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General Board / Re: Can my brother still become a future law student?
« on: September 06, 2011, 08:03:29 AM »
I got an OWI when I was 19 and a possession of alcohol under the legal age later that year. I just graduated from U of Iowa law in May and will hear whether I passed the bar in a week. There was never any character and fitness inquiry whatsoever into my OWI.

I should note that it kept me from getting into a few law schools that I probably would have otherwise, but the point is that it is far from a death sentence.

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3L job search / Re: I abhor cover letters
« on: August 26, 2010, 03:09:58 PM »
Speaking of cover letters, does anyone know of a place to find examples?

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I wouldn't even get to the point where I was considering marriage with a woman who didn't want to take my last name. I'm not saying that we would even discuss it, I'm just saying that the type of woman that wouldn't take my last name or would try to make me hyphenate mine is not the type of girl I would end up with.

I get the whole equality thing, but IMO that's just making something way more out of it than it is. This is just the way it's always been done.

I wouldn't, however, have a problem with her keeping her own name. The kids would just be taking my name.

Exactly what is "the type of woman" who wouldn't take your last name? Feel free to use lots of adjectives.

This mindset just absolutely kills me. Let's examine the words you used: "wouldn't take" and "would try to make me hyphenate mine".

Not "wouldn't want to take" but "wouldn't take" implying that you're giving it, no matter what she wants, and not only has she got no choice in the matter, even if she did her choice means nothing. And "would try to make me hyphenate mine" means a level of force coming from her, that you're perfectly free to resist. It's like there's no discussion in the matter, no exchange of ideas, and the outcome is set simply because you say it is. Let me get this straight: you want a woman who would be perfectly happy being steamrolled into whatever you want, and who has no ideas or desires of her own? Am I off-base on that? Because I certainly hope that I am. I really hope that people today have grown beyond that kind of foolishness.

I primarily meant someone who was laid back. My current GF is laid back and doesn't care about this type of thing and that's one of the reasons she's still my girlfriend. Also note that I ultimately said she could keep her own name if she wanted to, I just want my kids to have my name. My primary problem is that I think it's selfish for the parents to give their kids hyphenated names or have different names than them.

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I wouldn't even get to the point where I was considering marriage with a woman who didn't want to take my last name. I'm not saying that we would even discuss it, I'm just saying that the type of woman that wouldn't take my last name or would try to make me hyphenate mine is not the type of girl I would end up with.

I get the whole equality thing, but IMO that's just making something way more out of it than it is. This is just the way it's always been done.

I wouldn't, however, have a problem with her keeping her own name. The kids would just be taking my name.

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I go to a T-25 and when we have visiting professors here they are terrible compared to the quality of education you get from the actual profs. The subject matter may be the same, but that doesn't mean you learn it as well. That's one difference.

I had a visiting professor from Yale that was absolute bunnies, so that's just plain anecdotal evidence that at the very best is worthless.

Not to mention, law is not complicated, you should be perfectly capable of learning what consideration is even if your professor is a homeless guy spending half the class masturbating at his desk.

I disagree that it's anecdotal evidence. An anecdote is one story intended to evidence an entire pattern of activity. What I have just described is the entire pattern of activity. Every visiting I have had was terrible and all but one permanent prof. I have had was amazing.

Saying that the law is not complicated is sort of ignorant too. Obviously, I can (and did) figure out what consideration is on my own. However, I have a limited amount of time within which to do my studying and attempting to figure out what most of the securities act means without the guidance of a competent teacher stretches the boundaries of the amount of time I have.

I do think, however, that your experience with a visiting at Yale demonstrates a key difference between the T-14 and lower ranked schools. Profs. from my school probably visit at yours. My school gets visiting profs from T-3s.

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Allow me to summarize this thread. T-4s are not as good as T1s, but the T4s are not as bad as the "elitists" make them out to be. I think that should cover it.

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I go to a T-25 and when we have visiting professors here they are terrible compared to the quality of education you get from the actual profs. The subject matter may be the same, but that doesn't mean you learn it as well. That's one difference.

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Law School Applications / Re: Disclosure and consequences
« on: December 19, 2009, 12:13:49 PM »
I had a DUI and Minor in Possession on  my record that were fairly recent. I got waitlisted at Iowa because of it, but went in and talked it over with the head admissions guy and got in the next day. Also got waitlisted at Wisconsin and I assume it was because of my record, but didn't bother to work harder at getting in with them. I think you'll be fine though, especially since they were all dismissed.

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Law School Applications / Re: Is it Possible?
« on: December 19, 2009, 12:11:54 PM »
You'll be fine.

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I was in at Iowa with a slightly higher GPA and same LSAT plus full scholarship. Probably would have been in and Wisconsin, but got waitlisted due to criminal record.

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