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Current Law Students / Re: MD --> JD
« on: August 18, 2006, 01:41:59 PM »
If you don't love medicine, please do your future patients a favor and find another career path. The last thing I'd want is a doctor treating me who doesn't love what he or she does.

Before making any jump, go and spend a few days shadowing a friend who is an attorney to see if you can live with the mundane tasks of being a lawyer. You may decide that medicine, medicine, medicine is a hell of lot more exciting than law.

Current Law Students / Re: How much time required?
« on: July 20, 2006, 06:50:10 PM »
I am a NT student, was 11 years out of college when I started last fall. I have a husband and no kids. We have a house. Our marriage has almost broken up twice because he had no comprehension of what law school entailed. Not surprisingly, our issues always cropped up around finals time. It is HARD on a marriage. The non-law spouse feels very put upon, emotionally and financially (like when I really really really cannot fit laundry into my schedule.) And the law spouse is doing the best he/she can to get great grades for the good of their future. And on top of it, you're competing with 22 year olds who have no other responsibility besides law school and their dorm room. Not only does your husband have to be on board, your kids need to be with you, too. Considering the responsibilities you seem to be carrying, maybe doing a part time schedule would be a better route for you, if it's available.

I love law school, and I love the law. My only regret is that I didn't finish the FIRST time I went to law school. I'm coming off my second time through a 1L curriculum, and I'm so happy to be fulfilling my dream. The first time I went to law school, I had to drop out because of money issues involved with a family crisis. For seven years, the fact that I didn't finish ate at my soul. But now, I'm back to stay.

I know I'm going to be very happy in the legal profession, and I think that this security comes from the fact that I'm 1) very realistic about my job prospects, 2) I'm not in it for the money, and 3) I'm very clear about what it is that I want from my legal education and my legal career. I've been in the work force for 12 years in a very lucrative sales job. While I was making an obscene amount of cash, the problem with those sales jobs is that many are very youth driven - once you get past 40, salary and job security immediately start going downhill. It's assumed that you won't do what it takes for clients because you have a family/life, and frankly, sales organizations want hungry, 23 year old guys to work for them. Plus, there's NO intellectual stimulation. On the other hand, my aunt just retired from an amazing career in law at the age of 93.

So for me, it's really about having some independence and security. No matter what happens to my 401K and social security, I know that I will always be able to work and take care of myself with my degree. Lawyers get BETTER with age, and that experience is what makes or breaks you.

Transferring / Re: From Touro to Hofstra
« on: June 29, 2006, 03:41:15 AM »
I'm at Hofstra now, and I really love it. I'm interning at the Federal Court in Islip with several Touro students, as well as students from all area law schools. Frankly, I see no difference between the quality of student from the various schools, and the Touro students have received just as much recognition for their legal work with our judge as anyone else. So I think the level of your legal education at Touro is just fine.

But it's about the stigma and depth of alumni. Trust me, Hofstra has its own issues (as does every other law school), but the closer to NYC you want to work, the harder it will be for you to get one of the big jobs. Keep in mind that a Hofstra degree is no guarantee for those jobs either, but for some reason, it's seen as more "legit." Also, Hofstra gives you an instant advantage if you want to work on Long Island because so many graduates stick around (like I will) and the alumni connection is pretty fierce. Touro, rather unfairly, is still kind of seen as a joke, even on the island. But I do think that will change over time. Also, I find that Touro alums, because of the unfair stigma, stick together and help each other out a lot. So again, over time, the alumni base will get stronger. But I'm not sure that will do you any good now.

If you decide to make the jump, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Some of the professors are truly, truly excellent and make me wonder "what the hell are they doing at Hofstra?" I've been very happy with the involvement of the professors - they show up to all of the student organization events, seem to develop real friendships with the students, and are really invested in making the school a better place. But the student body is what attracted me most to the school. I'm an older student (12 years out of college), and I just didn't want to deal with uber-competitive note-stealing crazy people at school. Hofstra students are VERY friendly, and are almost always willing to help each other out. My computer crashed at the end of last semester, right before finals, and I lost EVERYTHING for one of my classes (thought I had backed it up, but I didn't). People I didn't even know were offering me their notes. Another girl in the class got in a terrible car accident half way through the semester, and was really banged up. People offered to take notes for her and carry her books to class. It's just a really nice community, and I'm really happy here.

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