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Widener U School of Law / Re: Widener DE-Fall 2006
« on: January 02, 2006, 09:49:34 AM »
Ditto everything Lawmom said.  I'm very happy at Widener (I'm a 1L), but some students are not because (1) Widener is the only school they got into and they think they're "above" Widener and bitter they go there or (2) Widener is the only school they got into and they are working their butts off to get good enough grades to transfer (with the evil Widener curve, there's a lot of added pressure for the transfer-hungry).  These unhappy, bitter people are a little tough to take day in and day out, believe me!  If the above are the "certain circumstances" making you go to Widener, either rethink your decision to go to Widener or make peace with your decision before you arrive.  The other folks in your section will thank you.

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General Board / Re: lexis/westlaw - who pays for it?
« on: August 29, 2005, 06:01:28 PM »
The AF uses Lexis for legal research, and we've (paralegals) been told to use it sparingly, like they'd KNOW if we were abusing it.  OK, big brother!

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General Board / Re: Army JAG
« on: August 29, 2005, 01:25:33 PM »
Another key point to consider is how well you treat the support staff at the base where you will be interviewing.  If BataviaSam thinks he's going to go into the SJA's office and berate the secretary (or even give off an air of superiority), he can kiss JAG goodbye.  The military is all about team players and accepting help from any source, not jumping down their throats because you consider their help to be unnecessary.  Be humble.  Be thankful.  Show that you are willing to learn and be taught.

I screened all of the Direct Appointee applications for the JAG office at a base where I worked a few years ago.  I may have been the lowly secretary (paralegal actually, but the applicants don't know the difference), but my opinion of the candidates held considerable weight, since they weren't on their best behavior for me, like they were for my boss.  Everyone who was in contact with any given applicant was questioned for their opinion of him or her, and it swayed the SJA considerably.  I've been a JAG paralegal for 9 years and know what I'm talking about, trust me.

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General Board / Re: Army JAG
« on: August 29, 2005, 08:12:49 AM »
Don't be a condescending jackass, Kayak. I already found those links for myself and have printed materials from the Army JAG Corps. However, none of the materials discuss G.P.A. So, I thought someone on this board might have some insight into that aspect.

Wow, I was this close to answering your question before I saw this response to a very helpful post by Kayak.  Just don't join the Air Force, please.

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Widener U School of Law / Re: Anyone going to Widener DE fall 2005?
« on: August 17, 2005, 03:29:28 AM »
Hubby and I had fun, too.  My week's going pretty well, but I'm getting insomnia.  Ugh!

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Widener U School of Law / Re: Anyone going to Widener DE fall 2005?
« on: August 13, 2005, 08:22:29 AM »
YK, the digest still won't come up for me.  We'll get the hard copy on Monday, I'm sure.  And I'm betting it won't be too very different from the orientation edition of last year.

Twarga, I'm sorry about your room!  I wish you good accessorizing mojo in your quest to make the place habitable.

Don't worry about me... I've been a mom for over 12 years.  I have oodles of experience turning messy, dirty, and downright ugly rooms around.  We rearranged the furniture yesterday, and that alone made a world of difference.  There a just a few things I need to bring up there tomorrow to finish it up.  I made it look a little like my office at work.  I got a lot of work done there, and replicating my surroundings a bit will hopefully put me in work mode.

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Widener U School of Law / Re: Anyone going to Widener DE fall 2005?
« on: August 12, 2005, 09:13:49 PM »
Hi NightOwl!  Were you ever able to access the Digest?  I've tried several times during the day, and it's 9pm now, and it says that the file is corrupted and couldn't be fixed.  Just wondering...

twarga... how was moving day?!

Concord Hall is a dirty, disgusting pit.  Home sweet home.   :P  I'm bringing my carpet shampooer up there on Sunday.  Concrete walls, stinky dingy carpet with maroon paint streaks on it from when they painted the door without a dropcloth.  Hubby and I call my room "the scene of the crime."  It looks like a violent stabbing took place there.  I was going to get an area rug to cover it up, but now I think I'll make a chalk outline in the shape of a body around it... instant conversation starter.

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Widener U School of Law / Re: Anyone going to Widener DE fall 2005?
« on: August 11, 2005, 09:35:12 AM »
Don't look now, but first assignments are up.  So far, less reading than I expected, although my Torts class doesn't have an assignment yet.

Not that it matters to me, since I'm not getting books until the Bursar frees up my seat deposit on Monday.

I'm checking into the dorm tomorrow, and hubby said, "Screw it... just buy the books now and use the seat deposit money for next semester."  Sounds good to me.  I won't even check the reading assignments until tomorrow when I have my books.  I can't believe it's here already... I can't stop chewing my nails and scarfing oreos.  Nerves, I guess.

Mmm...have you ever had the deep fried oreos??

No.  But my mom and I used to love those chocolate dipped ones they sold back in the 80s and early 90s.  Sinful!

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Widener U School of Law / Re: Anyone going to Widener DE fall 2005?
« on: August 11, 2005, 09:14:07 AM »
Don't look now, but first assignments are up.  So far, less reading than I expected, although my Torts class doesn't have an assignment yet.

Not that it matters to me, since I'm not getting books until the Bursar frees up my seat deposit on Monday.

I'm checking into the dorm tomorrow, and hubby said, "Screw it... just buy the books now and use the seat deposit money for next semester."  Sounds good to me.  I won't even check the reading assignments until tomorrow when I have my books.  I can't believe it's here already... I can't stop chewing my nails and scarfing oreos.  Nerves, I guess.

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General Board / Re: question for the female law students
« on: August 10, 2005, 02:43:39 PM »
Hi there,

This is a question for the female law students. I'm wondering if any of you has thought of whether or not you plan to have a family (i.e., kids) at some point early on in your law career and if so, do you plan to continue working full-time once you've had a baby, or do you intend to quit, or work part-time, or what?

I want to attend law school and become a lawyer, but I also want to have children sometime in my late 20s and I want to be there for them (i.e., not hand them off to a nanny to raise), so I'm not sure how to reconcile this...

Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!

Luckily, I had my kids when I was in my early 20s.  Now I'm 35 with two pre-teens and no desire for more kids.  I have attorney friends who had to put their careers on hold, or jump off the partner track onto the 'mommy track' when they had kids.  None of them regretted it, though.  Kids rock!

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