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General Board / Re: Im Dropping Out!!!!
« on: November 30, 2005, 02:42:11 PM »
I have decided to drop out at the end of the semester. I feel so relieved. I am applying to graduate programs in areas that interest me. Sure, I dont have the earning potential of a lawyer, but at least I won't be unhappy everyday and reading cases that are so d**mn boring and interacting with the kinds of people I just really dislike.

I went to lawschool for the wrong reasons. Before I even started the semester, I had a near breakdown about law school and being a lawyer. This profession is not for me. I gave it a shot, and it cost me a substanial amount. But thats life and things that are worth doing are expensive. At least it didn't cost me $80,000.

Ahh yes, the sciences are for me. Quantitative work, here I come, and hopefully I'll get paid to go to school!!!

Good luck everyone. And to those who hate what they are studying, don't want to be a lawyer, and are still in school. My advice is get out before you are stuck in a job that you hate for the next 30 years. Sacrificing a few years in your mid-20's is nothing in the long run. :D

These are definitely all exactly the right reasons to leave.

I learned this lesson in grad school, myself, after I ran myself into the ground refusing to quit a degree I really didn't want. Grades paid for it, too, and since I'm not a 1L yet, I'm afraid it's going to haunt me with admissions, since the F I have (from an incomplete) was in con law... I did eventually drop out, because I realized I hated it that much.

If you absolutely hate the work, you're wasting your time being there. Graduate/professional school is too much work to not enjoy what you're training for, and it's not worth the stress and heartache unless you do.

Good luck!

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General Board / Re: Thinking about dropping out. Looking for advice.
« on: November 23, 2005, 12:18:48 PM »
My SO is a teacher and he's incredibly happy with his choice of professions. Sure, he's frustrated a lot by rampant stupidity and the lack of respect teachers get. On the other hand, he's said frequently that he can't believe he gets paid to do his job, he feels like he's cheating or something, because he loves it so much.

I can only hope I like any law job I have that much.

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General Board / Re: Journalism after JD
« on: November 01, 2005, 06:57:01 AM »
I had an adjunct professor when in grad school (ok, she actually taught upper-level journalism classes, and this was when I was talking undergrad courses between departments) who was a sports writer for the paper (major city) and had a JD.

She was teaching courses in media and law.
 
You're not going to make a great amount of money, really, doing that, but it's certainly possible. I never did ask her why she did journalism and the JD. She made enough to afford a townhouse, at least, since I went there once.

(And for what it's worth, my boyfriend's brother-in-law went from journalism to teaching. He makes more money teaching. Money is also the reason I've given up my wish to go to New York and do publishing. If anything, it pays as much poverty wages as journalism does.)

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: crap ugrad record
« on: June 13, 2007, 04:55:24 PM »
As everyone ekse said... you should be fine.

And WaveLaw.. I'm glad I'm not the only one with an embarrassing WF in grad school. Although mine's from an incomplete I never bothered to repair. Fortunately, ten years ago in the fall and it was all along with the lack of caring in undergrad. My lsat's higher, but my UGPA is lower. Alas. I'm thinking I'll be ok.

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PhilaGirl has hit it for what I'd like to say.

I'm used to having some time with my husband and once we have kids, I'd like to have some time with my kids. I don't mind working some longer hours... but the 80-hour-week wouldn't work well for me. Part of the reason we're trying to have kids NOW, before I start law school, is because I don't want to have a baby while starting a new career.

I'm definitely willing to trade off pay for quality of life and flexability; at 34, I really valeu it. At the same time,  I want to be able top pay off my inevitable loans and be able to be comfortable. I don't need to be rich, but enough to have a nice house and decent car and be debt free but for a mortgage.. Yeah. Telecommuting is very appealing.

Responsibility and training are also important., I like being able to make decisions and act on things, and I like having the authority to actually make the decisions without people ignoring me. (One of the frustrations of my current job -- it is essential to the company yet people ignore my requests because I'm not high enough on the food chain.)

The atmosphere and intellectual interest will keep me at a job. I'm still where I am now because I like my company and the people I work with. I'm not sure I want to make partner, but it really depends for me. I'd be totally happy working in-house more than anything else, but the right firm could keep me, as well.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Engagment Rings
« on: May 17, 2007, 04:14:59 PM »
She hasn't woked here in a couple of years.. She'd had one husband, and had a serious boyfriend when she quit. I believe she'd actually turned down a ring from him -- both because she wasn't ready to get married again and it wasn't what she wanted.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Engagment Rings
« on: May 17, 2007, 03:49:00 PM »
...And this is why I'm dating someone going into elementary ed, not law.

I date a teacher too. I'm not expecting a big engagement ring.

I just want something for my left hand. Something that says "Look, see I'm in a committed relationship. Please don't hit on me."

I'm married to a teacher. So yeah, I didn't expect a big engagement ring. Part of why we went with a sapphire (outside of my preferring them) was we could get more bang for our buck.

I also offered to help pay for it. I got such a flat NO! that I didn't even try to bring the subject up again.

It's a nice symbol, though, in a way. And it was definitely an ego thing for my husband, because he wanted to be able to say he bought it for me.

I did once work with a girl who subscribed to the theory that if he loved you enough to marry you, he loved you enough to buy you a 2 carat ring. She went with a lower quality color and clarity to get that with her first husband.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Engagment Rings
« on: May 17, 2007, 10:52:13 AM »
Heh.

I can say it, I didn't want a huge huge rock. Seriously, I didn't want more than a carat -- they intimidate me. My mom has some huge stones, and I'd be afraid to wear them! (OK, if she gave me the 2 carat hunk of ice she has, I'd wear it, but I would never want to pay for one.) I got so annoyed with jewelers telling me I could trade up later. No, I wanted the ring I wanted now, not later.

And let's add to that the fact that I'm not a diamond girl, at all. I like the sparkle, but when it comes right down to it, I'd rather have color. So my engagement ring is a sapphire.

There is no rule that an engagement ring needs to be a diamond. The diamond industry has brainwashed us into that. And now a lot of people expect it.

Our wedding bands are from Jared, and they treated us well. They were the only place we found a band that a) coordinated well with my ring, stylewise, and b) had actual pretty sapphires that matched the blue of mine.  I can't tell you how hard it was to find good-looking sapphires! Most of them were ugly. And when my husband developed a terrible allergic reaction to his wedding band, they let us exchange even though we were well out of the return period.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Engagment Rings
« on: May 16, 2007, 12:34:05 PM »
OK, I haven't read the whole thread.

But y'know, as someone who recently got married...

I love my engagement ring. My husband and I picked it out together -- he asked without a ring, because he was afraid he'd pick something I wouldn't like and we hadn't discussed jewelry. How was he supposed to know that I dislike round stones, and that I wanted sidestones? So we went and tried on rings and looked a lot and together chose the one that looked best on my hand. He wanted to buy me one.

We originally wanted sapphires in the setting. Since we couldn't find anything that looked good, I suggested we put the sapphire as the center stone. Voila! Ring that didn't break the bank, still had the size we wanted to suit my long fingers, and was different. And he chose the stone from the ones the jeweler ordered in without my input (my only input was shape and color rating.)

And yes, my ring is gorgeous and I'm totally happy with it. I get a lot of compliments.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: What do you drive?
« on: May 16, 2007, 08:00:36 AM »
05 Honda CR-V. Paid for, too.

It's a great car. And it gets just as good of gas mileage as my VW Beetle did. Seriously.

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