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St. Thomas (Minnesota) / Accepted! Now, can I head home before rush hour?
« on: February 16, 2007, 08:15:41 PM »
Got my acceptance and a school T-shirt. The shirt clinches it. :)

If I can get assigned to Lawyering earlier in the day, is there any reason I could not head out by mid-afternoon on most days and beat rush hour? The Fall 2006 schedule shows that Civ Pro, Contracts, and Torts were all done before 3 pm. The only big downside of St. Thomas in my mind would be fighting i94 traffic from Minneapolis to Saint Paul, or crawling down University Ave or Summit, to make dinner with family. We live south of Saint Paul, across the High Bridge. If I can beat eastbound traffic and study at a West Side coffeehouse, that's moot.

Yah, I know 1Ls face a boatload of work, but we do have libraries in St. Paul. I could even sometimes pretend to be a Mitchell student and sneak into their library, use their books. With four sections, they may never notice. :) I could also sometimes get back to Minneapolis after our 3-year-old is asleep. It's just that evening rush hour.

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My thanks for the advice. I must decide within about twenty days. Later today I'll be discussing this decision with in-laws who have practiced law for quite some time.

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Dear VitaminE,

Thank you for the response. I am still waiting to hear from the other MN schools, but I attended a thing for Mitchell prospectives today at and liked it, especially an enthusiastic and moving (if logically unpersuasive) pitch from John O. Sonsteng. I really liked him. Younger version of my dad (rest in peace), who was a Minneapolis cop until 1970 and then an investigator for Hennepin County, back before you had to have a J.D. to be a full-time investigator,

If it weren't for the expected debt I would want my Dad's old job, but $80k+ in student loans doesn't jibe well with a mid-fifties starting salary (guessing on that fifor 2010), so I am also considering private practice. Depends in part on how my wife's career and needs will look when I graduate. We get by, but mortgage+school can be tough.

As to other schools, I have a low undergrad GPA from 17 years ago (3.68 in a bit of grad school later) but good personal statement and work references from three employers. My deadline for deciding on Mitchell is the end of March. I have not yet been to an "accepted" day and have had no response from three other MN schools.

What do you think about the money and these ideas? If I can't afford to work for Ramsey, Hennepin, or MN, what do you think about trademark/copyright or maybe real estate as potentially safe, predictable income options. Besides picking a school, I am trying to decide what path to pursue, who to hang with, which profs to attach myself to, what orgs to join. Target planning, for those of us not expected to be in the upper 10%, might be a good approach. Do you agree? I am wide open to suggestions, and favor stability over flash or cash (though I could probably litigate).

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Hey St. Thomas folks!

I have been accepted at William Mitchell for the Fall of 2007, and hope to be accepted here. I live and will remain in Saint Paul, and may pursue a career in Criminal, IP, or Business Law. The U of MN probably won't admit me with a 157 LSAT, so... If I am wait-listed at the U of MN, and accepted to every other Minnesota school, should I attend your school?

If so or if not, why?
-Brad

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Hey William Mitchell folks!

I was just accepted for the Fall of 2007. I live and will remain in Saint Paul, and may pursue a career in Criminal, IP, or Business Law. My deadline to accept is in early Spring. The U of MN probably won't admit me with a 157 LSAT, so... If I am wait-listed at the U of MN, and accepted to every other Minnesota school, should I accept this offer?

If so or if not, why?
-Brad

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