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I'm pretty sure I can, just because I accepted intership #1 in the same day that I received the offer for internship #2 in the mail.  I just need to do it TOMORROW, as my excuse will be "Unfortunately, I accepted another one yesterday..." I agree they discourage it, but I think they understand if you receive multiple offers (as some people receive many more than 2-3) that you cannot take them all!

I'll try to give as much info in as short amount of space.  I'm a 1L, top %30 at a second tier law school.  I have a pretty good resume, which I think is helping me.  Anyways, I was granted and interview and ultimately accepted a judicial internship with a federal district judge.  Today, before I withdrew any "applications," I received a letter in the mail offering me a judicial internship with a federal magistrate judge (for the second half of the summer). 

I realize that by taking the judicial internship, I will qualify for financial aid, but will not make any money.  I originally hoped to work for a court half the summer, and a firm half the summer (partly for experience, partly for money).  However, I received the offer and now I'm not certain of what to do! I have already worked at a small law firm (as a paralegal), and although ONE firm still hasn't rejected me following their "reception," I don't have the greatest chance of BIGLAW.  Should I accept the judicial internship with the magistrate judge, in addition to the district judge internship, or start sending out more resumes to medium sized firms and hope for a paying job?  Is two judicial internships not as valuable as a judicial internship/firm experience? What about judicial internship (magistrate) v. non-profit?

As for following graduation, I have no clue what I would like to do. 

Thanks so much!

Financial Aid / Missed deadline!
« on: May 21, 2008, 06:08:11 PM »
I have an issue. I submitted my FAFSA in January and included all the schools I applied to. I just got my offer to Houston and accepted it! Yay :) So I kept getting emails saying "we can't process your financial aid until you are admitted".  I got another one today and thought it was wierd. Long story short I found out I PUT THE WRONG CODE ON THE FAFSA. I put Houston downtown campus and not main campus? I "made a correction" to my submitted FAFSA already and included the new code, but is this mistake going to affect my financial aid at Houston?....

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best way to deny acceptance offer?
« on: May 12, 2008, 11:08:19 AM »
mine was fully refundable for 2 weeks, then they take like $50 for every 2 weeks that goes by... then the last $300 is not refundable at all. something like that.  so today is when my 2nd $50 is going to be deducted unless I withdraw.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best way to deny acceptance offer?
« on: May 12, 2008, 10:49:42 AM »
at one school I did put down a seat deposit, which is refundable up until TODAY... so I was hoping email would work to get that back :)

Incoming 1Ls / Best way to deny acceptance offer?
« on: May 12, 2008, 10:43:52 AM »
I know this is probably a no brainer, but can you just email the schools and tell them you've picked another and thanks for the offer? Or do you need to officially send them something?

I had a 148 as my first practice LSAT, but I was stupid enough to take the REAL LSAT "just to see what I'd get on it" - not realizing the significance.  Luckily, most schools only look at your top score now! I bought about 5 books from HalfPrice Books and found a few of the free classes (including a weekend course by Princeton for FREE) that helped tremendously!   I took it again and got a 158, not as high as I would have liked, but acceptable.  I'd say you can shoot for at least that high if you are taking an actual course!

Also, my advice, and many others... target your personal statements to EACH school you apply to (or at least the ones you really like).  Do a lot of beforehand research regarding each school and put that in your personal statement - it seems to attract many schools when they realize how much effort you put in to researching THEIR school. 

Depends on your chances of getting into School B. If its a slim chance but you are hoping, I'd go ahead and make plans for School A. Make them as tenative as possible and only the minimal required plans. I'd also wait it out as long as possible until making those plans - say... July 15th? That gives you a little more than a month to get situation and find a job? Just my thoughts... I still havent been WL or given any decision from my top choice, so I'm just praying I dont get WL!!! I'd rather a reject than a WL!

I am pretty sure I am thE ONLY one on, that has edited their profile in the last month, that HAS NOT heard back from Houston.... how obnoxious.... luckily SMU is taking just as long...

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Anyone heading to Baylor?
« on: April 25, 2008, 03:35:59 PM »
I visited UH Sunday, Baylor monday, and SMU Thursday. I find it hard to justify the extra $13,000/yr price tag of SMU or Baylor over UH (assuming I get no scholarship from any of them... I still havent heard from SMU or UH).  I liked Baylor more than SMU, which I was not expecting.  I may have just visited SMU on a bad day... bad weather and finals coming up... but it seemed that the people at Baylor were much friendlier.  Becky, the assistant daen of admissions, gave us a tour, and most students we passed by knew her by first name.  She two students who took us to lunch were very friendly and answered evevry question we wanted to know. Waco is bigger than I thought, plenty to do, but obviously not as large as Dallas or Houston.  They said you definately have to put your leg out there and put forth an effort to get clerkships, jobs, etc.  One great thing, in my opinion, was that because the school runs on quarters rather than semesters, you can clerkship somewhere in the winter or spring or fall rather than summer so the opportunities are much less competative.  Negative being there are only so many opportunities in Waco and most likely you'll be doing it in Austin or Dallas. Oh yea and all classes are socratic, which I guess in the end only helps you prepare for "on the spot" moments in trial.  They did not mention a transactional plan, she said all students are required to take the practice court during their 3rd year and that 80% of your schedule is given to you because they believe in a broad schedule and enforcing real-world practice.  Interested because I spoke to an attorney in Houston who said that unless you are certain you want to be a trial attorney... its probably best to go to a law school where you can pick more electives, and the firm that will hire you will likely train you for 6 months on how to survive in court.  All in all, I liked Baylor... I just cant personally justify the cost (having no scholarship) compared to Houston.  If they were equal in price... I'd have much more to consider. HOpe that helps...

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