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I just wanted to pass on some good news that I got today - over 10 years ago I took 3 classes at a school, and withdrew from maybe 8 at the same school. I later found out that this particualr school allowed 5 withdrawals with no penalty, and any more than 5 are counted as 0's in your GPA. From everything I've read on this site, I assumed that LSAC would follow what the school had done and count those as 0's too, and, happily, they did not! Again, these were W's, not WF etc., and they did affect my GPA with the school, but not with LSAC. I am sooo relieved! Maybe this will give some hope to others - what you read is not correct in EVERY circumstance - call LSAC and find out for yourself!  :D

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: for us older folk...
« on: August 12, 2008, 08:57:42 AM »
This is a good question - hopefully we'll get some responses! I am studying for the Oct.LSAT but am seriously considering pushing it back to Sept.09 because I don't feel that I am as prepared as I could be for this test. I am in my 30's with a family, and definitely the biggest (and so far the only) obstacle for me has been finding the time to devote to in-depth studying.

Job Search / Re: A question for people working in Biglaw...
« on: August 09, 2008, 08:39:50 AM »
The responses so far have been helpful, but I'm still curious - has anyone had a major lifestyle change since getting a biglaw job? How is your life different? Is the financial security worth the long hours?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: October LSAT - can I still do it???
« on: July 25, 2008, 08:41:50 PM »
007, my "delusions of grandeur" was a joke, hence the smiley face. As for reality being harsh, thanks, but I live in reality every day, and my reality is not clouded by vodka and red bull. Anyway, sorry about all that throwing up - you really should take it easy and stop getting so fired up over something that has no effect over your life. I am through with this foolishness - I don't have to justify my choices to a bunch of angry, rude, really judgemental strangers. It's 11:30pm and I really should get back to studying. Wish me luck  ;D!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: October LSAT - can I still do it???
« on: July 25, 2008, 07:50:45 PM »
Thanks Meggo, you've been helpful. But I don't think the thread would have gone differently no matter how I said I'm scoring. Lindbergh and others were not "concerned" with scores, but with the fact that my kids would be forever damaged if their mother devoted some time to something other than them. It was funny to me that people who clearly don't have kids could tell me (and with such a tone of authority) what it is that my kids need.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: October LSAT - can I still do it???
« on: July 25, 2008, 07:22:29 PM »
FatUncle, thank you, you're sweet. And you're right, I can do it, and I'm going to start tonight. After all of this totally unexpected drama, I feel like I have no other choice but to get a 180 on the LSAT, get into a great school, and get a fabulous job, all the while raising a happy family, just to prove to Lindbergh and others that it can be done :D.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: October LSAT - can I still do it???
« on: July 25, 2008, 06:49:52 PM »
FatUncle, I haven't taken a full test yet because of the games. They scare me, and I'm afraid if I include the games on my practice tests before I really know what I'm doing, I'll do terribly and it will freak me out. I do pretty well with RC and LG, maybe 2 or 3 wrong in a section. Those seem to come pretty easily to me, the games do not. When I have the guts to do a whole games section I get 8 or 9 wrong.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: October LSAT - can I still do it???
« on: July 25, 2008, 06:31:01 PM »
Dear Lindbergh,

For some reason I feel the need to put your fears to rest. First, I have been a parent for 13 years. My kids are 13, 9, 5, 3, and 5 months. I have devoted myself to them full-time for 13 years. They come first, and always will. They have never been in daycare, my husband and I go out once a month if we're lucky and have only used our sisters to babysit. We love having a big family, and we made a choice to have 5 kids, so there goes your theory that my last child was an accident. They are all happy, beautiful ,healthy, smart - that is why I use the name "luckylady", because I feel incredibly lucky. I have managed to successfully raise my family for all these years, maintain a marriage, run a household, volunteer, and finish my degree with a 3.8 GPA, because when you have kids, you have no choice, you just have to do it. Whether I'm tired, sick, whatever, they still need to be taken care of. I get no sick time, no personal days. I am by far a stronger and more motivated person because of them. The thing that bothers me the most is that if I were a guy there would be no issue. My husband could have a house full of kids and work 20 hours a day and people would praise him for being a hard worker and providing well for his family. And I think the whole biglaw situation is exaggerated. Sure, there are some long days, but having spoken personally to a person in a major firm about this very issue, I feel confident that it's not as bad as people make it out to be.

So, thank you for your concern, but we'll be just fine. I would love to talk to you again after you have kids of your own. Here's a bit of advice from a veteran - as long as they know they are always loved and cared for, they will be fine.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: October LSAT - can I still do it???
« on: July 25, 2008, 09:24:19 AM »
Meggo, thanks for your thoughtful reply. At this point in my life, I feel like I can do anything. When I was younger it seemed like time went by so slowly and I had forever to do whatever I wanted. Now time flies by, my kids are growing up, and I really would like to be done with law school before I turn 40. I still feel 20 and have plenty of energy, so I don't worry about being able to keep up. My family has always been my top priority, but as you said, I think they will benefit in the long run. If I start studying in earnest now, I feel confident I could do well - I guess I posted on the board hoping for some encouragement.

As for my friend Lindbergh, you must be a (very immature) man. Certainly no woman would suggest that I prostitute myself or sell my child. What about my post could possibly have offended you so much that you would have to be that rude? Did your own mother abandon you or something?

Job Search / Re: A question for people working in Biglaw...
« on: July 25, 2008, 09:08:50 AM »
Lord, the living must be good in Texas! We live in a suburb of Boston, and the cost of living is pretty high. New lawyers make $160,000 I believe, and I know someone who is counsel at a big firm, has been a lawyer for about 7 years, and makes well over $300,000. I live in a town with excellent public schools, so I don't have to pay tuition for my children, but my town does have a very high tax rate, o we pay for it there. Our mortgage is about $3000 per month, and with all our other bills, and only my husband's income, every month is a stretch.

I asked this question originally because a) most people on the Student Board seem to have a real disdain for those of us who hope to earn a comfortable living, and b) must be independently wealthy, since money doesn't seem to matter too much. I would love to hear from those of you who were just regular people, maybe struggling a little, who then got great jobs and are able to worry a lot less now. That's definitely what I'm hoping for.

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