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General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: January 17, 2007, 10:04:22 PM »
All you have to do is pass the bar?  For most government positions you can only get a grade increase after a year.  But I will agree- it's a great deal- 75K, 40 hours a week, lots of vacation, and when you work more than 40 hours a week you get comp time- so if you put in 4 50 hour weeks you get an extra week of vacation- awesome!

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Two full weeks into classes now and it's like they've completely forgotten about grades.  They were due from faculty over a week ago.  This is ridiculous. 

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General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: January 17, 2007, 08:37:16 PM »
because of my background, i'm looking at government employers regardless.  i mean, a gs-12 starts around 75K i believe.  the hours are reasonable, the benefits are great, and once you get into the civil service system, you cant be dislodged with nuclear weapons

Do they start you at GS12 though?   I thought you started at 11 tops. 

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1L job search / Re: BIGLAW Substitute?
« on: January 14, 2007, 07:40:56 PM »
If you are sure you want to practice investment related law, an internship at prestigious investment house can serve you bette than a normal law-related summer job.  It will also impress your potential client knowing they are dealing with an attorney who's worked at Goldman or Morgan Stanley.  I didn't draw this conclusion on my own though, I talked to a VP at Lehman Brothers who was an attorney before moving to the business side.  Now he's making 5 times what he was making as an lawyer and the hour, at least according to him is slightly better because he doesn't need to work on weekends. 

5 times the money?  Why aren't you pursuing this then?

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General Board / Along the lines of the gut question
« on: January 12, 2007, 01:27:47 PM »
Is it true that there is little or no nutritional value in eating ready-made vegetable soups (like Campbell's chunky soup, progresso, etc)?  I have heard that the processing basically robs the vegetables of any value.  I ask because those soups are cheap and easy compared to making my own.

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General Board / Re: Who else is getting a gut?
« on: January 07, 2007, 11:33:06 PM »
I'm 5'10 and a muscular 185.  I have always been muscular and this helps my metabolism.  One way to combat fat is to build muscle as the maintenance of the muscle by the body requires fat burning while resting.

My regimen is as follows:

1) Every night, I do 30 pushups and 60 situps.
2) I don't eat after 6 pm.
3) I try to avoid snacking between meals.
4) I skip dinner three nights per week.
5) I fast on juice for 4-7 days at the end of each month.
6) I do a 2 hour martial arts routine (kicking, running, punching, forms, and so forth) or ride a stationary recumbent bike in my garage for an hour, 3 days per week.  This is my private time. I get up at 4:30 am for this.
7) I drink about 90 ounces of pure water a day.

With this regimen, I eat what I want.  For the most part I avoid food that is obviously bad, but I have candy sometimes.  I also sometimes go to fast food joints but I don't go overboard.  For instance, at Burger King, I'll have the Whopper Jr, small fries, and drink, and nothing else.   At McDonalds, 1 hamburger, sometimes 2, and 1 small drink.  At Taco Bell, two soft tacos, no cheese, no sour cream, no guacamole.  I generally avoid mexican food, and prefer asian.  I don't drink coffee, but prefer tea of any kind (esp twig tea, bancha, and green).

I don't believe in diets that eliminate everything that one could want to eat.  So you have to develop a plan that works for you.  This one works for me and is just an example.  185 lbs fits my build as my bones are not big and I tend to be naturally muscular.  If I eliminated all processed foods and restricted my diet, I'd probably be around 165 with very low body fat, but I'd look too skinny.  I'm also 46 years old.  In college, I was 175 lbs.  The heaviest I've ever weighed is 227 lbs.

Good luck.

Holy crap dude, I could never hack that.  I hope you were kidding- I have never skipped dinner (or any other meal) other than when I was too sick to eat. 

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General Board / Re: Who else is getting a gut?
« on: January 07, 2007, 06:33:09 PM »
1) I second the recommendation for not restricting your caloric intake to 1800. Your body will go into "starvation mode" which means it will store every calorie into your fat cells, thus making you gain weight.

2) You need to exercise or lift more. Thus your diet needs to reflect that change. Make sure you eat enough protein or else your cardio will destroy the muscles you build up.

3) As for food, pick something healthy and something that YOU like. It is also better to eat 5-6 small meals a day and not to eat anything big before bedtime. Take snacks with you to class like almonds, carrots, apples, whole wheat crackers, meal replacement bars, etc along with a bottle of water. You should also do this in the library or where ever you study. Eventually this eating schedule will turn to habit and it won't be as difficult. (note, when you do bring food to class make sure it doesnt have a strong smell, make a lot of noise when eaten, and too messy for you to type or take notes).

4) Finally, remember to do experiment and pick a lifestyle that works for you. No one here can tell you what is the best diet/exercise program that is best for you. Create your own program and if you fail pick another one and make your adjustments. Yes it is hard to balance your health with your life and law school, but it will only get worse once you start working in a law firm. Remember that this should be a lifestyle change and not just a short-term diet/exercise program. Good luck and happy living!

I don't consider 1800 starvation.  I know girls who try to restrict to under 1000 and they can only maintain it for a day or two.  I have found if I drink water only 1800 is no problem.  Most of the government websites seem to be of the opinion that if you consistently take in less than the numbers they provide, your body will not adjust and you will lose weight.  Of course, this is the government we're talking about. 

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General Board / Re: Who else is getting a gut?
« on: January 05, 2007, 10:38:45 PM »
I find law school to be an easy environment for controling your weight.  The schedule is flexible enough to fit in exercise every day and it is one great way to relieve stress.  I don't buy it when people claim that they are too busy to exercise.  Even while preparing for finals there are at least a few free hours in the day.

Yes there is time to exercise.  I think one of the culprits was all those disgusting free lunches I ate- those things probably had about 1500 calories a pop.

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General Board / Re: Still waiting for grades
« on: January 05, 2007, 10:34:54 PM »
I'm a 2L, but I'm still waiting for 2 grades.  Because I've been bitching to everyone that will listen, I figured I might as well do it here too.  I took a 50 question multiple choice exam on December 11th.  There are 25 students in the class, that's right 25.  And here it is January 5th and I STILL have not received the grade for this class.  It is pissing me off so badly and I want ask the professor what the f**ck she has been doing for the past 3 weeks. Just unbelievable really.   

Legal Ethics?

If it makes you feel better we haven't gotten grades either.  They only release them when every professor is forced to have them in, which is the 12th.  Laaaaaaame.

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Transferring / Re: Transferring from SIU Law to the U!!
« on: January 04, 2007, 12:38:54 AM »
Reading the UM website, it says they look for top 20% or B avg. Do you think this an either/or, or does this depend on which school you currently attend?

I wonder if you are top 20 or have a Bavg, how many they admit?

I'm not at Miami but our school added about 30 transfers with only a handful of people leaving.  Remember, schools make more money by taking on more students so there is no hard and fast rule about what you need to transfer.  It sounds like you'll probably at a minimum be very close to the cutoff so if you act very enthusiastic about Miami I bet you get in- good luck!

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