 10, 2011, 07:56:59 PM »
Welcome, dive right in.  Sharks don't bite (hard) in these waters...

U.S. News is the best ranking out there right now and it does factor in the most important aspects.  However, my objection to their rankings is the reliance on personal opinion of reputation from unqualified persons.  I call these persons unqualified because a judge in New York or Hawaii is unlikely to have any experience with a graduate of a Texas law school, yet they are asked to rank the school. 

Because of this, anything below the top 50 is going to be a regional school and anyone outside the region is less likely to be able to accurately assess the quality of the graduates.  Therefore, the further down the list you go, the less the actual ranking matters.

(On an aside, I suspect this favors schools in more densely populated regions like the Northeast, etc. potentially giving them an artificial boost up the rankings.)

Incoming 1Ls / Looking for LEEWS
« on: February 28, 2011, 10:15:22 PM »
Posted this in the book buying/selling forum as well, but in case no one reads that section of LSD.

I'm looking to buy the audio program of LEEWS used from someone.  Willing to pay a fair rate, just finding $175 a tad high for my budget right now.  PM me if you have a copy of primer/CDs you're willing to part with.

Transferring / Re: Transfer from Cooley
« on: February 22, 2011, 07:09:37 AM »
There are numerous examples of people transferring into the T1/2 from T3/4.

Where are you looking location/rank wise?

Couldnt say on average time between, but I would think you'd actually be at an advantage.  Not only do you have your numbers, but you have w/e in the legal field and at least some understanding of how law works.  You aren't 10+ years out of undergrad, you've just had some solid work experience in the field and are moving forward with your education.  Write a great PS and call it a day.

If you are willing to read my personal statement please let me know and I will e-mail it to you.  I want to make sure it flows, its interesting, and engaging and no grammatical errors.

Also, if you have any advice on diversity statements, I am all ears!!

Thanking you in advance!

PM it to me and your DS too if you have one.  I'll read/critique it for you.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Tulsa vs. St. Thomas - MN
« on: February 19, 2011, 09:39:39 PM »
Agreed on where to attend, but I would definitely pull that scholarship out in negotiations, UST is T3 vs Tulsa's T4 and though regionally they're distinct, what's the worst they can say?  They may not negotiate, but by politely telling them that they are your top choice and you want to attend, but money is a factor and btw UST gave you a full-ride, they might just throw you a bone.  Based on Tulsa's student handbook, 3.0 is top 30-40%, so it isnt an easy stipulation, but like Framboise pointed out you might be able to negotiate this too.

Best Ranking List?  Definitely Cooley!   ;D

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