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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Stanford DING!
« on: March 31, 2006, 05:49:20 AM »
The white envelope arrived yesterday.

My interest in law school had died around January, so I didn't feel the pain. I opened the letter as if opening a pack of E-VALU community coupons. Indifferent but curious, distracted by the InStyle magazine below. The feeling confirms what I've known for the last few years: I don't want to go to law school.

I'm sending withdrawals to other schools today. Stanford was the only school I, lacking desire to be a lawyer, would have attended. I'm far more excited about my current field and, having discussed the role of law in the field with numerous people, am not at all excited about the contribution lawyers make. (Actually, they can make a huge contribution in government--but I do not want to be a politician.) I like creating options, so I had to give law school applications a go. Too bad it was an expensive go. But one thousand dollars is, in my opinion, worth never wondering "what if?"

Best of luck to everyone still in purgatory! I hope you all enjoy law school and practicing law.

To those students still in college, I highly recommend you defer admission for one or more years. Getting caught in the grad school momentum of friends is understandable. But do not let it decide your career. There are a lot of unhappy lawyers. It's not because the field is inherently awful, but because many people do not know what it is like to really practice law. Please, for your sake, spend some time with lawyers before attending. Law school is not supposed to be three years of "finding out what you want to actually do."

That said, I hope all of you do very, very well in law and that it provides fulfilling and challenging work! May our paths cross in the future.

My very best,

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Stanford
« on: March 22, 2006, 01:06:03 PM »
We’ve waited almost half a year—is it even possible for the next ten days to consume us more than the previous hundred? If we don’t hear good news within the first week of April, I think history suggests sour grapes are in the mail. I think we can assume no calls will be made April 1st. Too dramatic.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Stanford
« on: March 21, 2006, 02:07:54 PM »
Congrats Bay and Person!

When does soft factor season start? Please, dear God, let it not have already ended.

Pancho, are you feeling this in your stomach, too?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Anyone else who just might not go?
« on: March 13, 2006, 09:46:02 PM »
I love my job. Doors keep opening. I work in a field that brings together people with various kinds of impressive degrees, only one of which is law. Law school isn't as essential to this field as I imagined; in fact, the JDs seem less content than the MBAs, MDs, and PhDs. For this reason, I've decided I will not attend a law school that does not excite me. (Only two schools fit that bill.) Having worked a few years, I know my other options are good, maybe better based on my longterm interests.

All this waiting, all this thinking, all this time has left me feeling tired and uninspired. I think I know the answer to the question I've spent the last year asking myself. I just hate to work for lessons that past experience had already taught me. I might start sending withdrawal letters, but my curiosity keeps me torn and conflicted.


Law School Admissions / Re: SLS purgatory
« on: March 09, 2006, 08:36:49 PM »
I'm in it for the long haul. And I think, quite possibly, that haul will be very long.

Naturally, I'd rather know now whether I'm getting in or not. I've had a lot of time to think during this process (which in many ways has lasted years) and have decided not to go next fall if I'm not accepted by one of my top choices. That may sound crazy, especially to those still in college, but I have a very good job with doors that just keep opening. Leaving my job will be difficult, so I am not going to leave it for a school that doesn't excite me. I'm interested in a field in which law is only one component. I may decide to wait and reapply. I don't plan to enter a school hoping to transfer.

I don't know what will happen, but I can finally say I am content with not knowing. When I learned to value the goodness in my current situation, the perplexity of not knowing abated.

That said, if I get rejected from Stanford, I'm going to be down for a solid few days. It has represented more than law to me, and in reality it shouldn't.

Here's to boats against the current,

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Stanford
« on: March 08, 2006, 04:46:05 PM »

You didn't apply to any safeties--I like your style. Glad it's working out. Any favorites yet or are you waiting for cash?


Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Stanford DING!
« on: March 06, 2006, 03:03:37 PM »
Oh, wow, sorry guys. That stinks. Hopefully you're getting into some great schools you'll want to attend. This road is never smooth. For most of us, at least.

Not to under-agonize with you (it is agonizing), but did you apply later or earlier in the cycle? Did eastcoast letters arrive today? The 11/7-ers should start to hear back fairly soon and we're all getting antsy. Or at least I am.

Thanks and, again, sorry,

Law School Admissions / Re: SLS purgatory
« on: February 15, 2006, 08:23:07 AM »
True, very true. But she has made a great many Wednesday calls in the past. Early morning Monday calls seem aberrational.

No need to panic, Bulldog. Chances are we'll all be in limbo through mid-March. But hope springs eternal.


Law School Admissions / Re: SLS purgatory
« on: February 15, 2006, 06:16:30 AM »
It's Wednesday. Faye seems to make calls on Wednesdays. I wonder if she's going to make anyone happy, very happy today.

Time will tell...

Law School Admissions / Re: SLS purgatory
« on: February 13, 2006, 08:50:31 PM »
Sorry Lil, I wasn't trying to target you or any specific points. I'm too overworked to analyze the finer print of this topic, but I understand why you feel the need to clarify.

This board attracts top, type A students from a variety of schools. Proving a point here can be like scratching an insatiable, irresistable itch that just gets worse with touch. When this thread started analyzing engineers' social skills in light of academia's numerical measurements, it, well, it started actually feeling like Purgatory. Draining.

Please don't take offense to this comment. Moving the topic to another thread may make sense.

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