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Current Law Students / Re: 1L Summer
« on: July 23, 2004, 07:39:29 AM »
Just curious... what school do you have in miond?  I think (personally) if you can make it happen financially then you should di it.  What stage of the law school game are you in?  Are you applying, or are you starting soon?  B/c you might have some time to ponder this, and talk to some people at your school that have participated in the program.

Richmond.  I plan to attend this fall, but I am still in a bit of waitlist limbo.  One thing I do know about the program is that it fills up ridiculously quickly, as in, I plan to submit my app at orientation!  I haven't talked directly to people who have participated, but from what I have read and heard second- and third- hand is that it is a fun way to spend your 1L summer.  Not that "fun" should be a top priority, but the classes offered are geared toward comparative and international law, which I figure wouldn't hurt if I hope to gear my career toward GB in some fashion.

Current Law Students / Re: 1L Summer
« on: July 21, 2004, 05:42:23 PM »
Some people say that studying abroad is an "immature" thing.  By the time you've decided to go to law school, and you finish your 1L year, you should be thinking more professionally than about "studying abroad."  You should be making career contacts, and showing the world (or at least, an employer), what you can do in the legal profession.  The school year is for studying, and the summers are for making connections that help to put you in the employed column upon graduation. This is just what I know from other upperclassmen and a very small sample of attorneys in my area.  It doesn't mean that I agree with the response.  However, if you are playing with this idea that much, I don't see why it is a problem.(You have gone back to a post from a week ago - you are obviously giving this some thought).  If you want to do it, then do it.  Life does not always fit into nice neat little boxes; I wouldn't worry much about how it "affects your future" if you know in your heart that it is something that you want to do. 

Well, I have two reasons for wanting to study abroad, and they're somewhat related.  One, the school I plan to attend has a program in Great Britain.  I love England and would love an opportunity to go back, spend a fairly decent amount of time there, and not be 100% tourist.  Secondly, I'd like to be able to work in England or work for a firm with offices in Great Britain; I'd like to move there eventually, perhaps semi-permanently.  I don't necessarily think that it would give me an edge for my 2L job prospects here at home (or post-law school, for that matter), but it's something I want to do.  Law school will be a wealth of second chances for me, and studying abroad is just one of those things of which I can't wait to take advantage.  It's interesting seeing other's perspectives, though; the practicality of it is definitely something to consider.

Current Law Students / Re: 1L Summer
« on: July 21, 2004, 09:33:24 AM »
The only employers who would see studying abroad as a detriment are big law firms. 

Could someone explain why it would be a detriment?  I'm honestly curious.  Thanks...

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: University of Richmond
« on: August 21, 2004, 09:02:52 PM »
i followed your thread but never made any contribution to it until now.  i would like to say congratulations and the best of luck to you.

Thanks!  I've been in a daze since Wednesday night.  It's amazing the amount of information that can be thrown at a person and how many thoughts can go through one's head in just two days.  I'm a little terrified, but I did leave orientation Friday feeling, for the very first time, like a real law student!  Now if I can just get through the first week... :)

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: University of Richmond
« on: August 18, 2004, 07:03:01 PM »

Yeah, I'm kind of glad I'm missing some of orientation... just wish I had a little more time to prepare for officially starting classes Monday.  Or that I had found out while I was still at work so I could tell my boss face to face instead of leaving her a voicemail tonight.  Thank god she's really supportive of me going! 

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: University of Richmond
« on: August 18, 2004, 06:58:52 PM »
Well, to anyone who is interested, my wait is over, and kind of bittersweet.  Dean Rahman called me this evening and offered me a seat and I took it.  I've already missed a day of orientation, and I have no idea what I'm going to do about the job I now need to quit, but I guess everything will work out... Thanks to everyone who has commisserated with me through this quite bumpy ride, and I wish everyone the best of luck!

Law School Admissions / Re: Wait list irresponsibility
« on: August 09, 2004, 07:12:27 PM »
It's really a disgrace.  Of course, I'm mostly ticked off b/c I know myself and my abilities, and I know the kind of school at which I'd succeed.  I busted my tail in undergrad and during five yrs of work and have only one tier 2 acceptance to show for it.  This whole process stinks.  I hope I can change my attitude before orientation.  I know I need to.

Exactly - I KNOW I would kick some serious ass at the school I want to attend.  The school is everything I want and nothing I wouldn't want.  I can and would thrive there.  Unfortunately, I can't seem to prove that to them because my "numbers" don't reflect that.  It kills me that I know I'm as bright or brighter than the students who are there now.  The trouble is, ten years after undergrad, there isn't much I can do about my sad UGPA.  And ten years out of undergrad should make my UGPA a moot point, because my LSAT is right in line, if not above the line, of what they're looking for.  Quite frankly, I think my experience after college more than makes up for it.  But, noooooo....

grumble grumble.  thus endeth the rant.

Noize, don't worry about your attitude now; be bitter now... But, I'm sure once you get in there in a few weeks, you'll love it and wonder why you stressed about some stupid waitlists! :)

Bringing Down the House is a great book, especially if you have any interest in gambling.  I highly recommend it.  I've been readying light, fluffy books this summer.  I just finished Bergdorf Blondes, and before that I read the Shopaholic series.  If any of you girls are looking for a quick, entertaining, thoughtless read, I recommend them all.

I love the Shopaholic books!  Just finished the latest one with her sister...  I am all about the estrogen-fest that is British chick lit!

Plus, the financial support of a spouse couldn't hurt, either.  One less thing to stress over, even if it's nothing more than help with your household and personal expenses.

I can also see how being married could just add more stress.  A good thing about being a single student is that you don't have to worry about your spouse complaining about how little time you spend at home.

Eh, what do I know... I doubt it would matter in the application process, though.

Law School Admissions / Re: Wait list irresponsibility
« on: August 09, 2004, 04:55:20 PM »
Interestingly, I was specifically told that the waitlist wasn't ranked.  That they do go back and read each one.  Of course, they could have groups that are ranked, like this group of twenty is first, and these next twenty apps are for when the first twenty don't work... 

In terms of improving the process, while I understand that a lot of schools may waitlist people in lieu of outright rejection, they could be more responsible in the amount of people who are placed on a waitlist.  Especially those placed on a so-called "priority" waitlist.  If I had been placed on a general waitlist, I probably wouldn't have gotten my hopes up so much.  The way my initial waitlist letter was worded, it heavily implied that their admissions process was something it wasn't, that it was truly just a matter of time before I would be accepted.  Or maybe I was just naive.

Better communication would also help the process.  And they should communicate when they say they will.  I was left hanging for over a month from when they originally told me they'd have a definitve answer.  And then once they did communicate, it was just to put me on hold for another two months.

I also agree honesty would be a plus.  If I specifically ask something, I'd rather hear, "I'm sorry, I can't tell you that," instead of an outright, bold-faced lie. 

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