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Non-Traditional Students / Re: 34M, Looking for LS Advice
« on: January 14, 2009, 03:28:05 PM »
Why can't you find the time to do outside work, if you could help me understand.

because studying to the point where I felt prepared was taking all of my time.  there simply was no time left over in my days to do any work.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: 34M, Looking for LS Advice
« on: January 08, 2009, 11:33:30 AM »
I'm 38 and just finished my first semester.   I was a software developer before returning to school and have maintained a consulting relationship with a previous employer.  The target was no more than 10 hours/month.  The first 2-3 weeks of law school, I was able to devote 2-3 hours/week fixing bugs.  For the remainder of the semester, I was able to devote NO time at all to outside work.  Almost all of my out-of-class time was spent studying, except for the 1hr/day i took the dogs to the dog park.  My fiance and I did little out-of-house fun stuff the whole semester.

If you plan on working during the first year, you will either have to spend 0 time with your family or accept that your grades will be sub-par.  From my experience, full time school and a family will give you no time for work.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: How do you let it go?
« on: December 10, 2008, 02:05:12 PM »
because it's pointless to continue worrying about it, as worrying will not change the grade you receive.

you're wasting time and energy that could be devoted to doing better on another exam

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Socratic Method / Re: Socratic method = russian roulette?
« on: August 27, 2008, 05:28:41 PM »
every time you go before a judge, you'll have to defend your reasoning the way that you're doing it with your professor.

every time a sr. partner walks into your office and starts questioning a memo you sent him, you'll have to defend your reasoning.

it's good training.  it teaches you to be prepared and to think on your feet.

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General Board / Re: Anyone doing Dual MBA JD degrees?
« on: June 19, 2008, 09:45:54 AM »
You need to consider what school you're talking about.  An MBA from anything less than a Top 20 is almost worthless.  I thought about a JD/MBA, but decided not to do the combined program because my school's MBA program is not even ranked.  I'm at a T-20 law school, and I'll likely be starting at a T-5 MBA program right after I graduate from law school.  I know it's  a lot of school, but an MBA at anything less than a T-20 is a waste.

What. Ever.  From what vantage point are you deciding that a less-than-20th ranked MBA program is worthless?  If you want to gain the knowledge that an MBA offers to broaden your knowledge base, then get an MBA wherever you are going to school.   If you know EXACTLY what you want to do after college, then ask people in that field whether an MBA is worth the time.   If you have the extra year and can afford it and have no idea what you want to do and have a curiousity about business, go for it.

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Memphis / Re: Memphis Class of 2011
« on: May 29, 2008, 06:10:22 PM »
suggestions:   are you looking to stay in the same place for awhile?  If so, I'd suggest somewhere in Midtown, there's lots of available apts and the area is cleaning up.   A Target is going to be going in at Poplar/Cleveland in the next year or so.

I'm close to Overton Park & Stonewall and it's a 5.5 mile commute to the law school.  10-12 minutes from driveway to law school garage.   It'll be < 2 miles when the law school moves.

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Memphis / Re: Memphis Class of 2011
« on: May 29, 2008, 03:21:36 PM »
Nice!!!!!!!! Finally a person. Do you currently live in Memphis?

Yep, been living here in Midtown a little over two years now.  Fiance' and I moved from St. Louis.  How bout you?

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Memphis / Re: Memphis Class of 2011
« on: May 28, 2008, 02:43:04 PM »
I'll be attending.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: SLU ASW weekend 3/28/08
« on: March 31, 2008, 04:44:06 PM »
I can agree that they don't have the greatest facilities, the first school I visited was Washington University so I've been kinda soured.  But compared to Memphis, where I live now, the facilities are much better.

But are facilities why you are going to law school?  As long as they are good enough not to interfer with studying, then they are good enough for three years

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: SLU ASW weekend 3/28/08
« on: March 31, 2008, 04:41:41 PM »
I can agree that they don't have the greatest facilities, the first school I visited was Washington University so I've been kinda soured.  But compared to Memphis, where I live now, the facilities are much better.

But are facilities why you are going to law school?

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