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Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted 08/09
« on: January 26, 2009, 05:51:57 PM »
Received my acceptance today at Mercer.

Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted 08/09
« on: January 23, 2009, 01:06:23 PM »
In at Samford U-Cumberland School of Law

Although if you glance at it really fast, it sort of looks like Stanford.

Law School Admissions / Re: Applying Early
« on: January 18, 2009, 12:38:45 PM »
I also applied to USC and attended their Open House yesterday. It is my understanding that they will begin sending out decisions later this month and continue through April.

Law School Admissions / Re: Paralegal vs. Lawyer
« on: January 04, 2009, 11:33:05 AM »
Being new to this forum, I was interested to read this thread that was revived. I was a paralegal for 18 years in medium and large firms. I also taught paralegal courses as an adjunct instructor at two local colleges. When I first started out, I was asked in interviews how many words a minute I could type (not many) and did I know shorthand (no! anad some of you may not even know what shorthand is). Those firms needed a secretary and that wasn't me. I never thought of it as "just a job". I've been fortunate to work with great attorneys and learn fundatmentals from them.  Through my career (notice I didn't say "jobs"), I worked in a lot of different areas and gained experience in real estate, worker's compensation, personal injury, complex litigation, RICO actions, fraud cases and employment discrimination. I had all the stress that the attorneys had and put in plenty of overtime. I worked myself into a great niche and with the last firm I worked in, I prepared cases for mediation/arbitration and trial and put together the presenations that were used to present our case. I sat in ADR and trial and worked closely with the attorney and client. There were many times I was in the office or working when the attorney wasn't. So to say that a paralegal inevitably works less hours depends on the kind of work that s/he does. I worked with some who were strict 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and that was it. I was accepted to law school 10 years ago, but it wasn't the right time for me. (My brother was fighting cancer and in that period of time, I had my own severe health problems to deal with). Now is a good time for me and I'm headed to the Class of 2012. And you know what? All the years in my paralegal career have prepared me and will make me a better attorney. Because of the exposure I've gained, I know exactly what area of law I want to practice and what I don't, I know what to expect day-to-day, and I know how to treat a staff.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Mercer Law 2L taking questions
« on: December 31, 2008, 06:38:12 AM »
You're definitely a great ambassador for Mercer and its programs. I love all this information! I plan to attend the Open House on February 20, barring any negative decision from admission. I will contact you closer to that time, if it is okay, and would love to meet you while I'm there.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Mercer Law 2L taking questions
« on: December 30, 2008, 04:29:47 PM »
Like you, I have no interest in working in BigLaw. The curriculum is definitely a plus, as is the location and employment rates. Sounds like you certainly have no regrets about choosing Mercer. I am early in the cycle, but have applied to Mercer, Samford, South Carolina, Alabama and Charleston. So far, I have one acceptance at Charleston, the rest are pending. Once more decisions come in and I make my visits, I want to be able to make a fully-informed decision and appreciate all the information I can get.  :)

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Mercer Law 2L taking questions
« on: December 29, 2008, 05:05:03 PM »
That answers one of my questions about housing close to the school. I am non-trad, married and would rather have a quiet, safe place to live. It's nice to know that options are available and at least online, cost of living seems relatively low.

What was the deciding factor of your choosing Mercer over other schools you were considering?

Thanks again for all your insight. It is very helpful.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Mercer Law 2L taking questions
« on: December 28, 2008, 06:28:58 PM »
Thanks for the information. I've applied to Mercer and am awaiting a decision. It's good to know the pros, cons and indifferents. I plan to attend the Open House in February and look forward to learning more about the school and Macon area.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Interviewing with BIGLAW as paralegal. Suggestions?
« on: December 28, 2008, 06:20:42 PM »
The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to learn everything you can about the firm and it's partners. If you know for what attorney the position is, find out everything you can about him/her. Martindale Hubbel is an excellent reference for attorney bios if their website is scant on information. Be confident about your skills, but not cocky. And don't exaggerate your experience, be honest about what you know and what you don't.

As far as salary, not knowing what part of the country you are in and what your experience is, it is impossible to predict. Good luck to you.

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