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General Board / Re: How do you know if withdrawing is the right decision?
« on: November 11, 2008, 10:47:55 AM »
Withdrawing now would allow you to enroll in an ABA accredited school next year if you decide to do so. If you drop out/withdraw after taking even one final exam, ABA rules prohibit you from enrolling in an ABA accredited school for two years. Just something to keep in mind if it is a "I hate the law school I am at" versus "I hate being in law school in general." If you are not certain you want to close off law as a career path, it might be better to get out now and try again next year at someplace different.

I also would add that feelings like this are pretty common about the halfway point the semester for most students. The same feelings of general shitiness happened both of my years in grad school (and to everyone else in my program), and just last week, I was researching jobs and thinking about how I could get out of law school and find something else to do with my life. But I took a day off, got the hell out of the library, went and visited my girlfriend, and that re-energized me.

Law school is like groundhog day. Every day is the same, you see the same people in the same places doing the same stuff every damn day. You get no feedback and basically pay 40K a year to teach yourself law and get harassed by professors. What a racket.

My advice would be to give it till Thanksgiving and see if you still feel the same. If you do, take an extended holiday and forget law school. The debt isn't worth it if you don't want to be there.   
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RonSantoRules, I hope you don't mind, I am offcially taking this line, "Law school is like groundhog day. Every day is the same, you see the same people in the same places doing the same stuff every damn day. You get no feedback and basically pay 40K a year to teach yourself law and get harassed by professors. What a racket" as my new signature. 


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General Board / Re: How do you know if withdrawing is the right decision?
« on: November 11, 2008, 10:45:08 AM »
Poetgirl, I know exactly what you are feeling. I actually dropped out of law school for a day. Ok, not really, I was in the library soaking my Civ Pro text with tears, but thats a whole 'nother thread..

I too am a 1L and while I don't necessarily feel like withdrawing (well, not anymore), I am sick of the same B.S. day in and day out. The only thing that helps me get by is laughing about the ridiculousness that it LS w/my LS bestie and counting down to the last day of classes (12 to go, not including finals). I would say before you decide to withdraw, think about whether it is this semester that has you ready to throw in the towel or whether you've simply decided that law is just not the career for you. There are good days and bad days, and as I'm sure you're aware, when they're bad, they're HORRIBLE. But give it some thought. I know that you don't want to dissapoint those who are encouraging you, but you've also got to do what you feel is right. HTH. Good luck.


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General Board / Re: No Longer Care About Being Called On -- Normal?
« on: October 30, 2008, 12:02:24 AM »
I just don't care anymore.  Bad answer, good answer, professors can call on me and I'll do my best and just not care.  I'm totally apathetic about class participation, and even class discussion.  I spend most of my time in the library afterward, studying my ass off, making outlines, and working through hornbooks.

I am right there with you. So you get called on? BFD. It all boils down to the final.

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MissNatalie, I'm in the same boat as you. From what I've been told, financial aid doesn't kick in until school starts, so you should expect to pay your deposit and rent out of your own pocket. This holds especially true if you will be living off-campus. Hope this helps.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: CLEO 2008 Summer Institute
« on: April 16, 2008, 07:56:29 PM »
I was told by the CLEO receptionist, or who ever usually answers the phone, that I should send CLEO any decisions that I receive so that they can keep my file updated.  I applied to eight schools, and I have received 6 decisions.  I have faxed all of the decisions that I have received to CLEO.  Whether this makes a difference or not is yet to be determined.

That's actually very sound advice, though the application said nothing of the sort  ???. Looks like I will be sending some updates.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: CLEO 2008 Summer Institute
« on: April 03, 2008, 09:48:49 PM »
Has anyone NOT heard from CLEO yet? I am still awaiting some sort of response. I'd think by now they would be collecting deposits, etc. We'll see.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: When should I leave my job?
« on: March 22, 2008, 11:15:59 PM »
NOW! Seriously, I was ready to leave my job in February, but realized that sitting in front of the tv for 5+ months wasn't healthy. Plus, I wouldn't have been able to save as much money as I already have. I'll be leaving the end of May/early June, hopefully doing the cartwheels out the door :D. I need time to rid my head of the nonsense that is my job, take a vacation and set up new digs.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: CLEO 2008 Summer Institute
« on: March 07, 2008, 06:27:37 PM »
I'm in the same boat as you. I applied to CLEO mid/late Jan. and have so far only received one correspondence informing me that they have received my application. In the interim, however, I have also received rejections from a few of the law schools that were on my CLEO list. I have no idea how long it takes for a response, but I'm hoping for the best. Good luck to you!

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: CLEO 2008 Summer Institute
« on: February 15, 2008, 05:27:31 PM »
I am also waiting to hear from CLEO, but how does this work? So, if you're accepted to one of the law schools listed on the application, are you required to pay the traditional deposit on the spot? I've been accepted to a couple of schools, but it would be helpful to know if I got CLEO before the deposit deadlines roll around. The suspense is killing me! I have yet to hear from any of my CLEO schools. I'm taking this as a good sign. *Fingers crossed* 

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Where should I go next fall? / Western State University (CA)
« on: January 28, 2008, 11:06:20 PM »
Any thoughts on this school? I've been offered a generous scholarship am definitely considering this school (although still waiting to hear from others). I know they have had provisional accreditation since 2005 and therein lies my hesitation. At this point, I'm just excited to have been accepted to law school but I want to be sure I don't make a mistake. I'd love to hear from anyone who is currently attending or considering doing so.

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