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Non-Traditional Students / Re: for us older folk...
« on: August 27, 2008, 02:45:10 PM »
I miss working
I miss earning money, and
I miss being around people my own age

(sorry 20-somethings, you are boring :) )

I miss earning money, too.  I feel like a bum while my wife is the primary breadwinner.  I don't really miss working because I'm busy with school.  And fortunately, there's a good mix of older folks in my class.  Some of the young'uns are alright, but there certainly are a few boring ones.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: for us older folk...
« on: August 24, 2008, 01:48:38 PM »
say like 35 and up.. what been the hardest obsticle, and how did you over come it?

The hardest thing for me was giving up the "good life" so that I could afford to go back to school. I'm 35, I had a very good job, a really nice house, no children, and a good amount of disposable income.  I was really spoiled, but I was very unhappy with my job.  I simply wasn't challenged, and I sincerely felt like I was wasting my potential.  My wife had a similar epiphany, and quit her job as a teacher to go back and earn her engineering degree. 
Watching the change in her outlook, overall happiness, and health inspired me to go back and pursue a professional degree.  After evaluating engineering, architecture, accounting, and law, I felt law was the best fit. We sold our house, bought something more modest, and got rid of a lot of things that we didn't absolutely "need."  Fortunately for me, my wife a) is very understanding, and b) has finished school and is working in a job that she loves.  I still had to borrow a huge amount of money to make this happen, but I am looking forward to the challenges of school, as well as a rewarding career that requires the full use of my mental capacity.


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St. Marys / 2008 1Ls
« on: August 24, 2008, 01:30:01 PM »
Anybody else on LSD starting at St. Mary's this semester?   ???

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St. Marys / Re: San Antonio, St. Mary's and general info
« on: May 09, 2008, 10:22:13 PM »

1L scholarships at St. Mary's are NOT renewable.  You have to reapply each year through the financial aid office.  Currently the requirement is that you be in the top 10% of your class.  Below that, don't expect anything.  (Sorry, you were misinformed.)

Prior to 2008-2009, that's true.  However, this is the first year that the scholarship IS renewable (according to the award letter, and confirmed by the director of FinAid).  The requirement spelled out in the scholarship letter is top 25%.

But thanks for letting me know. 

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Maybe that is the reason that St. Mary's (T4) seems attractive to me: I saw several older students (even some with gray hair!!!) in each of the two classes I sat in on.

that was a big thing for me as well.  I'm 35, and the admissions counselor told me 40% of the law students at St. Mary's are my age or older.

on topic - I had a 160 with a miserable undergrad GPA, and I got a partial scholarship.  I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least.  ;D


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St. Marys / Re: San Antonio, St. Mary's and general info
« on: May 06, 2008, 08:18:23 PM »
The curve is pretty brutal.  My class started with 260 students and weíre down to about 200.  The required median is C+, which translates to a 2.33.  Additionally, at least 10% of the class must get a C- or worse (which is below a 2.0) and only 20% of the class can get a B+ or better.  Itís really difficult to break a 3.0 GPA. 

The professors have an open door policy.  You will rarely need to schedule an appointment.  Most are pretty good.  Some arenít.

The top 5% have a shot at biglaw.  Of the remaining 95%, the upper half typically take jobs with the DA or JAG, or with a small firm; and the bottom half start up their own firms.

There is pretty cheap housing close to campus.  They also set aside on campus housing for law/graduate students.

Good info.  I'm starting this fall, and I got a small scholarship, that is renewable if I keep my grades in the top 25% of my class.  What's the ballpark range for the top 25%?

Thanks-
JJ

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