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Financial Aid / Re: Reading glasses?
« on: July 10, 2008, 08:26:28 AM »
I've known people who've used reading glasses during law school. My eye doctor actually told me that they've had some people get laser eye repair before med & law school so they can just  wear reading glasses when necessary. He also recommended a good lamp.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Scared Sh*tless
« on: June 20, 2008, 11:36:13 AM »

Obviously UT thinks this person is capable of doing well or they wouldn't have offered them admission. It's natural to have nerves about going off to law school [...]

OP is also backhandedly insulting UH and its students. OP thinks they might fail at UT but do just fine at UH, as if UH is a total cakewalk. [...]

For several months I was getting the message that UT didn't think I was capable of doing so well, hence no offer of admission. I think it's forgivable for for me, upon suddenly receiving their offer of admission, to take some time to get used to the idea.

As for any implied insults to UofH and its students, I apologize. I certainly didn't think UH would be a "cakewalk" or that I'd effortlessly rise to the top of my class. On the other hand, I did take some cues from the admissions office, which--unlike UT--didn't seem to have any reservations about whether I'd be able to succeed there.

Thanks to those of you whose replies encouraged me to reevaluate my assumptions in terms of how I interpreted admissions decisions, scholarship offers, school stats, etc. DS' first and second replies were also the swift kick in the ass I needed to get over the whiny fear that was holding me up. At this point the decision is mostly about money, and I haven't made up my mind yet.

As far as my desirability as an employee, well, DS probably wouldn't want to hire me. For some reason that doesn't bother me...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Scared Sh*tless
« on: June 20, 2008, 09:21:10 AM »
Oh and also? If I'm ever in a position to hire you, please remind me who you are so I'll know better than to offer a job to someone too afraid to go to a top 20 law school. Will you be afraid to go to court too? Or afraid to draft a memo? Flie a motion? Meet with clients?

Sorry, I know you're looking for support and pep talks here, but you are being ridiculous and aggravating.

Funny, I see the guy just asking for advice between a cheaper school closer to home and a higher-ranked school he just got into off a waitlist.  A very common occurrence, and not worthy of your immature and stupid insult.  Plenty people choose cheaper schools that are lower ranked.  You need some help if that bothers you so much.

Actually it was probably somewhere between your interpretation and his. Being scared does have a lot to do with it, I'll admit. And honestly, after reading DS' second reply, I started to have some serious second thoughts about why the hell I'm going to law school in the first place. (So far I've managed to shrug off those second thoughts.)

But now that I've looked into the financial details, it looks like there really is going to be a considerable difference in terms of debt load. My monthly payments if I go to UT are downright scary. But then again, I appear to be scared of everything. Sigh...

Choosing the Right Law School / Scared Sh*tless
« on: June 18, 2008, 12:27:58 PM »
Anyone got accepted off a wait list and not know what to do?

I really thought I had decided. First it was between Houston and Colorado, and so I settled on Houston because it was cheaper (Houston offered me a scholarship). Not to mention that I have a better support system in Houston (it's where I'm from and where my family is). And, of course, I was scared to go to the most competitive school I got into. When I sat in on the mock class at Colorado's accepted student weekend, I just felt so out of my league.

So Houston it was.

And then last week I got a call from Texas offering me a seat off their waitlist. And now I don't know what to do. I'm scared sh*tless about going, but how can I pass it up? It was my dream for so long... I'm really, really nervous. I feel like I've only gotten less organized since college, not more so. And when I transferred to a stretch school halfway through college, the new place really kicked my ass. So why would I do it again? Right? But who turns down UT law?

Any suggestions?

Law School Admissions / Re: Houston
« on: March 20, 2008, 01:20:20 PM »
I got an email yesterday from UofH about my financial aid status.  After logging into my UofH account (I am a former student) and it said that I need to send in a copy of my selective service registration and also a copy of my acceptance letter.  The problem is that I have not been accepted and my file is still in review.  I thought that financial aid was determined during the review of the application.  This seems like a rather strange way of doing things.  I was just wondering if this is a normal way of doing things???  At the school I have been accepted to my financial aid letter didnt arrive until 4-5 weeks after I had been accepted.

Umm, I got a similar message and got similar results on the PeopleSoft financial aid checklist (minus the selective service part--I'm female). The thing is, I *have* been notified of my acceptance. I got the email about a week and a half ago and the packet in the mail shortly after that. (The whole part about them needing a copy of my acceptance letter had me scratching my head...I mean shouldn't they already have proof that they were letting me in?)

I don't think financial aid is determined before the application review--after all, lots of people applied before they even had their FAFSA information. Merit aid may have been decided at that time, but I'm hoping not since I haven't gotten word of any award yet.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Marquette, DePaul, or U of New Mexico?
« on: February 26, 2008, 12:12:10 PM »
When I lived in southern Colorado, I knew a judge and some family court lawyers (GALs, etc.) who went to UNM.

Law School Admissions / Re: Meal Plan...
« on: February 20, 2008, 07:39:31 AM »
I remember when I was an undergraduate at Tulane, there would be this one guy sitting in the dining hall at a table all by himself with a stack of law books . . .

I guess Tulane wasn't one of the schools with the special law-school cafeteria.

Law School Admissions / Re: JD/__: Joint Degrees anyone?
« on: February 15, 2008, 06:31:54 AM »
I was looking into a dual JD/MSW degree, but I've (tentatively) decided that it really doesn't justify the extra cost. I figured the education and social work background might make me a better lawyer for some family law stuff, but so far I've yet to hear how it can actually bring more money my way. Not that it's all about the money for me, but investing an extra $30k or so for something that *might* make me better at a legal field just didn't seem wise.

For what it's worth, I've had one school tell me that joint degree is something different that dual degree, but I haven't actually figured out what that difference is.

Another idea if you want to get a sense of the religious climate is to look at the law school's non-discrimination statement. If you have trouble finding it on the website, you can often find it on the last page or back cover of the law school's viewbook.

For instance, Baylor's nondiscrimination statement asserts its right to "discriminate on the basis of sexual misconduct, including, but not limited to, non-marital sexual misconduct, homosexual conduct, or the encouragement or advocacy of any form of sexual behavior that would undermine the Baptist identity or faith mission of the University."

Of course, this isn't to say that the nondiscrimination statement definitely reflects the prevailing climate at the school, but it's something to consider.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Adoption law/ Family law
« on: February 12, 2008, 10:52:08 AM »
I'm afraid I don't know much about the practical side of getting an adoption law job. I do know that there is at least one law school that has a Center on Adoption Law (or something like that), but I don't remember which one it is. As far as international adoption goes, there's a lot of stuff happening right now with the UN and the Hague Convention on International Adoption, especially with less developed countries. One outcome of those efforts, though (as I understand it, at least), might actually be to curtail the types of private, inter-country adoptions that are facilitated by lawyers, in favor of something that is more regulated and goes through the state agencies. I really don't know where that will go for the long term, though.

Are you interested in international custody issues as well? That might be an area where you could combine family and international law a lot, if that's your interest.

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