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So here's my situation.  I just started a new job after separating from the military.  It's a great position, solid pay and a really awesome organization, I am psyched about the opportunity and looking forward to working there.

But, I'm starting evening law in the fall.  Since it isn't a minor transition for me, but a total career shift, I'm thinking my new boss may not love the idea that I'm already planning my future in a different career track.  I definitely don't want to lie about it, but I also don't think there is any reason to share this tidbit.  The standard hours arent a problem and they have no reason to find out I'm in night school under normal circumstances.

So, the quandary I come across is this: How do I handle it if there is some 'mandatory overtime' that arises and it would impact my attending classes?  I certainly don't want to lie, but it could be hazardous to my financial well-being to be totally forthcoming.  Any thoughts on how to handle this delicately?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Looking for LEEWS
« on: March 01, 2011, 01:15:22 AM »
Posted this in the book buying/selling forum as well, but in case no one reads that section of LSD.

I'm looking to buy the audio program of LEEWS used from someone.  Willing to pay a fair rate, just finding $175 a tad high for my budget right now.  PM me if you have a copy of primer/CDs you're willing to part with.

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Book sales, auctions, trades, etc. / Looking for LEEWS
« on: March 01, 2011, 01:14:22 AM »
I'm looking to buy the audio program of LEEWS used from someone.  Willing to pay a fair rate, just finding $175 a tad high for my budget right now.  PM me if you have a copy of primer/CDs you're willing to part with.

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Non-Traditional Students / Part Time - Law Review/Moot Court?
« on: January 25, 2011, 09:49:41 AM »
Is it possible/practical for a PT non-trad law student to actually succeed at law review/moot court?  I know that technically I can participate and Iím not blocked out by bylaws, but Iím concerned about long term impact of being part time on my chances of actually being successful at either.  Anyone with any experience in this?

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St. Marys / Anyone with experience attending StMU?
« on: January 20, 2011, 12:29:24 PM »
Due to family and the need to continue full time work I'll likely be attending St Mary's University part time starting this next fall (assuming scholarships go in my favor).  My decision came down to large debt load to attend elsewhere vs graduating with no debt (assuming post-9/11 GI bill and scholarship) but T4 status.

I suffer from the standard 0L's disease of assuming I'll graduate in the top X% of my class to make up for the T4, but no debt and a great legal community in San Antonio have persuaded me this is the right decision.  So I just want to see if anyone out there has experience in attending StMU, what the competition is like, how difficult it is to make law journal, and generally what it's like to attend St Mary's (part or full time).

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Personal Statement / 'Alternative' idea for a PS
« on: January 20, 2011, 12:09:34 PM »
I've seen alot of PS that essentially repeat the resume, talk about what you've done and try to convey a little personality, but they usually fall into the "kitchen sink" routine where you tell them everything you've ever done.

I've got an idea for an alternative PS that would involve a 'letter' to my mother talking about life and my path to law school.  Catch is, my mother died when I was 2.  I'm writing it as a sort of look back on life, talking about growing up, my decision to enter the military and why I'm now separating and going to law school.  Throughout it would be just any old letter reminiscing, but the end is where I'd bring up her death and how it's impacted me.  It's not necessarily easy to pull off and the tone/voice/format are tough to put together, but my mother is one of the biggest motivations, so I want to bring that emotion into it. 

So one question, is this a stupid idea?  I know execution is hard and I'm not afraid of working and reworking to make it sound good, but is the idea just inherently stupid?

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Affirmative Action / One mixed couple's views on racism and AA
« on: January 20, 2011, 11:28:32 AM »
My wife and I discussed this topic a little while back and as she is Hispanic (I'm white), I was interested to hear her point of view on the racial issues ongoing in our country. 

In particular what I found interesting was that while she has been discriminated against, she feels more frustrated with the Hispanic community than the white community.  Her experience has been that many Hispanics wanted to wear the 'victim' shirt and be treated as special.  Additionally, she noted that she had experienced the most racism not from whites, but from Hispanics that thought she was 'too white' or not 'hispanic enough'. 

We also discussed growing up and advantages.  I was not poor by any means, I was middle class, had several brothers/sisters and attended adequate public schools; she on the other hand came from the a richer family than mine, was an only child (and grandchild) and attended private schools for most of her youth.  So when it came time to go to college, there were far more factors than race at play in where we chose to attend.

So here is where I come back to AA and the reason I posted.

The two factors I have heard to justify AA are 1) ongoing racism and 2) the continuing impact of past racism.  But these factors assume that 1) the ongoing racism is external (from whites), and thus requiring forced favoritism, and 2) that the impact makes minorities more deserving than other disadvantaged groups. 

AA cant address the ongoing racism issue, it's too complicated and until we stop trying to tell people what they should be like based on their skin tone it wont end.  However, I think that some version of AA needs to account for disadvantaged groups, but should this exclude poor whites and include rich minorities?  Should it say that the descendant of a poor Irish immigrant is less deserving than the descendant of a rich Hispanic immigrant?

I donít know the solution, but the discourse deserves more than we've given it thus far.

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