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Choosing the Right Law School / 2014 USNWR Rankings
« on: March 07, 2013, 07:38:19 AM »
Have they been leaked?

Financial Aid / Question about Stafford Loans
« on: May 09, 2006, 07:54:20 AM »
If I request more stafford loans than the cost of my tuition, can I use the balance for living expenses?  Are students only allowed to use stafford loans for tuition? 

Incoming 1Ls / Tuition Reimbursement - Should I take it?
« on: April 13, 2006, 07:06:49 AM »
The other day my boss offered to pay for my law school tuition if I work full time during school.  It seems like an impossible offer to refuse but I have a few reservations and I would appreciate any input that you might have about them. 

I should preface this by saying, before my boss offered to cover my tuition, I planned to attend Temple Law - Evening Division and work at my current employer 2 days a week to cover my living expenses.  Paying for tuition over 4 years would cost me 50-60K, because I'm a PA resident. 

Here are my reservations about working full time.

1.  Temple Evening student take 10-11 credits a semester.  This is only 4 less credits than the full time program and full time students are not allowed to work.  Is it risky to work full time and take the chance of not being able to handle the work load during 1L?

2.  Working full time will probably prevent me from participating in important activities such as law review because of time restrictions.

3.  Tuition reimbersement is likely to come with stings... meaning, I will likely have to work for my company (a civil engineering firm) for several years after I graduate or else will have to pay back the reimbersement.

4.  The best legal job I could get with my company would be associate corporate counsel, which probably doesn't pay as much as jobs with a private law firm and sounds boring to me.

5.  My girlfriend, who I've been dating for a year and a half and live with will probably dump me because I won't have any time to spend with her.       

Are all of these negatives worth the 50-60K?

Anyone willing to take a look at an essay that I'm writing for a scholarship competition?

Law School Admissions / Deans Certification of Good Standing
« on: January 30, 2006, 07:09:58 AM »
Anyone else have to submit one of these?  Are they only for current students?

It's ready to go.  Just looking for someone to give it a quick once-over.

Anyone willing to read my PS and rip it apart?  Let me know and I'll PM you.

General Off-Topic Board / New Strokes Album
« on: January 06, 2006, 08:45:11 AM »
Anyone love it as much as I do?

A few topics have come to mind for my PS and I would like your opinions about which one I should pursue.

1. Because of the history of alcoholism in my family, and the lack of education that was largely result of this history, I think about law school as a process of familial self discovery (ie. figuring out what we're good at).  Two of my uncles have worked as cops at the DA office in Manahattan and I might try to conclude with a paragraph about my desire to work there as a DA.  This would wrap the PS up nicely. 

2. A discussion of my experience working at a civil engineering firm for the past 4.5 years.  This essay would describe some of the reading and writing skills that I honed as a proposal writer, describe my feeling of being an outsider in the field (I graduated with a B.A. in English), discuss the value of a J.D. in the field (the president and CEO are lawyers not Engineers) and note some of the ways that I have seen the law intersect with civil engineering.  The problem with this essay is that I'm not really interested in working in the field after I get my J.D.

Any opinions you have would be greatly appreciated!!       

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