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Messages - myrrheejazz
« on: August 17, 2009, 10:52:15 PM »
If you are considering a joint JD/Tax LLM, consider the University of Washington. If you work on them concurrently, you get to count 12 of the 36 LLM units towards your JD (double dipping rocks). And, you don't pay the LLM tuition rates on the units you use towards your JD (so you save 1/3 on your LLM).
You still have to make it to 36 units in the LLM, but you shave 12 units (effectively) off your JD.
I just finished my JD and am working on wrapping up the LLM next year. Personally I love tax classes, so it has worked out really well for me. The firm I am at this summer is also very excited about getting a new tax LLM too.
How does the University of Washington place outside of Seattle? I wouldn't mind going to Washington state, but I'm concerned that I wouldn't be marketable outside of the state of Washington. Where is the firm you are heading to located?
« on: August 17, 2009, 10:38:22 PM »
You can do it. Single moms are stronger than they realize. It all depends on how you plan to pursue law school. You don't have to spend ridiculous hours to get good grades and land a decent job. You'll be fine as long as you have a healthy school/life balance. I have children, and I've decided to just go for it. Once I get home from law school, that's my family's time, no law school work after a certain time until the children are off to bed. I plan to treat law school like a 9-5 job. The weekends are for my family. What gets done gets done, what doesn't get done, will have to wait until the next day. Balance is key! It makes no sense to have regrets on your death bed. If law school is what you want, then go for it. Jobs after law school are dependent on your ability to network. Grades do matter, but you also have to have a strong network, otherwise, you'll be one of the many jobless lawyers in the world. At the end of the day, make sure that a legal career is what you want, and that law school is what you are willing to commit to. Worse case scenario, consider going part time during the day. There are law schools that offer this as an option, and the reduction in course load might help you with striking the school/life balance that you need to make in law school, while also giving your child the time and attention he/she needs.
« on: March 27, 2009, 03:36:56 PM »
Well, Loyola University matched the scholarship at DePaul. The only difference is the gpa requirement is higher. I guess I should also state that the reason why it is not a no-brainer for me is because I already have degrees from DePaul. I want a bit of a different experience, which is why I want to go to a different school. Also, because I want to focus on Tax Law and Corporate Governance, I think that my career interests will be better served at Loyola vs DePaul. That being said, there also is a possibility that I may transfer to a higher ranked school to pursue full time studies at a later date or pursue an LLM from a higher ranked school. While I would be happy with a degree from Loyola, I have to keep my career aspirations in perspective as well, and the fact remains that Loyola simply is not #1 in the country for tax law, although, I do believe it has a stronger tax law program than DePaul.
Of course, any thoughts on this are appreciated.
« on: March 15, 2009, 02:50:40 AM »
Do you know what kind of law you want to practice? This could make the decision a no-brainer.
Business and Tax Law. Ideally, I would like to work for a large- to mid-sized firm. I have quite a bit of banking experience, so I would be open to Banking Law as well, but predominantly I am interested in mostly transactional Corporate Law that focuses on tax, corporate governance and business issues/transactions.
« on: March 13, 2009, 09:47:14 PM »
Is Loyola full or part time? If Loyola is full time, you'd be stupid to go to Depual part time just because of a 4k/year scholarship. When it comes down to it, 4k/yr is practically nothing so I wouldn't even figure it in and just go to the school you like better if both are pt programs. Once you get outside the top schools, comparing job prospects between schools is like splitting hairs. Any job you get coming from either Depaul or Loyola is going to require top grades, great interviewing and some networking.
Both are part time programs. Given the state of the economy, my current lifestyle, and the highly political nature of my job I could not see the benefit of giving up my six figure salary to go to law school full time, at least not initially. After the first couple of years, I plan to assess whether or not it would make sense to go full time (perhaps at a higher ranking school depending on my grades/class rank), and leave the workforce for a couple of years to finish up, but as of right now, I am just glad to have a decent job.
« on: March 13, 2009, 06:47:44 AM »
Better make sure you didn't mis-read that 2.3, or it's not a typo.
It's not a typo, the acceptance letter clearly says the scholarship is "renewable in the same amount for each academic year provided you maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.30 at the end of each academic year." Is the curve at DePaul really ridiculous or something? A 2.30 at the end of each academic "year" (as opposed to "semester") seems pretty reasonable to me to keep my scholarship. Loyola's not offering me one red cent, only loans. Given that tuition at both schools is relatively about the same, and given that their rankings are relatively the same (Loyola 82 tied with 5 other schools and DePaul 88 tied with 6 other schools) would I be dumb not to take the scholarship offer from DePaul? I would think that even if the letter is a typo (which I highly doubt) the fact that I have it in writing and then subsequently accept the terms of their offer would obligate them to honor the terms of the offer letter, even if it were a typo (which I highly doubt).
« on: March 12, 2009, 10:54:36 PM »
It would all depend on what you want to practice after law school. I think it is very important to get work experience and make contacts prior to attending law school, this will enable you to find a job easier once you are out. As for Penn State and Pitt, they are roughly ranked about the same, so I don't think you would be making a poor choice either way. I would go with the program that would offer the strongest job prospects for your area of practice.
Just my 2 cents!
« on: March 12, 2009, 10:44:01 PM »
I was recently accepted to both DePaul and Loyola. DePaul was my first acceptance, and is offering a $4000 a year for four years (part-time) if I keep a 2.3 gpa. Loyola is only offering student loans, and is offering no scholarship money. My question is, given that I have a scholarship offer from DePaul (that I am not likely to lose considering the GPA requirement), should I go there over Loyola? Would my job prospects be better graduating from Loyola? Or would the job prospects be about the same? I have heard that between the two schools, they are neck and neck in the rankings, so it really wouldn't matter which school I went to. However, I had my heart set on Loyola, but I am now seriously considering DePaul because of the scholarship money. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
« on: October 24, 2008, 09:31:42 PM »
Don't give up! If law school is your dream, then go for it!
« on: October 24, 2008, 09:30:59 PM »
Scores are definitely out. I just got the email, and I checked the website. 10 point improvement! Yay!