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Have you spoken to your firm about the sudden change in your circumstances?

There's still about a month and a half before school starts - is there any chance that you could still leave on good terms? Getting in off of a waitlist isn't anything you could have planned on, and I'm sure they would understand that. And this is your first-choice school after all.

This is assuming that the deferral isn't an option - as others have pointed out, it's somewhat risky to re-apply next year (though you've clearly got a good shot).

And congrats, by the way. :)

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: parenting = gap in work experience
« on: July 09, 2005, 08:37:24 AM »
It's not just the legal profession - it's the working world in general that seems to have an issue with "gaps" in full-time employment - even those taken for very good reasons. Which is too bad, really - I think it's a very limiting and narrow path to always have to have a full-time office job. Shouldn't we all be able to take a sabbatical from that way of life every now and then, without anyone giving us grief for making that choice? Why can't we take some time away to do something that's not directly career-related but still worthy and fulfilling? (Whether that's raising kids, writing a novel, sailing around the world, or just meditating and catching up on one's reading.) I think we'd all be happier, better-adjusted people if there were more to our lives than the rat race. (I think we'd be better employees, too.)

You'd think that being a stay-at-home parent would be common enough that it wouldn't raise any eyebrows. Sure, cover your volunteer work in your resume - all your experience should be covered there - but that wasn't really what you were focused on during that time period.  Talk to your law school's career services about it, but I see nothing wrong with putting "Stay at Home Parent (Dates)" on your resume. That should take care of the "gap" in your employment history. Honestly - I think it's less an issue of your being at home, and more that recruiters like to see a full accounting of your time. So account for it, and hopefully that will be enough for most employers.

Heck, we've even had a US Supreme Court justice (SDO'C) who took a few years off from her career to be a stay-at-home mom, so don't ever let anyone tell you you can't achieve YOUR goals, just because you took time off from your career to raise your kids.

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Wait List / Re: HLS Waitlist Phone Call
« on: July 01, 2005, 07:45:16 PM »
I'm in... which means I need to change my signature  ;D

Congrats! See you in September!

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Wait List / Re: HLS Waitlist Phone Call
« on: July 01, 2005, 11:57:54 AM »
I received a call on Monday about the same thing "few spots," "looking particularly hard at me."

They told me they'd get back in touch with me on Thursday (so, today) but haven't yet. Should I call at the end of tomorrow? I don't think I could stand waiting over the weekend... I don't want to come off as pushy.

Those of you who got accepted with that call, how long did you have to wait?

Go ahead and call the Admissions office if you haven't heard yet. They'll be able to tell you the timeline for a decision. No one's going to think you're pushy for wanting to know before the long weekend. If anything, it shows your interest is strong.

Sounds like the content of your call was pretty much exactly like mine - although they only made me wait about 2 days for an answer. (Talked to them late Wednesday afternoon, and heard back around 11AM Friday.)

Hope you hear back soon! (And good luck - although I'm pretty sure you're in.)

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Acceptances / Re: Harvard - Admitted from Wait List
« on: June 16, 2005, 07:21:42 AM »
That's awesome.  Given your LSAT score, I'm surprised you were on the wait list to begin with.

Given my undergrad GPA (from a so-so school), I'm not surprised. Some people with similar numbers got in earlier in the season, as you can see on LSN, but mostly they went to MUCH better undergrad schools than I did, or did something extraordinary.

I knew that if I did get in, it would be a very close thing. In off the waiting list seems about right.

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Wait List / Re: HLS Waitlist Phone Call
« on: June 10, 2005, 04:37:37 PM »
Is this a confirmation after the first deposit, or is this the first confirmation that they were requesting? It just feels like an awkward thing to do, to decline a seat after making a deposit.

I sent my first deposit to CLS before May 1. I know it feels awkward to withdraw after accepting an offer, but it also happens regularly at every school, and they expect it and are prepared for it. That's what the wait list is for - there are plenty of people on the waiting list who will be happy to take that seat you've vacated. (And we should know!) The school is not going to lose money.

However, the clock IS ticking. The polite and proper thing to do, out of respect for both the school you are declining and for those waiting for the chance to go there, is to let the school know as soon as you are certain of your choice to attend another school.

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Wait List / Re: HLS Waitlist Phone Call
« on: June 10, 2005, 04:18:14 PM »
just got the confirmation too.  and a deferral for a year!  unreal

Wow! Now THAT's amazing. You're either just really amazing, a phenomenal negotiator, or both! Congrats!

Mrs. Malaprop and Aday - if you already put a first deposit at another school, how/when are you contacting them to withdraw?

For me, Columbia already had requested that we send a confirmation of our enrollment status by next Friday, 6/17 - letting them know what our plans are for the Fall. So I'm just going to respond to that as requested.

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Acceptances / Re: Harvard - Admitted from Wait List
« on: June 10, 2005, 04:12:28 PM »
Congratulations!

So when are going to withdraw from Columbia??? 
 8)

Thanks everyone! (And congrats Dina!)

I'm going to withdraw from Columbia as soon as I have confirmation of my acceptance from Harvard in writing (I'm told it will probably be sent out Monday).

BTW, although Columbia does not have a 2nd deposit, we have all been asked to send an enrollment status confirmation by 6/17. I imagine there will be some waitlist movement shortly thereafter.

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Wait List / Re: HLS Waitlist Phone Call
« on: June 10, 2005, 12:31:08 PM »
And the news is official:

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,35620.0.html

Thanks everyone, for all of the good wishes. And good luck to everyone waiting for a call!

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Acceptances / Harvard - Admitted from Wait List
« on: June 10, 2005, 12:29:49 PM »
Not sure if this should go here, or over in the WL thread, but...

I got another phone call from Cambridge just over an hour ago - I'm in!

I have no idea how I'm going to get the rest of my work done today... I'm bouncing off the walls right now! Unfortunately, I have a report due in to the external auditors...

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