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Current Law Students / Re: Dating while in law school
« on: February 14, 2005, 03:32:17 AM »
sorry about the "Guys like beauty, everything else is secondary." comment. yes I do require beauty but I also require a girl to be smart, honest, outgoing, funny, etc. 

That is okay. It is understood that men are more easily visually stimulated.
 FYI my social skills are not 'outgoing' since my work and studies are high priority, and I usually laugh mostly at myself. I am also probably about the same age as your mother. Ah, well.

As a more educated and professional lady, I find myself attracted to the 'white collar' group--which could include lawyers, executives or federal agents. (Sometimes, discerning the difference between them is a little difficult.)

By the way, I am considering the topic of the International Trade Balance for my macro-econ paper. Any other suggestions?

Current Law Students / Re: Dating while in law school
« on: February 13, 2005, 04:26:23 PM »
Well, someone asked for comments.

The big secret is that 'Wild Jack Maverick' is really an unmarried, non-traditional, undergrad female who wants to go to law school, and hence I am very qualified to answer this. I want to go to law school to get a law degree, not to have a good time, and not to get a man who is getting a law degree.

Occasionally, I look at the online dating services. It doesn't matter what age the men are, all of them are looking for women with whom to 'have fun', a 'good time', etc. Basically, the personality of the male of the human species does not change much between the ages of 6 to 60.

Meanwhile, the women are looking for men with whom to get married, build investments and a home, raise a family (or some other playful man's children). Basically, sensible women want men who have money.

Now, for the clincher. "Guys like beauty, everything else is secondary." Since I have already lived through several years of 'appreciation of beauty', it is a great relief to now also enjoy 'appreciation of intelligence and knowledge.' However, I also find that as I gain more education, the men seem much more stupid.

But I guess that experience only comes with maturity.

Yes of course, hire the best person for the job.

Assuming that 'stupendous' is a law student, the HOPE credit would not apply, since it is awarded only during the first two years of post-secondary education (college freshmen and sophmores.)

The Lifetime Learning credit is 20% of the first $10,000 of qualified education costs, however--that is not per person, but per family. The Lifetime learning credit also has a phase-out amount.
"The credit is gradually reduced if your modified AGI is between $42,000 and $52,000 ($85,000 and $105,000 in the case of a joint return)."--IRS
 Unless 'stupendous' can significantly adjust his income of $70,000, the Lifetime Learning credit is not available.

If 'stupendous' pays his tuition when due, he would not owe interest. If he obtained financing for his education, and made loan payments, he could consider the Student Loan Interest Deduction, but once again, there is a phase-out amount. "The deduction will start to phase out when modified AGI exceeds $50,000 ($100,000 if married filing jointly). You cannot take a student loan interest deduction if your modified AGI is $65,000 ($130,000 if you file a joint return) or more." -- IRS

There are a couple more possibilities--Employment or Self-Employment expenses.
"Under IRS regulations, the education expense must maintain or improve skills required in your present employment or required by your employer or as a legal requirement of your job or profession. You can't deduct education expenses for a career change or to start a new business."

I'll have to look more into it but that really pisses me off I have to pay taxes on the 30k+  I'm spending on school and books.

Yeah, really. And just think, that $30K is more than what some people earn in 2 or 3 years, or 10 years, or more. (I read somewhere that employees of NIKE™  Indonesia only earn $1.68 per hour.)

Anyway, consider what the $30K pays for--salaries of faculty (some who are probably paying their own student loans) and staff, use of the facilities and equipment, utilities, groundskeeping, maintenance, housekeeping, supplies, library and computer-lab equipment, etc., etc.

I would presume that the tuition fees of a university are directly related to the overhead cost of operations. Luxury costs big money.

uh, that would be in Pub 970--Tuition and Fees Deductions

 Beginning in 2004, the amount of qualified education expenses you may take into account in figuring your tuition and fees deduction increases from $3,000 to $4,000 if your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is not more than $65,000 ($130,000 if you are married filing jointly). If your MAGI is larger than $65,000 ($130,000), but is not more than $80,000 ($160,000 if you are married filing jointly), your maximum tuition and fees deduction is $2,000. No tuition and fees deduction is allowed if your MAGI is larger than $80,000 ($160,000).

However, since there are several qualifying and disqualifying aspects for the Tuition and Fees deduction, and other education credits, it would be best if a tax professional (such as H & R Block) would prepare the tax return.     

Online Law Schools / Re: DL and financial aid
« on: January 27, 2005, 06:57:05 PM »
William Howard Taft University has financial aid in the form of

1) SLM loans, interest rate about 1%, 15 yr repayment plan

2) special grants of about 10% of the tuition for CPA's, grad degree holders, and law enforcement.

3) the PIPE program, which provides grants of 5% to 20% of the tution for employees of:

Amper, Politziner & Mattia, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants
Anchin, Block & Anchin, Accountants and Consultants
Aronson & Company, Certified Public Accountants

Baird Kurtz & Dobson, CPAs and Advisors
BDO Seidman, Accountants and Consultants
Berdon LLP, CPAs and Advisors
Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, Certified Public Accountants
Blackman Kallick Bartelstein LLP, Certified Public Accountants

Cherry Bekaert & Holland, Certified Public Accountants & Consultants
Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Company, Certified Public Accountants Business
Clifton Gunderson LLP, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants
Constantin Group, Certified Public Accountants
Crisp Hughes Evans LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants
Crowe, Chizek and Company, Certified Public Accountants

Deloitte & Touche, Certified Public Accountants (USA)
Dixon Odom PLLC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants
Doeren Mayhew, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants

Eide Bailly LLP, Certified Public Accountants
Elliott Davis LLC, Certified Public Accountants
Ernst & Young, Certified Public Accountants (USA)

Grant Thornton, Accountants and Business Advisors

Hill, Barth & King LLC, Certified Public Accountants

J.H. Cohn LLP, Certified Public Accountants

Kaufman, Rossin & Company, Certified Public Accountants
Kemper CPA Group LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants
Kennedy & Coe LLC, Certified Public Accountants
KPMG Peat Marwick, Certified Public Accountants

Larson, Allen, CPAs, Consultants & Advisors

Mahoney Cohen & Company, Certified Public Accountants
McGladrey & Pullen, Certified Public Accountants
Moss Adams LLP, Certified Public Accountants

Parente Randolph, Accountants & Consultants
Plante & Moran, Certified Public Accountants
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Certified Public Accountants (USA)

Reznick Fedder & Silverman, Certified Public Accountants
Rothstein, Kass, Certified Public Accountants
Rubin, Brown, Gornstein & Company, Certified Public Accountants

Schneider, Downs, Certified Public Accountants
Suby, Von Haden & Associates, Certified Public Accountants

Virchow Krause & Company LLP. , Certified Public Accountants and

Weiser LLP, Certified Public Accountants
Wipfli Ullrich Bertelson, Certified Public Accountants
WithumSmith & Brown APC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants


3Com Corporation
3M Company
21st Century Insurance Group

A.G. Edwards, Inc.
Abbott Laboratories
Adobe Systems, Inc.
Adolph Coors Company
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Allergan, Inc.
The Allstate Corporation, Inc.
American Airlines
American Express Company
American Greetings Corporation
American Standard Companies
Amgen, Inc.
Anheusar-Busch Companies
AOL Time Warner, Inc.
AON Corporation
Apple Computer, Inc.
Archer-Daniels-Midland Company
AT&T Wireless Services, Inc.

Bank of America Corporation
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
BearingPoint, Inc.
Black & Decker Corporation
The Boeing Company
Borders Group, Inc.
BorgWarner, Inc.
British Airways
Brunswick Corporation
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation

Cardinal Health, Inc.
Caterpillar, Inc.
Centex Corporation
Ceridian Corporation
The Charles Schwab Corporation
The Cheesecake Factory
Chevron Texaco Corporation
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Citigroup, Inc.
City National Corporation
Clear Channel Communications, Inc.
Clorox Company
CNA Financial Corporation
The Coca-Cola Company
Colgate-Palmolive Company
Comcast Corporation
Comerica, Inc.
Community Health Systems, Inc.
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Dell Computer Corporation
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
The Dial Corporation
Dillards, Inc.
Dow Chemical Company
Duke Energy Corporation
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.
E*TRADE Group, Inc.
Eaton Corporation
eBay, Inc.
Eli Lilly & Company
Exxon Mobil Corporation

FedEx Corporation
FleetBoston Financial Corporation
Fluor Corporation
Foot Locker, Inc.
Ford Motor Company

Gannett Company
Gateway, Inc.
General Mills, Inc.
General Motors Corporation
The Gillette Company
Golden West Financial Corporation

H.D. Vest, Inc.
H.J. Heinz Company
H&R Block, Inc.
Halliburton Company
Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.
Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
HCA, Inc.
Hershey Foods Corporation
Hilton Hotels Corporation
Home Depot, Inc.
Honeywell International, Inc.
Hormel Foods Corporation
Humana, Inc.

Ingram Micro, Inc.
Intel Corporation
International Business Machines Corporation
Intuit, Inc.

Japan Airlines
Jet Blue
John Wiley & Sons
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson Controls, Inc.

Kaiser Permanente (California)
Kellogg Company
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Knight-Ridder, Inc.
Kohl’s Corporation
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.

La-Z-Boy, Inc.
Liz Claiborne, Inc.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Lucent Technologies, Inc.

Mandalay Resort Group
Marathon Oil Corporation
Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.
Mattel, Inc.
McDonald’s Corporation
The McGraw-Hill Companies
Mellon Financial Corporation
Mercury General Corporation
Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Motorola, Inc.

Navistar International Corporation
Network Associates, Inc.
Nextel Communications, Inc.
Nike, Inc.
Nordstrom, Inc.

Outback Steakhouse, Inc.

Park Place Entertainment Corporation
Paychex, Inc.
The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc.
Procter & Gamble Company
Prudential Financial, Inc.

Quantus Airlines

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc.
R.R. Donnelley & Sons
RadioShack Corporation
Raytheon Company
Reebok International Ltd.
Ryder Systems, Inc.

Sempra Energy
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Southwest Airlines
Sprint Corp. (FON Group)
St. Jude Medical, Inc.
The Stanley Works
Staples, Inc.
Starbucks Corporation
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
State Farm Insurance
Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Tyson Foods, Inc

U.S. Bancorp
U.S. Cellular Corporation
United Airlines
United Parcel Service, Inc.
United Technologies Corporation
Unocal Corporation

VeriSign, Inc.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Walgreen Company
The Walt Disney Company
Washington Mutual, Inc.
Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
WellPoint Health Networks, Inc.
Wells Fargo & Company
Wendy’s International
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company

Xerox Corporation

Online Law Schools / Taft
« on: January 25, 2005, 03:42:35 AM »
I have already read sharkfish's glowing report about Taft. However, I would appreciate any other comments, pros and cons, about Taft University.

Job Search / Re: Prosecutors Office
« on: January 21, 2005, 04:53:32 AM »

By all means, get as much experience as possible. It is a great way to introduce yourself to the legal community!

Online Law Schools / Re: 'Distance Learning' = TTT trickery
« on: January 16, 2005, 11:20:34 AM »
"There is only one state, Texas, that excludes correspondence schools completely, no exceptions.  I don't like Texas much, so I'm not too worried about that limitation."

Um, well...we were taught at college about the corruption of the Texas judicial system.

And here is another thought: it might be sort of interesting to also study the Louisiana system, which is based upon the French civil code.   

Online Law Schools / Re: 'Distance Learning' = TTT trickery
« on: January 16, 2005, 05:50:53 AM »
A CPA? I was just thinking about that a couple weeks ago, when I was trying to decide whether I want a BSBA--Management or a BSBA--Accounting.

 I recently read that Concord charges 7K to 8K for a year's tuition. Ah, here it is.

Also, I know that a DL law school degree would qualify me to practice only in states that don't require ABA accreditation--but what are those states?
(Or must I search each of the states' information?)

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