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Pennsylvania State / Re: Class of 2010
« on: July 26, 2007, 10:05:52 AM »
Did anyone else find the email from financial aid just a tad bit insulting to their adult sensibilities? 

Don't get me wrong.  I do find such sage advice as "Using the library instead of bookstores and movie rental stores and brown-bagging your lunch are a couple of simple ways to keep your expenses low" incredibly compelling. I think, however, that anyone capable of completing an undergraduate degree, then completing the process of applying and getting accepted to law school will be able to solve such complex financial conundrums without the emails from mommy reminding them to save money.  I fully expect further emails along the line with tips such as "studying hard and attending class are sure ways to improve your grade point average," and "leaving a little early in the morning is a fun and easy way to make sure that you are on time for class."  Perhaps we could hire a medical consultant to write to us that "eating right and getting more sleep are a few simple cures for law school exhaustion."  How could we possible navigate the maze of 1L without such sound little notes from the pen of experience?

Okay, rant over.  I feel better now.

You will never get emails telling your to arrive to class ontime, only the financial aid department feels the need to treat you like a child -- and career services will too, but that is necessary.

And while I agree that this particular email seemed condescending, you will find very shortly that law school, like every other level of education, has its share of idiots. (You will discover that there are students in law school that have no idea how a bill becomes law, trust me.  Or, have no basic idea of the federal judiciary, things I thought every law student should know before they arrived)  But having said that, many students are fresh from undergraduate who have never lived outside mommy and daddy's protection.  I was shocked recently by a fellow 3L asking me how much he/she should borrow for living expenses because he/she never had to pay them before now.  Considering the sizable amount of money it costs to go to PSU, you should feel happy that financial aid attempts to in every way help you figure out how to save money. 
We have a federal Judiciary ??? . I thought everything over the State Supreme Court was Mob rule!  :o

I'm glad they sent that info.  I already developed a budget, but It reminded me to go back and redo some of the figures.  I've been on a spending spree this last week.  My auto insurance has dropped, and my rental payment is exactly at my budgeted high limit.  I took my pooch to the vet and he needed an extra vaccination I didn't budget for but I was prepared with a buffer and extra savings during my spending spree (and donations from the fam and friends).  I haven't even started on my  books, and school supplies.  I still need a bed, and the are a dozen little things I need.  I have to have this all hashed out, and determine my fixed costs before I order my cable and internet.

General Board / Re: One of my classes is called "Elements", huh?
« on: July 24, 2007, 12:36:20 PM »
My first thought was that it might have something to do with understanding crimes, torts, defenses, etc., by understanding their elements.  For example, common law larceny has several elements: (1) trespassory (2) taking and (3) carrying away of (4) the property of another with (5) intent to steal.  Or negligence: (1) duty, (2) breach, (3) causation, (4) damages.  And so on.  This was a big part of our Criminal Law class, so maybe your school teaches it as a foundation for Crim Law, or something.
Naw, you're way off base.  It's a study of the rise and fall of Earth, Wind, and Fire

General Board / Re: One of my classes is called "Elements", huh?
« on: July 19, 2007, 07:29:48 AM »
Just in case you might want to brush up on your astrology, and wizardry. ;)

Pennsylvania State / Re: living in Carlisle
« on: July 18, 2007, 04:56:39 PM »
I wanted Carlisle for the small town/small school atmosphere.  I'm from philly, and went to Temple U. and figure I could do better with less distractions.  The Carlisle location also reminds me of my Grade School/H.S. in the Philly Burbs  which could be good or bad.  I may spend the whole 3 years Carlisle only going up north to catch the ocassional ball game. :)

General Board / Re: Confused
« on: July 17, 2007, 05:43:04 PM »
I need some advice. I recently broke up with my boyfriend of one year. I willbe moving across the country for law school in about one month. Today he asked if its ok to be friends with benefits until I go. I really want to do it. Any reason why I shouldnt? I figure its just a month and Im out of the state anyways. Any thoughts?
Bright Idea.  Risk getting pregnant with someone you're not interested in and interrupting (or ending) your legal education.  What are you a dog?  Only animals can't resist the urge to F**k. 


General Board / Re: mediocre GPA/rank but on law review
« on: July 16, 2007, 05:18:20 PM »
I may get flamed for this, but...whatever.  Biglaw jobs are just like any other job.  They aren't run by massive titans looking down at you from high vantage points and they aren't run by a secret society that has checklists or balance scales which determine your fate. 

There are certain things which help (GPA, law review, moot court), but a lot of it has to do with how you interview and your actual ability.  Apply to for the jobs you want, do the best you can and don't look back.

The answers that you get here aren't indicative of the reality of the world, but only of the numbers and statistics that have either been recorded or made up. (did you know 34% of all statistics are made up?) In the words of Harry Belafonte, "don't worry, be happy."
LOL...  I heard it was more like 34% at T4 and 15% at T25

1L job search / Re: Incoming 1L Job FAQ's
« on: July 16, 2007, 05:14:49 PM »
What do applications for biglaw firms say?  I mean, on Dec. 1st no one has their grades or has even taken finals.  Do you just use your college resume and hope your school's name has enough pull?

This is when it pays to be a non-trad. ;)
Garbage man does not impress... ;)

Anyway, I heard that some of them wait until grades come out before making a decision.  They expect follow up mailings with grades etc.

I'm a Non-trad too... Garbage collector of the month ;D.

$500 for a suit is excessive.  No 1L (unless you're a daddy's girl/mamma's boy/trust fund baby) can afford to blow $500 on 1 suit.  The interviewers know that.  The've been 1L's too.  I'm telling you if you spend too much $$$ and they recognize that you will look foolish, irresponsible, and impulsive. 

For shoes all you need is a decent pair and then learn how to shine them.  A crisp, close to, military shine always looks good. Women love it, and it will upgrade your outfit.  If you want to be a Trust Attorney the elderly always love gentlemen that shine their shoes and have clean haircuts.  They also want to see that their attorneys know how to protect thier assets not spend them.

Buy  a good "power" suit that a person living on $15,000 a year can afford and you're good to go. ($15K or whatever the hell your student budget is.)

General Board / Re: Possibiility of working with FBI?
« on: July 10, 2007, 07:10:15 PM »
danboltonage22 is right.

I've heard that there are sthat prefer older 1st year associates because they get a different type of work product from them.  I'm 31 (32 in Nov.) By the time I pass the BAR I'll be 33/34. I've only heard positives about being older with 9 years business and military experience.

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