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General Board / Re: moral conduct check
« on: March 29, 2004, 08:29:15 PM »
I find it hard to believe that you would have any serious problems if you haven't had any criminal convictions. Still better would be if you haven't any civil judgements against you, either. If you haven't been through either, you probably don't have serious problems. Everything else will fade with time anyway, since most people mature over time, often in only a few years.

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General Board / Re: Tired of paying tribute.
« on: March 22, 2004, 10:58:48 PM »
Dr.- Since the vast majority of your diatribe consists of vitriolic ad hominem attacks on trial lawyers in general (at my age, I try not to characterize ANY group in general, as a whole, etc) I shan't try to dissuade you. I believe your hostility and bitterness are self evident.
Last month, a physician at a certain cardiac hospital cracked the patient's rib cage open like a lobster and began siphoning blood clots out of the pleural cavity from around the heart and lungs. There was much more clotting than he anticipated. In addition, severe bleeding re-ensued (a not unpredictable sequelae to such a procedure). The patient nearly bled to death because this physician did not even both to order a type and screen, let alone a 2 unit crossmatch prior to surgery, a precaution I think is OBVIOUSLY warranted for such a surgery. The patient had been in the hospital for 24 hrs so there was plenty of time for the routine pre-op. When the blood banker arrives outside surgery with 2 units of EMERGENCY UNCROSSMATCHED blood, and hears the surgeon saying, "Oh my God, this is bad, this is bad, Oh God" it is an indication that perhaps things aren't going so well. We managed not to kill her anyway. Two days later while I drew her blood for post-op labs, she was singing the praises to her family of how wonderful the surgeon was. She had no clue how close she came to dying.
I have much worse examples available from personal experience, and I'm not getting them second hand from  a nurse.
As I said before, I sympathize with some of the crap, but not all, and I would not be so arrogant as to pronounce judgement on all trial lawyers.
Good luck, sir, I think you will need it.

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Lewis and Clark / Re: Newly Admitted Student Reception
« on: March 17, 2004, 07:46:56 PM »
Ref: the above. Forgot to log in.

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General Board / Re: LSAT scores and undergrad classes.
« on: March 12, 2004, 08:03:22 PM »
I agree with the above as "general" advice. For more specifics you need to take a look at where you want to practice. Then find the law schools closest to that area. Look at the LSAT's and GPA's for each, and, in particular, the highest ranked ("prestigous") schools. Keep in mind also the cost. Public is usually much cheaper than private, and usually publics are ranked as high as private, everything else being equal. Remember, you are more likely to find employment if you went to a law school in your area. Of course, if you graduate from one of the top 14 in the country, you can practice anywhere.

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General Board / Re: Tired of paying tribute.
« on: March 12, 2004, 07:01:00 PM »
I understand, Dr, although I have a higher opinion of malpractice lawyers than you do.
First, I believe that the premiums have gone through the roof because of the insurance companies more than anything else.
The other thing is that I have personally witnessed (and in two cases) prevented patients from being killed by malpractice. The examples are so egregious you would not believe them, but I've seen them. Also, several very close calls in 15 years. There are at least 2 surgeons at our hospital I wouldn't let touch my dog, let alone patients. Because the patients never know how close they came to dying the whole business gets covered up. Someday one of these guys is going to kill someone.
On the other hand, I hear your pain about the ridiculousness of the situation. Don't even get me started on HIPAA and other crap like that. Good luck, sir.

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General Board / Re: Tired of paying tribute.
« on: March 09, 2004, 09:21:11 PM »
Dr- I've spent 15 years as a Certified Medial Technologist (ASCP). I, too, plan to go to law school.And prior to becoming a med tech I've done plenty of "honest" jobs-everything from driving truck to the military, etc.
Your bitterness is sufficiently obvious that I can't believe you would be serious about becoming a lawyer. However, if you are you should continue to study for the LSAT. By the way, the MCAT is harder because almost everyone who is accepted into med school stays there and graduates as a doctor. The LSAT is somewhat easier because they expect a fair number of people to quit or get kicked out. With your viewpoint I would not be optomistic about your prospects.
Perhaps you could find an administrative post in medicine that would suit you and take you out of the front lines.

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General Board / Re: Need advice
« on: March 04, 2004, 08:17:29 PM »
If you attempt to evade responsibility for this:
a) expect a bench warrant to be issued. If you go home and never return there is basically nothing that can be done to you.
b) If you come back you are screwed big time. Did you want to come back. If so, grow up, take your medicine and learn to live up to your obligations. If not, go home, do the same thing anyway, and take it as a cheap lesson that helped build character.
PS. I agree with the xenophobia remark, my advice would be the same to you if you were a citizen. In fact, it would probably be double.
I agree stronly with zevkirsch, unless you plan to go home and stay there. In that case, the $10,000 would simply be too much of a burden. Live and learn my friend.

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General Board / Re: Filing for Personal Bankruptcy and Jobs
« on: February 29, 2004, 02:26:02 AM »
In my opinion, probably not. Especially because the bankruptcy generally drops off the books after 7 years, or so. I have one that is 6 years old. But it definitely will affect your ability to get school loans, and the subsequent interest rates.

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General Board / Re: British Student
« on: February 29, 2004, 02:24:11 AM »
Quinn, it's hard to advise you based solely on the information you have given. Nonetheless, I can guarantee you that getting a law degree in US of A will be a HELLUVA lot more expensive than doing the same in UK. Further, I'm not clear on your eventual goals- you want to practice in US? For Life? Become a citizen? I  mean, if you sorta like the idea but really don't want to give up your life in Britain, then I recommend getting a degree there and get employment in International Law with a firm that does a lot of business in the USA, preferably work that requires you to visit for months at a time. It sounds like you have the kind of connections that would be  possible for that. But if you want to STAY in the USA then come here. How you would finance it would be another story. Still, there are scholarships available if you became a citizen especially.

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Law School Applications / Re: Is the Paper Chase accurate?
« on: April 10, 2004, 12:28:34 AM »
Ok, for what it's worth: I am told by other law students that, yes, they applaud their professors because the students honestly respect and appreciate their profs, who by the way, are actual lawyers, often with impeccable resume's. A lot of successful lawyers become profs because they honestly have affection for the old alma mater and because it's not a bad way to semi-retire at the end of a great career. They make room for the new, upcoming tigers and relax by becoming profs. I believe law school profs are MUCH higher quality than most undergrad profs, but that's a crude generalization. Check out the resume's on the faculty at the law schools you are interested in. I think you will be impressed. More so if you actually talk with some of them. They ain't stupid.

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