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General Board / Re: 1L Commuting- Need your opinions
« on: April 11, 2012, 07:28:02 PM »
 

There is a closer school, but she does not want to attend and it is not nearly as qualified as this school.  Plus, they offered her less money ($24k) and a much more stricter scholarship, at 70% above class GPA.  That is very difficult to maintain.

















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General Board / Re: 1L Commuting- Need your opinions
« on: April 11, 2012, 06:20:01 PM »
I am an unemployed construction worker, second generation in this country.  I will be borrowing the money from my IRA.  I suggested she take a Masters first.  It was her choice to pursue law school.

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General Board / 1L Commuting- Need your opinions
« on: April 11, 2012, 06:04:36 PM »
I am the parent of a lawyer and also of a future 1L.  I am having an argument with the future 1L  now that threatens our relationship and I thought it would be a good idea to poll all of you and openly share your opinions with her to settle the dispute.

The dispute:

She has been accepted at a good school and has been given a $34K scholarship as long as she maintains a GPA better that 50% of the class.  The tuition is $44k.

She currently lives 80 miles away in her boyfriends house.  Her car has 175k miles on it.

I offered to rent her an apartment near the law school, lease her a new car, pay the tuition difference, pay her college loans, pay the boyfriend her "rent" and pay all of her expenses for the time she is in law school (about $100k).

She says she wants to commute to law school from her boyfriends house.  And its all or nothing.  No compromise. I think it is unsafe and not doable.  I do not think she understands the amount of work required. 

I do not want her to loose the $34k and I am being firm on this.  Am I being unreasonable?

Unbias  (also Dad TY)


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Roger Williams / A Parent's View- updated
« on: March 05, 2012, 08:46:41 AM »
I wrote the Parent's View that appears below almost two years ago.  Now my second daughter just received her acceptance letter and scholarship notice from RWU Law so I decided to search the web for recent news about RWU Law and stumbled across this site again.

My first daughter passed the CT bar and is very happy with her work and is in line for partner.  She recently had a performance review and her salary just broke six figures.  She is currently preparing to take the CPA exam.  Her work involves estate planning, business planning (including business valuations) and to a limited degree some litigation.  The litigation is centered more around contracts than torts. 

My second daughter has received nothing but positive comments from daughter #1 regarding the quality of education and training at RWU Law and the ability to practice in the "real world".

It is not my decision to make, and WE have not heard from all of the schools she has applied to, but WE are taking a very hard look at RWU Law again.

I would also encourage prospective students and their parents to look at a relatively new analytical approach using scholarly production.  That may be found at, et al:
http://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2008/09/roger-williams.html


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Roger Williams / A Parents View
« on: April 20, 2010, 02:50:02 PM »
When my daughter decided that she wanted to go to law school I can remember scouring the internet for reviews and rankings to help her choose the "best" school.

Now that all of that is in the past I wish to pass on to the parents my experience and some of the wisdom gained.

Frankly, the choice of RWU was based on two major factors; the experience of the faculty and the scholarship offered.  Many faculty members had prior experience in private practice, some in litigation. As an engineer, I saw practical experience as an important factor.  The scholarhsip speaks for itself, $12k/year.

The law school experience was as tough as they say, especially the second year.  I think many of the posts here are from students feeling that pressure.  I understand that. In the end, however, the ability to work under pressure fostered confidence and she graduated with a self-confidence I had never seen before. As a graduate of a military college I was well aware of the cause and effect.

That brings us to the employment issue.  Roger Williams is still an unknown school.  I am a forensic consultant and work with many law firms throughout the country and would rountinely "poll" my clients about RWU. Even my client/hiring partner in Hartford, CT. "never heard" of RWU.  However, beyond that, finding employment was NEVER a problem for my daughter.  She started out doing transactional/bankruptcy work, then moved on to litigation and now seems to have found her place in business/estate planning.  Employers seem to immediately identify the practical aspect of her training; which I attribute to the experience of the law school faculty. As an example, I can recall that she graduated on a Saturday, took a "few days off to relax", interviewed on the following Sunday, was hired on the spot, given a laptop allowance and started the following Monday. 

If my son or daughter wanted to work working for a "white shoe" firm, I would encourage them to attend a school that is better known.

I believe however, if we had to make the choice again, we would still choose RWU.

 

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