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glad you saw that as a comment, not a flame, lol.  After I wrote it I thought it might have sounded a little sarcastic/cynical.

Aw, but I am one of the few people you will see around here that enjoys a great sarcastic/cynical comment, when appropriate.  Goes back to taking oneself way to seriously.  And anyway, it resembles the whole Getting to Maybe theme.

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You need to know how to take a step back, take a deep breath, and dive back in to the pile of *&^% to fish out the nugget of truth.   ;)

Thanks for that analogy!  ;)

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General Board / Re: What was your undergrad major?
« on: August 06, 2007, 11:47:20 AM »
BA in Politics, minor in Sociology, emphasis on American Law/Social Movements.

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General Board / Re: How many OL's are excited to start school?
« on: August 01, 2007, 06:55:39 PM »
You will all regret it after starting around Thanksgiving, thats when the anxiety, insomnia, and depression set in.

LOL.  I guess for those of us old folks who already have insomnia, this is nothing new.  ;)

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How fast do you type?

I took a con law class in undergrad.  After that class, I stopped taking notes in spiral notebooks.  Rather I invested in Microsoft OneNote and began taking all seminar/lecture notes by laptop.  The reason?  I type about 100 wpm, which means that I type incredibly faster than I can even begin to write.  Also, OneNote will organize your notes with relative ease, which made studying for exams awesome. 

Now, since I am an enter 1L, I too would like to hear have been through the 1L experience. I am hoping my assumption is correct ;)

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General Board / Re: Loan Exit Counseling?
« on: July 31, 2007, 03:37:26 PM »
My understanding is that there is a "clearinghouse" so to speak that the school reports to that updates the lenders as to school status.  Has your new school notified anyone to keep up the deferal that you will be attending full-time?

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General Board / Re: Case Briefs?!?!
« on: July 31, 2007, 11:18:40 AM »
http://4lawschool.com/casebrief.htm

You're really putting way too much unnecessary stress on yourself before the first day of class by doing this.  You should savor these last few weeks of freedom before you enter the world filled with satan's spawn.

LOL.  Since you have entered that world, does that now make you an official one, or just a trainee ;) jk....just found that statement hilarious.

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General Board / Re: Law School Debt
« on: July 30, 2007, 06:15:12 PM »
Depends on various factors.......

What do you want to do with your degree?  Are you looking to practice in a big firm?  Or do you want more regional, or local government type work?

Many may argue with me here.  If your point is to make 6 figures right away, then you need one of the top schools.  And at that point, go ahead and rack up big debt, because truth be told, a couple years making bank and your debt is paid back.

However, if you are like me, my interest was not in big law firms.  I want to stay regional and my goal is to ADA or God-willing, be elected DA someday.  I chose a regional school because of it's clinical program and the amount of face time I get with local lawyers.  At my school, both the DA and the current Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice teach, so these kind of connections and face time are invaluable.

But what are your plans?  How do you plan on using your law degree?

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General Board / Re: Question on Tiers...
« on: July 30, 2007, 12:13:55 PM »
Thank you very much for all the answers.

I actually had not paid a whole lot of attention to rankings or tiers before, so it was an honest answer.  I have lived around Willamette my whole life and when I said I was going to law school, everyone always asked, "Willamette, right?  That's great.  They have a great reputation!"  Call me naive, but I knew there were Ivy league schools like Harvard, Yale, and such.  I honestly applied to UPENN just to see if I could get in and I actually flew out and visited the campus, taking my daughter.  That was what clinched my decision.

Amanda---Thank you.  I had not thought about Oregon turning me down for that reason.  My thought was to just bust my ass at Willamette and go for a transfer.  Oregon's clinical program with the DA's office in Eugene is why I applied there to begin with.

Prestige, biglaw, and all that is really not why I am getting my law degree.  I have a feeling that my idealism (what is left of it) is about ready to get stomped out of me. 

The truth is that I have been having all kinds of doubts about attending law school and the choice I made, which is what prompted this post. Thanks again for the encouragement and opening my eyes a bit. ;)

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General Board / Re: Question on Tiers...
« on: July 28, 2007, 01:19:53 AM »
Do any of you have children?

I know not one person in all of Pennsylvania.  I applied actually, not expecting to get in.  This is something I have wanted since I was like nine years old.  I started my undergrad journey many years behind traditional students.  I actually applied to several schools, and funny enough, received one rejection letter from the University of Oregon.  Bizarre, but that is the way it goes.  It killed me to do it, but I did what I had to do.

Anyway, I have a child who is eight.  She is extremely involved in her school.  She has been in dance for five years and just made company.  My whole family is here.  When it came down to it, I could not rip her away from Nana and Papa, her aunt and cousin to move 2600 miles away where she would know no one.  Where, by the way, I would not have a babysitter for if she was ill, or if I need to pull an all-nighter at the library.  So, why is that so unreasonable to consider?

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