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Hello fellow BLSDers!  I am actually the original poster.  I mentioned this a while back, but in another thread.  Sorry for the confusion.  As for my decision, I ended up paying the deposit at Howard and the 1st and 2nd seat deposits at Georgetown, only because my current employer suggested I send a formal request asking the company to foot the bill.  No word yet and I'm really getting down to the wire on this decision.  As I sit at work today, I really feel that Howard's offering fits better with the path I'd like to take (minimal debt, no commitment to my current employer or pressure to practice IP or Patent law).  

HUSL2007 - thanks for sharing your experiences Soror  ;).  I got soooo excited while reading your post.  Between staying on top of all the logistics of entering law school this fall and working full time, I've hardly given myself a chance to sit back and appreciate the great experience that I'll be embarking on.  Your post is inspiring and brought back the excitement that's gotten lost in all the stress of making this decision.  Do you mind sharing how you met and partnered with your mentor?  

Thanks everyone for your comments and I'll be sure and let you all know when I've DEFINATELY made a decision.


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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: BLSD'ers: GW vs. Howard
« on: June 10, 2005, 09:22:51 AM »
Bluenine,

I'm still faced with a similar situation - Howard w/ $ vs Georgetown without.  Now things are getting a little more complicated since my employer is considering sponsoring me in law school, if I commit to working in house.  The details have not been communicated to me.  At this point it's only a possibility.  Needless to say though, it was enough to get me to pay Georgetown's hefty $500 2nd seat.  Frankly, I'm not sure I want the committment of working in house for my current employer following graduation.  One of the reasons I applied to law school was to change gears.  I know working in IP or Patent would be different than being an engineer, but the "feel" would be the same.

Does anyone know of any pros/cons to going directly in house following graduation?

Decisions, decisions - Good luck Bluenine with yours.  It's one of those situations where the good news is that you can't go wrong either way... but therein lies the dilemma.


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I am in a similar situation and also happen to be in the IT industry.  Like you, I have a job that pays quite well with minimal demand on my personal time and I'm still undecided with regard to law school.

Haitian-Lawyer asks some really important questions - many of which I have considered.  At times it seems the more questions I ask the more confused I become.  I have however set some definite boundaries.  I am not willing to take on 100 grand in debt to attend ANY school.  I can respect that others are willing to do this and that's cool.  It's just that in my situation I can't justify such a move.  My career options are very attractive with the degrees that I already have (BS in Elec Engr and MBA).  I've also decided that I don't want to work full time AND attend school, although I'm considering part-time options with my employer.

It's getting down to the wire though.  Second seat deposits are due and I don't want to keep throwing money at this process, unless I'm willing to commit to it. :-\

I will leave you with this - When speaking to a friend about my situation and about how I have a pretty decent career already.  He responded by saying, "You should never let the good get in the way of the best".  That said - I'm still undecided, but that was one of the few comments that made me pause.

I wish all of you the very best - no matter which path you choose.

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ElegantPearl01,

I really want to thank you for providing insight into your experiences as a law student, clerk and attorney.  It has been most informative.  I am currently at a crossroads, faced with the decision of whether or not to attend law school.  I have been working as an engineer for a few years and just completed my MBA (graduation - next week  ;D).  I applied to law schools thinking that with my BS in Elec Engr and MBA, adding a JD to the mix would set me up nicely for IP or corporate law and even consulting.  Now - it seems the time has come for me to make a decision and I began critically evaluating, not only my career prospects with & without a JD, but also my quality of life in both cases. 

I am married and I LOVE hanging out and spending time with my husband.  Now many don't think about the importance of that in a relationship, but I don't know what I would do if we no longer had time to sleep in and fix a late brunch or to go to concerts and travel.  I have a job that pays well, especially considering I work 40 hours per week - that's it, and we recently purchased our first home.

As for law school prospects, I have a choice between all the DC schools, but have narrowed it down to Howard w/ $$$ and Georgetown (full loan package).  Even with the scholarship money at Howard, I would still have to take out some loans.  Plus, I happen to have the additional opportunity cost of giving up my salary for 3 years. ???

After paying the seat deposits at both schools, I've really started to pull away from the idea of going to law school.  I started to weigh the benefits in my current career path against those (forseably) following law school.  More often than not, pursuing a JD comes up short.  That said, I have moments when I think, "Oh suck it up - what's three years and a little debt?". 

The timing of this thread could not have been better.  Oh and just for the record - I'm weighing many, many factors, of which this thread is included.  Paying the seat deposits only bought me a couple of weeks until the next round is due...  I feel like I'm thowing money away, but it's not easy to walk away from my acceptances and scholarship money.  I just thought I'd share my situation to show the relevance of your comments.  I sincerely appreciate the time you've taken to share with us all.

Thanks

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Share your big law experiences
« on: April 20, 2005, 11:51:54 AM »
Hey -

Could someone who has worked in a "big law" environment share their experiences?  I am familiar with the monetary motivation for choosing it as a career path, but I'm wondering what the actual experience is like.  Has anyone had an experience that led them to either rule it out or select it as their career?

Thanks for sharing -

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Hello Everyone,

I've been lurking around on this board now for a few months.  I actually posted a question I'm currently facing on whether to choose Howard with $ over Georgetown.  I didn't mean to be inconspicuous - it was a Saturday morning and I couldn't shake the anxiety with regard to my decision.  Anyway - you all provided good information and I thank you for sharing your thoughts, experiences and 2cents.

Well - as for me - I'm 27, I hold a BS in Elec Engr, and an MBA (which I just finished my final paper for last week  ;D).  I also have 5 years of solid work experience in systems engineering in Washington, DC.

I decided to apply to law school for many, many reasons.  Now that I've been accpeted (to all the DC area law schools), I'm having a difficult time choosing one.  I've decided not to let it worry me (yeah right) - but I know everything will work out just as it should.

Well - just wanted to say wuz up -

Lata Gatas
 ;)

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